Okay I tasted both again and I guess my taste buds aren't very 'with it' in the wee hours of the morning. I tasted both again this afternoon and the smoke flavor is amazing. I was going to do a second tray of pellets but no, I don't need to do that at all. I just have to find a local source of pellets now. I can go to Barbecues Galore - but the closest one is 20 miles from here and a $5 toll bridge to get there. But they have mixed bags - 20 lbs - for like $19 or something like that. I checked my local specialty hardware stores that I swore would have them and no one did. Sigh.
Very happy with my results and for sure next year, I'll be entering my smoked olive oil at my county fair. I had entered a "smoked" olive oil infused with garlic and rosemary in this year's fair (I cheated and used liquid smoke) and didn't even taste it before entering it. Imagine my surprise when I went to the fair and found a blue ribbon, "Best in Show" and "Judge's Favorite!" My rib rub that I entered took first place as well (but not best in show or fave) but STILL.
I may be starting a bizz...with a few products. I have a bbq glaze that I'm working on improving - when I competed in a pro bbq competition, it took 7th out of 28. Got Honorable Mention at the fair so I have to work on it. A spicy version and mild version...and my rub, smoked olive oil, and smoked olive oil infused with garlic & rosemary...start out with those!
Anyway, I can see I'm going to smoke paprika and all kinds of other stuff now that I have this thing! It was wonderful smelling it all night too....