Ron has a good point as well. The wind can crush temps if its hitting the rig just right. Also, trying to cook at a higher temp like 300 is tough on a cheap offset. Even truer when using a basket to hold the charcoal. Offsets are ALL about airflow. Having a large basket full of charcoal can really hurt the flow of air and make it hard to keep enough heat flowing into the cook chamber to keep a temp above 250.
Have you ever cooked with KBB at the temps you are today? Other than that I have no idea why the Stubbs would die out like you said.
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