Hi I am new to the forum. Just acquired a Oklahoma Joe Vertical Smoker. I live in Minnesota and am looking forward to many years of smoking pleasure. I am fairly new to the smoking scene. Last night tried the smoker for the first time. I did two racks of spare ribs, a whole pork loin, and a whole turkey. The loin turned out amazing. The rest turned out OK. Tried the 3-2-1 method on the ribs but I think I got a little too much smoke or too much temp. There was a black coating on them. I was able to keep the temp between 200 and 250. I used Mesquite for the first couple hours and then switched to Pecan. Pretty sure it was a fire issue. Next time I think I will let the fire go a little longer before starting. Hoping for more coals when I start smoking.