I tried to take it easy with my first one, just smoked a few chicken leg quarters. My wife, who almost never likes chicken on the bone, ate all of hers. That's a good thumbs up to start! For reference, I'm using the entry level Brinkmann electric, the red vertical smoker. It did the job for the chicken! So what should I try next? Ribs maybe? A pork shoulder? I don't want to try anything that'll be too touchy yet, I just want to progress a little at a time so I get the hang of it. Another newbie thing I wondered about is this, where do I get the meat? I'm sure there are posts about that specificially, so I'll do a search as well.