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B_LSU90
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Charcoal for Smoking Meats
First time smoker here. Are there certain types/brands that are better for lasting longer and keeping a constant temperature?


golfntiger32
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re: Charcoal for Smoking Meats
Kingsford Blue Bag will be best burn time and constant temp. I use Royal Oak Lump, burn time is not going to be quite as long, but way less ash and better overall flavor. Just my experience.


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Muice
UCF Fan
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Member since Aug 2013
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re: Charcoal for Smoking Meats
Royal Oak Lump Charcoal from Home Depot.

ETA: Also, avoid Cowboy lump charcoal at all costs. Stuff is garbage.
This post was edited on 8/18 at 9:55 am


RedHawk
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Baton Rouge
Member since Aug 2007
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re: Charcoal for Smoking Meats
Kingsford Blue Bag is cheap and dependable. Just have to wait for it to burn clean smoke, which takes about 30 minutes.


Btrtigerfan
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re: Charcoal for Smoking Meats
Agree with the others on the Kingsford blue bag. I've had success with the applewood variety of it smoking pork.


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ssgtiger
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Central
Member since Jan 2011
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re: Charcoal for Smoking Meats
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Kingsford Blue Bag


It works much better in a ceramic. Kettles dry out the meat.


link
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no, they dont


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nerd guy
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Member since Dec 2008
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re: Charcoal for Smoking Meats
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Kingsford Blue Bag is cheap and dependable


This is my experience. Use that and oak logs mixed together makes a great brisket.


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hungryone
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river parishes
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re: Charcoal for Smoking Meats
If you can get your hands on Wicked Good, it's probably the longest burning/largest pieces lump I've ever used. Ace hardware used to carry it & you could buy it online & have it shipped to your local store. Dunno if that's still the case, I haven't smoked anything in the past 2-3 years. (I know, I need to rectify that)


Panny Crickets
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Member since Sep 2008
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re: Charcoal for Smoking Meats
Fogo beats everything else I've tried by a fairly large margin.


Muice
UCF Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Aug 2013
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re: Charcoal for Smoking Meats
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Fogo beats everything else I've tried by a fairly large margin.


Do you find it local? I see you're in Ft. Worth so that won't really help me here in BR, but I've been wanting to try it. Guess i'll have to order it online


heatom2
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Prairieville
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re: Charcoal for Smoking Meats
Kingsford blue all day erry day.


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Royal
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re: Charcoal for Smoking Meats
I use Royal Oak or Fogo (my favorite, burns a little cleaner).


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Dav
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NOLA
Member since Feb 2010
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re: Charcoal for Smoking Meats
I use Kingsford Blue when I'm doing the "snake method" in my Kettle.

I stock up on the 2 for 1 packs every Memorial/4th/Labor Day.


tigers1956
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re: Charcoal for Smoking Meats
Me too...summer holidays are the best for buying charcoal...
I stock up labor day for my LSU tailgating...GEAUX TIGERS


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Panny Crickets
LSU Fan
Fort Worth, TX
Member since Sep 2008
3168 posts

re: Charcoal for Smoking Meats
Looks like the closest Fogo dealer is in New Orleans.

However, the do free UPS 2 day on orders over $35. Boom.

Fogo's Website



RedHawk
Army Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Aug 2007
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re: Charcoal for Smoking Meats
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Fogo's Website


$1.47 a pound!

I would go broke if I used that as my primary charcoal.


TU Rob
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Birmingham
Member since Nov 2008
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re: Charcoal for Smoking Meats
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I use Kingsford Blue when I'm doing the "snake method" in my Kettle

I stock up on the 2 for 1 packs every Memorial/4th/Labor Day


Same here. I've still got some left from the 4th (rained a ton here and cut down on my grilling) but I'll stock up again in a couple of weeks.


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Panny Crickets
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Fort Worth, TX
Member since Sep 2008
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re: Charcoal for Smoking Meats
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I would go broke if I used that as my primary charcoal.


Burns very slow and lasts forever. Well, well worth it.


RedHawk
Army Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Aug 2007
6361 posts

re: Charcoal for Smoking Meats
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Burns very slow and lasts forever. Well, well worth it.


Not for how much I cook on my cookers.


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