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(NPR)   Try not to flame your fellow citizens, but there's this, just in time for the long holiday weekend. The Great Charcoal Debate: Lumps, or Briquettes. Sober, sane, rational reasons for or against go over to the right   (npr.org) divider line 200
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2013-05-24 05:46:50 PM  
Lumps and wet wood chips.
 
2013-05-24 05:51:47 PM  
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WOOHOO GREENLIGHT NUMBER ONE THOUSAND FOR ME!!!!

Drew, now where's that free beer for life you promised??

Drew?

Anyone seen Drew?

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Drew?

Man, I have a pathetic existence...
 
2013-05-24 05:52:11 PM  
My lumps my lumps, my lovely lady lumps.
 
2013-05-24 05:57:32 PM  

markie_farkie: [img-cache.cdn.gaiaonline.com image 500x352]

WOOHOO GREENLIGHT NUMBER ONE THOUSAND FOR ME!!!!

Drew, now where's that free beer for life you promised??

Drew?

Anyone seen Drew?

[img-cache.cdn.gaiaonline.com image 500x352]

Drew?

Man, I have a pathetic existence...


Just got my 1,800th.
Congrats.

Oh, and lumps and small logs for the smoker and briquettes for the grill...easier to stack and don't need to burn as long.
 
2013-05-24 05:57:42 PM  

markie_farkie: [img-cache.cdn.gaiaonline.com image 500x352]

WOOHOO GREENLIGHT NUMBER ONE THOUSAND FOR ME!!!!

Drew, now where's that free beer for life you promised??

Drew?

Anyone seen Drew?

[img-cache.cdn.gaiaonline.com image 500x352]

Drew?

Man, I have a pathetic existence...


I'm in Dallas, and I'll buy you a beer.

/Lump for the sear
//soaked chips for the smoke
 
2013-05-24 06:07:46 PM  
Butane is a *bastard* gas
 
2013-05-24 06:08:02 PM  
Chunks - but in a smoker. Grills are for the impatient
 
2013-05-24 06:24:52 PM  
Nothing but clean-burning propane.
 
2013-05-24 06:26:33 PM  

markie_farkie: [img-cache.cdn.gaiaonline.com image 500x352]

WOOHOO GREENLIGHT NUMBER ONE THOUSAND FOR ME!!!!

Drew, now where's that free beer for life you promised??

Drew?

Anyone seen Drew?

[img-cache.cdn.gaiaonline.com image 500x352]

Drew?

Man, I have a pathetic existence...


I believe 1004 is the number.
 
2013-05-24 06:28:06 PM  

jehovahs witness protection: Congrats.


Thanks!

Staffist: I'm in Dallas, and I'll buy you a beer.


OK next Fark party in Dallas, look me up.. Three eyes, pointy head, green complexion can's miss me!

For casual grilling I use (GHASP) a gas grill, properly seasoned with at least a year's worth of grill crud on the spatter guards, etc., when I'm in a hurry after work to do a few burgers or pork chops, or something...

A buddy just moved to MS and willed me his old Weber, so I guess it's time to go get some "real" fire-making goodies to grill with this summer.   I'll get both lump and chunk, experiment with them.. I used to use lump charcoal years ago, never tried chunk.
 
2013-05-24 06:36:10 PM  
revrendjim

Nothing but clean-burning propane.


how do you feel about propane accessories?
 
2013-05-24 06:44:06 PM  

markie_farkie: For casual grilling I use (GHASP) a gas grill, properly seasoned with at least a year's worth of grill crud on the spatter guards, etc., when I'm in a hurry after work to do a few burgers or pork chops, or something...


I found an awesome combo gas/charcoal grill at Lowes (I'm sure you can find them anywhere).  I'm the same way... if I'm just making burgers, I use gas*.  Anything fancier like steak/chicken I use the charcoal side.  (By fancier, I just mean stuff that will benefit from a lot of smoke.)

Mine has this small semi-circle area under the charcoal-holding grate.  So that's where I put a ton of wet wood chips.  Get a *ton* of smoke flavor without having to slow-cook or actually BBQ/smoke.  And I don't have to do the goofy tin foil packet thing.

*Heh, yeah the gas side on mine is "well seasoned" with a year of laziness.
 
2013-05-24 06:46:23 PM  

oi_piss_me_off: revrendjim

Nothing but clean-burning propane.


how do you feel about propane accessories?


If Hank actually lived in Texas, they would have cut his nuts off before Bobby was born because he grilled like a yankee.
 
2013-05-24 06:55:40 PM  
Charcoal is for chumps.  Propane all the way.
 
2013-05-24 07:19:25 PM  
Considering it is the first big grilling Holiday of the season, I guess it would be whatever is left in last year's bag and a shiat load of lighter fluid.

/not picky, just wanna burn some meat
 
2013-05-24 07:23:14 PM  

Ennuipoet: not picky, just wanna burn some meat


You haven't lived until you've cooked shoplifted Vienna Sausages on a coathanger over a tire fire..
 
2013-05-24 07:26:10 PM  

markie_farkie: Ennuipoet: not picky, just wanna burn some meat

You haven't lived until you've cooked shoplifted Vienna Sausages on a coathanger over a tire fire..


Luxury, we only have our Bic lighters to cook our stolen Vay-Eeny Weenies.
 
2013-05-24 07:27:39 PM  

Contrabulous Flabtraption: Chunks - but in a smoker. Grills are for the impatient


Nothing better than a smoked steak.  MMMMMMM.......
 
2013-05-24 07:28:22 PM  
jehovahs witness protection

If Hank actually lived in Texas, they would have cut his nuts off before Bobby was born because he grilled like a yankee.


HA!

I think i've only had propane grilled stuff, i don't remember ever having a charcoal grill.
 
2013-05-24 07:28:49 PM  
ace.imageg.net


'Nuff said.
 
2013-05-24 07:29:13 PM  
Charcoal causes ass cancer

Go gas baby!
 
2013-05-24 07:30:36 PM  

Four Horsemen of the Domestic Dispute: Charcoal causes ass cancer


At least the corners are more rounded, so they're easier to work in there...

Wait, why is everyone staring at me like that?
 
2013-05-24 07:31:48 PM  
The only way to get a true grilled flavor:

themeathouseblog.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-05-24 07:32:02 PM  

FrancoFile: [ace.imageg.net image 220x220]


'Nuff said.


I was bummed when Trader Joe's stopped carrying that brand in favor of their own TJ's briquettes, but their briquetets are good too.
 
2013-05-24 07:32:25 PM  
All natural wood charcoal or chunks of mesquite wood.
 
2013-05-24 07:32:35 PM  

Four Horsemen of the Domestic Dispute: Charcoal causes ass cancer

Go gas baby!


You've been inserting it, haven't you?
 
2013-05-24 07:33:07 PM  
Gas is unAmerican, but fire some Matchlite in the Weber and cook some farking meat this weekend!
 
2013-05-24 07:33:51 PM  

Louisiana_Sitar_Club: The only way to get a true grilled flavor:

[themeathouseblog.files.wordpress.com image 412x500]


are those meatballs or something? Jesus.
 
2013-05-24 07:35:22 PM  
I like the natural chunks personally. Can usually find good ones made from aromatic woods around here, make for some lovely burgers. Prefer to start it with a campfire starter thing rather than charcoal lighter fluid too, that shiat tastes foul and never quite seems to go away, no matter how long you let the coals burn down.

I think burgers made on normal briquettes taste great too, just not as uber great as some fancy applewood natural charcoal, heh. For that matter I really have no beef with propane either, really. I just like meat and fire like every caveman.
 
2013-05-24 07:35:29 PM  
Should I not have been burning actual coal in my grill?
 
2013-05-24 07:36:11 PM  
I'll just leave this here:
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http://youtu.be/D9DkciMTsLI
 
2013-05-24 07:38:38 PM  

Ennuipoet: markie_farkie: Ennuipoet: not picky, just wanna burn some meat

You haven't lived until you've cooked shoplifted Vienna Sausages on a coathanger over a tire fire..

Luxury, we only have our Bic lighters to cook our stolen Vay-Eeny Weenies.


We used to dream of being able to use a coathanger. We used our bare fingers.
 
2013-05-24 07:38:38 PM  
Yeah, if you're going to bother with charcoal use old fashioned wood charcoal.  Don't half ass it.  No fluid.
 
2013-05-24 07:39:00 PM  
I have a propane grill for quickly cooking up things with a fast and easy sear.  I have been using a a smoker for a couple years and still consider myself a novice at the art.  The smoker is a weber bullet and is the vertical unit that utilizes a water basin to regulate heat for the most part.  My experience has been that briquettes (NOT ones with propellant added!)  are far easier to manage and maintain your ideal cookign temp than using wood charcoal.  My experience with wood charcoal is that it burns too hot and too fast for smoking a pork but. Quickly smoking/roasting a chicken or other items in the 300+ deg. range than charcoal works great, but for long low burns I have a far easier time managing briquettes.  So for me it depends on what and how I am cooking really.
 
2013-05-24 07:39:49 PM  
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2013-05-24 07:40:48 PM  

lewismarktwo: Yeah, if you're going to bother with charcoal use old fashioned wood charcoal.  Don't half ass it.  No fluid.


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The only way to fly
 
2013-05-24 07:41:56 PM  
Are we talking about barbecue or grilling?

/If you're just grilling some burgers then they're the same damned thing. Don't worry about it.
 
2013-05-24 07:42:24 PM  
Used to have a charcoal grill and used whatever was available (briquettes were easier to light, IIRC). Switched to gas after we moved and found a gas grill the last owners left behind.

/want to start grilling for myself, but the tought of trying to clean off all that dried crap is discouraging
 
2013-05-24 07:43:49 PM  

jehovahs witness protection: oi_piss_me_off: revrendjim

Nothing but clean-burning propane.


how do you feel about propane accessories?

If Hank actually lived in Texas, they would have cut his nuts off before Bobby was born because he grilled like a yankee.


Hank was born in New York City, which explains his inability to grill properly.
 
2013-05-24 07:44:35 PM  
Propane on my big grill, or better yet hard wood fire in the fire pit at a camp site.

Got a rotisserie for the grill last hear.  Doing chicken or pork loin on that is a wonderful thing.
 
2013-05-24 07:45:15 PM  
I've witnessed people put a bag of charcoal in a gas grill before, so obviously this is the correct way to do things.
 
2013-05-24 07:45:48 PM  

oi_piss_me_off: revrendjim

Nothing but clean-burning propane.


how do you feel about propane accessories?


Taste the meat, not the heat!
 
2013-05-24 07:45:50 PM  
chunks.

I don't like briquets anymore, even if they are made about 14 miles away from me.

//There is a Kingsford plant in Springfield, OR
 
2013-05-24 07:46:20 PM  

TommyDeuce: Propane on my big grill, or better yet hard wood fire in the fire pit at a camp site.

Got a rotisserie for the grill last hear.  Doing chicken or pork loin on that is a wonderful thing.


Last year

/damn auto-correct
 
2013-05-24 07:46:26 PM  
propane, with propane accesories, amirote?
 
2013-05-24 07:48:00 PM  
I use wood as often as I can. Hickory, pecan, apple, cherry or oak. Sometimes I use lump charcoal. I have a gas grill, kettle, and an offset smoker. I rarely use the gas grill, unless I'm lazy or in a hurry.
 
2013-05-24 07:52:50 PM  
Lumps and wood chips.
 
2013-05-24 07:53:56 PM  

FrancoFile: [ace.imageg.net image 220x220]


'Nuff said.


Eh, I'm not a fan of Cowboy.  It's very low end for lump charcoal.  Both bags I have purchased had a lot of stray material.  Rocks.  Pieces of brick.  Part of a table leg.  Some chunks of plywood, which means I'd be cooking glue if I hadn't caught those.

These guys do a pretty good job reviewing lump charcoal:http://www.nakedwhiz.com/lumpindexpage.htm?bag

I've had a lot better luck with The Good One or Big Green Egg.  I just bought some Primo off Amazon, so I'll see how it does.
 
2013-05-24 07:54:24 PM  

snake_beater: Used to have a charcoal grill and used whatever was available (briquettes were easier to light, IIRC). Switched to gas after we moved and found a gas grill the last owners left behind.

/want to start grilling for myself, but the tought of trying to clean off all that dried crap is discouraging


That is why you clean that crap off *before* you put the grill away each time!
 
2013-05-24 07:57:18 PM  
C3H8. Taste the meat, not the heat.
 
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