RO "Chefs Best"..??

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by flbobecu, May 22, 2010.

  1. flbobecu

    flbobecu Smoking Fanatic

    Anyone use this, or know anything about it?


    Not sure if it's an all natural briquette like Stubbs or what..
  2. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Best thing to do is to try it an report back. I've tried RO briquettes and didn't care all that much for them. I'm a Stubbs fan.
  3. flbobecu

    flbobecu Smoking Fanatic

    I wish the bag wasn't soo big - as in I would like to "try" it, but what after a couple of fires I hate it? Just toss the rest?
  4. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Just use it. If you have found a brand you like my suggestion would be stay with it. Briquettes imo vary so much in quality.
  5. flbobecu

    flbobecu Smoking Fanatic

    I haven't yet.. I was using Kingsford for a while (about 3 weeks or so). I have since bought a couple bags of RO and Stubbs. I used RO Wednesday and Stubbs on Thursday.

    The Stubbs is much cheaper around here than the RO..
  6. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Ya don't care for the Stubbs?
  7. flbobecu

    flbobecu Smoking Fanatic

    I like it.. much better than Kingsford, IMO. Just haven't used it enough. Oh, and I used RO to smoke the cheese balls I made.

    I reckon, though I may be wrong, the RO is a little hotter, and the Stubbs will last a bit longer. I haven't tested this yet, but will probably be able to test this early next week. Using about half my basket Stubbs and another smoke, about 3/4 of a basket of RO, since the Stubbs is denser. Should that provide for a fair evaluation?
  8. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Shoot, give it a try. I liked the Stubbs for it's longer and cleaner burn. The RO didn't last as long and created far more ash.
  9. flbobecu

    flbobecu Smoking Fanatic

    I agree the RO burns a little shorter, and a little hotter. I didn't have an ash problem because I didn't prepare enough RO for a full smoke - the cheese balls too ~45min.

    I will likely be using Stubbs simply because it's almost $.25 cheaper per pound than RO. And I smoke at least 3x a week, often more.
  10. I've used it a good bit (not exclusively) I bought 200 lbs a week or so ago. It's a good charcoal with good burn rates, and about average ash production. I buy it through a friend.. so the price makes it a damn good charcoal.~~~ Even at regular retail it's around 45 Cents...well in line with other briquettes.
  11. timleo

    timleo Smoke Blower

    huh? $0.45 for the 40 pound bag? That can't be right...
  12. $18.00 Suggested Retail divided by 40 lbs = 45 Cents per pound....
  13. johnnyreb

    johnnyreb Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    i use it and like it alot
  14. flbobecu

    flbobecu Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks. Have you used other brand briquettes? 
  15. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great thread! I've never really given much thought to briquettes. I buy Kingsford because it's what they carry at Sam's Club. Maybe I'll start shopping around! Thanks for the ideas.
  16. flbobecu

    flbobecu Smoking Fanatic

    Squirrel - there's quite a difference in price and cooking ability of some briquettes. And also what the binders are made from. I prefer a more "natural" briquette or lump, personally. I know RO makes good lump and was hoping maybe this is a natural briquette like their lump. 

    One day I'll get around to it, and have it shipped to the local do-it-best store, so I don't have to pay S&H. 

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