Help! My first smoking experience!
I just bought a UDS this weekend and tomorrow will be my first time ever actually smoking meat. I here are some initial thoughts and questions:
I plan on lighting the smoker using the minion method can this be done without a coffee can?
After dumping in the chimney on my other coals do I close the lid or shut it and open the valves or close them?
How much hickory should I put on the coals and where should I put the chunks?
I have a six pound brisket slab and a 8 pound butt how long should I smoke them? At what point should I flip the brisket? What point do I foil them? Do I leave the foil open, cracked or sealed?
Do I sauce the meats mid way through the smoke?
If you see anything i'm forgetting please tell me! Thanks a ton!