Tom mate my wife still gets the odd ear infection and she is as tough as ...... well tough things, they really are a swine for her so I hope your the young man gets relief soon.
Get his teeth checked out.
The sauce I brined the thighs for about 8 hrs in cider, salt and a couple of glugs of sweet chili sauce, I did mop them a few times as they smoked for about 2hrs.
I really think I have a handle on this slow and low smoke cooking, the main reason I joined was to learn how, so a big thank you to everyone for the tips.
This is a 3 1/2lbs turkey thigh I did last week
Ps keep me posted re the young man.