Thomas from Tennessee here. Wife is Mary. I replaced the wife's 30+ year old gas range with a very nice new one as a surprise Christmas gift. In "retaliation" she bought me a MES 30! So.. now to learn how to use it! Got it seasoned in, then just for something to try, did a few Ribeye steaks she had marinated as we would have normally for grilling. They were awful!! Tough as nails, but I think I had two good reasons why. First they were bad cuts, seemed gristly. And the smoker went off twice during the smoke and would not even turn back on unless I unplugged it and plugged it back in so I had a temp roller coaster going on. I was about to call Master Built support but decided to make sure I hadn't pinched the wires when I put the control box on top... I had not, but when I unplugged the two plugs just to check, I noticed that one of the pins was not fully inserted and latched into the plastic plug when assembled at the factory. This caused a bad connection. I fixed that and ran it empty for a couple hours and it stayed on so hopefully no more issues! I have read a BUNCH here and am grateful for the info, Thanks. I saw on my first attempt that I wasn't going to like the rapid burn of the chips and just ordered the A-MAZE-N tray and some pellets. Next attempt will be a Boston Butt / pulled pork. Real hard time here settling on a rub / Finishing sauce. There is a guy I work with that smokes and competes as a hobby and his stuff is GOOD but I don't know how much info he will share! OK enough rambling for now so lets get to my first quick question... The wifey says she has a butt in the freezer... Is that a no-no? Should I pick up a fresh one? I just don't want to doom myself before I start! Thanks!! Thomas PS... attached a couple photos to get primed for the Qview! One of "US" on the square in Lynchburg TN, Yep, live about 20 min away form Jack Daniels Distillery. Nope., never made it to the big Q shindigs there. And, a couple of my backyard renovation (work in progress, 2 years in, all done myself) including a screened gazebo and patio, where we will be (hopefully) enjoying some Q with friends and family soon!