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    4th of July BBQ Ideas

    What's everyone cooking this weekend? I'm planning to smoke a pork shoulder for pulled pork and a couple beer can chickens as well. I'm always looking for new ideas to improve on how the meats taste so was wondering if anyone here has expiriemented with different bastes for the pork shoulder? I have found some recipes where they use apple cider, apple vinegar, or some kind of citrus juice or even beer to baste the pork shoulder with every hour or so. Anyone have any good methods they use for that? I already have found a rub recipe that I have used a few times and really like.

    As for the beer can chicken, I switched from a BBQ type rub to using the Weber Beer Can Chicken seasoning. Was wondering what kinds of beers people like to use? I normally just use regular Budweiser.

    BTW, I'm using a charcoal smoker with hickory wood. IMO you can't get quite as good of a smoke flavor using gas or electric smokers.


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    Re: 4th of July BBQ Ideas

    Trying to revive this topic from yesterday. Looking for some feedback as I am making a trip to the store tonight.


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    Re: 4th of July BBQ Ideas

    I usually just smoke with hickory since it's pretty easy to get, but I've also used maple and apple. I did a 50/50 mix of hickory and maple once that was really good - the maple gives it a little bit sweeter flavor. At our old house we had four apple trees that were always in need of pruning, so when I wanted to smoke something I'd go cut off a watersprout about 1/2" in diameter, cut it into 6" pieces, and toss it on the coals. I liked the apple wood for chicken since it was a little lighter flavor. With the super fresh wood you could actually taste some apple flavor on the chicken.

    I've smoked a few chickens, but I've not yet done the "beer can chicken." This summer I'm hoping to expand from chicken and pork ribs to turkey (partial or whole) and pork shoulder. I've never smoked fish either, though I love smoked salmon.


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    Re: 4th of July BBQ Ideas

    I'm going to smoke a 10lb pork loin and 6 bone in chicken breast.

    I like Bad Byron's butt rub on the pork loin.

    For the chicken, they are going to go for a swim in a brine for about 12 hours then a light rub.

    I smoke with pecan wood. Try some if you can find it. Really good with pork!

    Nothing better then several hours of thin blue smoke and a 6er (or more) of your favorite beer!

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    Re: 4th of July BBQ Ideas

    Depending on your smoker, I always do 2 chickens at the same time. I don't put the beer cans or the chickens on a holder, I just lean them up to each other. Halfway thru I rotate each 180 and lean them up to each other again.



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    Re: 4th of July BBQ Ideas

    Where is a good place to get some hickory wood for the smoker?



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    Re: 4th of July BBQ Ideas

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    Where is a good place to get some hickory wood for the smoker?
    I usually get my hickory chunks from a hardware store (Menards, Lowes, etc). I've also seen them at Walmart. The Menards in Marshalltown has maple and mesquite as well. I've never been able to get actual firewood sized pieces. When I say "chunks" I'm talking baseball sized pieces.


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    Re: 4th of July BBQ Ideas

    I make my own rub adapted from a recipe I found in a BBQ book written by Steve Raichlen. For chicken I sometimes use Blazin Blends New Orleans blend for seafood/chicken. This weekend I am trying something form DDD, sausage smoked in corn husks. Also have some nive Tbones from Fareway.
    @besserheimerphat once you try smoked turkey it is hard to put them back in the oven. FYI, use less charcoal and more wood when smoking birds, the skin is better.



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    Re: 4th of July BBQ Ideas

    I'll make a rub based off whatever spices I find in my aunt's kitchen.

    Going to a family reunion in Virginia Beach, so I'll be getting some fresh fish on the grill. Pretty excited about that.


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    Re: 4th of July BBQ Ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by CYdTracked View Post
    What's everyone cooking this weekend? I'm planning to smoke a pork shoulder for pulled pork and a couple beer can chickens as well. I'm always looking for new ideas to improve on how the meats taste so was wondering if anyone here has expiriemented with different bastes for the pork shoulder? I have found some recipes where they use apple cider, apple vinegar, or some kind of citrus juice or even beer to baste the pork shoulder with every hour or so. Anyone have any good methods they use for that? I already have found a rub recipe that I have used a few times and really like.

    As for the beer can chicken, I switched from a BBQ type rub to using the Weber Beer Can Chicken seasoning. Was wondering what kinds of beers people like to use? I normally just use regular Budweiser.

    BTW, I'm using a charcoal smoker with hickory wood. IMO you can't get quite as good of a smoke flavor using gas or electric smokers.
    One thing that I have done to sweeten up my pork butts is spray them with a mist of concentrated apple juice (mixed a can of frozen juice with one can of water). You want to make sure you do this only during the last 60-90 minutes of smoking. I have also layered a cap of brown sugar on the top of the pork butts after a good rub.

    IMO - I would challenge your comment about lack of good smoke flavor with electric or gas. I can't speak to the electric smokers out there but have been using gas for 8-10 years and have had a lot more success than the roller coaster heat of a charcoal smoker. Man...just a talking about it makes my mouth water!


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    Re: 4th of July BBQ Ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    I'll make a rub based off whatever spices I find in my aunt's kitchen.

    Going to a family reunion in Virginia Beach, so I'll be getting some fresh fish on the grill. Pretty excited about that.
    I'll be in Virginia Beach this weekend too? Can I join? haha



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    Re: 4th of July BBQ Ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by besserheimerphat View Post
    I usually get my hickory chunks from a hardware store (Menards, Lowes, etc). I've also seen them at Walmart. The Menards in Marshalltown has maple and mesquite as well. I've never been able to get actual firewood sized pieces. When I say "chunks" I'm talking baseball sized pieces.
    I've used charcoal and the chunks, but would love to find actual firewood size pieces and just use wood.



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    Re: 4th of July BBQ Ideas

    I'm even debating maybe injecting either some kind of garlic and herb marinade or apple juice/cider into my pork shoulder before smoking. Just wanting to try something different really and have found all kinds of methods searching google that interests me.

    As for the beer can chicken if you have never tried it before I highly recommend it. Probably some of the most moist and flavorful chicken you'll ever have. Debating about either using some kind of darker beer this time or maybe something with some flavor like Summer Shandy.


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    Re: 4th of July BBQ Ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by dtlantz View Post
    I'll be in Virginia Beach this weekend too? Can I join? haha
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    Re: 4th of July BBQ Ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by cycoticfan View Post
    @besserheimerphat once you try smoked turkey it is hard to put them back in the oven. FYI, use less charcoal and more wood when smoking birds, the skin is better.
    I had read that poultry is better smoked a little hotter for less time because it makes the skin crispier. Wood burns hotter than charcoal does, so that makes sense. When I do ribs, I usually run 220 - 230F for about six hours. When I've done chicken, I run 275 - 290F for about two hours. Since there isn't really any tough meat to break down on a chicken you don't need to cook it nearly as long, as long as it is done.


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