Last year, I received a Char-Broil offset smoker for xmas and haven't gotten around to using it yet. I started building a PID temp controller but had some set backs due to faulty cheapo Fotek SSRs from eBay (I have a 2 replacements coming from 2 sellers and with that, I got fed up with the cheapies and ordered a Watlow), so I wasn't going to use the smoker until I was able to do a dry run with the PID. My plan was to use my old failthful, MES 30. That was until I turned it on, set the temp and time, and left it to heat up. Came back 20 minutes later and it hadn't done a thing. The heating light was on but the smoker was cold. The element took the proverbial dump. So, I had to dive into the offset. I had some trouble keeping the heat up and the last couple of hours on the ribs volleyed between 170 and 220. But man! Those were excellent ribs. Now I'm going to be experimenting with lump and wood chunks. I made an apple rub and an apple sauce for them. Here's a pic while they were on the smoker. Sorry, I don't have one with them all sauced up on the grill. The smoke ring was incredible! I was never able to get a smoke ring in the MES with the AMNPS. Here are the recipes I threw together. The rub was inspired by another thread here. Apple BBQ Sauce 2 c Ketchup 1 1/2 - 2 c Apple cider 1 c Apple Cider Vinegar 1/4 c JD (or other Bourbon. I used Jesse James) 1/4 c Brown Sugar 1 Tbsp Onion Powder 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder 1 Tbsp Cayenne 1 Tbsp Horseraddish 1 Tbsp Mustard (spicy or dark) 1/2 Tsp (or a shake or two) Cinnamon 1/4 Tsp Liquid Smoke Combine and simmer for 20 minutes. Apple Rub 2 bags Seneca Granny Smith dried apples 1/2 c brown sugar 1/2 c white sugar 2 Tbsp salt 1 Tbsp paprika 1 Tbsp cayenne 1 Tbsp black pepper 1 Tbsp garlic 1 Tsp Cinnamon The apples were sent through the food processor until they were ground down as small as possible. I will be picking up a coffee grinder for this so I can make some powder to impart more apple flavor in the rub. The rub and the sauce have a bit of a bite to them. So add the heat to your liking.