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Old 11-20-2008, 02:42 PM   #31
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This might make for a good radio show topic!
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Old 11-20-2008, 02:55 PM   #32
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It certainly would be a unique show/podcast as I really haven't found any other source for information. This thread may be the most extensive resource on the internet right now about how to deal with a fire in an off-set.
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Old 11-20-2008, 05:23 PM   #33
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Re: fire control - an old timers way,

Great point on the wood coals. That is the way the Lord intended for us to cook. Preferably Mesquite and hoping it bees cooked direct to semi direct. Now have offset with coals and that works too just not quite as well. Charcoal and raw wood cant hold a candle to a good pile of S. Texas Mesquite coals a shovel and a drunk bohunk who knows how to sling em right.

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I guess I'm just ANAL about my "Que".
I use a pre-burn barrel and in doing so I end up with NO nasties(phenols,soot,creosote,etc.). To me smoking is not the amount of smoke coming from the exhaust, but a barely visible wisp!
As others have said,"if it smells of smoke, it's smokin'"
In my honest opinion, charcoal and even chunk gives a definite taste to the meat that offends me.
Yeah, I know it's a lot more work and the neighbors look at me as if I were NUTS,but do I care-NOT
All the folks I've ever served my "Q" to have raved about the taste when you have something good, why screw with it
With embers you can control your heat easier than with charcoal and have none of the offensive taste. But , too , I like being DIFFERENT!!!
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Old 11-20-2008, 06:02 PM   #34
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Re: fire control - an old timers way,

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Great point on the wood coals. That is the way the Lord intended for us to cook. Preferably Mesquite and hoping it bees cooked direct to semi direct. Now have offset with coals and that works too just not quite as well. Charcoal and raw wood cant hold a candle to a good pile of S. Texas Mesquite coals a shovel and a drunk bohunk who knows how to sling em right.

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I guess I'm just ANAL about my "Que".
I use a pre-burn barrel and in doing so I end up with NO nasties(phenols,soot,creosote,etc.). To me smoking is not the amount of smoke coming from the exhaust, but a barely visible wisp!
As others have said,"if it smells of smoke, it's smokin'"
In my honest opinion, charcoal and even chunk gives a definite taste to the meat that offends me.
Yeah, I know it's a lot more work and the neighbors look at me as if I were NUTS,but do I care-NOT
All the folks I've ever served my "Q" to have raved about the taste when you have something good, why screw with it
With embers you can control your heat easier than with charcoal and have none of the offensive taste. But , too , I like being DIFFERENT!!!

And there ain't nothing better than some bacon wrapped quail breasteses with a jalapeno inside cooked over them shoveled in coals either!!!!!!
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Old 11-20-2008, 06:32 PM   #35
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Well I take your word on that bacon jap quail combo...dont think I ever had none but sure I love it since it has the word bacon in the recipe Now have did some purty tasty dove bird breastes in a similar fashion and they was purty much grand prize winners amongst the drunk dove hunters who was wolfing them down. Now we could not afford Japs or quail for some reason. I dont think anybodys breastes out the quail around these parts. Maybe thats why we didnt have none. This is getting cornfusing.

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Old 11-20-2008, 07:30 PM   #36
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well, not really coals

Witdog, I'm not saying that preburnt wood embers aren'tcoals,just that I've found my smoked products don't have a burned or acrid taste.
My thinking is that all the nasties (phenols-creosote-etc.) are gone by the time I scoop the glowing embers into the firebox.
It turns out to be a little more work, but isn't thhat part of te fun? Besides it keeps the "wanna be's" wondering, What the heck is he doing, does he like to play with fire WELL, as a matter of fact it is my way of being a Pyromaniac. It's part of my fun. Besides if it looks complicated, no-one else will want to go to all that trouble- it's what keeps me the guy people want to do thier smoking for them

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Old 11-21-2008, 07:07 AM   #37
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To each there own..whatever works for you and what you like....it all comes down to fire management...that burt taste comes from not running a clean burning fire
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Old 11-21-2008, 08:07 AM   #38
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Good points all. Have heard it splained by some of the dedicated coals slingers that wood smoke contains around 200 plust different chemical compounds of which about 190 dont taste good on meat. Now do have a comp chum who cooked on an offset pit and always preburned and shoveled his wood which was a mix of hickory and mesquite. Usually come in sorta hit or miss at awards time. One time down at Terrell in an IBCA cookoff he decided to skip the preburn step and just use the wood straight. The fella hit first place brisket..stuck 750 bucks in his pocket and threw away his preburn gizmo forever. Guess it just proves the old adage that there's mo than one way to skin a cat..or perhaps contest cooking is only one way for the good taste of bbq to be objectively measured.

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Witdog, I'm not saying that preburnt wood embers aren'tcoals,just that I've found my smoked products don't have a burned or acrid taste.
I think you'll find that the burned flavor you are describing doesn't come from the charcoal you use. It is probably a result of you burning your meat.
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