So the more I read and search and read again, the more I realize that everyone has a preference, something that really works for him or her, and that the debate between lump or briquettes is hot.....that was terrible, I know
Anyway, I have a webber kettle and have smoke a total of two times on it, and both times I have used some kingsford briquettes. Cooking times have been a max of 6 hours, and keeping the temp down has been a problem, which I plan to try and rectify by using a water pan the next time, and, not taking the lid off repeatedly, and being a little more patient when adjusting the airflow.
The next cook(which will most certainly include qview pics), is a whole, beer can chicken. I bought jeff's book so will be brining and using recipes from that, but, lump charcoal or go with the briquettes again. I know there are so many variables, a lot of which I have researched and read. I read about the minion method, but I dont think it applies here, how to judge the right amount of coals to put in...I'm lost.
In summary, what I am going to do is use a parafin cube to light with lump charcoal, and I have the kettle modified with the IQ 110 which is great to keep temp up..but not to keep it down. So, adding in a water pan as well. And seeing if I can keep the temps around 225-260, and finishing it off over the lump for the crispy effect on the skin. My hope is that the lump will burn cleaner without as much ash
Thats a lot, I know, but just trying to find my way. I appreciate the time