I'm new here, so if this isn't the appropriate forum, please let me know.
This weekend was my first time out smoking. I thought I would briefly share, as I'm fairly proud of how things turned out.
I am using an older Char-Griller smoker with the side fire box (which I got from my Dad a year ago).
I started the night before. I prepared a batch of Jeff's Naked Rib Rub. Thanks Jeff--as advertised, it was awesome. I was liberal in my rub. Not so much a rub, but a coating. :-) I left them overnight.
The next day I fired up the smoker. I used Hickory wood chunks for both smoke and heat source. While it all worked out in the end, it was tricky to keep the temp within a proper range. A lot of figeting with the wood and dampers and such--but I know practice makes perfect.
I sprayed them down with vinegar each hour. 6 hours later, they were ready to come off.
I must say (again, for a first-timer) they turned out great. Good smoker flavor, 1/4 inch smoke ring, moist, tender, no sauce needed. I'm very encouraged.
I'm thinking a few more rib trials under my belt, and I'll feel confident enough to start trying other things.
Lessons learned: I believe with my fire box, small wood logs might work better than the wood chunks. I'm hoping that may help with keeping more consistant temp control. Now I just have to find a place to buy wood logs.