I like smoked meats. Lots of the firemen I work with like 'em too.
Where I am, as well as where and how I was raised, we cook on smokers.
Let me be clear, we do not 'bar-b-q" nor do we 'Barbecue'. The word(s) is not a verb. It is in fact a noun and refers to the food itself. As far as I know, there is no such thing as "a barbecue grill". That's just Yankee talk. And we do not cook on a Barbecue either. We cook on smokers, or pits. A grill is for cooking burgers, or steaks.
The most often used meat for a smoker is beef, usually brisket. I know that my cousins in the deep south say pork is best. I can't help it if they're wrong. Besides, this is Texas and beef is what's for dinner.
There is a smoker at almost every fire station in my city. We use wood smoke for flavor. Most of the time, I wash the meat and put it on the smoker with no seasoning, just letting the smoke compliment the taste of the meat. This is especially true for wild meats like deer and wild hog.
We use various woods for different tastes. Pecan, Hickory and Mesquite are favorites. Oak is an old standby. I often add some type of fruit wood, such as Apple or Pear for a sweet taste.
The basic idea is that we build a fire in the fire box, add the meat in the smoker, and keep the temperature about 250-350* F. Cooking can last as little as a couple of hours, or as much as all day. Away from the fire station, much fellowship and story telling is done around the smoker, as well as consumption of cool beverages as the fire is kept going. At the fire station, well its pretty much the same, except for the choice of beverages.
Not long ago, we planned on a supper of smoked beef ribs. Problem was, we had no wood. I guess we could have used charcoal in a bag, but we could have just boiled it in water too. We happened to be working at a station on the east side of town. That part of the city was growing, and had many undeveloped areas. We found a future city building site, and used our "Jaws of Life" to cut some mesquite limbs. We even got credit for "Tool training".
Life is good.