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Trunks
11-15-2014, 02:40 PM
Got 2 bags and am smoking short ribs tomorrow. Should I try them or just go with royal lump?

They burn good? Smell and taste good??

Blanton
11-15-2014, 02:46 PM
As good as lump in a briquet form

Timmy Mac
11-15-2014, 02:46 PM
Good stuff think you'll like it.

Harbormaster
11-15-2014, 02:50 PM
Very good stuff.
Burns great in my WSMs and smells great too.
It's a natural briquette, ground up lump with a starch binder.

Brian in Maine
11-15-2014, 02:53 PM
They are good to use.

dwfisk
11-15-2014, 03:00 PM
Stubbs is the only store bought I use nowadays; still like my homemade hardwood lump best but Stubbs brickettes run a strong second.

IamMadMan
11-15-2014, 03:08 PM
I prefer lump, but I do use Stumps sometimes as well as in the kettle.

Go with the Stumps, you'll be surprised..

Smokeoholic
11-15-2014, 03:15 PM
GTG..:thumb:

landarc
11-15-2014, 03:17 PM
I use Stubb's, it works just fine for smoking meats.

joemat
11-15-2014, 03:20 PM
I use Stubbs briquettes in my Stumps gravity fed and Royal Oak lump in my BGE'e.

Can't go wrong with Stubbs👍

Gnarlbecue
11-15-2014, 05:02 PM
Stubbs is all I use.

Decoy205
11-15-2014, 05:48 PM
Stubbs FTW!

pjtexas1
11-15-2014, 06:20 PM
They will smoke a LOT at first but don't let that fool you. It's a great charcoal imo.

lowbass
11-15-2014, 06:46 PM
If you cook a lot with briqs(like I do) then you'll really like Stubbs. I like the smoke flavor you get with briqs. It gives food the BBQ taste IMO. Stubbs burns hotter and longer with less ash than Kingsford Comp.

Trunks
11-15-2014, 08:15 PM
I'll give them a try but I always use lump but figured what the hell I have 2 bags

4 racks of chuck short ribs should be around 6-7hrs? I'll be wrapping in BP after few hrs

Fat Freddy
11-15-2014, 09:21 PM
I really like Stubbs and use it at comps I do on all 3 of my WSM's. MY experience however disagrees with others. While I agree it burn hotter than other charcoals, my experience shows it burn fast and with more ash. The ash burns completely down though. These were the reasons I went with Stubbs to start with, because I wanted it to burn down completely and burn faster. It is quite a bit easier at comps to deal with a firegrate with nothing but clean ash than a fire grate filled with oddball sizes of hot burning down charcoal.

Trunks
11-15-2014, 09:37 PM
It will work good with the minion method? Also 1bag should be good for 4 racks of short ribs?

Harbormaster
11-15-2014, 10:00 PM
It will work good with the minion method? Also 1bag should be good for 4 racks of short ribs?
Yes and yes.

robbq
11-15-2014, 10:08 PM
I like lump better, but if you have them, might as well use them.

Trunks
11-16-2014, 08:18 AM
So I hve to say I will never use Stubbs coals gain. I usually use RO lump

Anyways up at 6 am start up my 22.5 wsm and she was none stop billowing white smoke or 2 hrs. I didn't out the mean on closed her up and will wait for coals to die out and I'll do this next weekend with what I'm used to


Other question is can I freeze my short rib racks that r all rubbed ?? I am vac dealing then now Very disappointing morning with Stubbs. Never seen here billowing smoke nine stop. Also my done therm that's built in read 250 and my thermo works read 111 so I have no idea what was going on.

Trunks
11-16-2014, 08:57 AM
Has any1 ever seen this with Stubbs ? Heavy non stop white smoke

Decoy205
11-16-2014, 09:00 AM
That is weird. I got lots of white smoke in he very beginning but it gets up to temp fast and then clears to clean smoke in about 30 mins on my mini.

ajstrider
11-16-2014, 09:09 AM
I concur with the rest, I think it is my favorite, readily available briquette for smoking. The Lowes here carries it all the time so I can always get it. Other nice briquettes show up randomly and go away at local stores but Stubb's is always there!

Gnarlbecue
11-16-2014, 09:38 AM
Has any1 ever seen this with Stubbs ? Heavy non stop white smoke


I have used Stubbs briqs exclusively for over a year, and I have only seen "non-stop white smoke" once, after my coal sat outside too long and absorbed too much moisture.

As others here have stated, Stubbs does smoke more when it first lights up, but it usually settles down once it's fully ashed over, and burns very clean with a nice smell thereafter.

I think you got a bad batch. I've used it in snake method on a 9+ hour cook with minimal smoke other than my wood chunks, and I was rolling sweet blue TBS for most of that time with Stubbs.

elvis67
11-16-2014, 10:58 AM
They will smoke a LOT at first but don't let that fool you. It's a great charcoal imo.

My experience also! But they are great, little ash burns hot.

AClarke44
11-16-2014, 11:16 AM
First time I used Stubbs I was impressed and never went back. I can't speak for any other charcoal but it imparts a much better flavor than KBB imo. It also has a much better and natural smell when it burns. I can't tell if there's less ash or if it burns hotter but I do know it's the only coal I use for smoking purposes on my weber.
I've only used lump in my Akorn kamado but I'd say if you were comparing Stubbs to lump the difference would be maybe a slightly more smokey smell with stubbs and I believe stubbs (or any briquette) gives a better smoke ring due to it giving off more nitrogen when it burns. Now I'm by no means a scientist and I've only read that part about nitrogen so I don't have a clue if it's true, but I do know I get deep smoke rings when I cook with the weber and stubbs and a very fain one with royal oak lump in the kamado. By the way I like lump too, I just use it in the kamado only.

Trunks
11-16-2014, 11:35 AM
Yeah idk it was def odd sucks but I don't think I'll give it another try if I use coals I'll go with king comp. if all went as planned I would be Enjoying some beef ribs in 2 hrs ��

Really bothers me I can figure out why so much billowing white smoke like never b4. Really odd. I just bought the 2 bags from lowes on Friday

AClarke44
11-16-2014, 11:52 AM
What method are you using to light them?
Like the others have mentioned I usually get the white smoke in the beginning but once the kettle is up to temp it'll just be thin blue.

Compared to lump though, I get hardly any smoke at all with lump even at start up when it's cold.

Decoy205
11-16-2014, 01:15 PM
How many did you light to start off the minion? I notice with KBB I need more to get it up to temp faster with Stubbs 6-10 briqs will start it off nice in the mini. If I was using a full size WSM if bet 12-15 would be good.

Trunks
11-16-2014, 02:28 PM
I used 15 or so the thhing that's odd is the dome therm read 250ish and my thermo works read 110 at top grate so I have no ISO what the heck happened or what therm was right but regardless it was 1hr 30 min of white smoke till the point I said f it and axed operation beef rip till next weekend with lump

AClarke44
11-16-2014, 03:15 PM
I'm with Decoy (6-10 for the kettle). That's about the same I use with minion or snake depending on the temp I'm looking for.

pjtexas1
11-16-2014, 03:32 PM
I get white smoke in my cabinet smoker with Stubb's. Never really thick smoke and the meat never tastes bad. I'm guessing Stubb's is made with mesquite.

Gnarlbecue
11-16-2014, 06:13 PM
I think there may be two versions of Stubbs on the market. I have noticed that the smaller 9 pound bags I get locally are made in Mexico, and have a slightly sweeter smell.

The 15 pound bags from Lowes and Amazon are made in the USA, and seem to have less flavor and smoke a bit more when I light them.

They seem to perform the same, so maybe I'm wrong about there being two versions. Maybe the bigger bags from the big department stores are just older, having sat around in a warehouse somewhere for months absorbing moisture?

Regardless, I'm surprised about the OPs experience with thick white smoke for over an hour. I've probably burned 500 pounds of this stuff over the last year and only had that experience once, with a bag of the USA stuff that sat around open outside in moist weather.

I think you got a bad batch.

Trunks
11-16-2014, 07:31 PM
Yeah could have been there were only 2 bags left I got them ha

AClarke44
11-16-2014, 07:48 PM
I think there may be two versions of Stubbs on the market. I have noticed that the smaller 9 pound bags I get locally are made in Mexico, and have a slightly sweeter smell.

The 15 pound bags from Lowes and Amazon are made in the USA, and seem to have less flavor and smoke a bit more when I light them.

They seem to perform the same, so maybe I'm wrong about there being two versions. Maybe the bigger bags from the big department stores are just older, having sat around in a warehouse somewhere for months absorbing moisture?

Regardless, I'm surprised about the OPs experience with thick white smoke for over an hour. I've probably burned 500 pounds of this stuff over the last year and only had that experience once, with a bag of the USA stuff that sat around open outside in moist weather.

I think you got a bad batch.

I forgot about this! He is correct, the Stubbs not made in America is not as good. I've read about it and apparently there's a definite difference.

I always get mine at Lowes or Walmart...15lb bags. Walmart is the cheapest.

lowbass
11-16-2014, 07:51 PM
Has any1 ever seen this with Stubbs ? Heavy non stop white smoke


Never had that type or any problem using Stubbs.

Trunks
11-16-2014, 08:06 PM
The bags I got were from lowes I'll che I and see if it says made in USA

mikemci
11-16-2014, 08:46 PM
Stubb's is my favorite briquette and I get it from Lowes also. In Texas any good brand doesn't sit on the shelf long though.

okiej
11-16-2014, 09:24 PM
I have also used Stubb's and liked it. I can't think of another briquette that would get as many positive reviews. Sorry your experience was bad.

Gnarlbecue
11-16-2014, 11:54 PM
...the Stubbs not made in America is not as good. I've read about it and apparently there's a definite difference.


To be clear, I am of the opinion that the Made in Mexico Stubbs is of slightly superior quality. I seem to get a better smell and a little less smoke when using it, compared to the 15 pound bags that I used to get from Amazon and Lowes that say Made in the USA.

Ultimately, the difference is minimal, and I think it may just be that the bigger stores keep more stock sitting around on pallets, getting stale. My local grocer gets the 9 pound bags of the Mexico stuff, and they always seem fresh.

qnbiker
11-17-2014, 12:40 PM
Stubbs is the best locally available briquette in my opinion. If only KBB wasn't so farking cheap at the sales!

2dumb2kwit
11-18-2014, 09:04 AM
I have never had a problem with it. In fact, I like it so much, that since I first tried it, it pretty much all I use. I keep a little RO lump around for caveman steaks, but other than that, it's all stubbs.
(Most of my use, is using the snake method, in my kettle.)

Trunks
11-18-2014, 01:17 PM
ill get around to giving it another shot




so much white smoke thought fire dept would have been called ha

RolandJT
11-19-2014, 11:14 PM
Has any1 ever seen this with Stubbs ? Heavy non stop white smoke

What temp?

My dad is from West TN, so I do really low and slow (225 no more) on whole pork shoulders. tried Stubbs and I had a similar problem.

When I do other meats at higher temps (275 or above), I don't have any problems with Stubbs.

Just my experience

New Pal Frank
11-20-2014, 07:16 AM
I have used Stubbs briquettes almost exclussivly for three years in pro comps. and love it. I load my fire basket with a bag and leave a corner open in the front. Light half a chimmney of coals then pour into the opening in the fire basket. I cook between 230 and 240 and one bag will last about 10 hours in my Backwoods Competitor.It is a gret charcoal for heat and flavor. I only use 2-3 small chunks of flavor wood mixed in the fire box.
Hope this helps.

Just BS
11-20-2014, 10:48 AM
Interesting thread. I've used Stubbs with great success and like it.

This year I've been using Kingsford Comp because Costco has had them on sale. Couldn't beat it.

Lastly, I've done beef Short Ribs (4 bone plates) a few times and although I don't wrap 'em, seven hours seems optimistic, under done and chewy to me. YMMV. G'luck.

PWHathaway
11-20-2014, 11:52 AM
I use stubbs on my uds for everything. It's easier to control than lump for me. Never had any issues with excessive white smoke. Good luck.

2dumb2kwit
11-20-2014, 04:04 PM
I may have to make a change to my previous post.

The other day, I got a bag of stubbs, from lowes, that looked a little different, but I didn't think much of it. I figured it was just a mew package thing. I didn't notice any difference in how it acted, but that was using the snake method. Today, I needed some extra cooking space, so I loaded up a chimney, to throw in the kettle. Man, is the smoke rolling out of that chimney!!! I guess it didn't get my attention using the snake method, because I was lighting so few coals at a time.

Note: Once it got lit good, it settled right down, as far as the smoke goes.:clap2: