The tradition of dark-fired tobacco spans many generations in the Commonwealth. Throughout primarily western Kentucky, barns especially designed for the dark firing process (usually tall and slender with vents on the sides and top) hold cut tobacco that is pierced and hung on wooden sticks in the barn's rafters. Piles of sawdust are spread on the barn's dirt floor in which fires are ignited that slowly smoke the tobacco for several months until it is cured. Driving through rural areas of Kentucky, most out-of-towners may be concerned that these barns are on fire, but that's usually not the case. These dark-fired tobacco barns are smoke curing one of Kentucky's most unusual crops – and the scent, akin to the aroma of a backyard BBQ but with a more robust oak flavor, is always a crowd pleaser!