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11-17-2017 08:17 PM  8 months agoPost 1
spaceman spiff

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I am thinking of buying a simple side burner smoker grill or maybe one of these:

https://www.bbqguys.com/traeger/pro...BiABEgIW_PD_BwE

https://www.bbqguys.com/traeger/jun...n-cart-tfb29lza

Mostly interested in using it as a smoker.
What do you grill masters use or recomend?

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11-17-2017 09:02 PM  8 months agoPost 2
Jim-bob

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I've been smoking meat for a few years now. It's addicting. Lot of fun though. I use a weber bullet vertical charcoal smoker mostly. Last summer I bought a Rec Tec pellet burner which I really like. However, it's difficult to get a lot of smoke flavor with the pellet grills but the ease of operation more than makes up for it. It depends on you really, if you like to tend the fire or just want to set it and not have to worry about maintaining temps. My pellet grill holds temp as good as the oven in the house. Lots of good web sites for information. Check out the "Virtual Weber Bullet" for info on them. Rec Tec has an awesome site as well. Next on my list is an offset stick burner

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11-17-2017 09:41 PM  8 months agoPost 3
zonker

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I started with an UDS (ugly drum smoker) and loved the food but took a lot of baby sitting. Over the years I've used many smokers. My favorite so far is my Tec Tec 680. I get great tasting food and for extra smoke you can add an Amazintube. Pellet smokers are best For low temp. and long cooks. Many are not as good at high temp. cooks. Rec tec has some new products out and coming out. It may be worth checking them out. Camp chef has and interesting smoker searing station combo called the Woodwind. It's an interesting concept. I went with Rec Tec because of their warranty and awesome customer service. For a charcoal burner have a look at the Pit Barrell Cooker. Great service from them too.

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11-17-2017 10:36 PM  8 months agoPost 4
spaceman spiff

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Thanks Gents! Having a look.
Pellet smokers are best For low temp. and long cooks. Many are not as good at high temp. cooks.
That is a very interesting statement. There is a group here called BBQ4U . They have a mobile trailer grill, they just chuck a bunch of Mesquite wood in a big square flat tub and run the grill up and down, poke at it once in a while, they specialize in Brisket and it turns out great. A lot of skill involved no doubt.

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11-17-2017 10:57 PM  8 months agoPost 5
zonker

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I should qualify what I mean by high temperature.... I was more thinking of temps high enough to sear meat. For example slide and sear is different on a pellet grill than a grill capable of two zone cooking. With a pellet you often can't do two zones. So you cook your steak on a lower temp and then you have to crank up the grill to sear and many just don't get hot enough to sear like other grills can. Also pellet grills can take more time to get to a high temp than a gas or charcoal grill.

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11-17-2017 11:17 PM  8 months agoPost 6
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Can you smoke cheese in a pellet smoker?

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11-17-2017 11:50 PM  8 months agoPost 7
spaceman spiff

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then you have to crank up the grill to sear and many just don't get hot enough to sear like other grills can.
I picked up a Kitchen Aid grill a couple years ago. Looked nice but it was quite worthless untill i modified it to be able to get good sear. There was another grill at Lowes that had "inrared" grill with a corogated baffle under it to trap the heat on and under the grill. Pretty much a drop in part. Man did that make a difference! I am not ashamed to cook for folks on that set up now.

Now if i can sort out how to do a really nice smoked Briskit with smoked bark, and tender goodness.... That is my new year's resolution. From what i hear that is not as simple a goal as it sounds.

Sounds like the pellet ones are good, but may fall short on smoke. that rectec 680 with amazingstupenda tube might be pretty close?

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11-18-2017 12:20 AM  8 months agoPost 8
kris L

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This past summer I picked up a Kamado Joe. So far so good. I am going to use it for Thanksgiving. - Kris

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11-18-2017 03:25 AM  8 months agoPost 9
jbjones

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spaceman spiff
Mostly interested in using it as a smoker.
What do you grill masters use or recomend?
The big question is how much meat are you wanting to do at a time?

My suggestion is a Weber Kettle. They're cheap. They do BOTH very well (grill/smoke). And they'll last forever. No kidding, I smoke more meat in my Kettle than I do grilling. I've had this thing for nearly 10 years, and it is used damn-near daily.

I can smoke 2 rack of ribs (indirect method) at one time. If you're wanting to do more, there are racks that you can employ. I can easily do big bacon-wrapped pork loins, shoulders, chickens, butts...you name it.

Just like airframes, it's not really the hardware, it's the cook! And the Weber will let you learn cheaply and still be there when you're a Grillmaster!!

-JB

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11-18-2017 04:50 AM  8 months agoPost 10
zonker

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I've found that good quality pellets make all the difference when it comes to producing good smoke flavor with a pellet grill. But in truth the best smoker is the one you actually use.

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11-18-2017 09:42 AM  8 months agoPost 11
Jim-bob

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Can you smoke cheese in a pellet smoker
I don't think any of them will go low enough in temp to smoke cheese. I think 180 is as low as my Rec Tec 680 will go however they sell a warmer box for the side that would work to smoke cheese. Or get one of the smoke tubes and lay inside with the cheese and don't turn on the grill.
I looked around for a year before finally going with Rec Tec. Awesome customer service and great videos on there site.

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11-18-2017 03:29 PM  8 months agoPost 12
JerBear

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I've been using a $129 grill my father-in-law bought me a few years ago. It ain't perfect but it does the job until I get the stuff to build one the way I want, but if you have to be patient and work with it . I prefer old school with charcoal/wood. But what ever works for you......use it.

May the "Q" be with you....

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11-18-2017 03:50 PM  8 months agoPost 13
Johnboyrc

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I picked up a Oklahoma Joes Highland offset smoker last winter. Had to add seals to the doors, but it works good for low temp cooks. Have a hard time getting temperature to climb above 250, usually get to 225-230 and that's it. Fine for what I cook, I can use a grill for higher temps. Mainly use charcoal with a piece or two of hickory on top to cook. Can get quite a few racks on it, but have only done two at a time. Price was okay, if I had more money to throw at time I would have gone with a pellet smoker.
In the end I'm still smiling with a full mouth. Check out http://www.bbqsmokermods.com if you are looking at barrel smokers, helped make my smoker better than it was.

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11-18-2017 05:06 PM  8 months agoPost 14
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Watch at YouTube

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11-24-2017 03:21 PM  7 months agoPost 15
spaceman spiff

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Dilbert, Here is one that can be used for smoking cheeze.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Bradley...S108P/100466904

Great video Ferincr.

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11-24-2017 11:22 PM  7 months agoPost 16
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Thanks,
A bit long but I find it quite funny and truthful, I thought might be interesting for any meat lover

I'm contemplating the idea of making a smoker out of a 55gl drum.
At the moment I'm more hooked into curing meats, I make my own BBQ fresh sausages also some dry salami and lately I made some bresaola and small cure hams (about 3 lb each). But I'm really tempted to make some smoked ham and bacon.

Intelligence chases me, but I'm a lot faster! Fernando

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11-24-2017 11:27 PM  7 months agoPost 17
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Now I'm super hungry for BBQ!

LOL

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11-24-2017 11:36 PM  7 months agoPost 18
kris L

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My Thanksgiving bird came out Juicy. Everyone devoured it.

Kris

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11-25-2017 02:02 AM  7 months agoPost 19
mr dan

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Let’s talk my other hobby Language! Low and slow

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11-25-2017 03:05 AM  7 months agoPost 20
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Allright!

A cookoff contest....

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