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Glad everything turned out good on your first smoke. To answer your question after the first few hours smoke does not penetrate the meat anymore. Sounds like from your description you may have been smoking them a bit to much but without some pictures it is a bit hard to tell. When smoking you want to achieve a very light thin blue smoke. If you had a white rolling cloud of smoke that is more that you wanted and could cause a "burnt" taste (other have described the taste as other things).
As you smoke more and more you will get the hang of your smoker and different methods. Check out the ECB mods they may help also.http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/for...ad.php?t=51328
Good luck and we look forward to future smokes.