This weekend was the first weekend with my smoker. I did my seasoning smoke and I could not maintain my temps lower than 300-350! I got discouraged and nervous.
For the seasoning smoke I used way too much fuel.
I got the fuel situation settled the following day before I began the cook and i was able to maintain a good 225-260 pretty easily. It would climb and fall but i'd add fuel or open the fire box to maintain good cooking temps. there were a few 45-60 minute stints where i didnt have to touch it at all.
Started with charcoal, switched to hickory wood chunks.
Ended up with a good smoke.
I never really saw much of a 'thin blue smoke' but the temps were perfect and across the entire cooking grate i only had a 10* variance.
Rack on the left I did 3-2-1, rack on the right i just basted every 45 mintues.
3-2-1 for the winnnnnnnnn all day.
wrapped them with a little brown sugar, butter, and honey - fan freaking tastic. became very tender and fell off the bone. im not competing and thats what i like!
you can see the that the meat was falling off the bone towards the top of the picture. i lost the meat for two of the ribs!
Bad Byrons Butt Rub is what I used for the rub and I enjoyed it. Good flavor, but the tenderness of the ribs just falling off the bone....perfect IMO.