By way of introduction, I am an old Kentucky hillbilly who is in need of some knowledge on how to...... I have only smoked once and did not inhale (much smoke) from a new Masterbuilt 40 inch electric smoker just purchased from Sam's Club. I know almost nothing about how to turn out a tasty, smoked meat. Yesterday I tried to "cook" about 4 lbs of pork ribs and a beef butt in the above unit. After 5 to 7 hrs at 225 degrees, the unit seemed to do all the limited instructions in the manual predicted, and the meat was edible but nothing more. I used the hickory chips, and rubbed the meat as instructed before cooking. My conclusion is operator error. PS: I have read some of the threads in reference to the process herein and am in a slow learning curve. Would appreciate your expertise/ feedback. Thanks for the opportunity presented by all and hope I have not been too wordy in my first posting.