Well here goes... Since this was my 1st smoke on both of these items I decided to give Bearcarver and Pop's method both a try! I won't go into every detail (I'll leave that to Bear) but here are some QViews... cure check Fry test. Delicious! More sweet than salty. I almost stopped here it tasted soooo good! on to smoke with a hickory / maple combo all cooled down and ready for a couple of days in the fridge before slicing!