My Ukrainian buddy got me interested in smoking, primarily, I think to get me to buy his Bradley Original (which I did). I've had it for close to a year, but have only successfully smoked in it twice (though I also had two expensive lessons out of the deal as well).
My first experience was two racks of baby backs. I put 'em in, set it up, made sure the smoke was rolling, and went to a movie with my daughter. When I got back two hours later, I noticed that the temps in the box had barely risen above 120. Turns out that the electrical cable between the smoke generator and the heating element wasn't plugged in all the way. Those ribs went in the trash.
My second set of ribs, I learned a key lesson-- there's a fine line between having enough rub to give it flavor and so much rub that it makes your mouth hurt. Those ribs weren't good, but I ate them, because I wasn't about to let another $30 worth of ribs go to complete waste.
After that, I did a small brisket, which worked out absolutely perfectly. And, last week, I finally got the ribs to turn out right.
Though I've liked the Bradley, I've learned that I don't like the smoke generator. The use of proprietary bisquettes just rubs me the wrong way, so I've started looking at the MES.
Oh, and here's a Qview of the successful ribs.