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Old 04-28-20, 04:42 PM
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As someone who owns both, I would agree. The biggest problem I have with the egg is loss of temperature on long smokes. It is much easier to add additional fuel to the Weber.
Interesting. I would think the egg would hold in the heat better for long smokes. I have the Smokey Mountain and it can go for a very long time without refueling, even overnight smokes.
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Re: Up early/late smoking a pig

Iíve gone 10+ hrs with my Akorn smoking a toast.
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Iíve gone 10+ hrs with my Akorn smoking a toast.
I sometimes enjoy my toast well done, but DAMN!!!
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Re: Up early/late smoking a pig

I've decided I'm not so much a thread killer as my BBQ exploits simply are not very interesting.
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I sometimes enjoy my toast well done, but DAMN!!!
You donít know smoked toast if you donít smoke it 10 hrs.
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Re: Up early/late smoking a pig

All these years I thought this was a luau thread, not BBQ. If I’d known, I would’ve asked about the Big Green Egg years ago.

But we have a perfectly good gas grill, and these days an egg feels like a frivolous purchase.
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Re: Up early/late smoking a pig

Nothing beats a gas grill for quick and easy convenience but I'm much happier with my egg.
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I've decided I'm not so much a thread killer as my BBQ exploits simply are not very interesting.
I have lived in the greater Kansas City area my entire life. Some of the greatest barbecue around. I am way too lazy to cook for myself and take a chance on ruining a good piece of pork. so you get mad props from me just for fearlessness.
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I have lived in the greater Kansas City area my entire life. Some of the greatest barbecue around. I am way too lazy to cook for myself and take a chance on ruining a good piece of pork. so you get mad props from me just for fearlessness.
Have you been to Arthur Bryant's? I went a long time ago and thought the BBQ was very good, but the flies were kind of off-putting. I'd go again when it wasn't summer.
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Have you been to Arthur Bryant's? I went a long time ago and thought the BBQ was very good, but the flies were kind of off-putting. I'd go again when it wasn't summer.
Probably the most famous of the KC joints, but far from the best in my opinion. My absolute favorite is Jack Stack, followed by Rosedale.
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Jack Stack, for sure.
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Re: Up early/late smoking a pig

Originally Posted by davidh777 View Post
All these years I thought this was a luau thread, not BBQ. If Iíd known, I wouldíve asked about the Big Green Egg years ago.

But we have a perfectly good gas grill, and these days an egg feels like a frivolous stimulus check purchase.
Fixed.
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Re: Up early/late smoking a pig

Should you thaw out the toast first, or is it 10+ hours because you smoke it from frozen? Does it expand?
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I still have my Traeger, and it's still an ok thing to smoke and grill on, despite not being spectacular at either. Since the last time I was in here, the only thing that's really changed is I now make beef bacon. It's pretty much just a brisket, brined like a corned beef but with syrup and pepper instead of corned beef seasonings/spices. Smoke it and slice it thin. It doesn't crisp up like pork bacon, but I don't eat a lot of pork and it's pretty good sliced thin and "cooked" on a low-medium heat.
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Just picked up a 14# whole brisket at Costco. They had tons of it, I guess since people are stocking up on the more normal parts of the cow they're left with the "less desirable" parts.

Strangely, the prime was only 10Ę more per pound than the choice. Prime brisket doesn't make much sense to me but I thought I'd give it a try.
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Well, my wife said to buy a new smoker ... but I made an investment and bought a power washer instead.

The smoker has been cooked, power washed, and is cooking again. Looks good to me! Think I'm smoking some turkey breast and a pork belly for Mother's Day!
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I still have my Traeger, and it's still an ok thing to smoke and grill on, despite not being spectacular at either.

My brother was just trying to talk me into getting a Traeger. What do you find underwhelming about it for smoking?
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Re: Up early/late smoking a pig

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My brother was just trying to talk me into getting a Traeger. What do you find underwhelming about it for smoking?
Many other brands at similar price that are better quality. Traeger's are just mass market junk now, IMHO.
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What Deftones said. Keep in mind mine is about 6 years old, and there have been revisions so things may have changed. That said, I've had to modify mine more than any several hundred dollar device should need. I put fire bricks in the bottom and a welding blanket over the top to help retain heat. I swapped out the controller for a Savannah Stoker to reign in the +/-40 degree swings I had with the original. I bought a smoke tube in order to get a decent smoke flavor. The thing doesn't get above 425 degrees, regardless of external weather or pellet type. It doesn't do well with providing a heavy smoke flavor, and it doesn't do well with high-heat cooking. It's fine for anything in between.

For a similar price, there are far better reviewed pellet smokers available.
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I ended up going a different route and ordered a Smokin-It #2.
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Thanks again to Whotony for the Akorn recommendation. Iíve done ribs, and a turkey so far and both were successful.
I used lump charcoal, like Nefarious recommended. I was amazed by how long it burned. Iím hoping to get a brisket this weekend.
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Re: Up early/late smoking a pig

Anyone else up smoking some butt?


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I did a chuck roast much like I would a brisket, turned out great. Rubbed it, smoked it at 225 until internal temp of about 155, wrapped it in foil with some beef broth, turned the temp up to 250 and cooked it until internal temp of 205. I then shredded it for sandwiches.
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Re: Up early/late smoking a pig

I smoked a 4 pound rib roast last week. Cradled.

took it off at 120į
wrapped it for 20 minutes.

Got a fire going and seared the outside.
Final IT was about 140į


We had a nice dinner.
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Oh

We picked up a couple of Boston butts from Winn Dixie at 99Ę a pound. Gonna smoke one and freeze one.

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