I'm using a modified brinkmann charcoal smoker. I use cowboy charcoal and a mix of hickory and apple wood. I do a lot of pork spare rib and shoulders. I'm wondering why my finished product is almost black in color. I watch the BBQPM show and there stuff comes out with a nice mahogany color and its beautiful. I do the 321 method on ribs and they are fall off the bone tender but black. My wife like fall off the bone but I want that perfect bite with just a little tug. I am able to control my pit temp well so I don't the dark color is because of the temp.