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Hi all - short-time lurker, first time poster!
Bought a LBGE just before Memorial Day and have given it a couple runs - burgers (didn't trust myself), Slow cooked pork shoulder in foil & marinade (cochinita pibil recipe - pulled it too early, but not bad), kabobs (good, but left on a little long for the meat - didn't trust myself again) and pork chops and veggies last night (very good - finally trusted myself, and my Thermapen!).
I'm going to smoke spare ribs tomorrow for the first time. I love experimenting, but I'd be lying if I said I was doing anything other than a bit of a wing and a prayer. I've read up a lot on how to handle the ribs, and I think I have the plan I'm going to try, so thank you to everyone for suggestions that have been posted here over time.
The questions I have now are mostly functional, and pertain to tomorrow:
1) smoking chips - I bought hickory; soak for 30 minutes before hand and then scatter among the charcoal before or after lighting?
2) stabilizing the temp - so far I've let the Egg fire way up, closed dome with the bottom vent open and the top vent off completely, then tried to bring it back down. It works, but it takes a while bringing it down, especially if I'm trying to bring it way down. So is it best to do it the other way and get to 250 on the way up and damper everything to try to stabilize there, or is there a danger of killing the fire that way?
3) I don't plan on foiling, but do plan on using a water-filled drip pan - is one or the other more likely to cause the meat to be too moist, ie mushy? I want them tender, but I don't want mush.
I also plan on spritzing and saucing very late - I've watched the Franklin BBQ videos a couple times now and plan on buying a checked shirt and hipster glasses and growing a beard so I can be a truly bad-ass Q'er. Really, great stuff in those videos, but he's doing things a little differently than I've seen suggested here so I'm trying to take the best and most logical from everyone.
Thanks in advance - I just got approved on these forums, but have been reading them since the weekend and finding all kinds of nuggets of wisdom!