Central Iowa BBQ supplies

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by DBQR4CY, May 23, 2020.

  1. DBQR4CY

    DBQR4CY Active Member

    Jun 7, 2013
    235
    61
    28
    Male
    Ankeny(By way of Dubuque)
    Ratings:
    +113 / 25 / -0
    Maybe this has been covered before in another thread but got a smoker for my birthday this year and while Covid doesn't make things easy to get supplies, where do you get yours? I talking about things that help with the cook, tools, rubs, sauces, meats, and fuel (pellets, charcoal, and wood). So, where do you get yours?

    Mines been between Fleet Farm (I live in Ankeny), Sam's and Amazon. No idea where to get woods.
     
  2. DBQR4CY

    DBQR4CY Active Member

    Jun 7, 2013
    235
    61
    28
    Male
    Ankeny(By way of Dubuque)
    Ratings:
    +113 / 25 / -0
    Also share what you're cooking with. Don't be a snob and say one smoker is better or less than others or there's some kind of purity.

    I have a Dyna-glow vertical offset smoker.
     
  3. JP4CY

    JP4CY I LOVE LAMP
    SuperFanatic

    Dec 19, 2008
    27,243
    4,725
    113
    Testifying
    Ratings:
    +22,751 / 547 / -3
    You live in Ankeny and haven't been to TNT/Hawgeyes? Not a bad little shop.
    Ace/Mills/even HyVee getting into more.
     
    • Agree Agree x 3
    • Like Like x 2
  4. BCClone

    BCClone Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2011
    27,625
    4,451
    113
    Male
    North Iowa
    Ratings:
    +21,908 / 655 / -2
    Was at the Mason City Mills last night and they had a large wood selection of many kinds. Would think the one by you would have the same.
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Agree Agree x 1
  5. DBQR4CY

    DBQR4CY Active Member

    Jun 7, 2013
    235
    61
    28
    Male
    Ankeny(By way of Dubuque)
    Ratings:
    +113 / 25 / -0
    I know of TNT, just haven't been there yet. Covid has put a damper on getting out a ton. Lol. Mills as in?
     
  6. MLawrence

    MLawrence Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2010
    10,522
    993
    113
    Ratings:
    +2,615 / 38 / -1
    For rubs, I usually make them myself. For wood, I usually get that at Walmart. Walmart actually has a decent selection of wood, such as hickory, pecan, mesquite, and apple. They have chunks in all those types and splits in hickory. If Walmart doesn't have it in store, then you always get it online.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  7. DBQR4CY

    DBQR4CY Active Member

    Jun 7, 2013
    235
    61
    28
    Male
    Ankeny(By way of Dubuque)
    Ratings:
    +113 / 25 / -0
    I don't think I'll be going to Mason City. Was thinking more Des Moines Metro and close surrounding area.
     
  8. BCClone

    BCClone Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2011
    27,625
    4,451
    113
    Male
    North Iowa
    Ratings:
    +21,908 / 655 / -2

    That is why I mentioned that I figured the one by you would have similar supplies, or you can have it shipped to that store for pickup.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  9. DBQR4CY

    DBQR4CY Active Member

    Jun 7, 2013
    235
    61
    28
    Male
    Ankeny(By way of Dubuque)
    Ratings:
    +113 / 25 / -0
    Yeah, trying a simple rub that I made for the Pork Butt I got going right now. Salt, pepper, garlic, onion, and what paprika we had left for some color. Lol.
     
  10. every_yard

    every_yard Well-Known Member
    SuperFanatic SuperFanatic T2

    Aug 25, 2006
    1,051
    167
    63
    Ratings:
    +631 / 23 / -0
    I like a little jalapeño flavor as long as it’s not overpowering. Lazy Toad Blackberry Jalapeño BBQ sauce from Valentine Food Company is amazing (I got it at Fareway a few times, but wasn’t there last time I checked). Also like Countryside’s Jalapeño BBQ sauce (has a little stronger flavor). Both these are made in Iowa (or at least Iowa companies). Rib Rack also has some good BBQ sauces - Campfire Cider! For rubs, I usually just mix up different spices depending on what I’m smoking (almost always include at least some Oregano).

    I have a Grilla pellet smoker (Grilla Pro).
     
    • Like Like x 1
  11. MLawrence

    MLawrence Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2010
    10,522
    993
    113
    Ratings:
    +2,615 / 38 / -1
    Sam's definitely helps with buying in bulk for spices. I have used my fair share of coarse kosher salt and coarse black pepper.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  12. DBQR4CY

    DBQR4CY Active Member

    Jun 7, 2013
    235
    61
    28
    Male
    Ankeny(By way of Dubuque)
    Ratings:
    +113 / 25 / -0
    Yeah, been there a few times. Either their grilling/smoker area is busy or with Covid it's just hard to keep stocked. I wanted a charcoal chimney and had to order from Amazon. But they don't have or haven't had wood outside of shredded stuff in small bags.
     
  13. DBQR4CY

    DBQR4CY Active Member

    Jun 7, 2013
    235
    61
    28
    Male
    Ankeny(By way of Dubuque)
    Ratings:
    +113 / 25 / -0
    I also looked around online and found Inkbird for tracking temps. It's their IBBQ-4T model. Have track 4 temps via WiFi and the app is easy to use.
     
  14. DBQR4CY

    DBQR4CY Active Member

    Jun 7, 2013
    235
    61
    28
    Male
    Ankeny(By way of Dubuque)
    Ratings:
    +113 / 25 / -0
    Yeah, Sam's currently has 2-20lb bags of Kingsford charcoal for under $17. Seems like a good price considering I've gotten 16lb bags from $8.99-$10.
     
  15. nfrine

    nfrine Well-Known Member

    Mar 31, 2006
    3,911
    586
    113
    Nearby
    Ratings:
    +3,243 / 125 / -2
    Oklahoma Joe offset. Real men got wood.
     
    • Like Like x 3
  16. dmclone

    dmclone Well-Known Member

    Oct 20, 2006
    18,028
    1,040
    113
    50131
    Ratings:
    +2,945 / 242 / -32
    Ace has B&B charcoal for $12.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  17. BWRhasnoAC

    BWRhasnoAC Well-Known Member
    SuperFanatic SuperFanatic T2

    Apr 10, 2013
    11,206
    1,578
    113
    Superintendent
    Somewhere between the seas
    Ratings:
    +8,468 / 552 / -34
    I like pecan wood and apple wood best. I could find it at Hy Vee when I lived there a few years ago.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  18. AgronAlum

    AgronAlum Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2014
    2,690
    920
    113
    Ratings:
    +3,417 / 102 / -4
    I normally go to hawgeyes for rubs, sauces, etc. Pretty much any of the grocery stores have the common types of chips. Meat normally comes from Sams.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  19. ianoconnor

    ianoconnor Well-Known Member
    SuperFanatic SuperFanatic T2

    Nov 11, 2007
    10,303
    720
    113
    Urbandale
    Ratings:
    +2,711 / 109 / -0
    Fareway carries Lumberjack pellets - selection is hit or miss though. Bomgaars has them too. Cabela's pellets are solid and are made by Lumberjack.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  20. CloneGuy8

    CloneGuy8 Well-Known Member
    SuperFanatic SuperFanatic T2

    Mar 20, 2017
    6,503
    3,127
    113
    Ratings:
    +12,453 / 300 / -3
    For wood, it just depends on what you're smoking. I've found Apple wood to be the most versatile.

    I'd also invest in at least 2 meat probes. One to monitor the meat temp, and another to monitor the smoker temp; most smokers have a thermometer, but they're not always the most accurate. I like these as you don't need to be outside with the smoker to monitor it.
    https://tinyurl.com/y8f3eejn
    This model is on Amazon for cheaper, FYI
     
    • Like Like x 1

Share This Page