Does it make any difference, if you hang your sticks in the smoker, or put them on the smoker rack?
Beef sticks hang or lay
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I agree with what boykjo said, but I'll add one thing.
Where is your heat source? If it's as the bottom and not shielded well, to evenly distribute your heat, you could get the bottoms of the links a bit dry or scorched. I learned that the hard way after building my first vertical smoker.
For me, I like the look of them after hanging, and I can also get a lot more in my smoker when hung.
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Don't try it with natural, I get a flat spot. It tastes the same thou