Hi all. So after 6 years of saying "This summer I'm getting a smoker", I finally did! I've never smoked an ounce a meat before in my life so I went with an electric Masterbuilt. I'm hoping as I get the hang of things I'll be able to graduate to BGE or some other charcoal-based smoker.
So last weekend I broker the sucker in. I got myself 2 racks of baby-back pork rips from my local butcher and cut them each in half (so it would fit). A friend of mine who uses a BGE gave a rub recipe which applied the night before. I scoured the internet tips and advice and ended up smoking at 250 for ~4 hours. I did them unwrapped for 2 hours, wrapped in foil, and then unwrapped for about 45 minutes. They looked beautiful at this point but I noticed the rub was still a little "squishy" (the rub was brown sugar based with a bunch of other spices). My buddy had said that he likes to finish them up on the grill. So I threw them on medium-high grill and they almost immediately burned. Doh!!! Took them and let them rest for about 20 minutes. I cut off some ribs and they were obviously overdone. I'm not sure if that happened on the grill (they were for about 7 minutes) or if I smoked too long. Another thing that I'm not sure about is if I should constantly be adding wood chips. I would add wood whenever the smoke stopped coming out of the air damper. I remember reading on a couple sites that you don't necessarily want it to be "smoking" the entire time.
Any thoughts/comments are greatly appreciated. Going to try a pork butt this weekend!!