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Old 06-21-2015, 07:35 PM   #1
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Hey everybody. Quick questions about charcoal grilling. I've always run a propane bbq and just got a weber charcoal kettle as a gift yesterday. Hoping people can weigh in on what's a better fule source. Briquettes or lump charcoal???? Can you do long cooks with lump charcoal??
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Old 06-21-2015, 07:42 PM   #2
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I like regular old Kingsford briquettes in my weber kettle. Lump has it's place but for me its not in a kettle grill.
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Old 06-21-2015, 07:58 PM   #3
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Hey everybody. Quick questions about charcoal grilling. I've always run a propane bbq and just got a weber charcoal kettle as a gift yesterday. Hoping people can weigh in on what's a better fule source. Briquettes or lump charcoal???? Can you do long cooks with lump charcoal??
For flavor.. lump charcoal, but it also depends on what kind. Most of the stuff you can buy at the grocery and such is mixed hardwoods so pay attention to what's actually inside. Lowe's and some walmarts carry "Cowboy" brand that is pretty delicious. "Cowboy" is mixed hardwood, but "Vaquero" is 100% mesquite, and the "Stubb's" is an oak, hickory, and apple wood blend. I really love the "Vaquero".

You CAN do long cooks with lump. You have to just keep feeding it in a little at a time. It won't burn nearly as long as briquettes, but it burns much hotter to get an amazing sear that briquettes can't touch.
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Old 06-21-2015, 08:08 PM   #4
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As a side note, if you want to get real fancy it's pretty simple to make your own blends. Dig a shallow trench, toss in your wood (lengthwise and offset with other wood), cover it with corrugated steel, cover that with a good layer of dirt, light the ends then let it smoulder for a few days until there is just a light wisp of smoke coming out.

After that it's just a matter of going in and breaking it up with a small sledge. Voila!! A year supply!
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Old 06-21-2015, 08:26 PM   #5
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Regular Kingsford is the best........Watch Lowes and Home depot a couple days before major holidays (like the 4th of July) they will have 2-20# bags on sale for right at $10.00 & tax. That is the best deal ever, I usually buy 100# at a time.
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Old 06-21-2015, 08:36 PM   #6
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just get regular Kingsford, not matchlight. Use a charcoal chimney to get it going. When cooking things that take longer than burgers and dogs, such as larger chicken pieces, put the charcoal in a pile in the center or one side and don't put the food directly oner the coals
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Old 06-21-2015, 08:53 PM   #7
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You know what's in a Kingsford charcoal briquettes, right? Wood char (softwoods like pine, spruce, etc.), Mineral char, Mineral carbon, Limestone, Starch, Borax, Sodium nitrate, and Sawdust.

BLECKkkkkkkk!

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I do as Danny does but they now changed to 2 18# bag for $ 10 but still a good deal.. I also purchase the Webber lighter cubes, work great and cheaper than buying the Charcoal lighter fluid and no fluid taste. Later RJD
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I also use the Kingsford when it's on holiday sale at Lowe's. The lump charcoal is good but a lot more. I'll mix my Kingsford with mesquite or hickory wood chunks. Move them off to the side and squirt them with a water spray bottle to get them smoking. Also use the chimney & fire starter cubes. Whatever you choose it will taste better!
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Will say Kingsford and Sam's usually has a good price let it get a good shade of gray before putting meat on and there will be no lighter fluid taste.

The Kingsford Company was formed by Henry Ford and E.G. Kingsford during the early 1920s. Charcoal was developed from Ford Motor Company's factory waste wood scrap. The Kingsford Company was formed when E.G. Kingsford, a relative of Ford's, brokered the site selection for Ford's new charcoal manufacturing plant. The company, originally called Ford Charcoal, was renamed in E.G.’s honor.
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