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motoeric
01-04-2009, 01:58 PM
IF you were going to use charcoal at a competition, what brand would you use (assuming that all brands were available to you)?

If you weren't using that brand, what would your second choice be?

Thanks!

Eric

Alexa RnQ
01-04-2009, 02:10 PM
IF all brands were available to me, I'd insist on Rancher.

If I weren't using that -- well, I'll let you know when the massive stack in the garage dwindles a bit more. http://www.divaherself.com/funny/shiner.gif

MilitantSquatter
01-04-2009, 02:41 PM
For free or just available for purchase ?

bigabyte
01-04-2009, 03:30 PM
It depends on the cooker really. For briquettes I like Kingsford, for lump either B&B or Royal Oak.

butts a fire
01-04-2009, 04:00 PM
If I could use anything for competition it would have to be wicked good briquettes.But what I use is kingsford.

motoeric
01-04-2009, 04:58 PM
For free or just available for purchase ?

Free

The Virginian
01-04-2009, 05:16 PM
In order:
Level one: Bigi Green Egg, Humphreys, Maple Leaf (and wicked good competition blend if it were still available)
Level Two: Royal Oak (US)
This is all lump charcoal I am talking about.

Brett

Podge
01-04-2009, 05:30 PM
I use Rancher Briq's exclusively !!.. Best Briq on the market i think !!.. burns hot, clean, and not bad ash build-up.

As far as lump goes, I burn BGE lump in my egg, or Royal oak Lump.

MilitantSquatter
01-04-2009, 05:53 PM
Free

Based on that - My choice would be Wicked Good (Briquettes & Lump)

Sledneck
01-04-2009, 05:55 PM
1st choice Royal Oak, 2nd choice Royal Oak

Spydermike72
01-04-2009, 06:11 PM
Royal Oak

Muzzlebrake
01-04-2009, 06:21 PM
Royal Oak
Wicked Good

briquettes either brand

Timmy
01-04-2009, 06:37 PM
Well, I've never used anything but Kingsford...So i'd probably use Kingsford.

watg?
01-04-2009, 07:03 PM
:evil:wicked good:twisted:

Smokin' Gnome BBQ
01-04-2009, 07:18 PM
I would love to try wicked good...kingsford is o.k. ... R.O. briqs stink (red bag)

SmokeInDaEye
01-04-2009, 07:20 PM
Kingsford competition briquettes.

Bigmista
01-04-2009, 07:25 PM
No choice in So Cal really. Kingsford or lump. Never really cared for royal oak.

liluau joe
01-04-2009, 07:41 PM
I use Kingsford

Westexbbq
01-04-2009, 08:00 PM
Kingsford
Royal Oak

The Pickled Pig
01-04-2009, 08:04 PM
Wicked Good

Meat Burner
01-04-2009, 08:07 PM
K=Briqs Lump= RO or Ozark Oak.

Jacked UP BBQ
01-04-2009, 08:08 PM
Kingsford all the way, I do like cowboy though.

Sledneck
01-04-2009, 08:33 PM
... R.O. briqs stink (red bag)Why do you think that?

TELL YOU WHAT BBQ
01-04-2009, 09:28 PM
I use WICKED GOOD -- weekend warrior -- bought 300lbs. in Da' BRONX NY -- of all places -- HUNTS POINT. An interesting locale -- for you all that ain't from 'round these parts -- you have NO IDEA!

Roo-B-Q'N
01-04-2009, 09:35 PM
I would love to try wicked good...kingsford is o.k. ... R.O. briqs stink (red bag)

Ditto, exactly in this order and I agree about RO Briq.

Why do you think that?

IMHO I didn't like the way it burned (spikes in the WSM), how fast it burned, the ash and how the dye on the bag bled and stained everything it touched.

White Dog BBQ
01-04-2009, 09:46 PM
I love the Royal Oak food service briquettes -- low ash, even temps, great product. I like them better than Rancher. And I can easily get it in 40 pound bags for $15/bag, which is nice.

Merl
01-04-2009, 10:30 PM
I use only lump. (unless I am using pellets)
My first choice is Ozark oak made in Arkansas
Second is either Royal Oak or Hasty Bake.

Check out this website, "nakedwhiz.com. They have tested and rated all of the lump charcoals. They also have a reader ranking section. I think its a pretty good and honest evaluation of lump charcoal.

yours in Que
Merl Whitebook

http://www.nakedwhiz.com/lump.htm

pigmaker23
01-05-2009, 05:38 AM
Humphreys Lump Charcoal. Natures Own Lump Charcoal.

widespread
01-05-2009, 06:14 AM
Rancher briq's. Second choice would be RO food service briq's (chef's select) or RO lump. Would like to try Humphries if I could find it around here.

timzcardz
01-05-2009, 06:30 AM
I've only cooked with Rancher and Kingsford, so I would go with Rancher.

But when my stockpile of that is gone, if I can't replenish it I will try some others.

gordo
01-05-2009, 06:33 AM
1st....B & B lump

2nd...Royal Oak

YankeeBBQ
01-05-2009, 07:24 AM
Wicked Good Lump and Briquettes

Disclaimer: I am sponsored by Wicked Good

Disclaimer to Disclaimer: Even if I was not sponsored by Wicked Good I would still be using their charcoal. In fact I used it for a long time before I was even sponsored.

Sledneck
01-05-2009, 07:42 AM
I use WICKED GOOD -- weekend warrior -- bought 300lbs. in Da' BRONX NY -- of all places -- HUNTS POINT. An interesting locale -- for you all that ain't from 'round these parts -- you have NO IDEA!
What did you pay a bag at that quantity?

cheez59
01-05-2009, 09:36 AM
[quote=Merl;817049]I use only lump. (unless I am using pellets)
My first choice is Ozark oak made in Arkansas
Second is either Royal Oak or Hasty Bake.

Check out this website, "nakedwhiz.com. They have tested and rated all of the lump charcoals. They also have a reader ranking section. I think its a pretty good and honest evaluation of lump charcoal.

yours in Que
Merl Whitebook

http://www.nakedwhiz.com/lump.htm (http://www.nakedwhiz.com/lump.htm)[/quote

Just a quick fyi. I was at the Ozark Oak factory last week getting some lump. The owner there told me that the only difference in Ozark Oak and Hasty Bake was the bag. Exact same stuff.

VGuilford
01-05-2009, 09:49 AM
Wicked good or Kingsford

swamprb
01-05-2009, 10:10 AM
First Choice: Wicked Good Lump or Briqs

Second Choice: Stubbs

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/100_2825.jpg

Far superior to Rancher!

ique
01-05-2009, 11:12 AM
1. WGC Lump
2. WGC Briquettes
3. Ozark Oak

Professor Salt
01-05-2009, 11:17 AM
First Choice: Wicked Good Lump or Briqs

Second Choice: Stubbs

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/100_2825.jpg

Far superior to Rancher!

I think Stubbs is made by Rancher. What differences have you noticed?

sfisch
01-05-2009, 11:17 AM
I used up the last of a bag of Rancher a couple weeks ago and broke out a bag of Kingsford I had yesterday. When I lit the chimney of Kingsford I couldn't believe the amount of smoke it generated compared to the Rancher. Luckily I have 4 more bags of Rancher left to use up after this bag of K is gone.

Scott

Merl
01-05-2009, 11:53 AM
http://www.nakedwhiz.com/lump.htm[/quote

Just a quick fyi. I was at the Ozark Oak factory last week getting some lump. The owner there told me that the only difference in Ozark Oak and Hasty Bake was the bag. Exact same stuff.[/quote]

Oh yes and the price. Ozark Oak is about 1.50 less per bag.
Merl

Harbormaster
01-05-2009, 12:17 PM
First choice, hands down, Maple Leaf lump.
Second choice would be Grove lump or Rancher briqs (if I had to use briqs)

Ashmont
01-05-2009, 12:22 PM
1st choice Royal Oak, 2nd choice Royal Oak



What Sled said....................

Jeff_in_KC
01-05-2009, 12:48 PM
Wicked Good Weekend Warrior Briquettes for comps. For home, I'll throw most anything, including generic stuff, in the firebox.

Can you even buy Rancher around Kansas City? I'd like to try it just to see what all the fuss is about.

afreemaniii
01-05-2009, 01:26 PM
Wicked good weekend warrior all the way. Hard to find in Wisconsin, but well worth it as far as I'm concerned.

Smokin' Gnome BBQ
01-05-2009, 02:23 PM
Why do you think that?

I like how it burns, but the odor is something I cant deal with, actually burned my nose..

This Is How We Que It
01-05-2009, 02:29 PM
Natural Lump Charcoal from "Chigger Creek"

chris1237
01-05-2009, 02:36 PM
1. Royal oak chef select
2. Rancher

I will never buy nature glo birqs or regular royal oak briqs again they suck.

Sledneck
01-05-2009, 02:52 PM
1st....B & B lump

2nd...Royal OakI used the B & B twice and it was like the 4th of july crackling and shooting stuff all over

Neal
01-05-2009, 02:54 PM
1. Nature Glo briquettes
2. Sam's Choice briquettes
3. Royal Oak briquettes

From what I have been told, the Nature Glo product we use is R.O.'s food service line brand. So the R.O. Chef Select may be similar...not sure, never heard of it until your post (above).

Can you even buy Rancher around Kansas City? I'd like to try it just to see what all the fuss is about.

Jeff - they had Rancher twin packs at Costco in Lenexa earlier this summer. I didn't get any as I don't use lump, but the last time I was there it was gone and all they had was Kingsford, as usual.

chris1237
01-05-2009, 03:05 PM
1. Nature Glo briquettes
2. Sam's Choice briquettes
3. Royal Oak briquettes

From what I have been told, the Nature Glo product we use is R.O.'s food service line brand. So the R.O. Chef Select may be similar...not sure, never heard of it until your post (above).



Jeff - they had Rancher twin packs at Costco in Lenexa earlier this summer. I didn't get any as I don't use lump, but the last time I was there it was gone and all they had was Kingsford, as usual.


You may be right, the stuff I got may have just been a bad batch. No matter how much I would lite I could not get the smoker past 225. With chef select if I was lighting that much my smoker would be at lest 300.

Neal
01-05-2009, 04:35 PM
The Nature Glo coal we use (and Sam's for that matter) are much larger briquettes than Royal Oak. We use about 1/3 less charcoal since we swithed from regualr Royal Oak.

You may be right, the stuff I got may have just been a bad batch. No matter how much I would lite I could not get the smoker past 225. With chef select if I was lighting that much my smoker would be at lest 300.

Chipper
01-05-2009, 04:55 PM
Wicked Good, then Royal Oak. Never have used briquettes. I tried Cowboy lump once. it was awful.

JD McGee
01-05-2009, 07:07 PM
Kingsford...it's cheap and available out here...(no more Rancher...:frown:)!

GratefulSmoker
01-05-2009, 07:37 PM
Royal Oak Lump and Briquettes

swamprb
01-05-2009, 07:54 PM
I think Stubbs is made by Rancher. What differences have you noticed?

Less ash, no odor, I can use it in the Drum Smokers with no swirling ash, it fires and gets the WSM's up to temp faster than Rancher. And BTW Rancher does not exist! Never did and never will! I think I only have 7 bags of it left out of 60. I've only seen the Stubb's at QFC (Krogers) $5.99 bag.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/100_2827.jpg

JD McGee
01-05-2009, 08:01 PM
Less ash, no odor, I can use it in the Drum Smokers with no swirling ash, it fires and gets the WSM's up to temp faster than Rancher. And BTW Rancher does not exist! Never did and never will! I think I only have 7 bags of it left out of 60. I've only seen the Stubb's at QFC (Krogers) $5.99 bag.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/swamprb/100_2827.jpg

Hey bro...I've not seen that one. 6 bucks for 9 lbs is kinda pricey though...how does it burn?

KC_Bobby
01-05-2009, 08:02 PM
Can you even buy Rancher around Kansas City? I'd like to try it just to see what all the fuss is about.

HD was carrying in in 2007, something like $3 a 20 lb bag. I still have a bag or two in my garage. If you like mounds of ash, it's a great charcoal. Since it makes my BWS look like Mount St. Helens ... I just use a little here and a little there to fill in around the large azz WG lump.

In summary, in this case - you get what you pay for.

Big George's BBQ
01-05-2009, 08:10 PM
I use RO. Would like to find wicked briquettes. I uase to use lump but could not keep the heat down with my meadow creek

Rub
01-05-2009, 10:32 PM
Rancher.

oceanpigassassins
01-05-2009, 11:52 PM
alwalys used kingsford

BigBellyBBQ
01-06-2009, 08:39 PM
Royal Oak lump, then B & B or Humprey...Stay away from Cowboy, unless you have protective equipment on!!

Fredbird
01-07-2009, 08:00 AM
1. Kingsford Competition Briquettes
2. Kingsford

I'm not a fan of Royal Oak. I've never used Wicked Good or Rancher. It comes down to availability and consistency. I can always find Kingsford and I know how it cooks.

CTSmokehouse
01-07-2009, 08:09 AM
Royal Oak Lump for availability, consistency, affordability and good experience with it...

Wicked Good Lump, when I can get it for comps and overnights because of the monster lumps that burn forever.....

I prefer lump to briquettes because it is easier to light, burns cleaner and leaves less ash...

I tried others and was not impressed...

Yours in BBQ,

Cliff

Bastey Boy
01-07-2009, 12:05 PM
Wicked Good.

Due to it's density, Weekend Warrior lump burns longer than most briquettes.

That bag of Stubbs is 9 lbs.

Same size bag of WGC is 11 lbs. and the big bags are 22 lbs.

Hope this helps