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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 #1995 on: September 14, 2020, 07:12:40 PM »
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.
My pellet keeps temps within 2 degrees 99% of the time. I (fianlly) can sleep peacefully with my briskets on the smoker.

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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #1996 on: September 14, 2020, 09:16:16 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.
So which pellet smoker should I get if i would spend up to 250

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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #1997 on: September 14, 2020, 10:12:22 PM »
I have been using my pellet and I'm loving it.  Its a more subtle smoke flavor(using original traeger pellets for now) but it makes smoking meats so much easier
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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #1998 on: September 14, 2020, 11:53:51 PM »
My pellet keeps temps within 2 degrees 99% of the time. I (fianlly) can sleep peacefully with my briskets on the smoker.
I never have a issue sleeping when my brisket is in the pbc.

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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #1999 on: September 15, 2020, 10:46:04 AM »
My pellet keeps temps within 2 degrees 99% of the time. I (fianlly) can sleep peacefully with my briskets on the smoker.


which one do you have? i use camp chef and it works but not thrilled with it. price was right though
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« Reply #2000 on: September 15, 2020, 10:56:36 AM »

which one do you have? i use camp chef and it works but not thrilled with it. price was right though
Rt 700, definitely a pricey piece.

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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #2001 on: September 15, 2020, 11:42:13 AM »
Rt 700, definitely a pricey piece.


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i don't know if i would recommend that to a beginner though. prob not worth investing unless you know your committed long term
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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #2003 on: September 18, 2020, 01:36:08 PM »
Eye made three briskits this week. Hung 2 fer other ppl

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« Reply #2004 on: September 18, 2020, 01:37:29 PM »
Eye made three briskits this week. Hung 2 fer other ppl
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« Reply #2005 on: September 18, 2020, 03:30:41 PM »
I stuck some honey glazed baby carrots in to catch the drippings. Also included a lamb head.
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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #2006 on: September 24, 2020, 03:09:43 AM »
https://amazingribs.com/ratings-reviews/combination-grills-smokers/masterbuilt-gravity-series-560
Brooklyn Homedepot had a few left today for $300, at $200 less than list price.

Has anyone else bought based on this review?

These are available now at many big box (walmart, Home depot etc) stores for about $300 on clearance.

If their only issue is parts deteriorating and it being overpriced for the build quality, then it should be a no brainier at $300, given the praise he gave for the actually cooking experience.

Especially considering that the failiures are not critical and can be bypassed.

Any opinions or experience?





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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #2007 on: September 24, 2020, 06:30:03 PM »
Brooklyn Homedepot had a few left today for $300, at $200 less than list price.

Has anyone else bought based on this review?

These are available now at many big box (walmart, Home depot etc) stores for about $300 on clearance.

If their only issue is parts deteriorating and it being overpriced for the build quality, then it should be a no brainier at $300, given the praise he gave for the actually cooking experience.

Especially considering that the failiures are not critical and can be bypassed.

Any opinions or experience?

Very comprehensive unbiased review so you know what your getting plus it is a brand name. It seems like a good machine overall, ask yourself if you mind cooking with wood chunks or other coals vs pellet.


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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #2008 on: September 24, 2020, 06:42:22 PM »


Very comprehensive unbiased review so you know what your getting plus it is a brand name. It seems like a good machine overall, ask yourself if you mind cooking with wood chunks or other coals vs pellet.

What am I weighing when I consider coals or chunks vs pellets?

It seems you are impling that coals are inferior, if yes, why?

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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #2009 on: September 24, 2020, 09:36:43 PM »

What am I weighing when I consider coals or chunks vs pellets?

It seems you are impling that coals are inferior, if yes, why?

I dont know enough to say inferior - that you should research - but I can imagine there is a difference. Pellets, offer a variety of different wood types, which is transferred to the food in flavor - a fun element of cooking with wood because you can change up the type of wood to get different flavors. I don't think you get that with lump charcoal, but maybe you do, and maybe it is more economical to cook on charcoal I am not sure. All I am saying is that, this would be the question to ask. 

I can tell you that I am mostly happy with my GMG pellet (mid-size)...
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