Originally Posted by worktogthr
I have used the grate on occasion but in many cases I am doing 3 or more racks of ribs or multiple meats when I fire up the PBC. So the grate doesn't have enough room to put more than 2-3 racks of ribs on it. Lately I have been foiling my ribs so i just do that in the oven or indirect on one of my grills if its more than 2 racks. I could probably invest in a rib rack so I can keep them on the PBC the whole time. I'd say that ribs on the PBC take anywhere from 3-4 hours depending on how hot your coals are going when you start the cook as well as the size and thickness of the ribs. I really love it so far. The taste that you get from the fat dripping down on the coals like you mentioned, is so different from all other cookers. I'd love to get a WSM myself just because I love playing with grills and smokers. I did read somewhere that you can get some kind of attachment that would allow you to use the WSM just like a PBC.
I was just watching a video on smoking ribs on a PBC - wow can they fit a lot of racks in when theyre hanging. To your point, i see why you cant use the grate.
Something about cooking in a barrel just looks so cool.
another thought - you might end up "using up" your cooking grate a bit faster by keeping it so close to the coals. By use up i mean burn off the nickel plating (if it is nickel plated). but that is probably a minor thing. replacement grates are easy to come by.
i actually ordered that hanging rack system for the WSM and it is shipping to me via sea. should get it in a couple months. pretty stoked to try it out.