I did my first smoke today (7-16-2011). I did ribs, for 2.5 hours in the smoker and 1 hour in foil and little cherry juice (drink) on the grill. They turned out well (not the best I've had but not the worst I've had). I will be trying something else later. Had to experiment with the temps as I wasn't accustom to the BRINKMANN vertical gas smoker and expected a learning curve (I know this curve will continue for a while); I had a good experience and plan on doing more. The best part was that everyone that tried them liked them!!