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Old 05-10-2008, 09:33 AM   #1
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When to add pellets?

Can anybody tell me when to add smoke pellets to my smoker. Its an 8 pound butt/picnic. Im not sure when to add them and for how long do i keep it up? Im using wolf rub and mesquite pellets. This is my first smoke ever. yahoo i beside myself with hunger pains! Thank you for the help. db
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DB, what kind of smoker do you have? If its a bullet type I would suggest using chunks instead of pellets.
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Old 05-10-2008, 10:24 AM   #3
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Its a new WSM. Ive got some pellets from Larry that i want to try to use. Thanks. db
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Old 05-10-2008, 10:28 AM   #4
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I've never used pellets, but I don't think they
would act much different than chips....I'd start
em as soon as I put the meat on and and just
try to keep a thin blue smoke coming out of the
top vent.
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Old 05-10-2008, 10:34 AM   #5
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wow

Ok ill try that! I wasnt sure as to how long to actually "smoke" the meat. So - just so i get this straight......Keep smoke on it for the entire time? Thanks again for your help. db
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DB, if you have chunks use them instead of the pellets...otherwise you are going to be adding them many times during the cook...and that means opening the cooker a lot. Never a good idea to open it any more then you have too. Plus your looking at a 16hr cook or so with an 8lb butt.

I use pellets for grilling more then smoking...especially if you don't have a pellet burning cooker.

If you are going to use them no matter what, I would fill a foil pack with a lot of them and throw them in when you add your coals to get started...If you need to re-fill, and it sounds like you will have to at least once or twice, then make a few other pouches to tranny in an out during the cook.
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Bill I don't recall if you got the cast iron pot or not. If so load that up with pellets and place in the middle of the lit coals when you add your meat. That should burn for about an hour and a half, then refill the pot when the smoke stops. If you didn't get the pot make a foil packet with 1/3 cup of pellets, seal tightly and poke ONE hole with a toothpick and place that ontop of the coals and repeat a couple times when you see the smoke stop.
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If you want to use pellets get a Traeger or a Fast Eddy. Larry can hook you up with the Fast Eddy.

Until then you can also use aluminum foil pouches with a few holes punched in them but they wont the smoke won't last too long.
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Old 05-10-2008, 12:42 PM   #9
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nice!

Ya i did get the cast iron pot and i need to go and check it too. What is a fast eddie? im trying to dial it in now it was running at roughly 250 so im tryin to bring her down to 225. Cant wait for noon........mmmmmmmmmmmmmm cold beer........ and the wife is going to pick up some more of those aged steaks from the butcher. Another fine start to the weekend! db
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Old 05-10-2008, 12:49 PM   #10
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The Fast Eddy is the King of Pellet Cookers. Many world championships have been won with it. I'd give you a link but I don't want to step on Larry's toes. He sells them for about the best prices I've seen anywhere. If you should consider buying one, talk to Larry! Ok Larry, I expect some Wolfe Rub in the mail for that endorsement!

I'm cooking on mine today. I'll post some pictures.
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