Jed, this is a great tutorial. Couple questions if you don't mind. I saw the BBQ thermo pegged, what temps do you think you were hitting for the cook. How critical do you think the upper charcoal plate was for you?
Weber 26.75 OTG w/CI grates & SJ/WSM Mini
Home built 24"x72" reverse flow stick burner trailer with 18"x44" grill w/CI grates and upright SS gas oven/smoker.
Home built 48" fire pit with a 30"x30" Santa Maria style ranch grill.
Home built lump charcoal retort, iGrill & a bunch of other cooking toys.