Well I have never been to either Texas or England, all though they don't sound like similar places to me. It must have been a big change for you. I hope you were not offended by my tongue in cheek remarks.
The smoked belly bacon being usual here, my dad always thought the unsmoked fried pork belly was a treat when we butchered our own hogs.
To date I have described my smoking in the propane smoker as lazy mans cooking, sure I have to get up early, but then other than adding more wood chips, nothing to do but be patient. Now the new reverse flow might be a little more involved, at least until I get the hang of it.
I like the idea of lilac, we had large hedges on either side of the driveway on my dad's farm and I remember the smell when they were in full bloom like it was yesterday, maybe the smoke will impart some of that into the meat.
To get back to the topic of the spray, and speak to some other comments, In the spirit of open discussion.
I am certain everything I see in the grocery store has been sprayed, irradiated, inoculated, vaccinated, genetically altered, gassed, and god knows what else. Even the items marked organic, grass fed, or free range have likely had things done to them that I wouldn't do in my own garden, or to my own animals. I think that we will poison our environment with our thirst for oil long before we bring on the zombie apocalypse with the commercialization of our food supply. Don't get me wrong, my family chooses apples that look like apples should, shiny, red with no scabs, beautifully ripened, crisp and sweet to the bite. We realize that that choice has a price, and that is the use of sprays like Alar on our apples, the selective breeding of varieties, the hauling of the apples across the country in refrigerated diesel trucks. So to answer the question, yes I eat the apples, but it doesn't mean I can't question the use of sprays, or the hauling of them across the country, in fact it might be the only thing i can do, other than not eating the apples. And I do enjoy a good apple