Frequently Asked Questions About Barbecue

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Barbecue Fuel Help - Whether it's about wood, gas, charcoal or electric.

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Does Smoking At High Temp Create Tender Ribs? 
I have been smoking St Louis & Baby Back Ribs this Spring at low temp of 225F from 4 to 6 hours and can never get the tender pull off the bones result. …

Why Aren't My Roasts Brown On The Skin? 
I have done 3 roasts on my new Kamado Joe BBQ, and the last one was a roast chicken - and I expected the skin to be a lovely brown. Instead, all roasts …

I'm having trouble attaching a gas bottle to my barbecue. 
I'm having trouble attaching a gas bottle to my barbecue. I exchanged a gas bottle and now I can't screw the connection together, the attachment will not …

Should I Clean My Smoker? 
I have a Masterbuilt electric smoker and use it a lot. Should I clean the inside of the box? I clean the the pans and the racks and the glass on the …

What Is The Process To Sell Your Own Label Barbeque Sauce? 
I am considering on making and marketing my own sauce. Can you refer me to who can tell me the process. Answer:- Hi Jan, Before I offer any advice …

Smoker Insulation Boards 
I was looking at the plans book you have for your smoker and was wondering how readily available the inner lining material is in the USA. Seems …

Smith & Wesson BBQ Smokers 
I'm wanting new smoker bbq and I'm wondering where can I buy a Smith Wesson 38 Special BBQ? Answer:- Smith and Wesson no longer market barbecues …

Cold Smoke Generator 
Just wondering if copper can be used to make a cold smoke generator? I'd be using a piece of 3in stainless for my hoppers and 3/4in copper for my transfer …

grill will not light. i have a full tank and the starter sparks 
Grill rarely used. I called the 800 # and have waited almost 2 hours for a reply, please help. Answer Jeff, Check that you have a flow of gas. …

Vinegar Free BBQ Sauce 
I want to make a barbeque sauce have no vinegar, Have you any ideas how to make a vinegar free BBQ sauce? Answer:- Vinegar gives a pretty distinctive …

My propane tank is full, but I get low flame and it takes forever even to get to 300 degrees 
Sometimes it works great other times the flame is low on all 4 burners and has trouble heating up. Outside temperatures run from 60°F to 25°F Paul's …

Can't Get My Pit To Draft 
I can't get my pit to draft, please can you help? I have a pit 24"x 24" by 1' deep at the top then it goes down in the ground approx 2 more feet at …

Crabapple Wood For Smoking 
Anyone ever used crabapple wood for smoking? I have several small logs from a crabapple tree. Answer:- I've never used crabapple but I've heard of …

Green Egg Grill 
Hi, My neighbors don't have a computer so they asked me to search for the big green egg grill. They had one years ago and want another one. I have …

How To Make Smoked Eggs 
How to make smoked eggs please. Answer:- Smoked eggs are first of all hard boiled, dehydrated and then smoked. All thoughout this process the eggs …

Removing Membrane From Ribs 
What is the most easy method of removing membrane from back of ribs? Answer:- The membrane is the translucent layer on the back (bone) side of the …

Charcoal Or Wood Smoker Fuel 
The manual for my offset smoker says that I should burn wood in the firebox because charcoal will not get hot enough. It seems that this is true, …

How long can I store the pellets before they start to decompress? 
I purchased 6 bags of pellets approximately 6 months ago. Yesterday, I opened a new bag and the top quarter of it was all dust, and after opening up the …

What Is A Calçotada? 
Hi Paul! Do you know what a calçotada. I've been invited to one and I want to know more, all I've managed to work out is that it's some kind of barbecue. …

Nordic Ware Stovetop Smoker Review 
Saw this smoker on the HSN website and wondered whether it is worth the expense. I checked the Nordic Ware website; it didn't provide anymore information. …

Barbecue Smoke Dangers 
Please can you tell me are there any articles written about barbecue smoke dangers? I am concerned about a BBQ restaurant opening right near me - I …

Best way to cook an ENTIRE beef flank. 
I recently purchased a 1/2 cow. That allowed me to acquire the cuts of meet that I wanted, not just what the butcher offered. Sunday is "smoker day," …

Information About Black And Decker Sizzle Lean Indoor Grills 
Can you send me a new set of instructions for my grill About five years ago I was given a Black and Decker Sizzle Lean indoor grill for a shower/wedding …

Do you offer a Jalapeno Pepper holder for smoking filled peppers 
I've seen Jalapeno pepper holders somewhere, made of stainless steel and has holes in it to hold 16 peppers upright. We core the peppers, mix up a cream …

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Who can bottle our bbq sauce? 
We are starting a company to sell bbq sauce for retail and wholesale and need help to find a company who can bottle our bbq sauce. Please can you help? …

I want more info on the Grill in the picture off your website 
Below is the link to your page and the picture. That is an awesome idea. Are there plans to build it or more pictures and I will build it from the pictures. …

Reduce Vinegar Taste 
When cooking my pork butt recently I messed up with the ingredients. I added too much vinegar to my pork butt and I want to know how to reduce the vinegar …

How long will homemade BBQ sauce last? 
We made a huge batch of BBQ sauce and would like to give it as Christmas gifts. We put it in bottles. How long should it be safe to consume? I assume …

Converting Your Propane Grill To Run On LPG 
I have a LPG tank 25 ltr from a forklift that is on gas, can LPG run a barbie? Answer:- LPG is Liquefied Petroleum Gas. It is a combination of …

Brinkmann Smoker Problems 
I'm having problems with my brinkmann vertical gas smokers temperature control, can anyone help? I bought a new Brinkmann vertical gas smoker and followed …

Oven Plank Chicken 
I'm wondering if I could put a whole chicken {beer butt} on a cedar plank in the oven. I don't want to intrude on my husband's domain - the grill. …

Can Pork Loin Be Used For Your Pulled Pork Recipe? 
I have a BBQ coming up and am planning on doing smoked pork loin for BBQ. I've done picnic roast and it was good. Is cooking time for an 8-10 lb pork …

How To Smoke Chicken 
Tonight I plan to use my smoker/grill for the first time to smoke chicken. My smoker has an off-set box to hold the charcoal. I plan to cut the chicken …

Clean Porcelain Grill Grates 
Am I able to clean porcelain grill grates in the dishwasher? I own a Charmglow grill by Brinkmann that has porcelain grill grates. I am having a difficult …

Water Smoker Problems 
Water smoker problems with my newly acquired Perfect Flame vertical water smoker. I have tried on 2 occasions to smoke some nice back ribs for the …

I saw a barbeque smoker cooker that uses pellets at Costco, are they any good? 
I forget the name, but it used wood pellets only and was expensive around $799. All it had was a fan and a corkscrew to feed the pellets. Answer:- …

Can I thaw and smoke frozen meat? 
Can I thaw and smoke frozen meat with good results? Or should I only smoke "fresh" meat? I have heard that smoking frozen meat does not turn out well. …

What alternative to worcestershire sauce would you suggest? Not rated yet
I am desperate to try your idea for Texas Smoked Brisket, but I need to substitute the Worcestershire sauce with something else. I have had a life-long …

How To Use A Primo Kamado Pizza Stone Not rated yet
Hi Please can you help me? I used a pizza stone today and let it heat up in the Primo to 450 Fahrenheit and then put my pizza on. When I had cooked …

Where Can I Get The Old Style Cadac Tripod Legs Not rated yet
I have both a skottel and grill setup in the old style cadac equipment, but here in the UK I am having issues with the pressure etc in the gas, so I have …

How To Smoke Cheese Not rated yet
Hey Paul, I'm looking into smoking some cheeses (cold smoking) and was wondering if you had any helpful hints or suggestions. I have both a cheddar …

Orange Flame And Black Soot Not rated yet
I seem to have more of a yellow flame instead of a blue flame when I grill and it leaves a black soot on my burgers and dogs and what ever I'm cooking. …

Is all maple good for Smoking and seasoning chips in smoker Not rated yet
I have two questions. Is all maple wood good for smoking or only sugar maple? I have an electric smoker and was wondering if I can season wood in the …

Metal Box Smoker Not rated yet
I have built a metal box smoker out of iron plates, with electric oven element below, can I spray it with heat resistant paint or should I leave it without …

Cost To Build A Smoker Not rated yet
What is the approximate cost to build a smoker based on your design? Also I saw propane on the videos. Can you do the same thing with an electric version? …

How long do I need to cook a Butt end cured ham on my Orion cooker? Not rated yet
I have never cooked a ham on my Orion. I can't find anything on the internet or on your site that talks directly about cooking a cured ham in the Orion …

Should I soak my wood before smoking? If so, how long do I soak them? Not rated yet
I've been grilling for years but I've never had a smoker. I now have a Brinkman smoker/barbeque. I'm getting ready for the Father's Day cooking and I want …

How much woodchips do I need to smoke 7lbs of ribs in a Masterbuilt smoker Not rated yet
Recently I have bought a Masterbuilt electric smoker Model 20070910, and I am trying to figure how much wood do I need. Thank you, …

Whats the best way to maintain steady temp using charcoal? Not rated yet
I have a new smoker and I'm new to smoking so I want to understand whats the best way to maintain steady temp using charcoal. Answer:- The one …

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Side Fire Boxes Not rated yet
I am considering buying a charcoal grill with a side fire box. Just how does that work when smoking a piece of meat? I know it is indirect heat, but does …

Can I Use Wood Chips From An English Lime Tree To Smoke Various Foods? Not rated yet
I have 3 large bags of chippings leftover from carving a statue from English Limewood, just wanted to know if they are safe and tasty for smoking food. …

How To Make Vinegar Barbecue Sauce  Not rated yet
Please can you tell me how to make vinegar barbecue sauce? Answer:- Yes, I sure can, this ones easy......just click on this link ! It's really …

How long and at what temperature should I smoke a goose Not rated yet
I am smoking five geese. They are whole and not breasted. How long should I smoke them? At what temperature should I smoke them. Thank you Answer:- …

Will thick white smoke make meat bitter? Not rated yet
I made a homemade meat smoker and I'm using wood chips but my smoke is a thick white smoke a friend mentioned that thick white smoke will bitter the meat, …

Smoked Beef Top Loin Not rated yet
I am new to smoking, but have smoked pork and chicken with some success. I want to do smoked beef top loin and then freeze it so I can take it on a 10 …

Oven Smoked Brisket Not rated yet
I've seen lotsa brisket recipes where you smoke the meat for 6-8 hours outdoors (we use a Brinkmann Gourmet), then finish it in the indoor oven at 210° …

Do I Need To Soak Wood Chips Not rated yet
I have a Masterbuilt smoker. Do the wood chips need to be soaked in water when using an electric smoker? Answer:- For the Masterbuild electric smoker …

Can the weber Q 220 use a 20 lb gas canister? Not rated yet
I trying to decide on a small grill for my porch. I like the look, size, and cost of the Q 220. I am single, and like to grill. Answer:- Sure …

Can meat and fish be smoked together Not rated yet
Can meat and fish be smoked together in the same smoker at the same time? Answer:- The short answer is yes but there are some very important points …

Why does the LPG tank valve freeze? Not rated yet
My barbecue hose (the part that fits into the tank) frosts up the metal valve part. Why does the LPG tank valve freeze? Answer:- I'm not a professional …

How to Bake bread in a Big Green Egg  Not rated yet
Please can you help me learn how to bake bread in a Big Green Egg? I have purchased a Big Green Egg, and I would like to cook bread, scones and sweets …

how long to cook a 20 pound roast of beef on bbq rotisserie Not rated yet
I want to know how long to cook a 20 pound roast of beef on bbq rotisserie. I want to cook the roast on bbq and want it med well done to slice for buns. …

Oven Pulled Pork Recipe  Not rated yet
What's the best oven pulled pork recipe? I have just a basic small propane grill and have seen recipes using your domestic oven. Both dry rub covered …

Smoking Sirloin Beef Not rated yet
Do you have a recipe for smoked tri tip in a smoker, not a grill? I have an electric smoker that works great for ribs and chicken. I would like to …

What cut of beef is great for rotisserie grilling  Not rated yet
Other than steak and brisket of beef, what other cut of beef is great for grilling or putting on a rotisserie? I need to cook for 15-20 people. I would …

Smoking A Whole Pig Not rated yet
When smoking a whole pig, approx. 20-30lbs suckling pig., around 250 degrees how long per pound should it take? I'm using a 4' grill with side smoker …

Barbecue Smoker Umbrella Not rated yet
Is there such a thing as an umbrella to attach to a Weber smoker, to keep the rain off the smoker? Because the smoking process is a very long one (8-10 …

Smoked Rooster Recipe Not rated yet
Will a smoker work for a rooster? I have some backyard roosters that aren't quite a year old that I am ready to part with. I processed their brothers …

Memphis Style Ribs Not rated yet
I need the recipe for MEMPHIS STYLE RIBS that I got at a restaurant in Downtown Memphis,TN (everytime I went see GRACELAND ELVIS PRESLEY'S Home). It …

Does The Smoker Water Pan Add Flavor Not rated yet
We've put various powders and seasonings to our water bowl in the smoker, but are not sure it makes a difference. Are we wasting our time? Answer:- …

Smoked Pork Butt Problems Not rated yet
I smoked a pork butt and when it was completed to the correct temperature it did not fall apart. What am I doing wrong? Answer:- First of all don't …

How To Season A New Smoker Not rated yet
I have a brand new water smoker and I am told that I have to season it before use. The directions do not say anything about how to season a new smoker. …

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