Just wanted to say hi on this forum. I am a hick originally from WY now living in NW Washington. I recently escaped from Kansas, although I really do miss Gates BBQ. The weather and lack of mountains just wasn't for me I guess. I have been smoking for about 2 years now but I consider myself still learning. I use a Char-griller combo (gas, charcoal, and side fire box). When I smoke I use a combination of charcoal and wood chunks, mostly hickory and mesquite woods since that is usually all I can find around here. I do have a few questions I would like to ask now. Recently I was roped into "volunteering" to smoke for a displaced Texan, and since the rub provided was really good and this was to be dry rather than wet bbq I didn't protest too much. Now I find that word has spread and there are 15-18 people looking to attend. My smoker can handle about 3 racks of ribs, 4 if I really squeeze them together which I don't like doing. What would you recommend as a way of preparing the meat in advance and getting everything heated up for everyone? I was also thinking about smoking a brisket to lessen the number of racks needed a so should I smoke the brisket first and reheat? Looking forward to another summer filled with smoke, now that the rain is slacking off.