Brats are the easiest thing to get started with. That's how I started. Ribs are also fairly easy (remove membrane). Search for the 3-2-1 method but you can just let 'em go until they are done - 3-5 hours.
You can adjust your smoking technique with taste testing. Mesquite can be harsh to some palates. Hickory is always a good choice.
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Webers: Smokey Mountains (2 18.5" and a 22.5") - Performer 22" Silver - Go AnyWhere Charcoal - Smokey Joe Platinum - Craigslist Silver Gasser
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