I replaced the fire box on the ol' Char Griller as the old one was rusting out. After replacing the fire box I put some charcoal and wood it to burn out any oils etc. The new FB made a huge difference in the amount of heat or the amount of fuel needed to produce desired temps.
Yesterday I decided to smoke a rack of BB's with wood only. I have an abundance of Walnut so that is the wood I used. My first smoke with Walnut, it had a mild nutty smoke smell to it. The ribs had some of the best flavor I've ever produced and a gorgeous smoke ring however they seemed a little dry. They might have been slightly over done but not by much. I smoked them for 2 hours, then wrapped for 1.5 hours (with a little squeeze butter added) then uncovered for about 40 minutes. Tried to maintain a temp of 225 but did have a few spikes up to 275.
I was thinking the wood heat was a little dryer and I should to add tray of water in the future? In the past I’ve always did ribs based on time but maybe I should switch to temperature instead. At what temps do you wrap etc? Any other thoughts on the dryness?
Sorry I didn’t get more pictures but it was getting late. Thanks in advance for you suggestions.