It's been so darn hot down here that I'm beginning to think all I need it a rock to cook on....forget the smoker. HA Here's my story. I have grilled for quite a few years. Simple stuff like burgers, chicken & hotdogs. We've been wanting to cook something that has that REAL BBQ flavor so I started reading and realized that I should be cooking in a smoker. My sons 3rd birthday is tomorrow so I decided what the heck...nows a perfect time to start my smoking resume. I went to Home Depot last night and got a horizontal Brinkman charcoal smoker. Put that bad boy together and now I'm about to go buy some meat (Brisket, Ribs and maybe some pork). Do you guys have any suggestions or links to point me in the right direction. I know most forums like this have their "sticky" threads that everyone loves and uses...got any of those around here? Point me in the right direction guys and gals! PS... When cooking Briskit (or anything else for that matter) should I go by temp or time to tell when it's getting done (or a combination)? And what's this about wrapping a towel and letting it "rest"? How long will it take to cook a 5 to 8 lb briskit and is there a downside to cooking brisket, ribs and pork all at once in the same smoker? Can you tell I'm new to smoking LOL. Thanks and I look forward to spending lots of time with my new BBQ family!