Hickory and Oak vs charcoal

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by billypandbeppyd, Aug 28, 2016.

  1. Hello all, Long time first time, thanks for all the years....I currently cook daily on a Tejas 2442..good results, thank you...making a living doing it..however.....I need more volume, and would like to consider charcoal instead of wood (gasp!).

    Can one get the same flavor with just charcoal...?  I haven't tried, mostly because it takes the romance out of the process for me..your thoughts please kind people?...

    I know a man who uses a Marshall and lump...

    I have spent 1000's of hours...gosh maybe I should just cook a batch in the Tejas?  geez, maybe...?

    Thinking vertical and much, much longer unattended cooks..

    Thank you!
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Your not going to get the same flavor out of charcoal that you get with a wood fire.

    However mixing in wood with the charcoal will work better than just charcoal.

    That being said, I doubt if any of your customers will be able to tell the difference between all wood or a wood & charcoal mix.

  3. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    If I was going to mix, I would use lump. It's all wood with no fillers or binders and it won't take as much away from your word taste as briqs.
  4. fliptetlow

    fliptetlow Smoke Blower

    I use Royal Oak, with a mix of Hickory and live oak chunks, for most of my grilling.  
  5. Thank you sir,

    I have used lump at home for awhile now, but always for grilling, and since I have a supply of smaller pieces of hickory and oak from my prior needs, I do mix those in from time to time and love grilling over pure wood as well.

    I will try a mix this week and let you know..thanks for the encouragement.


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