Howdee Tim.... As you know its the day after fater's day and it was a blitz on the Guru's here. They will be along I promise. They will help you get started and in the right direction. You would first probably really benifit from Jeffs Ecourse, It goes thru all the basics. Before I say anything else, I would like to make a suggestion. get a pad, get a notebook, get a flash drive, get something you can keep and write down exactly how you cooked yesterday, Meats, times temps, wood, sauces, runs, etc etc... That way you will have a reference point for you. You will know where you were so you can know where you want to go or change for the next time.
First I am assuming you might have over smoked. Too much smoke is not always a good thing.
Next I assume you ran a burn in or seaoning run prior to your cooking. This not only checks the preformance of the pit but burns off the oils and stanky stuff that has been wiped on it.
Search engine is your friend, and be specific.... Its a true wealth of knowledge. Then if you still need something explained or just didn't quite understand some part There is ually a Guru here that can help.
OK to specifics, I would recommend with ribs you do a 3 2 1 or 2 2 1 method to start. when you get comfortable, even when you mess up and we all do its the nature of smoking, you'll enjoy eating those too. 3 2 1 you can use the search but its basicall 3 hour smoke at 225, 2 hours foiled with liquid in the smoker, and and hour unfoiled back on the smoker.
Thats my first thoughts anyway.
Listen its great to meet you, you'll love it here and there will be some Gurus to meet you and they have super human smoke abilities. Me, they sometimes let me tend the fire box.
See I typed long enough and Red magically appeared! besides we should probably move this out of roll call anyway. That way more folks will see it.