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Evilsports
05-15-2013, 08:56 PM
In hopes of clarifying the roles of different cooking methods ie UDS, Komodo, Offset, etc., would you guys mind answering a couple questions?


-What stove do you find yourself gravitating towards when you want cook something substantial (briskets, shoulders, ribs)?

-What are your other options (if any)?

-Why do you use this particular unit, as opposed to another?

-If you could add one unit to your BBQ "stable", what would it be and why?


Thanks in advance for helping us new suckers narrow things down.
Kevin.

Bludawg
05-15-2013, 09:03 PM
If I have time to dedicate to a cook my Stick burner if not he UDS or the Weber OTS.

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Ron_L
05-15-2013, 09:33 PM
Honestly, I enjoy cooking on a variety of cookers. That's why I have so many :-D

If you make me choose, it goes like this...

Every day grilling (burgers, chops, sausages, chicken pieces, etc) - Memphis Pro or Weber Kettle
Steaks and pizzas - Big Green Egg
Briskets, Butts and Ribs - FEC-100 with Backwoods Party a close second
Roasts, whole chicken, turkeys, etc. - Big Green Egg

jmoney7269
05-15-2013, 09:36 PM
Definitely my uds. Uses so little fuel and makes damn tasty food. Dont even need to add any wood. Nice clean BBQ flavor

flyingbassman5
05-15-2013, 10:32 PM
-What stove do you find yourself gravitating towards when you want cook something substantial (briskets, shoulders, ribs)?

In my current arsenal? The Pit Barrel hands down. Its so easy to use and turns out an awesome pork butt for pulled pork. Haven't done a brisket on it yet but the time is coming to make that step. The UDS and the Coleman are my two rib cookers. The one that gets used depends on how many racks I am cooking. The Coleman can fit one and a half racks on one of two grates if the racks are cut in half. The UDS takes em whole with 3 able to fit on each grate for a total of 6 at one time. Not a huge fan of PBC ribs for some reason, though I've only done them on it once.



-What are your other options (if any)?

Other options are in the signature; OTG 22.5" weber kettle and a OTS 18.5" Budweiser edition Weber kettle.



-Why do you use this particular unit, as opposed to another?

PBC? Ease of use, and good fuel mileage :thumb:


-If you could add one unit to your BBQ "stable", what would it be and why?

Without a doubt, a trailer mounted Lang 60 Deluxe or a Meadow Creek TS120. Really, some type of quality RF that is large enough to cook for a ~100 person party, is competition worthy and ready, tow-able by a smaller size pickup, and still small enough to be fired up on the weekends to cook 3 or 4 slabs of spares while me and the guys watch the Sunday Sprint Cup race.

cowgirl
05-15-2013, 10:39 PM
I definitely use one of my drums for most cooks, briskets, pork butts & ribs. For larger amounts I use my horizontal wood burner or cinderblock pit.

Like Ron L, I have a variety of cookers and love them all.

HankB
05-15-2013, 10:51 PM
What Ron said.

For grilling, the most used would be my SS Performer. For smoking it would be my mini-WSM. Anything that doesn't fit in the mini goes either into the 18 WSM or 22 WSM. Specifically, briskets in the mini, butts and ribs in the 18 WSM and if I have more or bigger, in the 22.

Other alternatives I have include a 26.75 kettle, 18 kettle, other 22 kettles, a couple gassers and a lodge Sportsman's grill. They're all fun to use!

Not sure what I would add. I already have an extensive collection. I might go with some kind of Kamado since I don't have anything like that. Or maybe a stick burner. Someone listed a New Braunfels smoker recently for $30 and I tried to get that. For $30 it would have been something interesting to try.

jimbloomfield
05-15-2013, 11:04 PM
We use our MAK pellet grill the most. Big reason is ease of use. When time permits (aka I think ahead) the drum will be used providing plans are to cook under 325 degrees. Or use both.

FireNorm
05-15-2013, 11:15 PM
I 'grill' steak with my Weber,
I 'bbq' ribs with my Weber,
I 'smoke' fatties , chicken, ribs, and burgers, with my Weber:

Texas Turtle
05-16-2013, 08:00 AM
I am tending more and more toward the WSM for most cooks, unless I need more capacity. With the IQUE110, it's pretty much set it and forget it so I can do other things like mow the yard (big yard) without worrying about temp spikes. If I have time to invest, I really enjoy cooking on the offset. That feels like old style hands-on BBQ to me.

Teamfour
05-16-2013, 08:03 AM
Backwoods for everything except chicken - UDS for chicken. I do fire up the offset every once in a while just to keep in practice.

aawa
05-16-2013, 08:07 AM
I use my kettle for spatchcocked chicken, ribs, and general grilling. My mini's see a lot of action if it is pork butt and chicken wings. Now that my UDS is built, I will use that for ribs, brisket, and if I need to cook large amounts of food. I still plan on using my mini's when i'm just cooking normal amounts of meat and will still use my kettle for spatchcocked chicken.

J-Rod
05-16-2013, 09:47 AM
Lately my go to has been my horizontal 55gal drum grill/smoker. After a few recent mods this thing has become a Q machine, and its especially great for indirect cooking and reverse searing since the coals are right there on one side ready for a grate to be slid over them. A close second would be my UDS with grill option, that thing is an awesome cooker, especially in ****ty weather! Third is my wee little travel pal, the mini WSM. I take it with me when I go on dirt bike trips and to family functions to make tasty appetizers etc. I also own an Akorn, and while its a great cooker, I just don't find myself bonding with it like I have the cookers I've built myself and its gathering dust. There's just something special about cooking in old drums that you've built yourself!

Wampus
05-16-2013, 10:03 AM
Depends on what I'm cooking and how much.

I love the BGE and BSK for grilling anything or hot smoking poultry.
This weekend I'll be using the UDS because I need to cook 8 butts. I may even put the BGE to use as well to have a sort of "side by side" experiment.
The performer and OTS are great for portability.
The stick burner hasn't been used much for a long time. I just don't have time to babysit it much anymore. Too many other things going on in my life right now.
The ECB has been neglected lately too. Perhaps I'll put it to use with the UDS this weekend?

Drunk Monkey
05-16-2013, 10:18 AM
I use my Vision Kamado for almost everything. It is so easy to start up and temp control is a snap.

If I need more space (Fajitas) I use my Weber 22 OTG. I also have the rotisserie for the Weber.

If I could add something it would probably be a 48" Lang. I have no experience with a stick burner but it looks fun.

Puckstopper
05-16-2013, 10:39 AM
My go to is my BWS Fatboy for anything smoked grilling go to is the Stok.

Redleg71
05-16-2013, 12:42 PM
I have three Cookers. A Large BGE, A Weber Kettle, and a 50,000 BTU Members Mark LP Gas Grill.

If I'm doing something special and I have time I go with the BGE. It is awesome and I have convince all my friends that there is something magical about it.

If time is limited and I need to cook with both Direct Heat and Inderect the Weber Kettle is excellent. I recently built a table to incorporate the Weber with my BGE because I use it so often. I also end up taking my Weber with me on the road quite a bit for tailgates and othe events. In my opinion this is a must have grill.

I could probably live without my gass grill, but it does get used if we are having a big party or pitch in where we are just grilling hot dogs and frozen burgers. It's also nice for quick after work dinners when you just don't have time to fire up the charcoals.

smokainmuskoka
05-16-2013, 02:27 PM
UDS for ribs and big stuff( butt, brisket) or several birds. 22.5" kettle for smaller items and/or direct grilling.

Not a lot of UDS where I live(like NONE) - I can't imagine what the neighbors are thinking...

frognot
05-16-2013, 02:39 PM
Haven't used any of the others since the BGE entered the scene.

Gave the WSM to my son & only keep the gasser since it was a gift from my wife. Use the Weber grill once in the last couple of years. However, i just don't do large quantities like i used to when the Bandera was up & running.

shirknwrk
05-16-2013, 02:44 PM
Big Green Egg... Unless it's a whole chicken... Then I use the Big Easy infrared turkey "fryer".

charrederhead
05-16-2013, 02:56 PM
I must admit I don't have one, but there's something special about firing up/tending the offset, w/ beer in hand. Idk what it is...I feel like a real man I guess. :wink:

ThatOneDude
05-16-2013, 02:58 PM
Briskets, Butts and Ribs - FEC-100

i just spit coffee all over my computer monitor... :shock: $$$

Desert Dweller
05-16-2013, 04:10 PM
-What stove do you find yourself gravitating towards when you want cook something substantial (briskets, shoulders, ribs)?
:blah: BDS-Mega

-What are your other options (if any)?
:blah: WSM, and a Weber Ranch Kettle that works fine as a smoker.

-Why do you use this particular unit, as opposed to another?
:blah: I use the BDS because like a UDS, the fat rendering into the fire produces flavors like no other.

-If you could add one unit to your BBQ "stable", what would it be and why?
:blah: This topic is currently in debate in my head and household.


Thanks in advance for helping us new suckers narrow things down.
Kevin.

Hope this helps.

Drunk Monkey
05-16-2013, 04:55 PM
I have three Cookers. A Large BGE, A Weber Kettle, and a 50,000 BTU Members Mark LP Gas Grill.

If I'm doing something special and I have time I go with the BGE. It is awesome and I have convince all my friends that there is something magical about it.

If time is limited and I need to cook with both Direct Heat and Inderect the Weber Kettle is excellent. I recently built a table to incorporate the Weber with my BGE because I use it so often. I also end up taking my Weber with me on the road quite a bit for tailgates and othe events. In my opinion this is a must have grill.

I could probably live without my gass grill, but it does get used if we are having a big party or pitch in where we are just grilling hot dogs and frozen burgers. It's also nice for quick after work dinners when you just don't have time to fire up the charcoals.

Any chance you can post a pic of that table. I was just reading up on building one for my kamado. Incorporating the weber sounds like an interesting idea.

MS2SB
05-16-2013, 05:05 PM
In hopes of clarifying the roles of different cooking methods ie UDS, Komodo, Offset, etc., would you guys mind answering a couple questions?


-What stove do you find yourself gravitating towards when you want cook something substantial (briskets, shoulders, ribs)?

-What are your other options (if any)?

-Why do you use this particular unit, as opposed to another?

-If you could add one unit to your BBQ "stable", what would it be and why?


Thanks in advance for helping us new suckers narrow things down.
Kevin.

I go with my Traeger for substantial cuts, and almost anything which I cook indirect. It turns on with the flip of a switch and is good for a cook that takes 15 minutes or 15 hours.

Cast Iron Chef
05-16-2013, 05:13 PM
-What stove do you find yourself gravitating towards when you want cook something substantial (briskets, shoulders, ribs)?

Substantial My WSM. Lots of burgers steaks party size cooks, My Offset.
Everyday dinners my Weber Kettle.

-What are your other options (if any)?
My other WSM, Electric Smoker, and this thing in the kitchen with burners and an oven.

-Why do you use this particular unit, as opposed to another?

WSM Rocks Plus I don't want to pull a trailer smoker.

-If you could add one unit to your BBQ "stable", what would it be and why?

FEC or Backwoods. Nice to fit all your meats on one cooker for a comp. I also understand the FEC is set it and forget it. Plus the FEC is NSF if I ever peruse more catering.

SmokeDiddy
05-16-2013, 06:49 PM
22.5" Weber for all things grilled, but sometimes I use it for smoking wings, small pork butts

BSKD - for larger butts, ribs and chicken. It is a fuel beast, but I love cooking with it...nothing like a man and his fire.

40" MES when it's cold or I am feeling lazy or multi-tasking throughout the day

Evilsports
05-16-2013, 10:55 PM
Thank you to everyone who helped out and answered. :hail:

Richard_
05-16-2013, 11:03 PM
Treager for slow cooks and chicken , whole and parts , it's just so easy to use , high heat grilling , smokey joe or the 22.5 , if im tired i just fire up the G1000 , but since i just bought an off set , i have some learning to do , my UDS is my camping smoker/grill

BBQchef33
05-16-2013, 11:28 PM
In hopes of clarifying the roles of different cooking methods ie UDS, Komodo, Offset, etc., would you guys mind answering a couple questions?


-What stove do you find yourself gravitating towards when you want cook something substantial (briskets, shoulders, ribs)?

-What are your other options (if any)?

-Why do you use this particular unit, as opposed to another?

-If you could add one unit to your BBQ "stable", what would it be and why?


Thanks in advance for helping us new suckers narrow things down.
Kevin.

for larger cooks, i will use the backyard Chef(horizontal stickburner) if I will have time for tending. If i need to go unatttended, i use the spicewine or the FEC. the offset IMO has superior flavor, but sometimes theres just no time to be around tending fire.

Grilling and Pizza, i go straight to the BGE. thats hwould be self explanatory.

Chicken, the Pit Barrell, hands down on that one. makes it better than any of the others.

And if I am going to add another pit, it will be a yoder pellet cooker.. jsut cause I want one.

Arlin_MacRae
05-17-2013, 09:49 AM
If I don't have the time to spend on a stick-burner I'll use the Traeger. Also if I'm making a bunch of Moink balls, for example, the Traeger's got the room.
If I do have the time I'll go with the Kingfisher, as long as there's not too much to cook. The PBS gives meat that smoky grilled flavor that I can't get with my other pits so I use it that way. The Primo is, flat-out, the best grill I have, plus it makes some hellacious pizza.

deguerre
05-17-2013, 09:52 AM
We're still using the kettle the majority of the time. It's just so damn versatile. When we actually take the time to learn Redhot's Akorn, that might change though.

ajstrider
05-17-2013, 09:57 AM
I always find myself going to my Traeger Texas pellet grill. It always puts out good food, very convenient, more than enough capacity for nearly everything, and I don't have to worry about it. My UDS comes in a close second, though it's capacity is less than the Traeger, sometimes I just need that charcoal flavor.

I wish I had a nice big reverse flow smoker with the side firebox to burn sticks. This seems like the way to get the best flavor into the food, but they are expensive, and generally take a while to get started, which might get annoying. I haven't been able to justify getting one, yet...

I just purchased a Weber 26.75" OTG that I am hoping will turn into my do all grill/smoker, but I need to get some time on it and figure out it's best setup to smoke with.

dadsr4
05-17-2013, 12:33 PM
-What stove do you find yourself gravitating towards when you want cook something substantial (briskets, shoulders, ribs)?
Weber kettle
-What are your other options (if any)?
A second kettle
-Why do you use this particular unit, as opposed to another?
So far, is has cooked everything I've brought home. I've made a couple of accessories out of expanded metal- two charcoal holders and a ring- and can do extended cooks.
-If you could add one unit to your BBQ "stable", what would it be and why?
Maybe a UDS because I enjoy building things from scrounged parts. Maybe an Acorn just for another thing to play with. Hard to beat the kettle, though.