so i tried my first ever smoke yesterday. It was 5.21 pounds bone-in butt. So at 1.5hr per lb i figured about 8hr cook time and a 1hr rest inthe cooler before pulling. I have a char-broil cabinet style electric smoker and bought an amnps to go along with it. Just for reference that smoker is identical to the smoke hollow electric as well. I compared them side by side. I rubbed it down, got the amnps going, got the smoker to 225, filled the water pan with water and some apple juice and threw on the butt at 10am. Things moved right along at first. It seemed to stay at 150 forever.I use a thermapen to check my meat temp and an old fashion potato with a digital thermometor for the smoker temp. I was anticipating the temp to just hover for a while. So I just tried to ride it out. Well 4 hours later i was only at 155ish. So i just let it go another hour. At 10 hours It was almost 160 so i figured throw it in the oven wrapped in foil and poured in a litttle apple juice to finish. 1.5 hours later i was a 180 and tired, hungry and frustrated beyond belief and with my neighbor egging me on to just pull it out so we could eat I figured why not. So a total of 11.5 hours of cooking. All i can say is yuck!! Don't get me wrong it looked great after all that time, nice dark bark going on and a big smoke ring. It tasted very bitter for some reason. Not sure if it was the rub or due to the smoke. It was also very dry and impossible to pull apart. So this morning I'm trying to figure out what i did that went so wrong with it.