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Briquettes item created by bmudd14474, Dec 31, 2014
Pros - Top quality, great price
Cons - Expensive when not on sale.
I bought a couple of bags, on sale, for about $3.99 a bag, for use on the 4th of July. Unfortunately, as I bought it to take over to my brother's house, as part of my contribution to the effort, it didn't get used, so I don't know how this stuff cooks. My brother, unexpectedly, had other plans, and got up early to get the barbecue done before I even got over there. However, since I know it's a good product, and Labor Day is only a few weeks off, I know it will keep in the trunk of my car until we do use it. I had some regular Kingsford charcoal in my trunk for about a year before we got around to using it, on Memorial Day, and the barbecue was awesome as usual, so I have no worries about this keeping until it gets used. The regular price for this charcoal, where I bought it, is about $7.99 a bag; so I can't wait for it to go on sale again.
Pros - Burns Hot
Cons - Expensive, Coals Start "Shrinking" Before I Dump Them Out Of Chimney
Kingsford's changed the name of this from Competition to Professional. These have been my go-to charcoal briquettes for a few years since, as the title states, Costco sells this in a 2-pack. If you wait for the sale, you're now buying outstanding charcoal at a great price. They burn really hot, but I notices that the briquettes are noticeably smaller if I wait a bit too long before dumping them out of the chimney starter. They also don't stay hot enough long enough to get very far when cooking low and slow. But recently I cooked steaks a couple of nights in a row. After I pulled the steaks there was plenty of heat left to cook asparagus spears for one dinner and then corn on the cob on the 2nd night.
I used to buy original Kingsford charcoal in the blue and white bag. After each winter I'd open the bag and see the briquettes covered in green mold. This year, after experiencing among the wettest and snowiest winters the Puget Sound area has ever had, I looked in my the Kingsford charcoal caddy that houses the charcoal leftover from last year. They all like look like I just poured them out of a fresh bag. I'll continue to buy the Professional charcoal when Costco has them on sale. Otherwise, I buy Stubb's Charcoal.
Pros - Excellent, consistent, totally usuable contents. No strange odors, quick lighting
Cons - none
I had been using lump charcoal, but I got tired of the small broken unusable pieces in every bag. Not to even mention the occasional rock that I PAID for in the weight of the bag!!!
These competition briquettes give me a very hot, consistent burn with ash amounts very similar to Royal Oak lump. No wasted small particles in the bag. EVERYTHING I paid for can be used in my grill!
Pros - Burns very hot, very low ash for a briquette
Cons - Expensive, not a good value, other charcoals are comparable in performance and better in price.
I liked the heat and the clean burn, but the price is a deal breaker for me at $10 for an 11 pound bag at most venues.
Pros - Burns Hot, Low Ash, Great Flavor
I started using this stuff 2 years ago. I won't use anything else now! It makes everything taste better, grilled or smoked!