Unattended Smoking

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by gregor, Jun 7, 2016.

  1. gregor

    gregor Smoke Blower

    With long smoke times needed for pork butts, how do folks feel about starting theirs and going back to bed?
  2. I do it all the time. For a few hours at a time, anyway.
  3. dr k

    dr k Master of the Pit

    I do and have my remote therm with me set at 250*F so the alarm will go off if the chamber gets that high. I use the mailbox mod so all combustibles are not near the heating element so the whole Amnps will ignite or grease dripping on the Amnps, starting a fire.
  4. mfreel

    mfreel Smoking Fanatic

    All the time.
  5. jirod

    jirod Smoke Blower

    One of the main reasons I got my MES40.  I usually do get up to check on it after a few hours to make sure everything is running according to plan, put in temp probes, make sure AMPS is still running, etc.  But do that on a semi-regular basis, we tend to do lunches for family gatherings.  So no real efficient way to start things like PP or brisket in the morning and have them ready for lunch, other than cook ahead and re-heat.  I've done the re-heat thing before on PP and it works fine, but just like having it cooked and pulled for that meal, just me.
  6. I become a rag doll, mostly useless for a day or two, after an overnighter.

    Now, it's off to bed and let the Guru control the smoking.
  7. smokinal

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

    Same here I do it all the time with my Guru controlled WSM.

  8. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I'm with Al on the WSM just don't have a guru get it going and I can sleep all night just fine.
  9. parrot-head

    parrot-head Meat Mopper

    I do it...not the type to get up early to start something.
  10. old sarge

    old sarge Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    All the time on overnight smokes.  During the day, I do not check on the smoker till I suspect that food is close to finishing.
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2016
  11. Use your probes and check on the meat if you get up . Other than that enjoy the cook from your bedroom. Jted

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