Sunday smoke aka my fiasco

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  1. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    decided saturday  night to smoke sunday.(1st mistake)

    went sun am to local grocer and bought ribs ,pork chops and 10 lbs of leg 1/4's.

    got the MES out and got it heating.

    Put the chicken in to brine for a few hours while i trimmed up the ribs and seasoned  everything else.

     hit the ribs w/ rub and brown sugar and set them on the counter .

     seasoned up 4 ribeyes for the pit and by now the MES is reading 257 .Ready to load some meat. fired up my amns .foiled the water pan and filled half way w/ boiling water.

     loaded the MES w/ meat and closed the door. not getting any visual smoke from my AMNS . dropped a handfull of chips in the chute just in case.

    Internal temp dropped to 140 and would not climb? it slowly climbed back to 176 and i couldn't figure it out. Reset MES ,No change. Temp slowly climbed to 180. reset MES again! By now i'm getting into danger zone time so i decide that the  old MES has finally

    bit the dust and take everything out to finish in the oven.

     As i pulled the meat out of the MES it looked like it was close to done. checked the internals and the chicken was at 148 ,the ribs were real close on the bend test but had no drawback. Finished it all in the oven and to the fridge it went. will portion and vac seal today.

     Things i learned yesterday,

     Do not wait till the morning of smoke  to try and prep. Do not count on something working just because it did last week. When you are in a rush things will go from bad to worse

    just because they can.

     BTW, I let my MES cool off before putting it in the shed. b4 putting it up i decided to plug it in and the dang thing worked fine w/ no meat in it.

     Don't know if the control panel is going out or the readout has gone bad or ???

     Time for a new smoker for sure.
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Sounds like a great excuse for a new toy!
  3. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Now thats a real Bummer Bob.
  4. That sux. But at least you salvaged it and didn't have to toss it.
  5. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Look at the temp and other sensor..

    Mine did the same thing and was all better after I cleaned them off.

      Have a great day!!

  6. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    You mean i actually have to clean that 1/2" of patina (crud ) off the inside to find the sensors?
  7. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    and yer just now realizing? [​IMG]
    who knows what else you'll find?
  8. Just remember, Murphy's law is always in effect.

    Glad ya saved it though. Good Job.

    Happy Smokin'

  9. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Maybe jimmy Hoffa who knows? LOL   My 800 watt  Mes has served many great  meals and has done a great job. I think i will retire it to cold smoke cabinet and purchase a new and improved 1200 watt.  If the stars align like i am planning the reverse flow will be ordered the 4th week of Jan 2012.
  10. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    sounds like a great plan and let's git them stars aligned!
  11. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Bummer Bob but glad you saved all that meat
  12. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sorry to hear that, but at least the food was ok.

    Now do you really think that history DOESN'T repeat itself!
  13. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The end Result was good so all is good
  14. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ain't that the truth Bob.

    Glad it all worked out in the end for ya.

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