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Old 06-18-2005, 10:20 PM   #1
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Question Charcoal Smoker Temp Question

Hi all, got a question for all you seasoned smokers. When the temperature of the charcoal smoker starts to go down, is it safe to add unlit charcoal to the already hot coals or is this a big no-no. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-18-2005, 10:39 PM   #2
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As long as your not dousing them in lighter fluid it's okay. When I smoked something for a long time in my small water smoker (before my apartments enforced the no BBQ rule) it wasn't uncommon for me to have to add charcoal several times when smoking something.
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Old 06-20-2005, 09:17 AM   #3
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Depends. On what the temp of the cooker is and how fast or to what temp you are trying to bring it back up to. Most of the time, most people usually add lit coals.

If you don't have a chimney already, get one. It will help a bunch.
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This is kind of Off-Subject, but one thing my brother and I learned while smoking a turkey, we do not smoke a Butterball brand turkey. That sucker fell to pieces after we finished smoking it in our smoker. Butterball's are way too juicy to begin with (I think), and it'll fall off the bones before you can get it out of the smoker, or at least it did with us. Darn good eating though.
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Old 06-20-2005, 01:35 PM   #5
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How long did you cook the turkey?

We like Butterballs the least of all turkeys.

Most frozen turkeys come injected with a solution(brine)and are much more juiceier than fresh ones.
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Old 06-21-2005, 11:38 AM   #6
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I really don't remember how long we cooked it, just followed the directions on the package wrapper. This was years ago before our apt. complex said no more grilling/smoking/cooking on the patio due to fire hazards.
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