well my first attempt at slim jims was not as i had hoped. i followed the directions to the T there was really never a mention of a "soak time" after mixing the meat up so i let it set in fridge for about 2hrs then fired up the smoker and smoked at 150 for 2hrs then jumped to 170-180 for the remaining time of about another 4 1/2 hr for a total of 6 1/2 hrs had a temp prob in one coil and it only read @ 130 IT but pulled them becasue they looked done. after getting in i found they were over done (on the dry side ) . my main question is .... they did not have the TANG that has been mentioned on previous slim jim threads nor did they taste any thing like a slim jim . dont get me wrong they tasted good just not what i was expecting. where did i go wrong??