I'm sorry, I really am, I looked through 4 pages of posts that were related to this but didn't come with much of an answer. I know it's partially a preference thing, but I'm curious to hear what worked for others and what didn't. I'm planning on making a smoked chili this weekend. If I use ground beef and some pork cubes, do you think it's worth smoking those separately with the beans and then putting them into a crockpot, or just throw the whole thing in the smoker for a while? Thank you in advance!