OK, I learned a few things. I was somewhat disappointed with this effort. I was extremely happy with the appearance,bark. texture, pull and moisture. The flavor left a lot to be desired. Being that this was an ECB, temperature control was a major factor. I started out with about 20 unlit briquettes in a circle and then added 1/2 a lit chimney to the center. My temps started out over 250. and eventually crept up to close to 300. Thinking that was too high, I left it for about an hour and then it eventually dropped to 240 so I thought now's the time to put the ribs on.
I put them on and the temp stayed pretty much steady for about another hour until another precipitous drop. BTW, I was monitoring grill temps using a wireless remote temperature probe inserted in one of the huge gaps in the between the body of the smoker and the lid. I lifted the smoker body off the coals and discovered they had almost burnt out. I tried to gather the functioning coals left in a group and added about 10 more on top of those.
This brought the temps back up over 250 and then all of a sudden the temps started rising quickly. I went outside and discovered my water pan had evaporated so temps got up to 275 by the time I got more hot water in the pan.
This brought the temps down back to a bit less than 250 and then the temp dropped again. I went a checked and discovered I had only a few coals left. So, I made up another 1/3 chimney of coals and by the time they were ready the temps were down in the 140's yielding a nasty smoke. I added the 1/3 chimney and finished the project. Like I said before, everything looked good and the bark and textures were fine but the overall taste was of a too smokey flavor that yielded acid indigestion after eating
I don't think I'll try ribs again on this rig, Tri Tip will be fine cuz external temps are not that important since my temp probe goes in the meat and I pull when temp hits target. Sorry I dont have pics, Maybe that should be my next project, to find a hosting site to put pics.
Anyway, that how my rib adventure turned out. The ECB has too many gaps to be able to control temps in an effective manner so as long as I'm using this, low and slow is not the way to go. For me anyway. Thanks for reading
Edited by Roched11 - 12/10/14 at 6:28pm