I've had pork butt smoked with hedge. It was really, really good. I asked the guy why he used hedge and he told me it was the only wood that burned hot enough (his smoker was homemade). I'd like to try some on my smoker but I don't live in the country so cutting my own isn't an option. And I seriously doubt Homedepot or Ace will be carrying hedge anytime in the near future.