So I did two very different rib cooks this weekend.
$10.99/lb baby backs from whole foods went on the smoker at 300 dome at about 2pm. It was the first time my almost 4 year old (my older son) went from lighting the fire with me to coming in to prep the racks and out again to put them on. I was looking to let it rise to 350 for a hot and fast cook when we got called down to the beach and then back over to the house where we cooked the pig Saturday. Ok, I closed our vents down a good bit and went for a 4 hour cook. I got a little carried away as the dome was just 200 deg when we got back at 615 but the ribs were reasonably cooked. I painted them with a little sauce and headed out. They were well received and my son was very proud to have been a part of it.
He passed on lighting the grill today, but he did sign back up for applying rub on $2.99 St. Louis cut ribs. They looked good. I stocked up. We also picked up a 4lb chicken. Here I did the 350 for 2.5 hrs on the ribs and 1.5 hrs on the chicken. Now, the chicken didn't really get a lot of smoke, but it seriously took on no color and next to no fire cooked flavor. I cook my thanksgiving turkeys on the egg- I've never seen anything like it. The ribs were solid.
My only proof: