Ok, so I have read numerous threads on the Best of the West mesquite lump from Sams. Some good and some bad. Well mine is going to be bad. I had seen postings from Cen Tex and a few others that have said that they have used 800+ lbs of this stuff and not had any problems. My local Sams ( bought one bag in Omaha, Ne. and one bag in Council Bluffs Ia ) has this stuff for $8.99 for a 20 lb bag. Heck for that price who could pass it up especially with mostly good reviews!! ME THATS WHO. No reflection on Cen Tex or anyone else that likes this stuff, but the bags I have are crap!! I use a propane bottle with a trigger nozzle to start my Egg and I had to stand at arms length while ducking and weaving to try ( to no avail ) to keep from getting hit by all the popping and crackling debris and I also had to keep my daughter 10 feet away while lighting it. LOTS of crackle and easily twice as much smoke as anything I have used before. Honestly ( I hate to say this ) I was given a bag of Kamado Joe lump and it was great stuff. No pop, no crackle and the smoke was just right. Piece size was spectacular through the whole bag and the flavor was great! Sorry!! Just sayin!!! My Mom loved some ribs that I made so she bought me 2 racks of BB's and this 20lb bag of Kamado Joe she found at a True Value. Wasn't going to not burn it!! If you see this Best of the West anywhere and don't think you can pass up the deal........run for cover! it's no good! Sorry to anyone that likes it. I just don't. To each their own! Thank you!
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