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2021-06-05 4:48:45 PM  
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2021-06-05 5:38:33 PM  
LOL - people who buy that deserve what they get.
 
2021-06-05 5:40:55 PM  
$900 bucks for the grill and $5 or $6 more every time you use it?!?

The not so old Weber kettle for less than a third of that with a couple of years worth of charcoal thrown in, works just fine, thanks, and I'll still be able to get charcoal for it after this Spark outfit goes under.
 
2021-06-05 5:49:17 PM  

sno man: $900 bucks for the grill and $5 or $6 more every time you use it?!?

The not so old Weber kettle for less than a third of that with a couple of years worth of charcoal thrown in, works just fine, thanks, and I'll still be able to get charcoal for it after this Spark outfit goes under.


I have a Weber Smokey Joe that is good enough to grill my own dinner just fine.  Got it with reward points from my credit card.  My only cost is the charcoal, which I buy cheap at the end of grilling season.  I simply can't fathom something like this.  It's on the order of those hipster designer axes I read about a while back.  I mean, WTF?
 
2021-06-05 5:57:57 PM  
I use my gas grill as a cold smoke cabinet often enough that whatever I grill in it tastes like it was cooked over wood. This was not a planned outcome, but as you can imagine I have no complaints.
 
2021-06-05 7:40:50 PM  
Is this from the same people who made Juicero?
 
2021-06-05 7:44:32 PM  
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2021-06-05 7:46:53 PM  
So, what lump charcoal you folks like? I got a bag of Cowboy Charcoal, which was fine, but I understand there's better out there? I kinda want to use flavor chips too, just not sure how that works.
 
2021-06-05 7:48:10 PM  
"A pre-formed block of charcoal serves as the sole fuel made to fit his electric charcoal oven."

electric....
 
2021-06-05 7:49:18 PM  
Is there an app too?
 
2021-06-05 7:49:38 PM  
Ben West, founder of Spark Grills wanted to help the US of A enjoy charcoal cookery without all drama of managing a fire or messy ashes

Which is also called "takeout" or "TV Dinners"
 
2021-06-05 7:50:26 PM  
The briqs are pretty stupid, but if I were 1) stupid enough to buy the $900 grill and 2) the company (God willing) goes tits up, would it be that hard to use regular charcoal in it?
 
2021-06-05 7:50:34 PM  
I'm not saying that there aren't certain benefits to the convenience of having an easy to use fuel source, but this doesn't seem to be improving the convenience of anything.
 
2021-06-05 7:52:53 PM  

Arachnophobe: So, what lump charcoal you folks like? I got a bag of Cowboy Charcoal, which was fine, but I understand there's better out there? I kinda want to use flavor chips too, just not sure how that works.


I just buy Royal Oak, and chunks of whatever wood I want to smoke with. Right now I have bags of hickory and apple.

/Weber kettle
//may get a Green Egg someday
 
2021-06-05 7:53:23 PM  
I think it's pretty darned cool.  I'm getting a Spark bbq.
 
2021-06-05 7:54:11 PM  
I'm more concerned about the story below that one. Who the hell microwaves a brisket?!
 
2021-06-05 7:55:18 PM  

vegaswench: I'm more concerned about the story below that one. Who the hell microwaves a brisket?!


Guga does good work, but if he used a SRF brisket for that, I'm going to be VERY put out.
 
2021-06-05 7:55:46 PM  

vegaswench: I'm more concerned about the story below that one. Who the hell microwaves a brisket?!


Monsters that's who.
 
2021-06-05 7:56:08 PM  
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2021-06-05 7:57:05 PM  
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2021-06-05 7:57:41 PM  

Arachnophobe: So, what lump charcoal you folks like? I got a bag of Cowboy Charcoal, which was fine, but I understand there's better out there? I kinda want to use flavor chips too, just not sure how that works.


Cowboy is horrrrrrrible.  This much I can promise you. Construction scraps and rocks/cement.

One bag was full of suspiciously perfectly shaped blackened triangles and rectangles.
Another time when the coals had burned away all that was left was a sphere of cement the about the size of a baseball.

BGE makes good but expensive lump. YMMV.
 
2021-06-05 7:58:04 PM  

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Oh, you mean this??


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/Obey!  Consume!  Marry & Reproduce!  Not A Pandemic!
//Same difference!
 
2021-06-05 7:58:47 PM  
Stupid,by I bet people here will buy one, because buying shiat is America's #2 pastime, right behind eating fast food.
 
2021-06-05 7:59:25 PM  

AbuHashish: Is there an app too?


Oh hells yes, how ever would you know the precise temperature? lulz.
 
2021-06-05 8:00:53 PM  

Arachnophobe: So, what lump charcoal you folks like? I got a bag of Cowboy Charcoal, which was fine, but I understand there's better out there? I kinda want to use flavor chips too, just not sure how that works.


There are so many out there.  My personal favorites are Wicked Good charcoal ( Jake's blend) and Humphrey's, which is a local PA product.

But honestly, you're still cooking over charcoal!
 
2021-06-05 8:01:15 PM  

vegaswench: I'm more concerned about the story below that one. Who the hell microwaves a brisket?!


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2021-06-05 8:06:12 PM  

BunkyBrewman: Arachnophobe: So, what lump charcoal you folks like? I got a bag of Cowboy Charcoal, which was fine, but I understand there's better out there? I kinda want to use flavor chips too, just not sure how that works.

There are so many out there.  My personal favorites are Wicked Good charcoal ( Jake's blend) and Humphrey's, which is a local PA product.

But honestly, you're still cooking over charcoal!


Charcoal is just the heat source.

If you want "cooked over wood" flavor, you have to add wood chips, etc.

My favorite is pecan.
 
2021-06-05 8:06:55 PM  

sno man: AbuHashish: Is there an app too?

Oh hells yes, how ever would you know the precise temperature? lulz.


Seriously, I still rock a 22" Weber kettle. This is just silly.
 
2021-06-05 8:10:14 PM  
This sounds to me like an a product that solves a problem no one has. The kind of person who thinks it's a hassle dealing with regular charcoal probably doesn't grill anyways. The kind of person who uses a grill probably isn't going to be in a hurry to pay such a premium for 'convenience'. I guess they are targeting the kind of person who has a need to show their friends that when it comes to grilling even their charcoal has to be custom made.
 
2021-06-05 8:10:32 PM  

Arachnophobe: So, what lump charcoal you folks like? I got a bag of Cowboy Charcoal, which was fine, but I understand there's better out there? I kinda want to use flavor chips too, just not sure how that works.


I really like Jealous Devil lump and Kamado Joe Big Block

I used to like Fogo but the quality isn't what it was
 
2021-06-05 8:11:13 PM  
AbuHashish:

Seriously, I still rock a 22" Weber kettle. This is just silly.

Cause Webers are the best. I have like four, old one for vegies, newer one with the table, a small one for camping, and a smoker. If I bought a propane, it would be a weber.
 
2021-06-05 8:12:19 PM  

Arachnophobe: So, what lump charcoal you folks like? I got a bag of Cowboy Charcoal, which was fine, but I understand there's better out there? I kinda want to use flavor chips too, just not sure how that works.


I like Cowboy but got a couple of bad bags.  I think they got some creasote in a batch.  Big Green Egg lump charcoal is a little more but worth it.  Go for hardwood lumps, bot chips and experiment.
 
2021-06-05 8:13:27 PM  
I'm rocking a Kamado Joe and a Weber kettle for my charcoal needs (plus another smaller camping Weber) and a Traeger for easy bake oven smoking
 
2021-06-05 8:14:06 PM  
I bet you could throw a layer of store-brand briquettes in that stupid little drawer, flip the switch and it would go just fine.
 
2021-06-05 8:15:03 PM  

SR117Nighthawk: gopher321: they_live_consume.jpg

Oh, you mean this??


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/Obey!  Consume!  Marry & Reproduce!  Not A Pandemic!
//Same difference!


IT'S A GRILLING THREAD YOU farkING PUTZ.
 
2021-06-05 8:17:08 PM  

ShavedOrangutan: Is this from the same people who made Juicero?


Oh wow.  [i_understod_that_reference.jpg]
 
2021-06-05 8:19:24 PM  

Birnone: This sounds to me like an a product that solves a problem no one has. The kind of person who thinks it's a hassle dealing with regular charcoal probably doesn't grill anyways. The kind of person who uses a grill probably isn't going to be in a hurry to pay such a premium for 'convenience'. I guess they are targeting the kind of person who has a need to show their friends that when it comes to grilling even their charcoal has to be custom made.


This.  Performative backyard cooking.  The taste of the food is secondary.
 
2021-06-05 8:23:24 PM  

FrancoFile: ShavedOrangutan: Is this from the same people who made Juicero?

Oh wow.  [i_understod_that_reference.jpg]


It's only a 1%er if 1% of the people get it.
 
2021-06-05 8:23:47 PM  

ShavedOrangutan: Is this from the same people who made Juicero?


Hell of a top quality bag squeezer, that!
 
2021-06-05 8:24:38 PM  
Years ago I read a novel about a guy's experience with a proprietary "bbq system" he bought.  It required him to buy the fuel for it from the developer.

He really really enjoyed the results it produced but his life went downhill. It turned out this system was infusing his meat with addictive chemicals (nicotine?) and he couldn't quit using it.

My google-fu fails me in finding an author and book title.
 
2021-06-05 8:28:29 PM  

Darth Funjamin: Arachnophobe: So, what lump charcoal you folks like? I got a bag of Cowboy Charcoal, which was fine, but I understand there's better out there? I kinda want to use flavor chips too, just not sure how that works.

I just buy Royal Oak, and chunks of whatever wood I want to smoke with. Right now I have bags of hickory and apple.

/Weber kettle
//may get a Green Egg someday


Costco always puts the 2x18 lb. bags of the better Kingsford briquettes ("Professional"?) on sale for like $16-18 in early springtime. I just pick up three or four of those and we're good for much of the season.

WalMart carries every common variety of Western wood chips (but no maple or oak, dammit) for like $2-3 a bag. I just make a foil pouch to hold the chips, poke a few holes, and throw it on the side of the coals (I'll usually preheat it by setting it on top of the charcoal chimney while the coals are getting going). Local WalMart also had the Kingsford briquettes with various woods added in already, but I've never tried those before.
 
2021-06-05 8:32:23 PM  
No thanks I'll just stick with my Big Poppa Smoker burning plain 'ol lump charcoal and wood.
 
2021-06-05 8:33:21 PM  

FrancoFile: Birnone: This sounds to me like an a product that solves a problem no one has. The kind of person who thinks it's a hassle dealing with regular charcoal probably doesn't grill anyways. The kind of person who uses a grill probably isn't going to be in a hurry to pay such a premium for 'convenience'. I guess they are targeting the kind of person who has a need to show their friends that when it comes to grilling even their charcoal has to be custom made.

This.  Performative backyard cooking.  The taste of the food is secondary.


It'd be fun to see if the 5 different "temperature" bricks were EXACTLY the same, but the bar or QR code on the wrapper, when scanned, only adjusts the airflow/how much of the brick is lit at once, to control for the temp difference.
 
2021-06-05 8:36:55 PM  
Too bad those can't be standardized in some way. All the side-of-the-road stalls I visited in China used similar standardized fuel for their stoves, and there were vendors who delivered them as needed. If there's good airflow to go through the holes in it, it would be superior to piled-up charcoal.
 
2021-06-05 8:42:24 PM  
https://www.derrickriches.com/spark-s​m​art-charcoal-grill-review/

The grill is automated and calibrated for these briquettes. You can use regular ones but lose the grille's benefits.
 
2021-06-05 8:51:55 PM  

Arachnophobe: So, what lump charcoal you folks like? I got a bag of Cowboy Charcoal, which was fine, but I understand there's better out there? I kinda want to use flavor chips too, just not sure how that works.


I use royal oak charcoal and I toss on some dry alder from the backyard for flavour. I cut the alder into sticks about 1/2" diameter and place them over top the charcoal.
 
2021-06-05 8:57:07 PM  

toraque: vegaswench: I'm more concerned about the story below that one. Who the hell microwaves a brisket?!

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He doesn't seem cool with the idea.

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2021-06-05 9:04:34 PM  
I miss my 22-inch old smokey. It was awesome for when we went to the beach. When people started to get hungry, I'd slap a whole 10-lb bag of chicken leg quarters on and it would be good times. Unfortunately, hurricane Ike washed it away back in 2008. I've only had gas grills since for the convenience.
 
2021-06-05 9:07:09 PM  
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Tattoo people: you're gonna look at my tattoo motherfarker

How did he even take this picture?
 
2021-06-05 9:12:38 PM  

AbuHashish: Is there an app too?


No, but I feel like there ought to be an NFT that goes with it or something.

Shiat like this is another tick in the column of why the human race should not be allowed to continue.
 
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