Alcohol helps to break down muscle fibers, as well. When I have a piece of meat that I think will be tough, I soak it in beer for a day or two before smoking. It tenderizes the meat and adds a good grainy sweetness to the party. No need to spend a bunch on the beer, either; whatever is cheapest will do fine. Add a rub, smoke it low and slow, and it will be dee-licious.
“Some people are like Slinkies - not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you see one tumble down the stairs.”
A gun should be a tool in the hands of a deadly weapon, not a deadly weapon in the hands of a tool.