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Old 03-09-2016, 09:31 AM   #1
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Question Another best charcoal briquette thred...

So...we have a Backwoods Competitor insulated vertical cabinet smoker with a water pan, and looking for your opinion on the best charcoal briquette. We are looking for a clean flavor, consistent temp, and longest lasting.

Let us know your thoughts and why.
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Old 03-09-2016, 09:51 AM   #2
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Stubb's or Kingsford Competition. (now known as Kingsford Professional)

Way less ash than KBB.
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Old 03-09-2016, 09:52 AM   #3
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We run lump in our backwoods with great results. The party I run overnight at events and do a quick reload in the morning when I foil meats. It doesn't totally need the reload to finish the big meats, but then chicken goes on after.

For briquettes I know a lot of good BWS teams running regular kingsford and a bunch using stubbs. You'll get all ends of the spectrum on replies here. Great bbq can be produced with all of them. So pick you poison.
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I use kingsford but was thonking of trying something but not sure what.
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Here's a boatload of info on lump charcoal:

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

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Old 03-09-2016, 11:33 AM   #6
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Kingsford competition is the best I can find for the money. They always have a 2for1 bag sale at costco by me.
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Old 03-09-2016, 12:04 PM   #7
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I believe the Brethren's consensus is:
- Stubb's is the bomb, the only one to use
- KBB is loaded with nuclear waste fillers
- Don't use briquettes, use lump as it runs hotter with less ash
- Don't like lump, runs too hot and the pieces are not uniform in size
- KBB is most consistent and you can really load up during the holiday sales
- KBB smells terrible
- Stubb's has an off-putting smell and takes longer to ash over
- Royal oak is the best one out there
- Check out Trader Joe's brand
- Who uses charcoal, use splits

Edit. Sorry forgot a few:
- Kingsford Comp is better than Stubb's
- Stubb's is better than Kingsford Comp
- Kingsford Comp and Stubb's are about the same
- Stubb's produces much less ash than KBB
- Why buy charcoal when you can make your own?
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Old 03-09-2016, 12:15 PM   #8
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Old 03-09-2016, 12:20 PM   #9
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The best briquettes I have found are either Royal Oak Chefs Select (40 lb bags through DoIt Best Hardware) or Stubbs.

Why? Very pleasing aroma, clean burning charcoals, minimal ash.

My "go to" is the ROCS because of the 40 lb bags and the DoIt Best hardware store is closer than Wal-Mart (the only place I can get Stubbs) and it's a little less expensive.
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Old 03-09-2016, 12:26 PM   #10
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I don't use charcoal that often. But when I do its Royal Oak Select.
Why?? it does not stink as bad as all the rest of that crap.
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Originally Posted by Bob C Cue View Post
I believe the Brethren's consensus is:
- Stubb's is the bomb, the only one to use
- KBB is loaded with nuclear waste fillers
- Don't use briquettes, use lump as it runs hotter with less ash
- Don't like lump, runs too hot and the pieces are not uniform in size
- KBB is most consistent and you can really load up during the holiday sales
- KBB smells terrible
- Stubbs has an off-putting smell and takes longer to ash over
- Royal oak is the best one out there
- Check out Trader Joe's brand
- Who uses charcoal, use splits
That sounds about right hahahahah
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Old 03-09-2016, 01:56 PM   #12
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Stubbs...just Stubbs.
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Old 03-09-2016, 01:59 PM   #13
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I just recently picked up a bag of Stubbs based on what I've been reading here. Getting it started is a smokey, stinky cloud of terrible. Once it starts rolling though, I'm pretty pleased with the results.
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Old 03-09-2016, 02:07 PM   #14
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I've been using Trader Joe's Hardwood Briquettes and I've been very happy with it. $7.99/18# bag.
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I've switched to GFS briqs and lump. Work for me and the briqs don't stink.
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