SoDak Smokin' Rookie

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by viskey, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. viskey

    viskey Fire Starter

    Well i am about to purchase the MES 40" from Sam's. I enjoy grilling and cooking but am new to smoking. Have always wanted to get into it but never have. I am in South Dakota so we'll see how this smoker holds up during the winter. Been reading a lot on the forum the last couple days and just joined today. There is a lot of great info on here and i can't wait to get started. Any beginner tips for the MES 40" or just smoking in general? I will be doing the 5 day training as well. Thanks everyone!
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF!

    The MES is pretty much ready to go right out of the box. The main thing you will need is a reliable thermometer because the factory probe & the MES controller are never right. Maverick 732 would be my first choice. When you get the smoker put together you will want to season it. Just spray the inside with pam & set the controller to 275, put some wood chips in & let her smoke for a couple of hours. If yours came with the small chip drawer, then call Masterbuilt & they will send you out an upgrade for free. At some point you may want to get an A-MAZE-N smoke generator so you can get hours of smoke without adding chips every half hour. Good luck!
  3. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    This site has tons of info.

    I suggest you spend some time reading all the different forums and the WIKIs.

    Ask questions and use the handy dandy search tool for specific interests!!

    Take the awesome free E-Course!!!

    Have a great day!!!

          Make bacon the easy way!!
  4. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    welcome to the forum,  glad you joined us.!
  5. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    :welcome1: to SMF ! lots of good info. on here
  6. frosty

    frosty Master of the Pit

    Welcome, Viskey.

    You will love the MES 40.  I have the AMNPS and it works great.  Durable and easy to use.  The Maverick 732 is great too.  They will hep guarantee your results.

    Please let us look over your shoulder by sending photos.  We love the photos.  Enjoy, and take advantage of all the resources available here from all over the world.  GOOD LUCK!
  7. Welcome! I'm a newbie too, and have been having a blast! Good luck with your new smoker!
  8. viskey

    viskey Fire Starter

    Thanks guys! The forum is great and i feel very welcome here!
  9. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome aboard!

    Al is one of our MES experts here, and there are many.  I second his recommendation on the AMNS or AMNPS and the Maverick ET 732.  For the best customer service you will ever receive, this is the place:

    Good luck and good smoking.
  10. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome to SMF  Agree with Al on the AMNPS 
  11. viskey

    viskey Fire Starter

    Does anyone recommend a good smoking cookbook that includes recipes/smoker settings/etc? I see a lot of recipes on here but since im new im not sure what everyone is doing. Is it just assumed that if they are using a MES that they are using the heat deflector(tile)? Water or no water in the pan? wet or dry chips? this info seems to be missing from say the first dz recipes i read today. im not quite "in the know" yet....
  12. Welcome to the forum
  13. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  14. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    First off welcome to SMF there Viskey. You'll really like this place for there are a bunch of really good folks here that would just love to help you with just about anything to do with smoking meat. Then if you have any questions you just post them here or yu can try in chat for a faster answer. If you are really new to all of this I would recommend that you look up and take the e-course. It is free and it will also give you the basics on smoking. So with all that said now go and get something to smoke.

    Welcome To Your New Addiction
  15. ecto1

    ecto1 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Welcome to SMF glad you can join us.  We are big on Pics and love to help everyone out.  Remember the only question that is dumb is one not asked.  You will not find a friendlier place to talk Que on the web.

    You are going to fit in just fine.
  16. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    [​IMG]  to SMF. You have come to the right place for smoking info. This site is loaded with great info just use the search bar at top of page to find what you are looking for. If you can't locate the answer just ask folks here are willing to share there knowledge. I suggest you take  the 5 day e-course on smoking its chuck full of great info.Smoking Basics 5-Day eCourse
  17. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Glad you joined us Viskey and welcome to SMF!

    Best tips I can give you is that if you are able store your Masterbuilt inside, you will get a longer, more reliable life out of it and the other is the A-MAZE-N smoker will provide continuous, quality smoke used with a Masterbuilt.

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