Originally Posted by Nbednaz16
Ok, so I'm new to this and this Sunday I'm going to be trying out my smoker for the first time (char-griller offset) and I'm a little scared haha
I have a couple of questions
1: do I put the wood directly on to the hot coals? Yes,
2: how much would should I use? (I'm smoking a 4lb rack of pork ribs) This depends on whether you are using chunks, chips
3: Is it a pain keeping the temp regulated in this type of smoker? Not usually in summer when it is warm, winter is another story.
I appreciate the help in advance, just don't want to mess up my first smoke and honestly this smoker kind of intimidates me
I have a few questions for you as well.
Do you have a charcoal basket? If not turn over the charcoal grate in the fire box so that it stands on the short "legs" at either end.
Are you using charcoal briquettes, lump charcoal or are you planning on using small wood splits as the fuel?
A 4 pound rack of ribs will take about 5-5.5 hours to pass the "bend test" if you cook at a range between 250°-275°, it will take less time if you foil.
One hint- do not fight to keep the temp "low" as in "low and slow", instead let it take the temp up, with all vents wide open, to 250° and then shut the intake on the firebox. The pit will settle in and maintain a steady temp until the fuel gets low, then add another lit chimney of charcoal. when I cook with charcoal I start with 2 fully lit chimneys of charcoal, this lasts about an hour and a half before I need to add more fuel.
FWIW you do not need to season the CG, just start a fire in the fire box and leave the vents open, this will burn off any oil residue left from the manufacturing process. After that just start cooking.
You can also join us over at the CharGriller Owners Group to get ideas and help-