Other than food safety, there are no "rules" nor "consensus" or any "right" or "only" way to cook BBQ.
That is what makes it so great and fun to do!
As long as a lot of money is not involved, I love to try new techniques, flavors, and variations.
"Flirtin' with Disaster" BBQ Team (RETIRED)
FBA and KCBS Cook and Judge.
Former owner of a WSM, a Smokey Joe, a Charbroil Commercial gasser (junk), and the legendary "StudeDera".
Now cooking with a FEC100, a Traeger Lil' Tex, and a Fast Eddy PG500
Proud Pellet guy cooking on real wood.