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My uninformed opinion- would go low and slow and yes drip pan as it wont hold moisture as well- will be curious how you compare the two. Maybe even think about wrapping to keep moist- add a little apple juice to bottom of foil.
will not eat oysters. I want my food dead. Not sick, not wounded... dead.
Should cook ok, butts are pretty forgiving. Personally, I would want to get it in foil part way through the cook, my worry would be drying out.
When I used to cook on a side box, I would pull after 2 hours of smoke, dump a whole bottle of hot sauce on it - and close up the foil for the remainder of the cook. The hot sauce tenderizes - you wont taste it after its done.
Put a water pan (bread pan) in the cooking chamber just next to the firebox. This helps stabilize the temperature somewhat. I like to add some cut onion to the water because I did it once and got the best feedback I've ever gotten on a cook from some very discriminating eaters, so I have done it ever since.
Just like the egg, it doesn't matter if you turbo or not - and the truth is that while we think of it as "turbo" or "low and slow" there are a lot of gradations in-between 220 degrees and 350 degrees and you can have a great cook at any of those temperatures. So, don't fight the cooker and just cook at the temp where it settles. Then depending on your timeframe you can adjust gently to slow things down or speed things up, but try to avoid big temperature swings - to say, 450 degrees.
Most importantly, enjoy the cook. Compared to the egg, the offset firebox smoker is relatively high maintenance. If you approach it as "Oh, cool, I get to play with fire" you'll enjoy it a lot more than if you think of it as "Man, this is a pain..."
What type of smoker is it? The heavier and more airtight it is, the easier your cook will be.
XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating
San Antonio, TX
Cool. I did find that it used charcoal a lot faster than the BGE. Made me thankful for the BGE's efficiency! Do you think it would use less charcoal to try to maintain a lower temperature for longer or a higher temperature for shorter?