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Briquettes

hellbent357

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Thoughts on using briquettes only to smoke, lately iv been using lump with a few chunks mixed in. Seem to be having trouble finding lump around central ohio, and the last bag I did find seemed to leave a, sort of, dirty taste on the meat. Any thoughts on that as well?

TIA.
 

normanaj

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I have to be honest I gave up on lump a while ago.I get more consistency in both time and temp with briquettes.
 

krj

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I just want to clarify, are you planning on adding chunks/chips/splits to you briquettes? If so the yes there is no issue in using them. Some people claim they can taste the briquette on meat, I personally can't. You will also likely have more stable temps using briquettes because the burn more consistently.
 

JWFokker

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You can use briquettes, but I'd stick to the all natural briqs like RO All Natural, Weber, Kingsford Natural, etc. That said, lump burns hotter and that alone will give a milder cleaner flavor. Briquettes can give a distinct charcoal flavor even without binders and brown coal used in Kingsford Blue.
 

hawtsauc3

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i only smoke with briquettes but i do use very little wood with the embers i got. Might give KBB another chance once this stock runs low as its been extra smokey.
 

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