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Dont go Cheap on the charcoal

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by cwalk, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. Went to my local grocery store and they had some best choice charcoal on sale so I picked up a few bags. Went to go do a smoke and it took hours for the coals to turn white. Once coal did get white they crumbled up and stop burning. It took to bags of this cheap crap to do 2 slabs of ribs and they came out horribly. Did my usual 2-2-1 method and ribs were not tender at all, smoker did not get up to temps. Tried same cut of ribs two weeks later with some lump and wow, major diference. Never ever will I go the cheap route on charcoal. Any other cheap experiences you regret
  2. fftwarren

    fftwarren Smoking Fanatic

    yea I have found that the super cheap stuff is a pain to even get lit
  3. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It wasn't charcoal!!!

    My Ex was kinda cheep and she turned out terrible, thats the last time I go for a cheapo. LOL I cant take my money with me so I may as well have fun with it.