Newbie here, I have been a cook for years, from Mom's lessons to the US Army. I have been bitten by the smoking bug!
I smoked a butt on my Propane grill. It was 8 hours of sheer terror!, but I succeeded, and had a great piece of meat to share with my family.
I have since "borrowed" an Orion Smoker from a friend, after witnessing him smoke the heck out of a 10 lb Boston Butt at our job in 4 1/2 hours! I was Blown away! I took it home for Memorial Day weekend and tried my hand. Using only Jack Daniel's wood chips, as advised by my brother Dan in Huntsville, I smoked 3 racks of baby back ribs in 1 1/2 hours! Totally Amazing!
I then threw in a slab of a Salmon Fillet, undressed just to see what I could do, and some bacon wrapped stuffed jalapenos, and 1 hour later, AMAZING again! My only thought was I should have added fresh wood ships after removing the ribs, the salmon could have used a little more smoke.
Oh, and by the way, I could taste the flavor of JD on the ribs! Just from the smoke!
Next test before I give the smoker back to my friend, a Beef Brisket... any advice?