I tried ribs exactly the way the makers recommend in their online video. Hang until nearly done, then slather and rehang for 20-30 mins. Absolutely perfect. The secret to the PBC is the drum size. 33 gallons apparently is the perfect size for even heat convection, allowing the meat 2" from the coals to cook at the same rate at meat at the top. I was dubious of their claim until I tried one. Perfect cook every time. For larger cuts like whole briskets and pork shoulders, you may have to wrap and either place back on grate in PBC or in the oven to finish. The PBC seems to be good for 7-8 hours on one load (7-8 lbs of Kingsford original).