new mes electric smoker - where to find recipes and cook times

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by bscott, Jul 21, 2014.

  1. bscott

    bscott Newbie


    I got my husband a new mes 30 smoker.  Where might we find recipes and specific ook times?
  2. You will find cook times here in this forum.  Also you should familiarize yourself with the proper Internal Temps (for safe consumption) of all meats. You will notice in reading here that Temperature and not really time is the biggest factor. 

    As for recipes? There are tons on here and of course we all like to experiment with our own rubs and sauces. 

    Good luck and happy smoking

  3. I double down on what PadronMan said, you cook to internal meat temperature, not time.  Each hunk of meat behaves differently.  Two identical looking 8 pound pork shoulders, which are cooked at the same time, may be hours longer for one of the two.  I smoked a 5.5 pound chicken last night, thought it was only going to take 3 hours, ended up taking 4.5 hours.  Factors like these can make meal planning a bit tough.  Pork Ribs are probably the most predictable.  Cuts which are the same thickness, length and weight tend to finish at about the same time.  I always plan on (worst case) 6 hours for ribs smoked at 225.  Some times they finish faster, but usually that is more due to the thickness of the cut. My last 7 pound pork shoulder took 13 hours, even with 6 hours of it being wrapped in foil (the dreaded Texas cheat).  Thickness of the meat "tends" to be one of the best predictors of time, but different cuts definitely take longer for a given thickness.  And, every time you flap the door/lid to your smoker, extends the cooking time (if you are looking, you aren't cooking).  This is why so many people here use remote thermometers, such as the Maverick ET-733.  With an MES 30, consider getting the A-Maze-N pellet tray smoker; you avoid having to feed the chip tray every 30-60 minutes this way.  The tray, along with an external thermometer helps make smoking more "hands-free".

    Good luck with your endeavors.
  4. sb59

    sb59 Smoking Fanatic

    Use the search bar above. Type in what you want to cook and there is always someone who has posted a recipe with detailed Q view. If you need more info on a particular recipe just pose the question. So many great & helpful guys on the site that seem to be just waiting for a mission. Also I suggest you type in Bears step by steps or just click on one of his posts ( Bearcarver ). Some of the most detailed cooks I've found on the web.

    Also would suggest you look up cmayna's posts on salmon. Great recipe that I've used on trout and could also be used on any similar large fish fillets. He also has some posts with pretty detailed instructions.
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2014

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