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Unread 01-19-2009, 11:19 PM   #1
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Default Competition Briquette Report w/Pron & Food Pron

I picket up a 12# bag at Home Depot the other day, it ran about 9 bucks + or -. I decided to try it out in the drum, where I am pretty much still a rookie. I started with 5# of the briquettes, 1 each fist sized chunk of Oak, Hickory & Pecan in the fire basket. In the Chimney I filled it about 3/4 with RO lump, got it going good and put it over the combo in the fire basket. I had a little trouble dialing in the temp to 275, but when I did I tossed on a couple of roasts. Now I think they may have been Chuckies, but I'm really not sure. I figured whatever they were I would cook 'em like butts and make BBQ Beef out of them. It took about 3.5 hours to get to 165, then I bagged and foiled them with some bullion and spices and put them back in the smoker at a higher temp, about 350.

The fire basket was burning steady, but I still had plenty of coals left so I figured, "what the heck". I had some Turkey legs thawed, so I put them on also after the foiled beef had been back on for about 2 hours. I pulled the beef out an hour later, a total of 6.5 hours and it shredded nicely as you can see.

The first two pictures are of the coal basket and ashe residue after about 7 hours or so. Ionly added 1 more chunk of oak when I took the foiled beef off, figuring the Turkey Legs could use a little more flavor. All in all I am happy with Kingsfors new product, now I gotta figure out if the higher price is worth it.

I left the lid not completly covering the drum while I went inside to rest the beef and pull it. I went back out about 25 minnutes later and the coals and remaining wood had ignited and I was getting a crisp smoke on the legs. I finally pulled the legs after we had eaten the beef. They were at 172 and juicy as all get out. We'll have those tomorrow I think.
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Unread 01-19-2009, 11:22 PM   #2
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Looks good. Thanks for the report. Do you think you got the same burn per dollar as with your regular charcoal?
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Unread 01-19-2009, 11:25 PM   #3
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Nice pron, how do you like the thermometer I see in the picture? I've got one just like it and think it's just as good as a thermapen.
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Unread 01-20-2009, 02:40 AM   #4
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Good lookin legs. It sure is hard to beat a smoked turkey leg.

By looking at everyones location it looks like the new Kingsfords are getting closer to Texas. I went to Home Depot yesterday but they didn't have any. I asked the guy in that dept. but he hasn't heard about them but would "LOOK INTO IT".
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it all looks great.. i wish i had a leg now
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Looks like the 'cue turned out very good and the charcoal burned really clean.
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I have not used briquettes yet but those do sound pretty good.
The bird legs definitely look good.
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Looks good. Thanks for the report. Do you think you got the same burn per dollar as with your regular charcoal?
Not even close. I usually use regular Kingsford bought in the 21# twin pack. I will have to give the Comp. a go in the WSM (where I am most experieiinced) for a fair comparrison. I suspect the only advantage(s) to the Comp. is less ash means less cleanup, no biggy for me as I have the kids clean the cookers. As to whether it burns hotter or longer I will have to wait for the WSM trial to determine. I probably should have used the WSM for this cook, but I wanted to gain some experience on the drum.

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Nice pron, how do you like the thermometer I see in the picture? I've got one just like it and think it's just as good as a thermapen.
I likey! It reaches temp in less than 5 seconds, and I guess if you're in more of a hurry than that you ought to modify your caffiene intake.
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Those drumsticks look they are Da Bomb. The beef roast looks good, too. Nice job, DD.
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Nice pron, how do you like the thermometer I see in the picture? I've got one just like it and think it's just as good as a thermapen.
What is it? Where do you get it? How much?
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Interesting about the comp Charcoal. Our Home Depot has a bin area for it and it never came in. I noticed they took the sign down. I need to find out why.
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I got two bags the other day at HD up here in Norcal. Have not tried it yet, but it will have to be a whole lot better then the regular Kingford to make it worth while with that price difference. It was $9 for 12 lbs or 0.75 per pound the regular was $15 for 41 lbs or 0.37 per pound. For twice the price it better be better. Hope to try on some ribs later this week.
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I picked some up at the HD here today.
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What is it? Where do you get it? How much?
I believe it is a Taylor 9842 Instant Read. I have one too and like it. It is $15.77 at Amazon.

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Good lookin' eats right there! With that tribe you've got, something almost always has to be cooking . Now if you could just gethe boys to get jobs ................ .
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