Checking in here. I've been grilling for over 25 years, but never had a smoker. Used plenty of wood chips over the years to get smoked flavor, but always wanted a smoker. So my wife bought me the Masterbuilt Pro Dual Fuel for Father's Day that I had been wanting for months.
I'd read a bunch on here & a few other sites, so we bought some pork spareribs with brisket. After seasoning the smoker, & applying a homemade rub we use often, I decided to leave the brisket attached instead of cutting it away.
Temps got a little higher than I planned, about 275 deg. F., but I just decided to reduce the time on my 3-2-1 planned cook & make it a 2-1.5. My wife, daughter & I thought they were the best ribs I've ever done. Meat was very tender, juicy, but not quite falling off the bone. The rub just melted into the meat. I also went against what most people say to use for wood when smoking pork: I used mesquite because I love the flavor profile it gives. Also threw some brats on & they were great as well. Overall, pretty good for a 1st smoke. Sorry I don't have photos, I completely forgot to take any.
Next up, maybe a beef brisket this weekend.