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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 #1110 on: November 24, 2017, 12:08:34 AM »
Turkey came out amazing. Doing jerky now. Stupidly didn't take pics of turkey when sliced.
Looks awesome.
My turkey came out pretty good. Flavor was amazing, but wasn't moist throughout the whole thing. Was still a fun experience

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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #1111 on: November 24, 2017, 12:17:04 AM »
Looks awesome.
My turkey came out pretty good. Flavor was amazing, but wasn't moist throughout the whole thing. Was still a fun experience
Did you brine it?
My only complaint was that the breast wasn't smoky enough.
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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #1112 on: November 24, 2017, 12:42:51 AM »
Did you brine it?
My only complaint was that the breast wasn't smoky enough.
Yes i brined it for 20 hrs. I think its because it got ready 3 hrs early. So i took it off, wrapped in foil, blankets etc. And right before serving I put in the oven for 5 minutes at preheated 450 to get crisp skin.  I still had quite a few juicy parts

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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #1113 on: November 27, 2017, 01:57:50 PM »
congrats Mordyk on the smoke.

I am looking at the Traeger Grills . anyone have one of these?

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« Reply #1114 on: November 27, 2017, 02:20:53 PM »
congrats Mordyk on the smoke.

I am looking at the Traeger Grills . anyone have one of these?
i dont have one, but i spoke to someone that has one and he was ranting and raving. he told me he got it by home depot and spent like $400(IIRC)

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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #1115 on: November 27, 2017, 02:21:11 PM »
Looks awesome.
My turkey came out pretty good. Flavor was amazing, but wasn't moist throughout the whole thing. Was still a fun experience

did you put margarine under the skin?

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« Reply #1116 on: November 27, 2017, 02:23:36 PM »
did you put margarine under the skin?

Will you make one again next year?

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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #1117 on: November 27, 2017, 02:24:41 PM »
did you put margarine under the skin?
no. i was in a rush to leave the house.  i regret that part
Will you make one again next year?
yes. not because it was awesome food, just because it was fun

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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #1118 on: November 27, 2017, 02:25:25 PM »
I would like too but not until I get a new smoker... leaning towards the traeger but the master-built is on sale for 100 today

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« Reply #1119 on: November 27, 2017, 02:27:07 PM »
I would like too but not until I get a new smoker... leaning towards the traeger but the master-built is on sale for 100 today
which masterbuilt? i have one that i like but i heard you cant compare to traeger

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« Reply #1120 on: November 27, 2017, 02:54:04 PM »
no. i was in a rush to leave the house.  i regret that partyes. not because it was awesome food, just because it was fun


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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #1123 on: November 28, 2017, 11:51:45 AM »
okay im seriously looking at this. I am not sure if it is tall enough or if the steel is strong enough. The next size up is defiantly good steel and size but it is another 200. thoughts?

https://greenmountaingrills.com/products/grills/davy-crockett-pellet-grill-wifi/

The reasons are as follows:

1. the grease plate opens up so I can cook directly on the fire if I want to sear a steak (taking the place of any other bbq)
2. the wifi allows me to control remotely + comes with meat temp Gage so I do not need to spend another 100 bucks for that.
3. compact so I can take it to the park or camping
4. it has a battery backup in case of power outage (I think)

Cons:

It may be too small.
specs so not say the steal grade of body.
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Re: Smoking Meats
« Reply #1124 on: November 28, 2017, 04:38:29 PM »
Okay. It def is too small....