So I recently picked up a Char-Broil grill (Link) - and I have successfully smoked my first meat, which is Tri-Tip, came out great.
My question is this. On the smoker, the bottom drawer has the water pan and chip holder, in 1 single design. Basically the pan has a circle dish type of design in the center, I was using that for putting chips in, and the rest of the pan for water. I would like to know if this is normally how it is done, or should I put water & chips in the small dish, and water on the outside of the dish?
It seems that I had to replace the chips after about 45min, and the water about every 30min. I know a lot of people say the thermometer is generally off, are there any good recommendations that I can pick up at Home Depot or something like that?
I plan to smoke a bunch of ribs this weekend for the Super Bowl, and I would like to find out if my methods are correct.
Thanks in advance!