New Cooker Not Neccessary

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Hello Doc: A friend and I are going to start going to some bbq contest in preparation to start competing. We were wondering about cookers. I have a side firebox smoker that I am very well-versed in using. Would this do well are should we invest in somthing else? Dan Hi Dan, If you can produce great BBQ with your …

Extending the Smoke

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Dr. BBQ: I own a large Big Green Egg. My question is that when cooking low and slow I tend to run out of smoke after 1.5 or 2 hours or so. Is there a secret to longer smoking times? I have used chips and chunks in various combinations, but nothing seems to help much.Thanks in advance for any help …

Brisket Competition Questions

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Q: Dr. BBQ, When cooking a brisket for competition do you use a whole or flat brisket? Which part of the brisket do you use for turn-in besides the burnt ends and how do you keep the slices from drying out in a short amount of time? Thanks, Craig A: Hi Craig, I always cook whole briskets and I look …

Cleaning Steel Grills

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Q: Hi Dr. BBQ: What’s the best way to clean off, or soak off, blackened food materials from my steel grills? Thanks, Tim A: Hi Tim, Take the grates out of the cooker, spray them with oven cleaner, put them in a big garbage bag and let them sit for a day. They should clean up pretty easy after that. …

Too Much Chili Powder?

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Q: Dr. BBQ:   I love the book and have recommended it to several friends. I live in Wheaton, and can remember you here in Chicagoland long before you were a bigtime celeb. Anyway, your recipe in the book for the basic Big Time Rub, are you absolutely sure about the amount of chili powder?  I made it last night …