Just got a my first smoker for Christmas, and I'm trying it out for the first time today. Well, I seasoned it last weekend, so I'm about to start for real today. I'm going do a second season on the grates because I wasn't fully satisfied with where I kept the temperature at during the last part of the seasoning process last weekend. I ran out of charcoal and the temperature dropped during the last hour. I figure that it can't hurt. Plus I'm using bacon grease this time instead of vegetable oil, so that has to make it better, right?
I'm going to be smoking a pork loin. I figured this would be a easy starting point, but I don't really know. :) I'm going to put "Kansas City's Cowtown "The Squeal' Hog Rub" (of Oklahoma Joe's BBQ fame) on it here in a few minutes, then let it sit for a bit while I get the smoker ready.
I bought mesquite charcoal and hickory wood chips. Am I committing a cardinal sin?