Briquettes or Lump Charcoal

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by call the hogs, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. Ok as you can see.. Newb here. I am going from electric to a new Backwoods Smoker. Didn't even know there was lump charcoal used for smoking. Is one more preferred over the other? Lump or Briquettes? Does one burn longer or produce a better taste to the meat?
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    You are opening up a can of worms here. Some folks are real passionate about the charcoal they use. Personally I just use regular old Kingsford Blue bag briquettes and spend the extra money on a better cut of meat.
  3. Thanks Al... Thats where I would rather go too. Seems much simpler. Just the Good Ol' Blue bag of Kingsford  [​IMG]
  4. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    LUMP all the way .
    Less ash . Burn hotter .
  5. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    If I had a Backwoods(been thinking on it for 6 months or so) I think I would burn a high quality briquette such as Stubbs or CompK over lump despite the higher ash production. I think it would be easier to control temps with a briquette especially if you don't upgrade to the BBQ Guru system.
  6. The real deal.....LUMP!!

    Homemade lump is what I use!

  7. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    Lump burns hotter and less ash and i can make it for free were is the down side?[​IMG]All though i have started to just use small split of wood lately it just takes longer to get it started.
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2012
  8. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  9. boykjo

    boykjo SAUSAGE MAKER Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member


  10. ecto1

    ecto1 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I prefer to use briquettes to light hardwood to make my own lump! [​IMG]
  11. ecto1

    ecto1 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I like lump but to tell you the truth I won more trophies last year on Kingsford blue than with lump.  I get as much as I can when it goes on sale and reuse what I don't burn in my uds smokers.  My problem with lump is all I can find is mesquite lump around here and I am not rich enough to special order anything else.  I wish I would have bought 10 pallets of the frontier lump when sams had it on sale a few years ago that was the best stuff I ever used,  I could cook for 30 hours on one basket of that.     
  12. homemade lump, easy to do and another excuse to drink beer in the yard

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