This weekend I'm planning to smoke my first butt for a family dinner Sunday night. I will also be doing up a few slabs of spare ribs to go with it which I've done before and i'm not concerned about. The butt however has me a little scared. I'm planning to smoke the butt saturday pull it and re-heat it on sunday. I will smoke the ribs sunday afternoon. This gives me PLENTY of time to wait out the butt if I need to. Also gives me time to throw on a backup brisket if I need to... Plan so far for the butt: slather with yellow mustard apply a rub yet to be determined wrap in plastic and fridge over night. Early saturday morning start smoking smoke for 1 1/2 hour per lb till it hits 200 IT. Unknowns are: To Foil or Not to Foil? To Spritz or not to Spritz? ( like to spritz my ribs with apple juice and cider vinegar) I've narrowed down the two rubs I think I would like the best does anyone have an opinion either way? Rub 1: 1/2 cup paprika 1/4 cup kosher salt, finely ground 1/4 cup sugar 2 tablespoons mustard powder 1/4 cup chili powder 1/4 cup ground cumin 2 tablespoons ground black pepper 1/4 cup granulated garlic 2 tablespoons cayenne Rub 2: 1/4 cup garlic powder 1/4 cup mild chili powder (use medium or hot to kick up the heat) 3 tablespoons salt 3 tablespoons black pepper 2 tablespoons onion powder 2 tablespoons celery seeds 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 tablespoon dried oregano 1 tablespoon dried thyme 3 teaspoons cumin 2 teaspoons dry mustard 2 teaspoons ground coriander 2 teaspoons ground allspice What do you all think? I'm using a Brinkman Charcoal Grill/Smoker that I've used for a while and I'm able to keep it pretty steady between 225 and 240 all day long. I usually use a water pan in there but lately have read about using sand or bricks instead. Not sure If I want to experiment with that on this smoke or not.