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Chickens taste better when cooked whole. Pickles taste better cut. Sandwiches taste better cut and bitten from inside. Meat tastes better sliced against grain.


Definitely a smoker is a personal choice, and what is better depends on what you are looking for.  I say it's a balance of goals, between: (i) making good food, (ii) making authentic BBQ, (iii) having fun with the maaseh of smoking, and (iv) convenience.  Items (iii) and (iv) don't only conflict, they directly oppose each other.

I opted for items (i) and (iv) so went PBC.  I would say WSM is also mostly a (i) and (iv) choice, but it brings in extra elements of (ii) and (iii), at a slight cost to (iv).  Maybe WSM also better at (i)--I have no idea either way.

Further to the above:

If all you want is good food, get a sous vide.

If all you want is authentic BBQ, get a huge offset smoker that you feed with split logs.

If all you want is having fun with the maaseh of smoking, again, get a huge offset smoker.

If all you want is convenience, use your oven.


Henche's PBC review
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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #1590 on: May 13, 2018, 09:56:04 AM »
The water pan always caused me issues, when I was done cooking the pan was always full to the brim with oil. Try carefully picking up a pan  full of oil! It spills in the smoker itís a huge mess then it spilled all over my deck. This happen every time
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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #1591 on: May 13, 2018, 12:30:55 PM »
Interesting point
I just set my my pbc with cleaning out my old coals all of 8 min. Then lit the chimney will come back in 12 min pour the coals and ready to cook.

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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #1592 on: May 13, 2018, 12:33:48 PM »
I'll prob end up with wsm. I still can't imagine either being as convenient as electric.
Go for it, I love mine, I've got prep time down to 15 min and clean up down to 5.

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« Reply #1593 on: May 13, 2018, 12:36:48 PM »
I just set my my pbc with cleaning out my old coals all of 8 min. Then lit the chimney will come back in 12 min pour the coals and ready to cook.
Inefficient!
 why not light chimney while you clean and set up the pbc?

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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #1594 on: May 13, 2018, 03:24:09 PM »
Inefficient!
 why not light chimney while you clean and set up the pbc?
Good point. But I still needed to rub the meat so ...

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« Reply #1595 on: May 13, 2018, 04:42:29 PM »
Good point. But I still needed to rub the meat so ...

+1 I prep the meat while the chimney lights.

Inefficient!
 why not light chimney while you clean and set up the pbc?

I assume the 8 mins included pouring the coals and setting up the chimney

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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #1596 on: May 14, 2018, 03:36:16 PM »
Anyone know anything about the REC TEC pellet smoker?

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« Reply #1597 on: May 14, 2018, 04:53:30 PM »
I researched them a little before I bought my pellet smoker. I am very happy with my Green mountain- because of performance and customer service. GMG is also less expensive. They pretty much to the same thing

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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #1598 on: May 15, 2018, 02:15:30 PM »
Re thermapen. You want accuracy to 0.2 degrees your going to pay for it. Hands down the gold standard in instant reads.
Re wsm, it's very easy to clean. I bought a small metal fireplace shovel to scoop out the coals. Just take it apart and scoop it out into a small tin garbage can which I dump into a bag when it cools.
With pbc, you have no temperature control. For meats it should be fine but you won't get that 325 to 350 that you need to poultry.
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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #1599 on: May 15, 2018, 02:41:20 PM »
Re thermapen. You want accuracy to 0.2 degrees your going to pay for it. Hands down the gold standard in instant reads.
Re wsm, it's very easy to clean. I bought a small metal fireplace shovel to scoop out the coals. Just take it apart and scoop it out into a small tin garbage can which I dump into a bag when it cools.
With pbc, you have no temperature control. For meats it should be fine but you won't get that 325 to 350 that you need to poultry.

I crack the lid on PBC at the end of a chicken smoking, to crisp up the skin.  Nobody never complained.

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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #1600 on: May 15, 2018, 02:42:04 PM »
I crack the lid on PBC at the end of a chicken smoking, to crisp up the skin.  Nobody never complained.
That's cuz theyve never had chicken done the right way
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« Reply #1601 on: May 15, 2018, 02:59:12 PM »
That's cuz theyve never had chicken done the right way

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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #1602 on: May 15, 2018, 09:18:03 PM »
My turkey pastrami came out really good

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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #1604 on: May 27, 2018, 11:58:19 AM »
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