I am not a competitor, but I am competitive so I spend a lot of time tasting and comparing and taking it home and perfecting my own. I have only disappointed myself. :) Now I enjoy teaching younger people the art of cast iron cooking and old fashioned bbq.
By the way. I LOVE Mesquite. I grew up in the southwest and it was everywhete. Here in Ohio you wind up with a lot of hickory and applewood. I will sometimes order in mesquite, but not that often. I like to add moisture to the smoker so you can find all kinds of fluids in the tray on my grill. Just depends on the mood and the day.