Hey everyone, I have been lurking here for a while in advance of purchasing my first house(moved out of an apartment that did not allow grilling) and reading about getting started smoking. Today is the day that I decided to start. I am having my parents and brother and sister over for some ribs this evening, preperations started a few nights ago... Thursday night: Purchased ribs from sams..3 racks a little over 8 lbs 24 bucks, not bad like 2.97 a lb. Friday night, rub the ribs down, mustard and 3 different kinds of store bought rubs, McCormick grill masters pork and apple wood, and famous daves rib rub, I like famous daves the best from the smell. into the frige overnight, to get ready for saturday, notice I forgot to remove the membrane Saturday 1:30ish got the lump going and then into the smoker, minion method with 5 chunks of cherry. Put the ribs on at around 2:00 in the proccess of putting the ribs on remembered that I forgot to remove the membrane. My dad was here helping me and we decided after about 10 min of the ribs on the smoker to remove the membrane from the ribs, even after only 10 min at 275 in the smoker some of the bones were getting very hot to the touch, got all that taken care of. While taking care of the membranes I left the top of my WSM off and noticed the water in the pan started boiling, knew it was going to be hot, got my themomotor back in there, it was at 325 degrees when I got the ribs back on. Shut down all the vents got the temp to come down, about 10-15 min later it was coming past 290, opened the top up and one of the bottom vents about 25 everything else is closed, holding steady at 280. Keep in mind this is the first run on the WSM and I know it runs hot the first one, Id like to cook at around 275-270 so hopefully it will come back down a bit more. Will continue updating as the smoke progresses along with some qview of the finished product Questions: Did I do the right thing by removing the membrane and then putting a little extra rub on it right before it went back on? Will it be ok running at the 325 or so for a few min? I am planning on 2-1.5-1 I am looking for tender, right before fall off the bone ribs, just a little tug needed. Do those times sound right? Any other words of encouragment, advice, ridicule would be appreciated.