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Newbie question regarding charcoal

Got our BGE Large last weekend.  We really are enjoying it.  Question regarding charcoal-is there any way to cut down on the "smokey" flavor while cooking?  Loved the flavor with the chicken and hamburgers we made but the peaches were a little too smokey.  Are there any techniques or brands of lump charcoal that might help with that?

Thanks again.

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  • Hungry JoeHungry Joe Posts: 1,257
    How long after after you light the charcoal do you wait before you put your food on?

    You should light your charcoal and wait until all visible smoke disappears before you put your food on, usually 15 to 20 minutes.
  • dlk7dlk7 Posts: 1,039
    Rockwood or Ozark Oak are mild.  Check out the Naked Whiz's charcoal reviews too.

    Two XL BGEs - So Happy!!!!

    Waunakee, WI

  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 6,876
    I totally agree with @dlk7. I always got complaints about the smokey flavor when using BGE or Royal Oak. The complaints got less after @henapple brought me some Ozark Oak but she still complained about my shrooms being smokey but not after I got some Rockwood. Both are great lumps.

    @Hungry Joe makes a valid point about waiting on the clear smoke. You may also want to try cooking raised direct so you can cook at hotter temps which helps cut the smokey flavor

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    2008 -Large BGE. 2013- Small BGE and 2015 - Mini. Henderson, Ky.
  • dihtndihtn Posts: 215

    Thanks for the feedback. I live in Indiana and it looks like neither brands are available locally.

    Are there any brands with a broader distribution that might be available in my area?

    Great tip on waiting for the smoke to clear.  I think I am guilty of putting things on too early although we put on the peaches after our hamburgers had already cooked.

  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 6,876
    What part of Indiana? I am just the other side of the river in Ky. If you are close enough maybe we could get a pallet purchase goin on.

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    2008 -Large BGE. 2013- Small BGE and 2015 - Mini. Henderson, Ky.
  • dihtndihtn Posts: 215
    I live in Huntington which is in the Fort Wayne area.
  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 6,876
    We are about 5hrs apart

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    2008 -Large BGE. 2013- Small BGE and 2015 - Mini. Henderson, Ky.
  • HankyorkeHankyorke Posts: 146
    IN is pretty limited as far as lump goes... I had the same issue with some Ribeyes a few weeks back. Patience is key, let your exhaust clear and you'll be fine with royal oak.

    LBGE

    BTFU!

  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 6,876
    dihtn said:
    ; Are there any techniques or brands of lump charcoal that might help with that?

    Thanks again.


    If you are liking the taste of the majority of your cooks try raised direct for the ones that are to smokey. With the grid raised to the felt line you can go higher with your temps and not worry with burning from being to close to the flame. I said it in a previous post but higher temps along with a clean burning fire go along way with the smokey taste.

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    2008 -Large BGE. 2013- Small BGE and 2015 - Mini. Henderson, Ky.
  • bicktravbicktrav Posts: 473
    edited August 2013
    My guess is this is a not waiting long enough for the smoke to settle problem.  But you still may want to give another brand a try.  I use Ozark Oak, and highly recommend it.  Certainly the best I've used.  If you're interested in buying online, a smattering of vendors sell it.  Firecraft offers free shipping on orders over $100.  I bought in bulk from them.  With no shipping costs the lump worked out to about $1/lb.  I found that to be a reasonable enough price to splurge for Ozark Oak.  A lot of people also love Rockwood, but it's scarcely available.  
    Southern California
  • stlcharcoalstlcharcoal Posts: 2,008
    bicktrav said:
     A lot of people also love Rockwood, but it's scarcely available.  

    Scarcely available in retail outside of STL, but shippable.  I'll ship by the pallet to every state but California, and our online dealer does the same in 3 bag increments.

    Outside of STL, we're now in KC, Lexington, Cape G.  Soon to be in Atlanta, and [hopefully] Dallas & Philly.

  • bicktravbicktrav Posts: 473
    bicktrav said:
     A lot of people also love Rockwood, but it's scarcely available.  

    Scarcely available in retail outside of STL, but shippable.  I'll ship by the pallet to every state but California, and our online dealer does the same in 3 bag increments.

    Outside of STL, we're now in KC, Lexington, Cape G.  Soon to be in Atlanta, and [hopefully] Dallas & Philly.

    Yes, sorry, I didn't mean to suggest it can't be had.  Would love to try it myself, but I'm in California.
    Southern California
  • HibbyHibby Posts: 485
    Search for Humphrey's Hardwood Lump Charcoal. Very mild smoke.
    Conservative stalwart in Thornville, Ohio
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