Hello everyone! I'm Drew! So I was wondering if someone could share some insight about what happened to my first batch of beef snack sticks. Like I said, it was my first time so i wasn't exactly sure what to do but i wanted to use my smoker when I made them. I'll try to talk you guys through the whole process to help figure things out. First off I own a Masterbuilt Electric Smoker. I ended up following instructions that advised me to preheat the smoker to 130 and wait until the internal temp reaches 80. This took me about an hour. Then I was instructed to put the smoker to 160 until the internal temp reached 145. During these first two phases I was instructed not to introduce smoke just yet. Anyway, this second process took about 3 hours to reach 145. Then I was instructed to put the smoker to 175 and wait until the internal temp reached 160. During this process I was also advised to introduce smoke. This process took 8 hours....yes...8 hours. It was brutal, most recipe's I had seen said it should take anywhere from 4 to 8 hours. I was not planning on 14 hours total cooktime. Anyway, more importantly, the beef sticks are done, but they are very dry and oversmoked. Not really sure what happened. Or why it took so long. I had noticed about 5 hours into it the sticks were getting pretty dark and creosote covered so I stopped introducing smoke and just let them cook freely. Anyway any insight you guys could share would be greatly appreciated.