My name is Martin and I'm currently living in the New Orleans area. I'm originally from Modesto, CA, but let that be our little secret. I recently purchased the Masterbuilt 20070910 30 inch Black Electric Digital Smoker, Top Controller and I'm doing my first smoke this Saturday. I have an 8 lb brisket and a couple of racks of ribs and I plan to use hickory smoke. I really want this to turn out amazing so any tips you can give me would be appreciated.