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    Re: BBQ Smokers

    I have been wanting to buy a new smoker. After recently finally buying a Weber charcoal grill I would be real tempted to go with the Smokey Mountain. That grill is so easy to work with. I baked chicken on it when it was 8 degrees. Charcoal in the side baskets, close it up and adjust you airflow and it maintains the temperature so well.


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    Re: BBQ Smokers

    I purchased a Weber Smokey Mountain last fall and really love it. My fear was that the temperature would be hard to adjust but it was really easy to get the right temp and keep it there. I considered an electric smoker for the set and forget aspect but was scared off by the many negative reviews on Amazon about reliability. Other than maybe having to replace the grills if they get rusted the Weber should last for many years. They also have a great website (the Virtual Weber Bullet) with recipes and suggestions for getting the best use out of your smoker.



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    Re: BBQ Smokers

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclones_R_GR8 View Post
    I have been wanting to buy a new smoker. After recently finally buying a Weber charcoal grill I would be real tempted to go with the Smokey Mountain. That grill is so easy to work with. I baked chicken on it when it was 8 degrees. Charcoal in the side baskets, close it up and adjust you airflow and it maintains the temperature so well.
    You may want to look into a tube smoker ( I know , I know).... I do contests etc..... It uses pellets and could provide 4 hours of consistent smoke in your weber. Here is a pic of it in action from last weekend. I have a few smokers - this is the tube smoker on my Traeger last weekend. I use them in my pellet grills when I want extra smoke...
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    Re: BBQ Smokers

    Quote Originally Posted by CoachBob View Post
    You may want to look into a tube smoker ( I know , I know).... I do contests etc..... It uses pellets and could provide 4 hours of consistent smoke in your weber. Here is a pic of it in action from last weekend. I have a few smokers - this is the tube smoker on my Traeger last weekend. I use them in my pellet grills when I want extra smoke...
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    Re: BBQ Smokers

    For anyone using a Masterbuilt Electric (or propane), spend the $40 and get an a-maze-n smoker. It is so ridiculously superior to the built-in chip burner that it should ship standard. Plus, A-maze-n Products is based in MSP, and run by a guy who will respond to you personally if you have any questions.

    I do pork shoulders with hours of continuous smoke (thin blue smoke only) and they are way, way better than what I was getting when using the chip tray (which produces heavy acrid smoke for 10 minutes and then nothing). For an electric, it's hard to beat since it goes so perfectly with the set it and forget it.

    Also, after the smoke tray, invest in good digital thermometers. The mavericks are okay, but I really like the thermoworks ones. The probes are built a lot better and seem to be a lot more accurate.

    The last piece of equipment I recommend is an old styrofoam cooler (I use old omaha steaks cooler). I always try to plan finishing the smoke 2-3 hours before I serve it. I drop the wrapped brisket or shoulder into the faux cambro (the cooler) and take it out when the temp drops to 140, which can be hours. If any part of the meat got dry, the juices will redistribute and moisten it back up. Makes a world of difference on whole packer briskets (which I have to divide into two to get into my smoker). I finish them on the grill to crisp up the bark.


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    Re: BBQ Smokers

    Not really a smoker, but anyone else here have a La Caja China? Did a whole hog (100 lbs) for thanksgiving, and planning on doing one for a tailgate this year...

    Should be awesome.


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    Re: BBQ Smokers

    Quote Originally Posted by BKLYNCyclone View Post
    Not really a smoker, but anyone else here have a La Caja China? Did a whole hog (100 lbs) for thanksgiving, and planning on doing one for a tailgate this year...

    Should be awesome.
    I have seen these online and would love to see one in action.

    I have been thinking about getting an Onyx Oven by BBQ Guru. It's designed to use their temperature control systems. Of course you have to order it so shipping would be like $300. If I bought one with some of the needed accessories it would cost me about $1,800. That's a pretty good chunk of change. I just wish I could actually see one in person.
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    Re: BBQ Smokers

    You're talking WSM money there too. It is almost set-it-and-forget-it type of smoking.



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    Re: BBQ Smokers

    After reading BKLYNCyclone comments I think somehow I already posted under a different user name. Instead of saying again what was already said I'll just add a little bit.

    What size of cooks are you looking to do? If its small check out the mini wsm. I've done a packer brisket in it. It's very versitile since you also get a grill out of the deal. I use the little smoker tailgating all the time. To do this you just need to know how to run a drill, very basic to build. You can get fancy and paint it but you don't have to.

    If you're a little handy do a search for ugly drum smoker or UDS. Its basically a 55 gallon barrel with racks the size of a large Weber grill.

    Each of those could be built for less than $100. You would have to maintain a fire but one you get the hang of it they mostly run themselves.

    I have an upright gasser. Mine is the single door masterbuilt , not the xl version. I now wish I had the bigger one for cold smoking but I'll just build a smoke house instead.

    Another thing to consider about propane. If you're using 20lb cylinders, do you keep them outside and do you plan to use it in the winter? When my tanks are cold, like single digit cold, its hard to get the smoker up to temp.



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    Re: BBQ Smokers

    Green mountain is the way, I have tried Traeger and Green Mountain and I preferred the Green Mountain. They even have a little tailgate one they came out with if you dont want to haul around a full size for football games


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    Re: BBQ Smokers

    Quote Originally Posted by JP4CY View Post
    First step: dont get a propane
    Second step: get a Weber smokey mountain
    I second this. The minion method (Minion Method on the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker) will allow you to maintain a long term stable temperature with the smokey mountain.



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    Re: BBQ Smokers

    Quote Originally Posted by clones26 View Post
    Green mountain is the way, I have tried Traeger and Green Mountain and I preferred the Green Mountain. They even have a little tailgate one they came out with if you dont want to haul around a full size for football games

    I wish I'd have known about green mountain when I bought my Traeger so I could have compared, but love my Traeger as well.

    As for the "minion method" mentioned above...looks like it works well. The pelletheads here have a method for maintaining even temps over time as well...it's called set the temp and make sure the hopper's full.



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    Re: BBQ Smokers

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUCyclones2015 View Post
    Sweet thanks. That definitely helps me a lot.
    I have one, probably just like Janny's, & concur that it does a great job. The awesome thing is that it wasn't very expensive (relative to a lot of smokers). So if you want a relatively inexpensive smoker that does a good job, I think the Electric Masterbuilt is a great option. BTW, I buy 3-4 cans of baked beans (KC Masterpiece Bourbon), put them in a tin foil boat, chop up an apple into small slices & mix it in the beans. I smoke the beans on one rack, along with my sausage or bone-in chicken breasts for about an hour and 45 minutes (to 2 hours) at 245 degrees, and it turns out great each time.


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    Re: BBQ Smokers

    My next smoker when my Traeger kicks the grease bucket: Yoder Smokers | Pellet Grills


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    Quote Originally Posted by Acylum View Post
    My next smoker when my Traeger kicks the grease bucket: Yoder Smokers | Pellet Grills

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