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Unread 05-18-2008, 09:04 PM   #1
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Angry No More Sam's Choice Charcoal

Lord what was I thinking . I bought some Sam's Choice Charcoal since they were out of Kingsford last week. Now I know why they had so much of it. That is the WORST stuff ever to be bagged and sold. I wouldn't use it again even if they paid me. Thank goodness I had enough kingford left to keep this crap going. Been cooking longer than I wanted to be. Just a warning for anyone who may be entertaining the idea. DON'T DO IT!!
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Unread 05-18-2008, 10:35 PM   #2
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Thanks for the heads up.
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For those who don't know Sam's Choice aka America's Choice is the Walmart\Sam's Club brand
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Hey you missed another Bash. Check thread and see what you missed. Welcome back.
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Had a couple bags of Sam's I received at a class last Summer and thought it was OK, better than Rancher IMO. Sticking with the Kingsford!
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if i gotta use charcoal i use it- it supplements well- never had no probs
btw we got the largest kings ford plant in the world( seriously) right here but they won't sell direct so i use wood...
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I am surprised, I love the Sam's Choice Charcoal. It is great for smoking, those things are the size of raquetballs and they burn forever.

I could see them being tough to grill with, but for a smoker they are A+!
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Hmm maybe they had a bad batch. I have used it for both grilling and smoking in my drum and it was fine. I understand Royal Oak makes it for Wallys..
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I bought some a while back to season my smoker. That was the weirdest smelling charcoal ever! As it was heating up in the chimney, It was like watching some sci-fi video of planets covered with volcanoes. There were little flares on the surface of the briqs that would hiss, pop and sizzle throwing sparks. Worse than a pine log in a campfire. Eventually they settled down and when they were ashed over they began to smell like wood charcoal. I decided I would never cook meat with it. The remainder of the bag will go in a campfire just for the show!!
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I've used worse but tend to agree the stuff is marginal
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if i can't find royal oak i use sams choice and have had no problems. i've used it on and off for years including long smokes and it did just fine. no idea why you had a problem. its made by ro. i'll buy a bag next time i'm there and will check it out.
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ya get what ya pay for & any wally world product- sometimes it's all we can get.
did ya see the links to making your own lump if ya can....
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I can't find Royal Oak BRIQUETTS around here, just the lump. But happened to be slummin' through Big Lots and saw red bags of "Sizzle" briqs in 9lb bags for $3-its made by RO. Didn't buy any since I'm into the Stubb's.
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kingsford is no different than the cheaper ones in my opinion. i have had no problems with sams club brand or royal brand....
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i'm getting my ro briquettes at kmart. 18.5 lb bag @ 5.99 .
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