Thanks Foamheart. i was shooting for 175 IT. after i made the post i checked some more spots to find my probe was incorrectly placed. after further checking i was only at 156 IT. i pulled them at 169. they coasted to 172. i believe it was a great spot to pull them. I'm new to my smoker so been experimenting to determine how i get the best smoke time from a batch of chips. i do believe the soak wasn't necessary but i also wrapped them in foil which i think helped significantly.