I also do just splits. I sometimes have a fire going in a fire pit next to the smoker to have some hot coals to put in the smoker - depending on the length of the cook.
Am I tough? Am I strong? Am I hard-core? Absolutely.
Did I whimper with pathetic delight when I sank my teeth into my first brisket? You betcha.
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