Need Opinions about first UDS attempt
Just made my first UDS and tried my first burn tonight after I sprayed everything with Pam. I am using a garbage can cover for an ash collector at the bottom of the barrel with the fire bowl (16"diameter x 9" high) up 3.5" from the ash collector. My first grate is approx 2 " from the top of the barrel and the next one is approx 8" below that. I poured 2 Weber chimneys of charcoal in the fire bowl and lit the 3rd and poured that in the fire bowl. I opened all vents for about an hour and the temp reached a high of 450-475 on the second rack and about 50degrees less on the top rack. I then corked 3 of the vents and the temp fell to about 225-250 and stayed pretty steady for about the last 4 hours. I think the coals may be dying down now. I am wondering if everything sounds ok to start cooking or should I be modifying something? If so, what?
Also -- any ideas on what to use for the first cook and still be good to the wife (nothing spicy). Any recipes. Was thinking of brisket or shoulder but looking to each off you for your opinion and especially if I am good to go.