Hi everyone. I'm not a rookie but I'm not a pro. I've never gotten better than second place at backyard events. I live in Gaylesville Alabama. I am currently using an Oklahoma. Joes smoker. I'll smoke anything at least once and maybe twice to make sure I really screwed it up I use Royal Oak charcoal and wild cherry for smoke. Though I will occasionally use apple, maple, hickory, and sassafras.