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Unread 05-25-2006, 12:18 PM   #9
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wasn't smoking a common form of food preservation in the old west? Jerky???
Yes it was, but smoke was used not necessarily for it's flavor enhancing qualities, but because it was how heat was available. As JM points out above, it's the cures (salt) before the "smoke" that does the deed.
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