Originally Posted by Ineffectual
here is after and before pictures of my first Primo cook. http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee193/Ineffectual/
Two things that could have been done differently was indirect and less unlit fuel. The fire was too close to the ribs. The ring was filled a little half way. I only placed a few (6) lit pieces of charcoal on top and opened vents all the way. Temp raised quickly. First time I used Cowboy. The bag I bought has a lot of little pieces.
Other than the burnt part the ribs were great
I think I am going to like this cooker
Couple things for your next cook on the Primo. Leave the top and bottom vent open 100% until you get to 190-200*, then shut both vents down 75% and add your meat then close both vents down to where you only have about 1" opening. From there your temps will rise a bit but should settle in close to around 250*. Also drip pan racks to hold a couple fire bricks and a drip pan would prevent the ribs from charring.
I don't mind Cowboy Lump, it's certainly not the best but is pretty much the easiest to find. If I use it, it's for grilling vs. smoking. I find it will not give you much of a smoke ring. If you're having trouble finding another brand of lump, try your local roofing center. Yes roofing center, the ones around here sell Royal Oak $9 for a 20lb bag. Roofers use it to heat the roofing tar.
Ribs looked great to me!!