Originally Posted by plowin-fire
What can you get for meat on the beast?
With the drop in water pan and extra shelves I have loaded 12 butts into the cooker. However I like to use a separate drip pan, so when I use a drip pan I can load 10 Butts with much room between them. I believe if I stagger them left - right - left I could fit 15 butts in the cooker with a drip pan.
With rib racks I have cooked 30 racks of ribs at one time.
Even with an 8 pound load of charcoal, the unit heats up fast and recovers very quickly when the door is opened and closed... Runs about 10 - 12 hours depending on your charcoal.
I have found that the cooker likes lump charcoal, it burns hotter and smoother with lump than it does with briquettes.