Quick, Maintaining Temp with a Sportsman Smoker

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by f14tomcat5, Jun 23, 2013.

  1. f14tomcat5

    f14tomcat5 Newbie

    I'm about an hour and a half into smoking a 6.5lb pork shoulder in a Brinkmann Sportsman. I got the smoker up to temp, 225 - 250F, and then put in the water pan and meat. The smoker dropped off to about 170F and it not getting back into the 225F range. I have not done any of the pan mods yet. Any thoughts? I'm using "lump charcoal", even though most seems to be smaller pieces. I have the vent door open hoping to get more air into the coals. HELP!!!!
  2. Did you start with Hot water in the pan?

    Happy smoken.

  3. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I never put liquid in my MES Water pan, but if you have to do it, Like David mentioned, heat it good first, like Nuke it to 200* or so first.

    Last edited: Jun 23, 2013
  4. f14tomcat5

    f14tomcat5 Newbie

    It was hot water. I put another thermometer in the gap between the lid and side and it appears its between 225 and 250. It looks like I have some modsto do .

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