Originally Posted by flykilbosa
I just built my first UDS and smoked a pork butt and found out the burn wasn't clean? All sorts of creosote in the UDS and the pork tasted like the smell of charcoal. I have 3 - 3/4 intakes and 4 - 1.5 inch exhaust holes. I wound up with 2 of the 3 intakes closed and the last one was about 3/4 open....this gave the UDS temp/grate temp of 230 degrees for 10.5 hours.
I'd guess you either didn't light enough coals to start, or did not wait for the drum to get up to temp before you put the meat in and started smoking.