I wanted to report that my first smoking attempt was HIGHLY successful, thanks in large part to the excellent advice and very helpful tips I've received reading through these forums. The first smoke saw two racks of St. Louis spare ribs, cooked with the 3-2-1 method with a crutch, regular spritzing with equal parts Jack Daniels and apple juice (also distributed evenly between the meat and myself). I used lump charcoal and hickory chunks which had been soaked in water for ~30 minutes prior to being placed on the charcoal(this method was recommended to me by the guy who presented me with my first smoker but I'd love to hear what you guys think).
Tonight, I plan on two racks of Smoked Baby Back Ribs and the Herb Rubbed Smoked Pork Loin and maybe a Turkey Tenderloin as well.
The temp today will be in the 90's, and the humidity will be roughly 35% in sunny Salt Lake City, UT.
Anyone have any special tips for me, or care to weigh in on the soaked v dry wood issue?
All comments, tips, tricks and ideas are welcomed!