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!

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  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

    Fl
  9. boykjo

    boykjo SAUSAGE MAKER Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Both..................[​IMG]

    Joe
     
  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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