Barbecues are bloody brilliant Part 3

busterbenny2001

Distinguished Member
Yes hampers look good but pricey compared with in store.
needed an excuse to get the big joe on tomorrow so popped to butcher asked for a couple of tomahawk steaks he pulled out a lovely looking fore rib and cut these beauties. Roll on Saturday night :)

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busterbenny2001

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When you forget the rugby is on, crack a few beers then remember you were supposed to flash up the kamado Joe but didn’t,,,,,, reverse sear on the charcoal starter :)
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x3j3UKN

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Guys, Shall I get a Smokey Mountain (47cm) or something else? budget is in the £350-£400 mark so ceramics are a no go im afraid! :(

Ive already a weber kettle which I love, but if the smokey mountain is bettered by something else then id be tempted with that.
 

JimmyMac

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Guys, Shall I get a Smokey Mountain (47cm) or something else? budget is in the £350-£400 mark so ceramics are a no go im afraid! :(

Ive already a weber kettle which I love, but if the smokey mountain is bettered by something else then id be tempted with that.
@IronGiant recommended I look at the proQ range when I as contemplating a smokey mountain. I still am but didnt want to purchase anything during lockdown which would get little use so will likely look again for this summer.

After perusing I have to say the proQ range does look really good and I think might be edging it for me over the weber range
 

x3j3UKN

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bobbaray

Active Member
How would this stuff do in a bullet smoker?

I'm not sure... sorry. I use KJ Big block as it burns clean and long. Pieces are always nice and big and whatever's left can be reused after each cook

Edit - just watched a quick video about Bullet Smokers - Answer now is "YES' KJ big block would be ideal. It's really good for low and slow smoking with correct temp controls
 
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x3j3UKN

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I'm not sure... sorry. I use KJ Big block as it burns clean and long. Pieces are always nice and big and whatever's left can be reused after each cook

Edit - just watched a quick video about Bullet Smokers - Answer now is "YES' KJ big block would be ideal. It's really good for low and slow smoking with correct temp controls
Oh wow awesome! I will get my order in then, in advance of a new bullet smoker!
 

bobbaray

Active Member
Oh wow awesome! I will get my order in then, in advance of a new bullet smoker!
whilst you're over your £50 free delivery, have a look at their other stuff. Its a great bbq retailer. I use them all the time. Nice family run business. Especially if your like the outdoors.

Not linked to the business in any way.... just plugging a good company. Most competitive price on Le Chameau boots if you're in the market.... found them looking for wellington boots :D
 

x3j3UKN

Well-known Member
whilst you're over your £50 free delivery, have a look at their other stuff. Its a great bbq retailer. I use them all the time. Nice family run business. Especially if your like the outdoors.

Not linked to the business in any way.... just plugging a good company. Most competitive price on Le Chameau boots if you're in the market.... found them looking for wellington boots :D
Just having second thoughts on the price vs amount of charcoal.

27kgs for £66 seems a lot, last time I ordered a big delivery I bagged 45 KGs of the Big K Restarantu grade at around £60 so quite a difference.

I can still get the Big k for £25 here, so for £50 I can get 30KG's

 

IronGiant

Moderator
I've not used the KJ stuff, but like you, use the Big K. It's quite a lot more, even with the discount, as you've noticed. @bobbaray have you ever compared them?
 

busterbenny2001

Distinguished Member
Interested too :) I’ve ordered some as it’s great stuff used on my kJ every cook so far but love to know a comparison.
 

bobbaray

Active Member
I've not used the KJ stuff, but like you, use the Big K. It's quite a lot more, even with the discount, as you've noticed. @bobbaray have you ever compared them?

Yes I have had the Big K before. It's ok for quick grilling as the pieces are a lot smaller, I also found there was a lot of dregs and dust at the bottom. That could obviously be down to how it was transported.

I tried this stuff too which was pretty good.


I think the KJ big block burns better, longer and without much waste. Yes it is expensive, though it does go a long way

You just have to try them out and find out what's best.

@x3j3UKN if you are using a new smoker I would experiment with the Big K until you have mastered it, then experiment with different charcoal.
 

DJT75

Distinguished Member
Anyone use a Meater or Meater+ thermometer?
Reviews are a bit mixed, but mostly negative for the cheaper one at least. I’m after a wireless thermometer with an app
 

IronGiant

Moderator
I have a meater+ and a meater block and I'm pleased with them. Only thing I'd say is that there are much cheaper options out there now.
 

IronGiant

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Aj33

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I purchased this last year after a member here suggesting it. Think I paid about £50 at the time and it's in a deal at the moment for £38.

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I have the same. No complaints here. Used almost weekly these days.
 

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