When I was young there was a time when I got into my Dad’s charcoal, he was so mad. My dad like most dad’s took his barbecuing very serious. He always said he had the best charcoal for smoker and grilling. He was not to happy I was messing with his charcoal.

Let take a brief look at the History of Charcoal

Ellsworth B. A. Zwoyer of Pennsylvania in 1897 invented and patented the first charcoal briquette. Henry Ford made it popular by using wood and sawdust by Products from his automobile fabrication as a feed stock. The ford Charcoal became Kingsford Company.


There are many types of charcoal today, here are a few.

Pad Molded Briquettes are made by packing charcoal, ordinarily produced using sawdust and other wood results, with a fastener and different added substances. The common fillers used are limestone, starch and clay. A few briquettes may likewise incorporate darker coal (warm source), mineral carbon (warm source), borax, sodium nitrate (start aid),limestone (fiery remains brightening specialist), crude sawdust (start help), and different added substances.

Hexagonal Sawdust Briquette Charcoal are made by packing sawdust without covers or added substances, making it totally regular. Hexagonal Sawdust Briquette Charcoal is the favored charcoal in nations like Taiwan, Korea, Center East, Greece. It has a round opening through the middle, with a hexagonal crossing point. Predominantly for BBQ utilizes as it doesn’t emanate scent, no smoke, little fiery remains, high warmth, and long consuming hours (surpassing 4 hours). Simply unadulterated wood fragrance for the BBQ meat.

The last charcoal like to talk about is Lump Charcoal. It is made from Hardwood firewood chunks, that have been charred. There is nothing added to them, so people like t

hem because there all natural. It has an intense burn which makes it very hot deliver fabulous flavor for your smoke foods and grilling. It is used by many of the Pitmaster today.

Now we will compare Charcoal Briquettes and Lump Charcoal

Which is the best charcoal for smoker.

I have watched many Pitmaster competitions and there is mixed feelings on this. So Let’s get into comparing them and giving you the Pro’s and Con’s on both briquettes and Lump Charcoal.

There are times that I use lump charcoal and when I feel briquette charcoal is a better choice. It depends on which grill I am using or if I am smoking. So if I am cooking slow and long and want longer burns, I use the briquette charcoal. That is the best for smoker. Now for lump charcoal it is going to burns faster and hotter, you want to use it in your ceramic grill or in a drum when cooking hot and fast.

There are many brands of charcoal out there you just do not want one with a lot of fillers or the instant lite ones. The oak or hickory versions of charcoal gives the best results and flavor. Royal oak is one of my favorite, just look in your area to find a good brand. Using a chimney charcoal starter is best for getting your charcoal ready for cooking, just put a few pieces of paper at bottom then pile your charcoal on top and light paper from bottom. Then shortly you will have charcoal ready to cook on. To add flavor to your smoking you can put Oak, peacan, apple chips to name a few, to produce great flavor to your meat.


Let’s sum up what we have learned about Best Charcoal for Smoker

The charcoal as we know it today dates back to 1897. I bet that most of you didn’t know that the Henry Ford the inventor of the automobile also developed charcoal further and started company Kingsford charcoal company, which today make the most of the charcoal in USA. We also found out the briquettes use filler. Most people feel it does not affect the flavor of the item your cooking. Lump charcoal is more natural, there is no additives added in the making of lump charcoal. It burns faster and hotter, where the briquette burns slower and longer. There are many brands to chose from.

But most importantly we found out the Best Charcoal for Smoker is the briquettes, do to how it burns slow and long.

I hope you found this informative. And you will join me in further pieces at SMOKEYPELLETSBYCHRIS.COM





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Welcome to Smokey Pellets if you love barbecuing with a Smoker or just charcoal or gas you have come to the right place. If your new at Barbecuing or Smoking or even a Pitmaster we will be share stories, recipes, tools to make your meats to come out perfect. It is mainly to share experiences and make your family gatherings memorable.

Where I am coming from                    

Like many of you. My family is the most important thing in my life. We will do anything for the people we love. So I realize that working hard and advancing at work would be beneficial to my family. Also, new I had to balance that with quality time with the family, so you support them in all they do. Spend time with them, help point them in the right direction.

Found out one most important time with family is when we gather at the dinner table. My wife Katie did most of the cooking during the week. On the weekends I took over the roll. Loved BBQ, started with charcoal grilling, then went to gas grill. Both of these methods produced great meals on the weekend. But my girls have many stories of Pops singeing his eyebrows or the taste of lighter fluid, as I said memorable stories. So that is a little about me, sure many of you can relate to it .



When I first started Barbecuing there was no google or internet for that matter. Yes I am 61-year young, or old as my girls would say. So spent a lot time and money on trial and error at first. There were many of weekend dinners that my wife would say girls “Dad is taking us out to dinner”. Or the meal should have been at 5pm end at 7pm because charcoal would not light, didn’t stay hot long enough to cook the steak or chicken or ran out of gas. Now if my wife even saw a little pink in here chicken off to Wendy’s we go.

So here we would like to help people avoid that and share not only my experience but yours as well. To help the newbies at Barbecuing, learn from some more seasoned Pitmasters. Share things I have learned or found from other sources.

It is very confusing all the different methods of Barbecuing. Here we will explore them, so you can find one that fits your needs. After many years, I discovered Smoking, did a lot of looking on best method to smoking (BBQ). I went with Pellet smoker, we will discuss this in detail in the future of SMOKEY PELLETS.

So I am starting this journey, hope you will join us and share your experiences. And use this all to create some wonderful times with your families and friends.



As child like most of us, when Dad barbecued we thought he was the best. I remember my first time thinking no big deal this is easy, how wrong I was. Then the thought of having to BBQ gave me ANXIETY ATTACKS. We like to save you from that, by helping pick the method of BBQ or Smoker. Helping learn how to use them to produce the best meals for your family and friends.

There are many techniques and tools that will help you accomplish the task of creating a memorable BBQ meal. They will make it easier and take the guess work out cooking different meats. All meats have a different internal tempura to insure they are cooked properly. Here at SMOKEY PELLETS we will discuss these things in detail and in terms that anyone can understand.

One of the best things I enjoy about Smoking is how you can enhance the flavor of the meat your cooking by using different kinds of wood ( oak, pecan, apple etc.). We will talk about this in detail throughout our journey.

Most of all create new friends, have fun BBQ and Smoking. And enrich our time with family and friends

If you ever need a hand or have a question, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Chris Capo

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