Hi all :)
As the nicer weather is near I find myself thinking more and more of grilling outside with my charcoal grill. Currently I am grilling on my gas grill...but my lump coals are still in winter hibernation.
This got me wondering...What's your favorite Lump charcoal and where do you buy it from?
Hey dan, I almost always have good results using Grove hardwood charcoal. I get mine from Sunset foods.
Firing up the charcoal grill is the only thing that gets me through winter...
I go to Berger Brothers. They are a distributor - so the name on the bag may vary. Good quality lump with good pricing. Don't forget to toss a tip to the guy that loads it into your vehicle. :)
Berger Brother's Charcoal
1176 N Cherry Ave
Chicago, IL 6062
Menards and Trader Joes sell Cowboy Lump Charcoal. Whole Foods carries the 365 house brand. The Cowboy brand gets mixed reviews. I usually buy the Cowboy brand because Menards and Trader Joes are conveniently located near my house. I live in Andersonville, anyone know of another source for Lump charcoal close to my home?
I'd really try and steer clear of the Cowboy Lump (which is bagged under a couple other brands). They actually package tongue and groove flooring as hardwood lump...yuk!
here's a review (http://www.nakedwhiz.com/lumpdatabase...). I found the same findings that the reviewers did in the two bags of Cowboy lump that I bought.
I usually order online...but I think I've seen Royal Oak Lump sold at Home Depot or Lowe's. I'll keep an eye open and let you know where I see it.
Yes, I see your point...stay away from Cowboy Lump Charcoal. Maybe I should fire up my leftover 4" oak flooring...would likely impart better flavor than Cowboy Lump. Unfortunately, the cowboy brand is all I can find in my area. The only Royal Oak charcoal I've seen is the briquet variety. Thanks for tip.
I've stopped using charcoal altogether, for some reason I started to dislike the taste of the smoke on my food, and I've noticed it more since I started using "clean wood" chucks (hickory, apple, oak and mesquite).
This is especially true in my smokers & gas grill. For the Weber gas grill I bought a "steam & chips" attachment, that's gotta be the best $$ I've spent as far as accessories go. It hold 2-4 good size wood chunks (or pound of chips) which can give me enough smoke for around 2-3 grill outings.
As to where? the Internet by bulk is best here are 2 good ones:
http://goodecompany.com/detail.aspx?I... BTW: speaking as a bbq nut, these guys have some really great "Q"!