Newbie seeking best plan for ribs in MES

Discussion in 'Pork' started by coffeemac, Dec 7, 2014.

  1. My first try at baby backs was at 225* unwrapped. It seemed to take an exceedingly long time (over 8 hours) to get anything close to a clean bone. What do you guys recommend? Higher heat? Wrap? What is the best plan for the MES? Thanks!
  2. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Are you using a grate level thermometer for your temp. Most gauges that come on smokers are off by quite a bit.
  3. Never checked with a thermometer - Just went with digital setting and worked on my honey-do list between chip feeding times.
  4. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Try a 2-2-1 method at 225*  and you should check your heat w/ an independent thermometer
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2014
  5. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    A dual probe therm. works well ...[​IMG]
  6. Thanks for the help! I'll have a better plan next time using the advice and after going through some old threads.
  7. dave from mesa

    dave from mesa Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    You really need a thermometer. My MES controller reads 25 deg higher than actual temp. I don't foil. Tried it and was too messy but others use do it and like it.

    Good luck next time.

  8. 2nd try much better!!!
  9. dave from mesa

    dave from mesa Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Good to hear.
  10. I have the same offset as Dave, my MES 30 is normally 25 degrees higher than true. Notice I said "normally", its not always the same and occasionally its very close so, in IMO a grate thermometer is a good thing but a dual probe (one in the meat and one for the smoker temp) is the best way to go ! I have had a Maverick ET-732 fro quite a while but recently had to replace it so I bought an ET-733. Its got a longer range and many more options but its a tougher learning curve, at least for me. 


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