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Old 03-20-2014, 05:40 PM   #1
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Chef's Select. I ordered it into my local DoItBest and will probably try it out this weekend. I know a few of you out there have used it...please let me know what you think of it and i'll do the same after. Thanks.

Dang I'm starting to feel like a charcoal junkie! I got RO lump, blue, competition and now this on hand.

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Old 03-20-2014, 05:48 PM   #2
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I've used a few bags of that - I like it. If it wasn't so easy for me to get Trader Joe's (i.e. Rancher) briqs I'd be getting that.
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Old 03-20-2014, 06:09 PM   #3
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I have one right becide where I work.

Mine give it a try.

Let us know Keith.
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Old 03-20-2014, 06:17 PM   #4
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I bought a couple bags of the Chef Select last year and I liked the cooking time. I know that Royal Oak makes Chef Select and wondering what the difference is comparison to the Royal Oak Red bag with the "ridges"?
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Old 03-20-2014, 06:24 PM   #5
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Heck, I've got The Good One, Rockwood, Dragon Breath, Humphrey's, Vision, Ozark Oak and Kamado Joe lump on hand at home. And I have a bag of Fogo on the way.
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Old 03-20-2014, 06:32 PM   #6
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wondering what the difference is comparison to the Royal Oak Red bag with the "ridges"?
The ridges are new to the ROCS. I have a couple bags with the ridges but haven't tried them yet. I wish they would have left well enough alone. Don't need gimmicks to sell good charcoal.

The original ROCS was 100% natural, used a starch binder with no other fillers. Not sure if the ridged ROCS or red bag RO are all natural.
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Old 03-20-2014, 06:35 PM   #7
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Heck, I've got The Good One, Rockwood, Dragon Breath, Humphrey's, Vision, Ozark Oak and Kamado Joe lump on hand at home.
LOL i figured there were bigger junkies out there than me!

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I bought a couple bags of the Chef Select last year and I liked the cooking time. I know that Royal Oak makes Chef Select and wondering what the difference is comparison to the Royal Oak Red bag with the "ridges"?
Tim i really don't know other than the Chef's Select says they're hardwood briquettes. I'll do a burn time and ash comparison sometime to see how that turns out. The next time i'm up at Menards i'll pick up some RO premium (red bag) and see
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Old 03-20-2014, 07:37 PM   #8
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I had a bag with the pre ridges blend. It was good, the briquettes were really big which was an issue. I wondered how hot it burned but that may have been related to the size not making them as easy to work with.

Let us know what you think.
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Old 03-20-2014, 08:06 PM   #9
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Very happy with it, lower ash that Kingsford. Just ordered 2 more bags.
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Old 03-20-2014, 10:13 PM   #10
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Just picked up two bags about a week ago. Really like it.
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Old 03-20-2014, 10:25 PM   #11
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Man I thought I was bad. I have RO, KBB, comp, & Stubbs. But I'm always looking for something new.
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Old 03-21-2014, 01:01 AM   #12
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I just tried a couple bags of the RO mesquite in my UDS. I've always used Kingsford, with an assortment of different woods for smoke.

I've done pork butt, chicken and a chuck roast. I was so happy with the end results with them, that its going to be what I use from now on.

I picked up on this off flavor, real subtle, but I never could get away from it. My wife said I was crazy, but I just could not get past it. So, I changed from what I've used all my BBQ life, to Royal Oak. I always thought mesquite was too strong. Well, what ever percentage of mesquite in in the RO, its perfect for my taste.
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Old 03-21-2014, 08:49 AM   #13
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I really like them. Really consistent, long burn time and the ash was less than Kingsford comp. I bought a bag of the GFS premium briqs and they are the same as these(both made by RO) so if you have a GFS around they usually have it on hand.
Wish the ash was less but really liked the burn time and consistency. (Guess I just wish there was a briq that had as little ash as The Good One lump)..
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Old 03-21-2014, 08:52 AM   #14
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I really like them. Really consistent, long burn time and the ash was less than Kingsford comp. I bought a bag of the GFS premium briqs and they are the same as these(both made by RO) so if you have a GFS around they usually have it on hand.
Wish the ash was less but really liked the burn time and consistency. (Guess I just wish there was a briq that had as little ash as The Good One lump)..
Yea we have two GFS here. Do you recall the price and what lb. bag?
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Old 03-21-2014, 09:10 AM   #15
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Not to hijack the thread but Kingsford makes hickory and mesquite briquettes. Anyone tried them without mixing wood chucks in there? Will you still get the hickory smoke flavor?
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