My Name is Mike and I reside in Massachusetts. Brand new to the smoking hobby and look forward to sharing with all of you. My smoker is a new MES 30 with an AMNPS -Tray, and a Maverick Et-732 Remote Thermometer. I tried my hand at some beef jerky this weekend. It came out better than I thought, but not as good as I think it should have. After poking around in the Jerkey forum, I found some rookie mistakes that I made. Meat too moist, not enough ventilation, laid flat instead of tooth pick method, etc... Took approx. 7 hours for about 3 lbs of eye of round to finish up, but they were still the hit of the party! I wish I would have come across Cougar78's post "Beef Jerky: Ten Pounds, Two Types (with Pics)" sooner. I plan on giving this a try this upcoming weekend.