You are right, I am building to big a fire I fill my ring with unlit brackets I put maybe 4 good sized chunks of wood around the edges buried in the unlit brackets and thin get a dozen or so ready in my starter. But I spread them out thinking I can get up to temp faster. Maybe I need to get the idea of faster out of my head when it comes to smoking? I was thinking of putting some lava rock or even crumpled up foil in a small bowl then putting my wood on top of that reproducing the same thing as I did in my gas smoker. What do you think about that? I have read articles that say soaking the wood does nothing more then drop the temp, but I have done this for years on my gas smoker and had good results. I am open to new ideas though and will try things that others have had good results with. We had a barbeque in our back yard last year which more the 50 people attended. I was told by a family from Texas and a couple from Kansas that my ribs were better then they can find where they lived. I think I have the ribs down pretty good but brisket and butts can be improved. I have smoke brisket that came out so tender, smoky and juicy that it was like slicing jello, and then the next time it was over done, I have a single probe digital thermometer and a Weber double probe as well. I will be using them from now on. I have a Texas recipe for brisket but I am not completely happy with it do you have one that I could try? and what do you think about brining the brisket instead of marinating? Actually what I understand about braining I can add what ever to the brine and get the flavors to penetrate better. Thank you for the tips, I look forward to your response.
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