Ok so i am a novice smoker and have always used the brinkman electric vertical. However my electrical element on my smoker recently quit working, so today I will take the element out and use charcoal and wood. I am very familiar with charcoal by means of grilling, but have no idea when smoking. I'm smoking one roughly 6 pound deer shoulder. Because venison is so lean i'm nervous about drying it out so I don't want my temp too hot, but I want to get the job done in a reasonable time. I also dont want too smoky of a flavor. Smoking with charcoal is new to me and any tips for this shoulder would be greatly appreciated.
Also, any suggestions on how to quickly thaw a frozen 6 pound shoulder?