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Original poster
Jan 7, 2017
just joined, have lurked for a while before making my switch.

Stick burner (offset "Texas" style cooker) for 15 years or so.  Got sick of how labor intensive it was and decided to go to a pellet burner.

Bought a Rectec 680 with the cold smoker box and have really enjoyed so far. Cooks to date:

1st cook: Prime Rib for Xmas, ambitious but it was way better than I thought it would be.

2nd: rubbed to hell pike's peak roast: decent but jerky-ish.  Let temp go too far.

3rd: lamb chops, outstanding

4th: baby backs (my least favorite rib).  Good, "hammish" but delicious. I put too much sugar and salt in rub and it tasted "cure-ey"

so far my impressions are that pellet cooking is great for no brainer temp and time but you have to pay more attention to spice and smoke (am I wrong here?)  And without doubt has a much milder smoke flavor than a stick burner.

Tonight I have 3 butts, rubbed and sat for 24 hours, injected and put on @ 225.  Tomorrow  AM 6 racks of ribs go on, rubbed tonight.

I am a brisket fiend, two briskets and a pork belly are sitting in shop fridge waiting to get handled.

oh yeah: cold snap rolled in, it is -4 right now with the 3 butts on the RT......we will see if it can hang!
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