Ok...is my first smoke of the summer and I'm doing 2 Butts for pulled pork for a 4th of July party. I got the WSM last year, so I have a little experience, but not too much. I use the minion method to start the smoker. Top vent all the way open...bottom vents all the way open to start. Once smoker got to 210...closed two bottom vents and third vent closed 50%. Let the smoker heat up to 235, then put the butts on. Ever since the temp has continued to rise. Have all bottom vents closed and my temp is at 285. I was going to try to cook at 225-250 through the night.
My question from you more experienced WSM users...how can you lower the temps if the bottom are shut 100% and I've always read to never close the top vent...how can I get this thing under control? Also...for more details it is sunny and about 85 degrees here in NC.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.