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Bamabuzzard 03-06-2014 10:40 AM

I believe the Brethren has changed the BBQ community
Follow me for a second. It wasn't but a few years ago (can't remember how many) that the average bbq'er (backyard weekend warrior) smoked at 225 degrees. Heck, about seven years ago I did to. I was a 225'er. But started seeing on the board how several seasoned members smoked at 250 and higher. That became a huge board topic. But slowly but surely many on the board started trying the higher temps and now I think if we took a poll that most on here no longer cook at 225 degrees but around 250 or higher. With that said, I have noticed that this has filtered out to even the average joe who doesn't take bbq as serious as those on here. Those who "every now and then" throw some ribs or a pork butt on the smoker. I'm noticing I'm not finding anywhere near the amount of people who smoke at 225 as in the past and I think that movement might have started right here on this wonderful board. There are a lot of members on this board from all parts of the world. We go out, try new things, share information with each other and try to help others who want it.

So I'm officially crediting The Brethren for what appears to be a big shift in smoking temps the average person uses to Q. We are laying the ground work folks one rib at a time, one slice of brisket at a time and one pulled pork sammich at a time! :eusa_clap :bow:

Offthehook 03-06-2014 10:45 AM

I only used to cook at 225 because my Brinkman $40.00 smoker would drown the ash and sit at that temp while I had to stir the ash and keep the door open lol.

landarc 03-06-2014 10:56 AM

I learned to cook briskets and butts low, then hotter, then I forgot. And for decades I struggled. Then I came here looking for information on MOINK balls and found the Hit & Fast debate and suddenly remembered what my mentor taught me.

It wasn't that I didn't know, or that it wasn't known, but, I was reminded of what I had forgotten. And the members here share freely the things many cooks often hide. That is the real credit to the members and the forum.

Fwismoker 03-06-2014 11:12 AM

I tweeted that out about cooking higher temps...glad it caught on ;)

I do think forums like this make a difference for sure.

Bludawg 03-06-2014 11:17 AM

Much the same as landarc for me. Granddad & my Dad cooked hot, temp was judged by holding a hand over the grate and it wasn't there to long:-o.Some how'er other I forgot my come-upins and it took me along time and money applying all the Snake oil to come along triyn to get back to the good stuff I growed up on. Once my brains came back in I was back to yep that feels hot enough then I incorporated a pit thermo back into it so I knew what "feels hot enough" was. I chock it up to growing up & putting away the toys, simplifying life and being flexible, relaxed not over complicatin a very simple thing. What I found here was some of what I had lost in technique helping me to be even better at this great hobby.

nmayeux 03-06-2014 11:17 AM

There isn't any doubt about the value and influence of this site. For the past 9 years, this has been my goto place to learn and share my experiences both good and bad. What you do see here is diversity of styles and methods.

As for the hot and fast example, we have learned of a new/different method, but it isn't for all. 225* is still what we shoot for regarding our big meats, as this is where we have gotten our best results with our particular smoker. The low & slow vs. hot and fast debate is very similar to the stick burning offset/cabinet/pellet pooper debate. The fact that we can have this debate and learn from it is what makes this place cool. even after all these years.

toymaster 03-06-2014 11:34 AM

I agree with nmayeux. Hot and fast may be a different way to BBQ but I for one do not smoke anything above 250. Low n slow is all I know and that is all I probably will ever do. If it works for someone else, that's fine. I think we are all better off with more people involved in BBQ, regardless of what temp they cook at. My .02

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Deep South 03-06-2014 11:37 AM

Having the option for hot and fast is the best part. I'm a die hard 225 guy but I have done a brisket and a butt using the hot and fast method when I was pushed for time. BOTH turned out better than I anticipated. :thumb:

aawa 03-06-2014 11:42 AM

I started BBQing in 2012. I was under the impression that low and slow was the only way to go. I started by learning how to do low and slow. I did read a lot about Hot and Fast and as I was confident with my low and slow technique, I started experimenting with hot and fast cooking.

I still do both types of cooking depending on what time the meat needs to come off the pit, as well as hot large of a cook I'm doing. I do prefer hot and fast, as it fits my lifestyle a little bit better than low and slow. However I still use the technique I first learned on.

smoke ninja 03-06-2014 12:16 PM

I'm not sure this site is responsible for an increase in pit Temp. It is credited with invention of moink and the trademark of "fatty"

sliding_billy 03-06-2014 12:20 PM

If the Brethren has done nothing else, it has taught a lot of folks what "Fark" and "Pron" mean. :-D

bbqgeekess 03-06-2014 12:20 PM

Myron Mixon has been doing HnF for a while now and it's talked about in season 1 of BBQ Pitmasters. Well I am sure there were a lot of others before him that did HnF as well.

But I do think this forum has had a lot to do with making it a popular choice. Seems like most cook HnF here.. I am gonna make a poll in another thread.. brb.

lantern 03-06-2014 12:32 PM

I think what it comes down to is the demystifying of the BBQ pit.

When we keep striving for more and more info, sooner or later we come to the realization that our pits are just ovens that are much more fun to use.

Once that happens then all the info used and tweeked over years and years of cooking at 325-350 in a conventional oven starts to crossover and we open up sooooo many more things to do OUTSIDE of the kitchen and outside of the traditional bbq world.

This community is as versatile and imaginative as any in the food world if not more. If there's a way to open up new avenues to enjoy our passion....the Brethren will most likely be leading that charge.

Bamabuzzard 03-06-2014 12:35 PM

This forum puts so much diverse information out there that it's provided different avenues and methods for Q'ers to try and experiment. People have found solutions to many of their Q'n problems then they go and share it with others. I know the reason I changed from 225 to 250+ was time. I found there wasn't any difference in the flavor of my Q and it was finished in less time. Win for me. :clap2:

smoke ninja 03-06-2014 12:41 PM


Originally Posted by bbqgeekess (Post 2830488)
Myron Mixon has been doing HnF for a while now and it's talked about in season 1 of BBQ Pitmasters. Well I am sure there were a lot of others before him that did HnF as well.

But I do think this forum has had a lot to do with making it a popular choice. Seems like most cook HnF here.. I am gonna make a poll in another thread.. brb.

Here's a poll I did on rib temps:-D
I'll be watching yours

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