Hi all, I have just begun to try my hand at smoking meats. Today is my second time and I hope it goes better than my first. My smoker was a prize I won and I am certain now if I am going to keep on mastering my BBQ I will need a better one. It is a Brinkmann smoke'n grill. Vertical with a water pan. I just purchased a temp gauge because the one on the smoker says: warm/ideal/hot!!!! I did some ribs without an accurate gauge and they did not cook well at all though the flavor was good i could not get the meat tender. I have been making ribs indoors for years that my family loves. I have a really great spice rub down pat. Today I am trying 1/2 chicken a spatched with a rub recipe I found here. Wish me luck and thanks for all the great tips I have found here!