Did my 2nd cook today with the WSM.
Since I have no cooks with water to compare the clay pot base cook with I'll just post the results.
2 slabs of St Louis cut spares on rib racks on the top grate and the cut pieces on the bottom grate.
2 ET-73's under the lid on top and bottom grates.
1 lit chimney of Royal Oak charcoal. 1/2 chimney unlit.
4 cherry wood chunks - dry.
65F Overcast, windy.
Original empty water pan foiled and clay pot base foiled inside of water pan.
Lit the 3/4 chimney full of RO, also had some left over charcoal from previous cook 1/4 chimney. Note: Forget using old charcoal.
1030 - Added lit to charcoal ring and added 1/2 unlit RO. Waited till all were almost gray then added cherry wood and assembled smoker. Ribs on.
1037 - Closed 2 bottom vents. 3rd full open. Lid full open. Top - 256F Bottom 215F.
- Top 261 Bottom 242. Closed bottom vent to 1/2
1130 - T-240, B-228
1215 - T-243, B-230
1315 - T-244, B-231
1345 - T-172, B-186 Opened 2 vents to 100%
1400 - T-226, B-239
1445 - Temps kept dropping, but the ribs were done.
Next time I'll add more charcoal at the beginning. I'm very satisfied with the clay pot base. The temps were very stable even with the wind. Cleanup was a breeze
I would've cooked the ribs a bit longer. A little dry. Maybe a little water in the clay pot base?
They were bite tender, not yet fall of the bone tender. The smoke ring was beautiful.
I won't use leftover charcoal again. If I do I'll add more new.
Remove 2nd charcoal grate. Only use it with lump. Ash didn't drop away.
I LOVE MY WSM! Almost set and forget. Already planning my next cook - Pulled Pork!!