PBC & Royal Oak Briquettes - temp issues with RO?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by jjdomingo, Aug 22, 2016.

  1. jjdomingo

    jjdomingo Newbie

    I have been cooking on my PBC for a while now and until yesterday I have been using Kingford like they recommend. Generally, I fill the basket with Kingsford blue bag (KBB) and light about a half chimney of Kingsford competition (now professional) and wait 12-15 min and then dump this onto the unlit KBB and away I go! This produces temperature in the 260-275 range pretty consistently and long enough to pretty much cook anything you put on the PBC. What I don't like is the binders Kingsford uses and amount of ash it produces that I need to clean up after the cook so I decided to try something else. I purchased a bag on Royal Oak (RO) Briquettes (not lump, have lump for another try later) and lit my grill using the same exact method as I do for KBB. It seemed to light pretty fast and ash over so I poured it into the PBC basket (again with unlit RO) and closed the lid for 5 min to heat up. I then hung my meat (was a rack of spares) and dropped the probe in and let her go. It started and heated up to around the 230 range and then settled in right around 215-220 after about 20 min. I assumed the coals were still powering up so I let it go but a good hour into the cook I was still in the 220 range so I decided to stir up the pan a little to see if that helped and it went up to around 230 again and then dropped back down to around 215-220. Being used to higher temp cooks as a PBC user (usually 270 or so) I got frustrated and lit a half chimney of Kingsford competition and poured that in to get the temp cranked. That worked and in minutes I was back in business with my 275 temp zone goal. 

    I was really wishing that RO would run similar enough to KBB that I could use a similar method and get similar results with a "more natural" charcoal but it seems RO briquettes run a cooler than KBB. Has anyone else experienced this or have suggest as to what happened? Did I not let the initial coals light long enough? Should I have left the lid off the PBC 5-10 min after pouring on the initial coals to heat up? Does RO just not burn as hot? I plan to run a few more cooks with different charcoal to see if I can find a replace but as of now its not looking good. I have a bag of Stubbs I am going to try next. I also have RO Lump that I want to try as well. I have hear people claim to run RO briquettes (and lump) in their PBC with no issue but no one offered any method or temps. I am hoping to get a post going so future generations of PBC cookers can have clearer answers to these general questions!

    Last edited: Aug 22, 2016
  2. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I dont know about the RO Briquettes but I use the lump all the time and it burns nice and hot. Good luck with the lump.
  3. jjdomingo

    jjdomingo Newbie

    are you able to minion method light lump or is their a different method for how to light it for a longer haul cook? 
  4. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yes you can do the minion method with the lump.

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