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Old 10-20-2008, 08:38 PM   #21
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I had forgotten all about this thread when that trash can smoker didn't pan out.
Thanks for digging it up paddfoot! I'll have to print out that marinade so I have it for my next burn.
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Old 10-21-2008, 10:43 AM   #22
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I know I'm several days late and a dollar short on this thread, but here's my bit.

When I first started smoking, I was using charcoal for heat and chips, soaked and wrapped in foil, for smoke. I quickly moved up to using charcoal just to start the fire, then wood for heat and some smoke, with hickory chunks for more smoke. I'm now at the point where I just use wood for both heat and smoke. I mostly use oak and pecan for my fire.
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Old 10-21-2008, 10:55 AM   #23
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I cheated last weekend with a skirt steak.

I cooked them about 3/4 of the way on my gas grill, then decided I'd like to add some smokey flavor. I placed two pieces of mesquite lump directly on the heat diffusers under the steaks. It worked like a charm. I had a nice mesquite flavor, the DW thought it was a sauce! lol

No foil packet, soaking or anything.
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Old 10-21-2008, 08:28 PM   #24
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I had forgotten all about this thread when that trash can smoker didn't pan out.
Thanks for digging it up paddfoot! I'll have to print out that marinade so I have it for my next burn.
i still a bit new to this site, tell me more about "that trash can smoker did'nt pan out" curiour because my first smoker was a home made design and built trash can, figured i'd learn design build and redesign. it worked out well..
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Old 10-21-2008, 08:33 PM   #25
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i still a bit new to this site, tell me more about "that trash can smoker did'nt pan out" curiour because my first smoker was a home made design and built trash can, figured i'd learn design build and redesign. it worked out well..
What kind of heat did you use? I used a hot plate. I tried two different ones. Couldn't get the smoker up to temp and couldn't produce smoke. I have read they work better with charcoal or some type of burnable fuel.
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Old 10-22-2008, 07:00 AM   #26
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What kind of heat did you use? I used a hot plate. I tried two different ones. Couldn't get the smoker up to temp and couldn't produce smoke. I have read they work better with charcoal or some type of burnable fuel.
that was the biggest challenge after trial and error i used a cheap small kettle grill with the air vents on the bottom, lump charcoal started in a chimney so i always had a fresh supply, the temp went right up to 230 240, i got a good rolling smoke and controlled the temp from there by opening the trash can lid, the best ribs ive ever made came from this thing
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Old 10-24-2008, 12:41 PM   #27
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I have used both chips and chunks. I couldn't even tell the time I used chips that I had used anything. I get much better smoked results with chunks.
I very much agree chunks give more smokey flavor.
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I much prefer hickory over mesquite - with anything. Just not a mesquite fan, I guess. <snip> I like to use a combination of woods.

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And no, it won't take as long. You'll just have to go by temp.
Yep, best to check as the time goes by. Gets you nice and "smokey", too.
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[quote=mbasiszta;709843]I very much agree chunks give more smokey flavor.
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I much prefer hickory over mesquite - with anything. Just not a mesquite fan, I guess. <snip> I like to use a combination of woods.


Yep, best to check as the time goes by. Gets you nice and "smokey", too.
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if your cookin babys then in my opinion fruit wood is best, apple or pear
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if your cookin babys then in my opinion fruit wood is best, apple or pear
Yes, I agree. Harder to find, but fruit wood chunks are excellent with mesquite.
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Old 10-25-2008, 08:50 AM   #30
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How is pear for smoking? I haven't noticed pear offered for sale, not like the other fruit trees anyway.

I'm asking because four years ago I cut down three pear trees and dragged them out back. What are the chances I could go out there with my chain saw, slice some pieces off, break them up into chunks, and they would work in my WSM to add good smoke?
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