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    Quote Originally Posted by mitty View Post
    I would be substituting dextrose or fructose for the sugars and leaving out the garlic.

    I bought some sugarless bacon and ham from Wellness Meats, the smoke flavor was delicious but it is just not the same without a little sweetness. I fried up the bacon with some granulated fructose and it was delicious, but I could not salvage the ham.

    My idea of buying a smoker was inspired by a Canadian Bacon thread I noticed on the local Utah Wildlife forum (http://utahwildlife.net/forum/26-rec...ian-bacon.html).

    I'd really like to use real wood if I'm gonna do it, but then I guess I just add a layer of inconvenience to the process. Plus on no burn days I might have to go bacon-less!
    Real would would not be a problem with the Masterbuilt, you would just have to send it through a chipper. I just buy the chips at Walmart, apple is my favorite. Forgot that I had done wings as BrettG mentioned, I put them on the grill for 5 mins on high to get a good cripsy skin at the end, smoked them, then grill to crisp up the skin then sauce, turned out great.
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    Everything you will ever want to know.

    http://www.virtualweberbullet.com/

    Also search ""Big Green Egg"...... In my near future.
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    These will make you slap yer grandma!

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    Both the Masterbuilt and the Weber Bullet look awesome. I am thinking Masterbuilt cuz it looks easier but I'm purdy sure my husband is gonna buy himself that Weber if he lays eyes on it. He's always cooking ribs as it is!
    Last edited by mitty; 01-01-2014 at 08:31 AM. Reason: masterbuilt, not grill master!
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    Big Green Egg and you'll never need anything else. The flavors can't be beat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cocdawg View Post
    Big Green Egg and you'll never need anything else. The flavors can't be beat.
    Ok I thought Big Green Egg was some kinda recipe.

    The choices! It's worse'n trying to choose a retriever training program!

    Edit: I just noticed the mention of the Bradley...more good choices!
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    You have a couple of choices, all of which I have or have had the results from. If you just want to smoke meat the Weber Smokey Mountain units are very easy to use and produce excellent results. However, they are pretty much only a smoker. I have never owned one, but they do work very well. Your second choice would be a simple Weber kettle. I have used an 18" one of those with great results. The bonus of those is that you can use them as a grill for higher temp cooking so you have both a smoker and a grill. I also have a large Big Green Egg and it is my favourite cooker. It does everything VERY WELL. It is expensive yes, but you only have to buy it once as there is pretty much nothing to wear out or rust, it should last you a lifetime. The pattern here you will see is that they are all charcoal based. You cannot and will not get the same results with a propane or electric unit. I also had a Bradley electric and ran it for years before I went to the kettle. No comparison. I did get good results with the Bradley and the electric setting were handy, but end result just won't match the charcoal units. There are also various verdsions of "stick burners" that I have never tried, but get excellent results too. In the end your budget may make the decision for you. You should be able to pick up a 18" Weber kettle for about $100-150 at Home Depot etc. A Smoke Mountain is marginally more, and an large Egg will probably set you back $1000 with all the add on you may need. However, if I only had one cooker to use and have, could swing the $, and wanted excellent results, the Egg wins. Best of luck with whatever you choose, but remember, once you go down the smoking your own meat road it can be VERY addictive
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    Quote Originally Posted by ad18 View Post
    You have a couple of choices, all of which I have or have had the results from. If you just want to smoke meat the Weber Smokey Mountain units are very easy to use and produce excellent results. However, they are pretty much only a smoker. I have never owned one, but they do work very well. Your second choice would be a simple Weber kettle. I have used an 18" one of those with great results. The bonus of those is that you can use them as a grill for higher temp cooking so you have both a smoker and a grill. I also have a large Big Green Egg and it is my favourite cooker. It does everything VERY WELL. It is expensive yes, but you only have to buy it once as there is pretty much nothing to wear out or rust, it should last you a lifetime. The pattern here you will see is that they are all charcoal based. You cannot and will not get the same results with a propane or electric unit. I also had a Bradley electric and ran it for years before I went to the kettle. No comparison. I did get good results with the Bradley and the electric setting were handy, but end result just won't match the charcoal units. There are also various verdsions of "stick burners" that I have never tried, but get excellent results too. In the end your budget may make the decision for you. You should be able to pick up a 18" Weber kettle for about $100-150 at Home Depot etc. A Smoke Mountain is marginally more, and an large Egg will probably set you back $1000 with all the add on you may need. However, if I only had one cooker to use and have, could swing the $, and wanted excellent results, the Egg wins. Best of luck with whatever you choose, but remember, once you go down the smoking your own meat road it can be VERY addictive


    Annnnnnnnd you wont be foolin around keepin stuff that aint good fer you off yer meat either..... I mean really!!!

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    Ooopsie I thought "Bullet" was the name of the Weber smoker, as well as getting Masterbuilt messed up!

    I can see this getting out of control!

    First I think, great, I can get a little smoker for under $200! Now I think I gotta have the Green Egg for a $1000!
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