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Recent content by BoilerBBQ

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    Charcoal Chimney Recommendation

    The Weber compact chimney works great. I use it upside down when lighting coals for the WSM since I only use 8 or so. Welcome to the forum and smoking. I'm also smoking on a WSM just south of Raleigh.
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    Cooking gloves

    I use some very similar to the blue ones Wasi posted. The silicone is easy to rinse off and the liner makes them more heat resistant and slightly more comfortable. Dexterity is not great in them though.
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    Pulled pork hold time

    I've done 4 hours with the butt wrapped in foil, then towels in a cooler. I also "pre-heated" the cooler with hot water to avoid the initial temp drop. You could probably get away with a little longer than that with a good cooler, but I'd pull it and put it in a crockpot or something if you...
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    Jeff’s Gouda bacon chops

    I just happened to have some pork chaps thawing out when Jeff’s email went out with a recipe for Gouda and bacon stuffed pork chops. I started with some super thick chops from Costco. I butterflied them and rubbed them with my pork rub while the bacon was cooking in the cast iron skillet. The...
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    A couple recent smokes

    Everything looks great! I never thought of using a pizza peel to transport. I'll have to try that next time.
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    trouble controlling temps

    I use 6-8 lit coals in my 18" WSM to smoke at 225-250, so you likely had too many off the bat to hit your target temp. If your WSM is new, it will have air leaks at all of the joints, especially the door. The air feeds the fire and makes your dampers less effective. The best solution is to...
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    Embers charcoal

    I just finished about 350 lbs of Embers and didn't have any issues with it. No chemical smell, burns hotter than Kingsford, but takes longer to light than Kingsford. I stocked up on Royal Oak Ridge over Memorial Day and it burns the same as Embers, but as Ray stated, it is the 2nds briquettes...
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    Weber Smokey Mountain: Brand New

    The lid thermometer usually isn't accurate and the dome temp can vary from grate temp quite a bit anyways. Use your Maverick at grate level to monitor the temp and ignore the lid thermometer. Your first cook will probably run a little hot since you don't have any gunk built up to seal the...
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    Royal Oak Ridge on Sale at Lowes

    I’ve always been a Kingsford user, but converted to RO during the Embers sale, so I’m not familiar with their sales. Is Royal Oak on sale around the 4th and Labor Day also? Just trying to decide how much to buy.
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    Recommendations requested please

    The 18" WSM seems to be the most efficient with fuel. The 22" seems to takes more fuel to stay in temp range. From what you posted, the only advantage a 22" would give you is the ability to cook multiple racks of ribs without cutting or rolling them. I haven't used an UDS, but I don't think...
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    Recommendations requested please

    The WSM is pretty set and forget, but you still get the enjoyment of starting charcoal and you can mess with the vents as much or little as you want. An 18" WSM can easily handle a 12 lb turkey and you could put a second one on the second grate if you want. Webers last forever, so don't...
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    Jeff's Rub vs Meat Church

    Great, now you can tell us which one is better. I suspect both will be great.
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    Almost lost dinner

    Glad your chicken still turned out! Nothing like a little grease fire to get the adrenaline pumping. Thanks for sharing the white sauce recipe. I've been wanting to try it, and that one will be easy to make keto-friendly.
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    Prime vs Choice when is it worth going prime?

    I've been buying the entire top loin from Costco and cutting my own NY strip steaks. It is $5.99/lb for choice and $6.99/lb for prime. I only got prime once and actually preferred the choice. The prime was extra fatty and the texture of the meat seemed a little grainy. My sample size was...
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    First (and second) Keto Smoke

    I've been on the Keto diet for a few weeks now and grilling food fits into the diet very well, but this weekend was my first chance to smoke some "diet" food. I had family coming to town, so I decided to do an overnight pork butt. My normal rub is a secret recipe from my former volunteer fire...
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