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Fresh Meat


Joined May 16, 2007
Good evening to all, glad to have finally joined this outstanding forum. I've been smoking with an electric smoker for the past year, and finally bought myself the Char Grill Smoker with side smoke box. Seasoned her and smoked my first batch of ribs over the last two days and have to say I'm much happier with the finished product that this beaut turned out. I'll be leavin home here in southwest Virginia next week on my annual pilgrimage to Lowe's Motorspeedway for Memorial day weekend and have undertaken the enormous task of feeding a dozen men for the weekend with some smoked ribs, pork butt, and brisket. Any idea on how much lump charcoal I should pack to pull this off? I'm figuring based on estimated cook times that the smoker will be cooking from Thursday - Saturday non-stop.

Lookin forward to swappin stories and advice in the future. If any of ya'll live in the Salem, VA area and are lookin for a fishin partner this summer give me a shout. If any of ya'll are gonna be campin at the Red Barn next weekend look for the smoke and the redhead!!

Thanks in advance for the advice!!


Smoking Fanatic
OTBS Member
Joined Sep 17, 2006
Welcome to the SMF !! I'm not familiar with that smoker but there are people here who will answer your question. Have fun at the track, should be a good race. Lowe's Motorspeedway is one of my favorite tracks. I'm less than 2 hours from Salem and go to the gun and knife show at the civic center at least once a year. Look forward to your posts and don't forget to post the food "porn"!!


Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Joined Feb 7, 2007
Welcome to the forum. It is nice to have you. Feel free to share any and all adventures and to draw from the wealth of information on the forum. I would say "enjoy the race", but it looks like you have already assured yourself a good time with all the plans. Take care.


Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Joined Jan 25, 2007
Welcome to the SMF BluRdgHokie. Great folks here so jump right in with any and all questions and comments. As far as how much Lump to bring, I'm not sure..... somone will be able to give you a pretty good idea shortly.

Glad you found us!!


Smoke Whisperer
Staff member
OTBS Member
Joined Jun 28, 2005

You are near my ol' stomping grounds;-)

My folks live up near Wilkesboro now but I graduated from Central Cabarrus HS there in Concord and lived about 8 miles from the speedway for about 3 years.

I remember many times being able to hear the cars running laps from that far away.

During HS I worked at Sparky's car wash (next to Walmart) and enjoyed the pace cars that would come in and let us clean them up a little.

Wow! Brings back memories and makes me wanna see some old friends!

As far as the charcoal useage..

I would think about 10 pounds per every 4-6 hours to be safe but I don't own that particular smoker so perhaps someone will be able to give you a better estimate.

Welcome to SMF!!

t-bone tim

Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Joined Feb 24, 2007
Hokie,welcome aboard SMF...glad to have ya...looks like the boys at the race are gonna eat GOOD,have fun and ?????? maybe a few pics ?????

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