Has anyone used the newer Publix lump? I know it used to be made by RO, but not any more. At least I've never seen any RO lump like this. I don't know if it's been discussed or not, as I had to step away, temporarily, from the website.
Anyways, the Publix lump I am getting now, is extremely dense, and comes in rather small pieces (fist size or smaller). Now I won't buy a bag of lump, if the bag has tears, blemishes, crinkles, etc. because I know that the bag has been tossed around/abused. The bag I bought was crisp and looked to be lightly handled.
Now it's not terrible smoking lump, and it's actually a bit better at grilling than smoking, because the pieces are so dense. And while it takes a while for the lump to burn, once the piece(s) are finished, there is quite a bit of ash left behind. Not exactly ideal for smoking.
And surprisingly, the Walmart where I was getting RO, ($6 for 10lbs) temporarily stopped carrying it. That's ok, because now I have to pick up some Mali's Gourmet, which is hands down the best lump I've used, but is quite expensive, at a tiny bit more than $1/lb, versus $.60/lb for RO. I'd still like to have some Publix RO on hand for when the Mali's isn't in stock (it seems to be sold in batches, here locally).