Thanks for the honest play by play of your first smoke! That's a very confident first try there sir! LOL!!
Now the trick comes once you start making single meats and fine tuning exactly how you want each to taste.....THEN putting them all on in one day and try to make them all hit in your personal zone. LOL!!
You shall find yourself with more rubs and sauces than your house can hold. You'll also constantly ticker with every damned facet of what you had previously thought was perfect......for some unknown reason. It's maddening but so fun and rewarding.
You may never be fully content with the food you make as you strive for perfection. BUT NEVER say anything to the people you serve it to!! They think it's perfect. Let them eat it thinking that very thing.
Hope you enjoy this world of BBQ as much as I have over the years. WELCOME!