Welcome and experiences with GOSMGlad to see you on the forums! I agree with most of the posts here in that the propane smoker (GOSM) is the way to go for people like you and me. I am fairly new at this as well, however I have produced excellent results with my GOSM smoker! I truly believe that it is becaise I have eleminated a variable - the wood/charcoal along with the associated temp. control problems. I have done baby back ribs, beef briskets and pulled pork (boston butt) and I swear by the advice given here. Also, Jeff has great recipes and I would highly recommend purchasing his rub and sauce. It worked for me, and I continue to experiment. Although I am like you in that I just want to produce great bar-b-q, who knows - I may want to elevate the art to a level similar to what I see on these forums!!!
Best regards and I would recommend that you keep experimenting!
Bill (AKA Billy Bob's Bodacious Bubba Style Bar-B-Q)