Ok, so to start I have a 30" electric smoker. I have had it for more than a year now and when I first got it I seemed to be getting pretty good with it. Over the last month I have tried smoking three pork butts and they have all been disasters. the first one I covered it with honey and a dry rub. I put it on at 235 degrees and let it cook for about 6 hours. the temp shot up to 175 degrees and then just sat there for about 2.5 hours. I couldn't get it to rise and when I opened the smoker and checked on the meat it was hard and dry as a bone. I threw it out and ate frozen pizza... The last two have been almost identical, although at least edible. I even tried a brine to get more moisture in the meat. I cannot get the temp to get up to 200 in the meat, it just seems to platuea at 175-180. the meat is dry. I cannot get a good smoke ring. I have used pecan and hickory woods. tried smoking for the full duration or half. nothing seems to be working now. I use butts that are boneless and about 4-6lbs.