I feel like a newbie to this, my wife may disagree. I have smoked many pork shoulders have not had a bad one yet. I have done a few briskets, and just recently some Canadian bacon from this web site. I have a chargriller 2828 with a fire box and love it. It has take a lot of work to learn how to use it. I also have a gas and charcoal hybrid grill from Sams club I use it if I want something quick. OK that is my skill level a little about me I am an old fart but not to old. I live in Ohio now. I work as a computer consultant I have done this since retiring form the Navy in a few years back. I if any one wants to know more let me know.