Pretty new to smoking but not cooking. Have 2 Brinkmanns (electric and charcoal). Gonna use the electric for the first time tomorrow, got the charcoal down for smaller cuts of meat and ribs but last new years got beat up by about 25 lbs of boston butt. Never knew about the whole plateau thing until I started checking out this site a week ago or so and now I laugh because that is what was happening, I just didn't know it. They turned out well about 3 hours later than expected, lol. Looking forward to learning from more experienced smokers.