Steven, thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule and joining us, here at Chef Talk. I'm very excited to get to speak with you! I have always been a fan of the grill, but it was your book, "The Barbecue! Bible" that really inspired me to develop my passion for all things barbecued and grilled. It's been a long, fun road, and I love the fact that no matter how many times I barbecue a pork butt, or grill up some kebabs I learn something new or come up with a new idea for a rub or marinade, many based on recipes in your books.
My question is a simple one; do you have a personal favorite medium for smoking and if so what is it? Is it a type of wood (hickory, mesquite, applewood), grape vines, or herbs, or something I haven't thought of? And what are your thoughts on those that say one can't really tell which medium was used when it comes to the final product? Thanks for your time!