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My 2nd smoke, my first ribs

post #1 of 5
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So today was my second time smoking after a moderate success yesterday. Today I did baby back ribs with a rub and sauce using the 2-2-1 method, lump mesquite coal and apple chunks.

I was having a hard time keeping a clean fire burning for the first two hours. Luckily my Maverick 733 came in the mail right then. I put the probes in the smoker and found the original thermometer to be reading 70*F  high. I had been cooking just under 200*f when I thought I was at 260*. I am also using a new fire basket that I made this morning that might have slightly too fine of a mesh to let air flow well once the coals start to burn down. I kept the ribs wrapped a bit longer to compensate for the low temps I started with. The results were excellent.

I'm using foil until the gasket material I ordered shows up.

Rubbed and ready.

Done, with some bacon greased and rubbed potatoes.

Really happy for a first attempt.

post #2 of 5

Ribs look good to me?


Fire basket looks good too?  Just grab it with some tongs and shake it every couple of hours.


I think you are well on your way to being a true addict!


Two smokes in two days?  You might be in some real trouble there?


Now just keep a real close eye on your wallet?


Good luck and good smoking

post #3 of 5

After a second look?


Is your coal basket sitting on the bottom of the firebox?


If so?  You might want to cut it a little shorter in height.  Suspend it off the bottom of the firebox with a couple of rolled steel rods. Better air flow that way.  Something like this:



Dang?  Wasn't that a virginal looking smoker?


My first offset after using the old ECB upright.


Good luck and good smoking.

post #4 of 5
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I have a larger grate under the fire basket, so it sits higher off the bottom than it used to. The bag of lump charcoal I was using was broken up in to a lot of very small chips too, that may have been a part of the problem. I'm going to try a different brand. When I added new charcoal it would smother it a bit so I hit it with my weed burner to get it going more each time. That really helped. I may also light coals in my chimney and pour them in already burning.

post #5 of 5
Looking good there!
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