Retired and know nothing about Smoking except that I like it. Cooked up a pork roast (jerky) the first Time I used it, I thought it was good. The wife had a different thought on it. I signed up for the 5 day Smoking Basics, will see if that helps. I have a Electric SS Smoker Masterbuilt, got it on sale from Sam's for $200.00. Looking forward to cooking something except Jerky..