How Many Charcoal Brickets?

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Q:  Dr. BBQ,    In order to grill 150 pounds of tri-tip in an open BBQ, how many pounds of charcoal brickets should we have on hand?   –Danita   A:  Hi Danita,   It will depend on your grill but I’d think about 50 pounds would do it.   –Ray  

Hard Maple, Not Soft

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Q:  Dear Dr. BBQ,   Maple is frequently recommended as a smoker wood, but it comes in “hard” and “soft” varieties and numerous species.  So are there pros and cons to the different species?  When there is a generic reference to “maple” does it really refer, for example, just to sugar maple?   Thank you,   Mike   A:  Hi …

Invest in a Platesetter

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Q:  Dr. BBQ,First things first! Your new book, Dr. BBQ’s Big Time Barbecue Cookbook, is the best on the market.  Absolutely terrific!  I read it cover to cover…and am now in pursuit of the perfect ribs.  I started off with the Big-Time Championship ribs using a medium-size Big Green Egg—cooking just one slab.  A couple of questions:  Can I assume …

Try Charcoal

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Q:  Hey Dr. BBQ,   Do you have any suggestions on how I can maintain a longer hotter burn in my fire box?  The typical recipes call for 200-220°F for 6-8 hours, and it seems like I need to check or add additional fuel each half hour which sometimes makes the temperature drop below the recommended temperature.  I am currently …

To Oil or Not to Oil?

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Q:  Dr. BBQ,   I have a new BBQ with stainless steel grills. I have heard of people “oiling” the grill prior to cooking on it.   What do you recommend?   –Jim   A:  Hi Jim,   I don’t generally oil the grids unless I’m cooking fish, because it’s so delicate. If you get the grids good and hot before …