Well, I tried it again but unfortunately I haven't put a roof over the smoker yet and when the down pour started my temps dropped like a rock. Unfortunate to say, I took them off and finished them in the oven (please don't hate me for this lol). They tasted great, but due to the lower temps they were a bit chewey. I let a few of the racks rest longer and they were better but still not quite there.
I'm thinking also about mounting a gas burner in my firebox for just these types of occasions to assist the wood and charcoal... but then again, for a bit more money I could just go buy a MES. I still haven't given up on the UDS either.
I travel a lot (in Tucson AZ today, DC, Philly and NJ next week, then Melbourne, FL the following week so somewhere in the middle of all this mayhem I'm gonna throw some coals again :)
Thank you again to all for your support and guidance. I will master this task some day but then again, I concider this to be one of those things where even the "Trial and Error" is great fun!!!