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Old 08-22-2016, 07:54 PM   #1
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Brand new to the brethren with that I hope is a new take on what must be a common question.

I have been smoking on a Treager for several years, but when i compare it to local BBQ joints and or local competitions the smoke flavor does not compare.

I tried pulled pork at a local competition over the summer and the added smoke flavor was addicting!!!!! They were cooking on a reverse flow from Meadow creek I believe. That said, now the questions.

Is all this smoke flavor real or are they adding liquid smoke.
mostly genuine smoke flavor? (restaurants included) then what would you suggest for my first stick burner? did i mention addicted?? LOL

Looking at a reverse flow or h20 gravity. I have heard the temp swings form side to side may be to extreme on a offset?? I live in the pacific northwest and have looked at the following.

Lang (more recent reviews reflects workmanship is not so good any more?)
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Old 08-22-2016, 08:15 PM   #2
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That's a good question about the smoke and one that I have also.
I want to buy a FEC 120, but I'm not 100% sure that I will be happy with the smoke flavor.
I been told that I will be happy.
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Old 08-22-2016, 08:23 PM   #3
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I cook on 2 FEC 240's in my restaurants and the smoke flavor is just fine. There are two ways to achieve it.

1. Cook at the smoke setting (180 degrees) for at least 3 hours.

2. Rest a MojoBrick qube or a chunk of wood at the edge of the fire bowl (not over it) so it will smolder and give you more smoke. Cookshack has their smoke enhacer. I don't know if Traeger offers a similar product.

http://www.cookshack.com/store/Acces...Smoke-Enhancer

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Old 08-22-2016, 09:26 PM   #4
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At the end of the day, i don't want to spend $2-$3,000 on a smoker and then find out everyone was using liquid smoke, and I would have been fine cooking on the Treager..
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Old 08-22-2016, 09:30 PM   #5
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I'll give you the descenting opinion. I had a Traeger for 18 months and had the same issue. Cooked tons of food. All of it turned out moist and tender and mildly like smoke. I would go to restaurants or even buy smoked food from the big box grocery store and be pissed they had better smoke flavor than I did.

I joined pelletheads.com forum and read and read...tried different brands of pellets, bought an A-Maze-N Tube, tried the smoke setting, tried meat cold, tried meat hot, tried basting and mopping and spraying. Never was satisfied.

3 weeks ago I bought a charcoal fed Pit Barrel Cooker after reading this forum. First cook I did ribs and chicken....both were better than anything I ever cooked on the Traeger. I know people love them for the convenience but I have never had anything come off pellets tasting with that deep smoke flavor....
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Old 08-22-2016, 09:42 PM   #6
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I have a buddy who uses a traeger, it does a very good job cooking meat. Its very hands off, is almost idiot proof and yields mostly perfectly cooked food almost every time. But to me, it tastes like it was cooked in an oven. Which isn't bad, but its not smoking to me.
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Old 08-22-2016, 09:45 PM   #7
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I have a buddy who uses a traeger,..... But to me, it tastes like it was cooked in an oven. Which isn't bad, but its not smoking to me.
Yup. Exactly. Very efficient convection oven. Just a kiss of smoke.
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Old 08-22-2016, 09:48 PM   #8
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I have one and don't ever see losing it but I got other cookers too
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Old 08-22-2016, 09:49 PM   #9
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At the end of the day, i don't want to spend $2-$3,000 on a smoker and then find out everyone was using liquid smoke, and I would have been fine cooking on the Treager..
I mean it's not everyone. Gotta be one or two guys not using liquid smoke......

Why not try something less expensive and in between a pellet and a larger stickburner? A WSM or an uds/barrel smoker both put out great stuff and are much less expensive. Heck even a Weber grill can put out amazing stuff
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Old 08-22-2016, 09:59 PM   #10
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Here are some smoke bombed ribs (and bacon wrapped jalps) on my $50 craigslist weber kettle. If you go this route you'll still have $2,950 to spend on beer an patio furniture!

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Old 08-22-2016, 10:04 PM   #11
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I believe Treager advertises the fact that there pellets provide a lighter smoke finish than otherwise. And would just like to say I love shots of liquid smoke as a chaser with my favorite brew
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Old 08-22-2016, 10:06 PM   #12
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I've got an FEC100, the higher the temp you cook at, the less smoke you'll have. To get more smoke, run at a lower temp for a while. For long cooks, I add the Amazen tube smoker for some extra smoke every now and then. That being said, FEC100's win a bunch on the competition circuit.

Want more smoke out of your Traeger, just change your technique a bit.
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Old 08-23-2016, 01:15 PM   #13
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I seriously doubt that any competition teams are using Liquid Smoke. It has a very distinct taste that would almost assuredly receive low scores from judges.
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Old 08-23-2016, 02:09 PM   #14
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I own a pellet smoker. I'm selling it on CL right now because they just don't produce a very good smoke flavor.
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Old 08-23-2016, 02:21 PM   #15
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I get a great smoke in the food with my little PK, lump charcoal and, today, apple chunks. I think it's really just a matter of how much wood flavoring smoke the food comes into contact with.
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