Thanks for all of the advice everyone. I had some of the sausage for breakfast, and the charcoal taste is still a bit strong. I know I should get some charcoal taste, but it's a bit too much.
I'll give it a run again tonight and fire up the middle for 2 minutes and then put some apple wood in and see how it does. After it goes for a while, I'll throw the rest of the sausage on and see what happens. If it goes well, then I'll be doing a butt and maybe some ribs this weekend.