Did an in-chamber smoke last week. The ribs turned out AMAZING. I will not be using any water pans in the next smoke because the lower rack wasn't as tender because of the 30 degree difference in temp. When the water evaporated the all four zones were exactly the same temp. The smoke box will be done in a few weeks, then on to true offset smoking! Going to add a third rack to the smoker and a chimney later on.
Has anyone tried the 3-2-1 method with pans instead of foil? The picture of the covered pans is before they initially got into the smoker. I want to try the 3-2-1 method with the sabs going back into the pans for two hours instead of individually wrapped in foil. Wrapping 60+ slabs of ribs would take a lot of time and foil.