Still a newbie to smokin' and can't believe all the variables to play with. Maybe that's why this is so much fun. Temperature, Inject or not, Brine or not, Spritz or not, Mop or not, wood type, rub type, sauce type, In the pan, out of the pan, wrap or not, etc. etc. etc. Thank goodness for this forum to help sort some of this out. Today I have 2 butts I'm smoking with Applewood chips at 240. Gonna put them in fat side up (do any of you trim that fat off?) and keep both uncovered and leave them alone 'till they get to 200. Hoping for each to have a nice bark - my first attempts I never got as hard of a bark as I wanted but rather soggy I think maybe from wrapping or putting a lot of water in the water pan??? Butt 1: Brined overnight in salt, water, brown sugar, rub, and 2 bay leaves. The rub is homemade I found somewhere on the internet and has 1 Tbsp of each: salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and cumin, plus 1/2 Cup of brown sugar. Gonna keep it in the pan. Butt 2: Rubbed a store bought Kansas City Style rub, no brine or anything. Putting it on the rack, not in the pan but with a pan underneath to catch the drippings. I know most of you probably frown on the store bought rubs but I'm just experimenting! I'll let you know how they turn out!