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Use of briquets or lump charcoal in electric smokers?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by jaybird1103, Nov 7, 2013.

  1. jaybird1103

    jaybird1103 Fire Starter

    I was wondering if charcoal briquets or lump charcoal can be used in electric smokers along with the smoking wood? I know they can't in the Brinkmann Electric Smoker because they use lava rock, but can they be used in smokers like the MES, Smoky Mountain Series by Landmann, or Char-Broil Electric Smokers?
     
  2. ralphed

    ralphed Fire Starter

    Smokin tex recommends putting a little charcoal in the box if you want a smoke ring on your brisket because it contains nitrates, which create the pinkish color. I think they're referring to lump, Never tried it. I just use very small amounts of wood chunks or chips in my 1400.

    Someone more knowledgeable will help out, I'm sure.

    ralphed
     
  3. smoke happens

    smoke happens Smoking Fanatic

    I started using a briquet or two in my Smokin-It # 3 and noticed a difference in flavor that I enjoy. I never really noticed the ring showing up, but it does impart the charcoal flavor that I love. I use it on all meat now, I do not use it for cheese though.
     
  4. ida tater

    ida tater Newbie

    I see this is nearly a year old post.  So Ralphed did you try the charcoal ?

    I have a 1400 and am doing a brisket tomorrow. Because of the filler and additives in kingsford and such, I am guessing that they mean to use lump. I have a bag of royal oak lump going to try it tomorrow.