First, I'd like to thank everyone on the forum --- I've been reading up for a while now and your pictures and stories helped me finally bite the bullet and get a Masterbuilt electric smoker, 30in, older model (as I read those were better, so no bluetooth for me). Too bad they only come in 110v. Given its 200v only here in the desert, I hope I can run this thing on a step down.
I have some experience smoking, but mostly in what would be a very cheap 'walmart' type vertical cylinder type that my wife got me for my birthday a few years ago. It worked ok but was incredibly tough to keep at temp for an extended period of time given the terrible charcoal I had to use as smoking isn't really big here.
I really enjoy making everything myself and got the cold smoke kit in hopes of making some proper bacon. I tried the hot smoke and it came out flavorful but couldn't be cooked crispy for breakfast. I also make all my own sauces and rubs as well as tonics, tinctures, bitters and barrel aged cocktails to pair with the soon to be nicely smoked protein.
My smoker just arrived last night, so I'll be seasoning it when I get home from work and likely smoking something tomorrow in it for the first time. I want to try prime rib, brisket, duck, turkey (well, all the things) so a bit paralyzed as to what to do first--- any suggestions?