Hi, I'm new to smoking.First Timer. I just bought a small New Braunfels offset smoker at a yard sale for $15. I spent the weekend cleaning it up and repainted it. I seasoned it and cooked a rack of pork spare ribs on them this weekend. I used charcoal, and would occasionally throw on some wood chips that were soaked. I had a water pan in the bottom of the barrel,. I had alot of trouble keeping the temperature high enough. I maintained a temp around 180 degrees. The last couple hours I threw on some wood, and it then got almost too hot, 300-350. Here's the before http://imgur.com/7tLXl0f and after http://imgur.com/IHHtOdk pics.
newbie using an offset smoker
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