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Smoking meats - opinions on wood pellet brands

Discussion in 'Food, Cooking & Tailgating Forum' started by Tomhusker, Jul 31, 2020.

  1. Tomhusker

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    I made a modification to my propane smoker so I could get away from using wood chips. I got tired of having to add chips every hour or so. Now I can run 10-16 hours without having to reload the pellet maze.
    I'm currently using traeger pellets , and will be picking up a couple of bags of bear mountain pellets tomorrow.
    Anybody else use pellets? What brand do you prefer?
     



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    Never used pellets.
    But if I wanted to start it and walk away for hours at a time, that's what I'd use.

    I have an offset smoker, and a charcoal maze, which helps, but you can't walk away all night or anything.
     
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    I’m interested in the opinions here too. Even though I have a Green Egg here I’d like one with pellets at the cabin.
     
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  4. Tomhusker

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    I catch a lot of grief from my cousin, an ardent offset smoker guy. He thinks anything but offset smoking, using wood, is cheating.
    I'm way too lazy to do that much work, but I love me some smoked meats and cheese.
     
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    I love the offset. But it's something you stand around drinking beer and fucking with it.

    If you want to leave it alone for an hour or two or three, you have to go with the pellet type. The pellets are real wood anyway. It's probably my next type of smoker.
     
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    I use the A-Maze-N 5x8 maze with their Pitmasters choice pellets blend which has cherry, hickory, and maple. A really nice smell and taste. Haven't tried other brands, but would recommend this setup for those that have an electric smoker like me to avoid having to reload chips every 40 minutes.

    https://amazenproducts.com
     
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    I'm like your cousin, I tease my buddies about their pellets.
    I've thought about getting a pellet for the winter times, ( its cold as hell sitting out there stoking my offset)
     
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    You make it sound like that's a bad thing!
    At least the family leaves you alone while doing it, I mean they track you down in the bathroom but for some reason they leave me alone when I being one with my smoker
     
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    To be clear, I only use the pellets for smoke. I do not have a pellet smoker. I have a propane smoker that I modified.
    I know, not much better, but it is a distinct difference.
    Also, once it gets below freezing I only cold smoke bacon and cheese. Cold weather is for ice fishing.
     
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