I will definitely learn to get the feel for it.. Maybe take a class just so that I'm not guessing or find a local expert. :)
And to clarify - 3rd cook ever on a real smoker. I had tried a few ribs, etc on the gass grill but could never really get them to be descent. They were dry or over cooked or had no smoke flavor. I know it can be done that way, but that was not what I was looking for..
I jumped on the deep end by getting a good cooker so that I could step up the game.
You guys are a good crew and I've learned a lot from the forum.
My next brisket I'll do more probing!