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May 29, 2009 07:00 AM

Wood Chips For Smoking

I managed to get my hands on a new Brinkmann combo smoker grill for 50 bucks and can't wait to try it out. Any ideas where I can get wood chips in the Queen West, Parkdale area? I'm also looking for a decent meat thermometer too. Thanks in advance!

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  1. You should find it at Canadian Tire in the fishing department at $3.99 a bag - Cherry, Maple, Hickory and Mesquite. Strangely, they have smaller bags for more money in the their BBQ section.

    1. That's a good price! was it a sale and where can I get one?

      Canadian Tire carries various kinds of chips if all else fails.

      1. Though not next door, the apple orchards on the GTA's fringes usually sell apple wood--$5-8 buys a fair sized bag.

        1. if you have a bass pro shop around, go try the Jack Daniels wood chips. If you like Jack, you will surely like the flavor these chips impart upon whatever you smoke... WARNING!!! don't stick your nose into the bag and smell unless you want to pass out from the extremely good smell.

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          1. re: calikoala

            Is there a Bass Pro Shop close to the Queen West neighbourhood? I have no idea what a Bass Pro Shop is.

            1. re: jamesm

              There's only one and it's at Vaughan Mills.

              1. re: embee

                Yeah, a little bit of a hike from Queen West. Thanks embee.

            2. re: calikoala

              Doesn't Crappy Tire sell Jack Daniels wood chips? They used to sell the rest of the JD line.

              1. re: calikoala

                JD chips are great I just used them on my pork yesterday. Great flavor.

              2. For decent thermometer, I would recommend the Maverick ET-73 DUAL PROBE thermometer...I bought mine on Ebay...most people make the mistake of relying on the thermometer on the dome or lid of their smokers...this temperature is not the same temperature at the grill level, and with hot air rising, it could be 25-50* DIFFERENT than what you are intending to cook at. I cannot stress this enough....I was turning pork shoulder, a forgiving meat to smoke into dried out shoe leather before discovering times were way past what the recipes were have dual probe, one for meat, one for smoker can set Mins and Max's on this wireless unit so you dont have to sit and watch it...for instance, brisket i find less forgiving than pork and can dry out if temp spikes...I set at 225 degrees and set a min of 210 and a max of 235...unit beeps if over min and max. works up to 100' away so i can work while smoking and tending to it only when i need to with the probe in front of me. I also have played around with wood chips....mesquite good for steak grilling only imho, i like apple/ hickory / cherry for chicken, maple for pork for maple so easy to get.

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                1. re: ebay3392

                  Thanks for the advice. I'll look into a dual probe. The heat thermometer on the dome of this unit only indicates warm, ideal and hot or something like that so a termometer is a must.

                  1. re: jamesm

                    No problem, you have to be more precise on the cooking level...especially with those units as if the heat starts spiking or dying down you need to you have a chimney charcoal starter unit? Great little invention...i always have charcoal in one and wood in another going as reserve...crumple newspaper underneath and let it go....also it rains everytime I bbq and throws curve balls at me..oh yeah, rain not a good thing, temp reserve coals and you got a major interruption on your hands. Rain worst than snow and gale force winter winds in my opinion....bbq thru it all.