Hello all from San Antonio, Tx, I am new to smokin and already can see there is a lot more to it then getting a smoker, turning it on, shutting the door and expecting quality to come out. Just got an MES 30" for christmas and have tried several diff meats so far and all taste somewhat bitter (not trying to start discussion on bitterness of meats, I will go to correct section for this). So I am here to learn. I look forward to getting a lot of knowledge from the novice here and and learn from the mistakes of the rookies like me. Ty for allowing me to be part of this forum. I also have a weber grill in which I am very good at. Thats probably where the mistake came in that I thought I could hit the ground running with smokin. Well anyways hope everyone is having a great day.