Direct heat is a good thing...drop the pan. My birds get diffused in the mini with the steamer pan but doesn't even need that. Birds in my UDS is the same way...directly over the coals baby and perfect skin every time. Dark skin and never rubbery. Same temps as you ran also. Do some more experimenting.
Mini WSM uds style, Jumbo Mini WSM aka Jimmy, newly renovated Big Poppa Black powder coated UDS, Kettle, Potbelly Stove Smoker Smoke house w/ Smoke Daddy cold smoke generator attached.PitmasterIQ,Guru PartyQ ...Keith