>> Any benefit to letting them sit out for an hour or so before going in the smoker
Letting them sit out ONE hour ... though it will be *better* than straight-from-fridge, one hour isn't enough. I agree with earlier posts, there'll be too much well-done and not enough pink in the middle.
I'm thinking ... four hours. Ok, at least three.
If you have time, YES trim, to 1/8" to 1/4" fat. THEN rub with salt. THEN sit for four hours.
That's what I would do.
Homemade mortarless bread oven.
KCBS member ... primarily so I can get into Restaurant Depot.
Pink and orange Thermopens. The slow ones, as I'm not competitive.