This is the real deal--it doesn't get any better than this. You'll need a smoker, that uses wood (not electric), and one that you can control the temperature on. A kettle BBQ pit (like a Webber) using indirect heat might work, but they tend to get too hot. A pit smoker with a separate fire box is best. For best results, use hickory or pecan. Mesquite is good too, but tends to be a little bitter when smoking for very long periods of time. Prep time does not include marinating over night or the time necessary to get the smoker going.