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Hi to all from Pittsburgh and thanks for all the info especially the suggested mods for my Chargriller Smokin Pro and food safety which I was not completely aware of.  I had a bullet smoker a few years ago and used it until the fire pan rusted out.  I finally got the Chargriller about a month ago.  I am in the middle of my 3rd smoke (all nighter) trying to learn to use the new unit as a stick burner.

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Welcome to the forum.


How did the all nighter go?



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Hi Al,


Thanks for the welcome.  Mixed results.  I did not use any lump after the initial startup.  There is a little too much smoke for my taste.  Per what I have read some people have been able to use only wood others haven't.  I may be in the second category.  During my second smoke I used lump periodically to keep the temperatures up.  It was much better.


I did two pork shoulders one at 81/2 lbs the other at 71/2 lbs.  The 8 1/2 lb tasted better, not sure why.  My wood was left over from the fireplace garage kept for 2 years (very dry).   

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texas.gif  Good evening and welcome to the forum, from a sunny and hot day here in East Texas, and the best site on the web. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything.




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Thanks Gary,


It is a great site and how everyone takes the time to share experience.  I poked around awhile and finally decided on a Chargriller Super Pro modifying it out of the box with suggestions from here.  Pictures are in the Chargriller group.


Still a lot to learn, but having fun along the way.

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Had family over today and had the pork smoked on Monday night (put in the freezer when done Tuesday).  Either I was too critical of the results at first or the flavors mellowed out in the freezing/thawing process.  As I was heating it up I did add 3 or 4 cups of apple juice (1/2 cup at a time just to keep the pork moist) - maybe that helped as well.   All enjoyed it and the smoked baked beans.  The best compliment came from my daughter who refused to make a sandwich, said she could eat more pork that way.  She also made sure she got to take leftovers home. 

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