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Frontier charcoal

Hello fellow eggers!! This is my first post on the forum. I want thank you all for the awesome recipes and cooks you all have posted. I have LBGE that I bought for myself on Father's Day 2013. I went to BJs this morning and grabbed 6 racks of baby backs to do tonight and also picked up a bag of frontier since I did not have enough BGE lump for the cook. I have never used anything but BGE lump and now that I have the ribs on I decided to look up some of the reviews and omg I am scared to death this is going to ruin my ribs now. I hope not but we will see. I decided to do 3 racks at a time using the turbo method since I had time to kill this afternoon!!!
LBGE, Mechanicsville, Va., LBGE, Duck, NC, XLBGE Wake, Va.


  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 16,465
    Welcome. One word "Firecraft".
    LBGE 2013 & MM 2014
    Flying Low & Slow in "Da Burg" FL
  • SoCalTimSoCalTim Posts: 2,049
    @Gman2 ... the worst that could happen is the lump will 'snap, crackle & pop' ... or maybe it'll be the best lump you've ever used. Myself, i wouldn't dwell too much on it. Just enjoy your cook, post lotsa pictures!
    I've slow smoked and eaten so much pork, I'm legally recognized as being part swine - Chatsworth Ca.
  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 16,465
    edited August 2014
    The 2 bags I had tried from Sams Club had decent sized pieces, was somewhat smokey and acrid. When lighting I found it popped a lot. And throughout the cook when I seared steaks or made pizza it continued to pop etc. Not a fan. Seriously check out Firecraft (RW or OO---- you'll be happy ya did). Good luck on the ribs. Remember pics or it didn't happen ;)
    LBGE 2013 & MM 2014
    Flying Low & Slow in "Da Burg" FL
  • Gman2Gman2 Posts: 360
    Not sure how to post picture from this iPad
    LBGE, Mechanicsville, Va., LBGE, Duck, NC, XLBGE Wake, Va.
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 14,682
    Since you have been riding the BGE lump rodeo for more than a year, you need to get out more, as suggested above.  That said, Frontier will be different in cook/burn characteristics than you are comfortable with but at the end of the day it's all lump charcoal.  About the only way a new lump can take a cook "south" is with the level of smoke it imparts during the cook.  So I would do the "smells good, is good" test regardless of how long it takes to get there.  FWIW-

    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.
  • BotchBotch Posts: 5,704
    I too have been using BGE brand until now, Lowe's had Frontier for $9 a bag so I picked one up to try.  Haven't opened it yet, will be interested in your comments.  
    Live fast, die young, and leave a well-marbled corpse.  
    Ogden, Utard.  
  • revolver1revolver1 Posts: 372
    I've used it before, works fine.  
    Dan, Columbia,Mo.
  • FATC1TYFATC1TY Posts: 797
    Might just be smokier and a little more acrid bitter tasting. I got a bag to take to NC with me this past summer to use in a horizontal offset, since I didn't have any lump from last year at the house.

    It worked fine, was just pretty smokey and bitter tasting, so it overpowered or equaled what I used to smoke it ( hickory ).

    You'll be fine, try it out, maybe you like it. I use RW, but only after going through a bunch of different brands, including WGWW, which I liked as well.

    Don't worry about it, it'll cook your food just fine.
    Grillin' and Brewing in Atlanta
  • jcasparyjcaspary Posts: 1,479
    Most of the bags start off pretty decent.  The problem is the bottom 25-30% of the bag.  There is lots of dust and lots of small pieces at the bottom of the bag that drove me nuts.  On a couple of occasions I threw out the bottoms of bags because of the aggravation.  I have used BGE more often than not but with all the good words bei9ng spread about for RW and OO I will give them a try.
    XL BGE, LG BGE, and a hunger to grill everything in sight!!!
    Joe- Strongsville, OH
  • CookinbobCookinbob Posts: 1,690
    I have used frontier lump. Only complaint was size of pieces in some bags. Don't worry, you'll be fine
    XLBGE, Small BGE, Homebrew and Guitars
    Rochester, NY
  • SmyrnaGASmyrnaGA Posts: 435
    Check your bag to see if it's "made in USA". That's what I have used in the past and I liked it more than Royal Oak and BGE brand.

    Large BGE, Small BGE, KJ Jr, and a Cracked Vision Kub.

    in Smyrna GA.

  • PhatchrisPhatchris Posts: 1,641
    I haven't used their lump, I'm now hooked on OO, but their tumbleweed firestarters work damn good . $10 for a box of 32 at BJ's.
  • Gman2Gman2 Posts: 360
    Thanks for all the feed back guys! The ribs turned out great but I do think with this lumb that you need it to burn in for a little bit longer!!'
    LBGE, Mechanicsville, Va., LBGE, Duck, NC, XLBGE Wake, Va.
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