I'm sure by now you've purchased a thermometer but I've been very happy with Maverick thermometers. I own the redi-chek et-73 and love it. Used it tons. Check it out online, I got mine on Amazon. Happy smoken!
Now that looks awesome! I've never tried a CCB fatty before though. Great idea for my next smoke. IMO you might want to get a 1.5"x1.5" wooden block to put your probes into instead of using the one that attaches to the grill grate. Heard they can throw off your CC temp. Just an idea.
I've injected briskets with beef broth. Injected turkeys and chickens with seasoned melted butter. Going to do a couple game hens and try injecting them with buffalo sauce. So far everyone has enjoyed what I've done unless they're pulling my leg. I always smoke around 225*-250*
Welcome to the forum. This place has been so helpful for me. I'm opposite of you with my smoking success. Have not gotten my ribs down quite yet but getting close. If you have any questions feel free to ask and you'll get plenty of help. The search bar is great for finding older threads too.
I've never soaked just wrap in tin foil. I get a heavy smoke but I don't use wood through out the smoke. I use lump charcoal with some competition kingsford for the entire smoke. Also have never used a water pan since I don't use a vertical smoker just a side fire box. Keep asking and they...