Re: Food pairing?
Since the thread has wandered from food to drink...
I've been finding that anything to carbonated doesn't work too well. It seems to have the same effect as tongue bite. I would imagine wine, not being carbonated, would work well. But I'm not a wine person. I've found that dark beers are great. Creamy and smooth versions at least, maybe not hopped to hell American imperial stouts. Wit/wheat beers are great too. I think its a mouthfeel thing, the chewier, creamier beers work well with the smoke.
As for flavor, I think the smoke dominates most of the time. I think that is why harder drinks lend themselves to pairings. I tend to reach for a bourbon when smoking, rather than a delicate pilsner or belgian beer.