Friday, June 03, 2005 

Wicked good stuff

A few posts ago, I mentioned that I'd ordered some new lump charcoal from a company called "Wicked Good Charcoal" in the great state of Maine (Maine is like Vermont, but with more water!).

I've had the opportunity to test the stuff out and I have to say I'm absolutely thrilled with it.

My Comments:

They warn the user that it is a bit harder to start than most lump charcoals, and they're right. But since I usually use a blowtorch to start my fires I didn't have too much trouble with it.

I bought 2 20# bags of the product. I felt that each bag had substantially more large pieces of charcoal than in the "Gourmet Lump Charcoal" brand I'd been using before.

The price was very good. Even after the freight, I think I paid about the same per pound as I paid for the Gourmet stuff, and Wicked Good's product is much better.

Wicked Good Charcoal seems to burn longer. Initially, I was disappointed with how much I went through. But I was Queing in the rain and it was 50+ degrees, so it's no surprise that I used a lot. When I did the ribs, the temperature was MUCH warmer and it wasn't raining. I hardly used any for the four hour burn.

Better flavor. Although the lump charcoal I've used has never really imparted a strong flavor to what I'm cooking (that's what the extra sticks of cherry and apple are for!), I think that Wicked Good Charcoal has a better flavor that what I've used in the past. The smoke certianly smelled better, and if it smells good, it'll taste good on your meat.

So, to wrap up, I'd recommend Wicked Good Charcoal to anyone who's serious about Queing. Give Lee Ann a call up in Maine and she'll set you right up!


PS: I had intended to take pictures and post them with this review, but I just don't have the time right now.