Your assumption is correct! I monitored the unit internal temp as well as the brats when I cooked them but didn’t the ribs! I will modify that next time!I only use the water pan in my smoker during long overnight cooks or when the outside humidity and dew point are extremely low.
Save the apple juice for mops or spritzes. Save the beer for drinking.
I presume you're also using a separate thermometer probe set up to monitor grate temps?
there is some wonderful info here everyone! I can’t thank you enough!!