As the title suggest I live in North Carolina (Morganton). Just got a new Masterbuilt 40" electric smoker from my daughter. Bought a book smoking for idiots. A lot a good information to get me started. I found SMF and knew that it was the place to be. Smoked my first butt two days ago. It was only 6 pounds. Used information from the book and SMF and my family and a couple friends said it turned out great. I used a rub from the book and let the butt sit in the fridge for 24 hrs. Then I started the smoker at 6am at 225 degrees. Used hickory chips adding more every 45 to 60 minutes for the first 4-5 hours. Took the butt from the smoker about 4pm with an IT of 200. I wrapped it in foil and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Unwrapped and pulled with a fork. I thought it was pretty good for my first time, probably could have left it in until IT was a little higher, may have been more tender. It was great experience. I am going to do a brisket tomorrow for Memorial day. 6.5 lbs - not sure how long it will take, I am planning on 10hrs minimum or until 195 IT. I want to slice it. Any advice would be welcome.