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Best first time smoked ribs/brisket recipe: https://amazingribs.com/tested-recipes/spice-rubs-and-pastes/big-bad-beef-rub-recipe

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
https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=43018.msg1439199#msg1439199
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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #1980 on: August 17, 2020, 06:14:09 PM »
Anybody have the
Masterbuilt Gravity Series 560 Digital Grill Smoker?
My friend who owns one told me that he sometimes has a hard time lighting them... it's doesn't light on it's own

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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #1982 on: September 13, 2020, 02:11:07 PM »
Noob question. Iím looking to buy a smoker now. Willing to spend up to around $150+-  whatís a good option for me?

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« Reply #1983 on: September 13, 2020, 03:03:33 PM »
Noob question. Iím looking to buy a smoker now. Willing to spend up to around $150+-  whatís a good option for me?
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Re: Smoking Meats
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« Reply #1986 on: September 14, 2020, 10:50:31 AM »
Charcoal isn't really noob friendly...
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« Reply #1987 on: September 14, 2020, 10:53:23 AM »
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For smoking? Compared to a pellet smoker, it's much more difficult.

That being said, if you're going charcoal the Weber Smokey Mountain is the most noob friendly. But a pellet smoker is much easier in general.

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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #1988 on: September 14, 2020, 01:57:22 PM »
For smoking? Compared to a pellet smoker, it's much more difficult.

That being said, if you're going charcoal the Weber Smokey Mountain is the most noob friendly. But a pellet smoker is much easier in general.
this noob started with a kettle grill doing the snake method and never had an issue. i would go back to that over my pellet grill any day
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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #1989 on: September 14, 2020, 01:58:15 PM »
How does the kettle with snake compare to the pbc?
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« Reply #1990 on: September 14, 2020, 01:58:16 PM »
this noob started with a kettle grill doing the snake method and never had an issue. i would go back to that over my pellet grill any day
Interesting! I've never used a pellet and was under the assumption that it's extremely idiot proof. TIL, thanks!

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« Reply #1991 on: September 14, 2020, 02:01:33 PM »
Interesting! I've never used a pellet and was under the assumption that it's extremely idiot proof. TIL, thanks!
it's easier in certain regards but i find the temperature fluctuates much more. a noob may have a hard time managing that. i'm not using a top of the line pellet grill though. maybe a traeger keeps temp more consistently.
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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #1992 on: September 14, 2020, 02:17:41 PM »
@henche you own a pbc if memory serves (too lazy to look back and double check). Are you still happy with it? Would you recommend it?
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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #1993 on: September 14, 2020, 02:25:48 PM »
Yah yah

I like it. Still use it. Still on my first one.

Been wondering recently if Iíd go for a pellet if i ever need a new one (not sure why Iíd need a new one). If Iím sticking with charcoal, id stick with pbc.

My views have evolved tho since some of my early posts. So read only my later posts. In sum, i make good stuff and i donít hock with therbolometers or portholes.

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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #1994 on: September 14, 2020, 02:35:14 PM »
Yah yah

I like it. Still use it. Still on my first one.

Been wondering recently if Iíd go for a pellet if i ever need a new one (not sure why Iíd need a new one). If Iím sticking with charcoal, id stick with pbc.

My views have evolved tho since some of my early posts. So read only my later posts. In sum, i make good stuff and i donít hock with therbolometers or portholes.


Compared to pellet:
You can't afford a pellet.


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