New MES 30 owner. Things are cooking a little fast???

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by aclinml, Apr 19, 2015.

  1. aclinml

    aclinml Newbie

    Newbie here.Recently got a MES 30 inch model. I just had my second smoking experiance, and things seem to be cooking a little quick.. On my first smoke, I set the temp on the smoker at 235, and I cooked a couple of filet mignons, 6 chicken thighs, a a few burgers. The filets were cooked to around 155.. The burgers medium well, and the chicken to 165. I smoked the whole time, and everything was done in about 30 minutes.

    So on my second smoke, I set the temp at 220. And I cooked a couple of steaks again, some more chicken thighs, and a pork tenderloin (to 145).This time everything took about 35 minutes to get everything cooked. Now I'm not complaining, the steaks and the chicken were delicious. I took the tenderloin off at 140 and wrapped it in foil for about 30 minutes. It was wonderfully moist and tasty, but I would have preferred it have been a little more smoked. 

    I guess next time I'll set up the smoker at around 190 to try to lengthen out the smoking process a little.

    Does all this sound OK as far as cook times are concerned? It seems like I see people taking longer to cook chicken thighs and tenderloins by 20 or 30 more minutes.......I just think If I can get around another 15 minutes of smoke, that it would have just the right amount of flavor I'm looking for......

    Thanks for any guidance...

  2. goensouth

    goensouth Smoke Blower

    The items you are smoking does not take long to cook. Burgers,thighs and steak are smaller thiner pics of meat. Now a 8 pound butt will take you 12 hours + keep at it you will get the hang of it.
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2015
  3. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I think the problem your having is the MES stock therms are not accurate if your going by that... My MES 30 stock therm is off by as much as 30*

    I'd suggest getting a dual probe therm such as a Maverick ET-732 or such to be able to track food IT on the smokes it's needed & also will track smoker temp.... I'd say your MES is running off the temp stated on your MES !
  4. aclinml

    aclinml Newbie

    I thought maybe the internal temp might be off. I did purchase an igrill2 to check my meat temps. I'm gonna put an oven thermometer in it on my next cook, and see how it compares to the MES temp.
  5. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    The igrill2 looks pretty sweet.
  6. aclinml

    aclinml Newbie

    I got it from Amazon for about $127 and it included 4 probes. It is great! Keeps up with your temps, tells you when you are 10 degrees away from being done, shows you a graph f each of your probes. I wouldn't have any other wireless brands.
  7. goensouth

    goensouth Smoke Blower

    I have had very good luck with my stock MES probe. See bottom temp stock MES probe and Maverick.

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