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Brian in So Cal
03-25-2013, 09:15 PM
Anybody use these coconut shells for BBQing? Home Depot by my house is liquidating them at $2.49 a bag.

Was just curious as to how they burn and if they impart any smell or flavor to the meat.

May just try them to grill burgers and chicken.



03-25-2013, 09:18 PM
Heck, why not. If it doesn't work you could always just bang 'em together and ride.


Seriously though, I'm not familiar with that brand, but coconut briquettes burn clean and hot compared to other lump charcoal. It's worth a try.

03-25-2013, 09:19 PM
Those aren't shells they're briquets made from shells. I believe the reviews are average.

03-25-2013, 09:28 PM
I have used dried husk's in Jamaica while visiting in-laws. Good flavor.

03-25-2013, 09:35 PM
I seen that same exact brand in a local grocery store here this weekend and was wondering how they were. I plan on getting some later this week and trying them out.

03-25-2013, 09:57 PM
I've used coco briquets called "Charcos". If you need a lot of heat in a small space they are fantastic. I don't know about the brand in your picture, but I'd say they are definitely worth a shot.

Phubar uses Ecobrasa, which is a European coco charcoal, and we all know the fantastic results he gets. :thumb:

03-25-2013, 10:05 PM
I just used that same brand this evening. You got a killer deal. I just paid $8 for bag just cause I was curious how they were. I didn't even use a lot and my temp was over 500 I think. No off smell when I lit them and not a lot of smoke when lighting. My steak came real good.
I thought it was pretty good stuff.

03-25-2013, 10:17 PM
If I could find them in STL I'd buy them.

Here is what a pal of mine says about them (http://meatninja.com/coshell-charcoal-review-coconut-charcoal/)

03-25-2013, 10:19 PM
I know they should burn clean I would try them

03-25-2013, 11:22 PM
I've not used Coshell, but do use Charcos.



Here's a couple links of some of my test cooks with different smokers:



If the Coshell Coconut briquettes are anything like the Charcos I think you will be pretty pleased with them.

Here is a review from jdub back in 2011

03-25-2013, 11:50 PM
I use the real thing at my Casita in Belize. They are awesome and really do not impart any odd flavors. We use them for ribs, pok chops, & chicken.

03-26-2013, 01:10 AM

I bought 60 bags of it after first trying it - Home Depot was liquidating it out here

It lights easy enough, no sparks to speak of
A little smoke and slightly sweet smell when first lit -
almost no smoke or smell when burning - what ever wood you add will have to provide flavor and smoke
Burns hot
Ash is acceptable but higher than some other more expensive coconut shell brands
ash is cinnamon colored
Briquettes are well packed and not crumbly but not as nice as extruded coconut
It's a good deal and the plastic bags help keep them dry

03-26-2013, 01:14 AM
I had posted on this before

I got them down to $4.80 when I got mine so at $2.49 it's a steal.

Try a bag you can't lose and it will still be there since they had a hard time selling it

Brian in So Cal
03-26-2013, 04:46 PM
Thanks for all the info on this. Looking forward to trying it tonight.

03-26-2013, 05:31 PM
i have two big bags of it. not easy to find around here. good price and i do like the stuff. it burns well and evenly. no bad tastes. i think its great stuff but their marketing was not the best. buy it !