Had my first smoke yesterday, went with the basic rib recipe for WSM. It said to have the top vent fully open and the bottom three 1/3 open, with 1.5 charcoal starters of briquettes. Temp seemed high but I figured this would give me a benchmark for future. It ran at about 260 and at 3.5 hours the coals died. The recipe said the coals should be good for 4.5 hours so that didn't pan out. I lit some more and added them but then it was up to 290 so way too hot. I assume I'll have to close the bottom vents more? Need to do more research on this. All in all, despite a few issues, the ribs were fantastic. I'm sure they could be even better though.
Gave it a try
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Yes I see there's an issue with the pic. Apparently this site doesn't upload pics the usual way? Typically I just copy the URL link out of photobucket and presto there's a pic. Guess I'll have to look into that.
You will need to load your pics in a folder somewhere on your computer. Then use the link instructions to load them here. Actually Photobucket pics like this are an off site link....and not really allowed.
Thanks, they turned really good considering I had some temp issues and had the fire die. I need to bone up on my adding charcoal process and play around with the vents to get the temp down 25 or so degrees.
They made an excellent mid afternoon snack. Since it was my first try I thought I'd play it safe and not count on it for dinner but as it turns out they were just fine. A bit too much Cumin flavour coming through for my liking, I don't usually use Cumin so I will cut that back a bit for the next rub. I'm looking forward to my next attempt, perhaps a big rack of beef ribs