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4/12/08 11:05 AM
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 Anyone got any sites or basic tips for barbecuing?

I know absolutely nothing about barbecuing and want to learn.

Please help.

Thanks

DROC

4/13/08 5:36 AM
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 I've always thought the Barbeque Bible was a good book on the basics, plus giving you a range of differing styles to try out.

4/13/08 10:51 AM
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Yeah, the BBQ bible is a good place to start. Start watching BBQ University on PBS. It's really pretty easy, but it does take practice. Don't be discouraged if you ruin the meat a few times, because you will.
4/13/08 11:22 PM
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I started with the Barbecue Bible and a Weber kettle. I found it to be a good way to get my feet wet and learn the basics of barbecue.

www.barbecuebible.com/board/

http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/index.php
4/14/08 11:52 AM
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Don't go too hot too fast.

I think that BBQ (indirect slow roasting/smoking of cheaper cuts) has a little more room for error than searing rib-eyes over a scorching grill.
4/16/08 11:43 AM
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 Thanks for the advice guys, I had a look at the barbecuebible site, looks good, some very useful information.

Watching PBS isn't an option I'm afraid alpo since I'm in France :D

Any advice on the difference between the different models of barbecue, what a newcomer should buy and how much I should expect to pay?

Thanks again

DROC

4/17/08 12:29 PM
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4/17/08 2:50 PM
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 You want charcoal or gas?  Dedicated smoker or do you want the versatility to grill too?  I think the ol' kettle style Weber charcoal grill is still the most all-around of the charcoal set.  I have no idea about gas grills, there are a million types with a million features.  People who get the ceramic egg styles become religious about theirs so they must be pretty good. 

4/17/08 3:49 PM
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I think the Weber kettle is the perfect grill to learn on. It's a great grill in general.
4/17/08 4:25 PM
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Yeah, it's a great grill, but for BBQing and smoking, not so much. It is versatile, don't get me wrong, but if you're primarily interested in BBQ, it's probably not the best choice.

If you mainly want to BBQ, but still want the ability to grill and don't want to spend a lot of money, look at some offset (aka horizontal) smokers.. the basic New Braunfels and Charbroil ones are cheap (< $200). The sky's the limit on the prices of those.. fairly good quality ones are going to run from $600+.

Ceramic cookers are perhaps the most versatile and can achieve temperatures up to 800 F and use very little fuel, but have a limited capacity. The Big Green Egg is the best, but keep in mind a BGE + the accessories you're going to need can easily hit $800-900. There are also other less expensive ceramic cookers which are not as good quality, but, hey..you get what you pay for.

If you don't want to grill at all, check out bullet smokers. They can be as cheap as $60.. the Weber Smokey Mountain is quite a bit more at around $200-250, but it's probably the best one of that type.

There are also electric and propane smokers, which you won't be able to grill with. I don't know much about them. Mullet @ Heart has an electric one and is very happy with it. Those can get pretty expensive too.

If you are going to be grilling most of the time, sure I'd get the Weber Kettle. Hell, you could always get both too. A Kettle and a Smokey Mountain. My personal recommendation is the Large BGE simply because it can do everything very well. I've had numerous smokers and grills over the years and it is my favorite one all around.
4/21/08 9:34 AM
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 Damn, this is more complicate than I thought. :D

I'm mostly interested in grilling, though would be looking at adding smoking in time.

Thanks for the advice.

DROC

4/22/08 6:44 AM
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 Oh and charcoal rather than gas.

Thanks again

DROC

4/22/08 10:28 AM
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 Yeah, I would just get the Weber Kettle then. 


4/23/08 9:45 AM
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 Thanks guys, I'll try to find out about a Weber Kettle here in France.

 

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4/23/08 1:25 PM
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4/23/08 2:36 PM
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 get your friend to order one, then steal it from him


5/1/08 3:07 AM
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Droc, you might want to check this out:

http://www.weber.com/webercom/index.aspx?liv=5&CountryIV=53

You can do some awesome roasts in a weber.
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 I've found the Weber Kettle 18inch for 70 Euros. There's a chain of electrical goods stores called Darty that sells them here and there just happens to be one about 10 minutes from my house.


Thanks again guys


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5/1/08 11:14 AM
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See if you can pick up the hinged grate too. It's essential for indirect cooking.
5/1/08 11:57 AM
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Will do.


 


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5/23/08 2:36 PM
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Gladiator Mouthguards, king/dictator 4 life

 www.amazon.com/How-Grill-Complete-Illustrated-Techniques/dp/0761120149/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1


 


 


 


www.barbecues.com/web/catalog/product_detail.aspx


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


consider the Weber ranch kettle grill easly used for both direct/indirect grilling and smoking due to the large grilling area. pricy though I think they are now around 1k


 


 


 


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