I finally got my first smoke under my belt! It was an absolutely beautiful day here in Alabama. the sun was shining and it was warm 75 degrees outside. Since this was the first smoke i have ever done, i decided to do something that was cheap and not so difficult. Like i previously said, i had some chicken breasts in the freezer so i decided to give it a shot. It was challenging, but i got good results and i think i will do better next time. I had trouble maintaining a temp of 275. I didnt realize how much fuel i was going to use. I started off with a half bag of charcoal and then started putting mini pecan logs on top of the charcoal. I assumed that the charcoal would be enough to last for the whole smoke and that i would get by with just using three of the mini logs. Boy was i wrong. I ended up using about 10 of the mini logs because the charcoal was turning to ash. My biggest concern was the white smoke i was getting when i added new wood. Much to my relief it didnt affect the outcome of the meat. Anyhow enough rambling heres what I did. First i lighly seasoned the breasts with garlic powder, cajun seasoning, and cayenne pepper for some heat. then i marinated them in italian dressing for 45 minutes. after they marinated for 45 minutes i put them on the smoker at 275 and let them get to an internal temp of 180. Surprisingly they were very moist, and they had a nice smoke flavor to them.