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Proud of East Texas: Bear Creek Smokehouse

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - Bobby, Robbie and Hunter Shoults are carrying on a family tradition that dates back to 1943. That was the year Hick and Nellie Shoults started smoking turkeys in their little smokehouse on family land in Bear Bottom.

Robbie Shoults is the third generation to work in the family owned business, although the ownership of the bear creek land dates back to 1917.

He says that Bear Creek Smokehouse is "the best kept secret in East Texas," but with a story coming up on a national food channel soon, and a recent invitation to whip up a meal for the U.S. House of Representatives, that is bound to change.

What isn't changing is the Shoults family's love for their business and their determination to keep it in the family.

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