New for 2013, Kingsford is introducing two "flavors" of briquets to add some smokiness to your next cookout. In past (and actually still), Kingsford has offered flavored charcoal along side of small bags of wood chips for those who expect a more authentic smoke flavor to their charcoal grilling. So why buy this product? First of all, let me explain a little of how they are used. With regular charcoal burning and ready for food, a couple (2 to 5 depending on how much smoke is wanted) are added. As these burn on top of the hot coals they release smoke, flavoring foods. Each Smokehouse Briquet will burn for about 15 minutes, depending on the heat of the fire. This is good for the typical, short cookout, but not necessarily ideal for long cooks like low and slow barbecue.
So why? The most frequent complement paid to Kingsford Charcoal is that it is consistent. Very consistent. It is also very clean. This means that while it can be depended upon to create a consistent fire, it lacks that smokey flavor people expect from a charcoal grill. After all, there is a reason people take the extra effort to use charcoal over gas. For this reason, Kingsford has produced charcoal with hickory or mesquite wood mixed in, as well as hickory and mesquite wood chips. Consider these hickory or mesquite briquets as another option for making a more flavorful fire.
There are many ways to add flavor to a charcoal fire, particularly one made with consistent and clean charcoal. I recommend trying a few of the options that can be found by the charcoal in most stores these days, until you find the one the works best for you.
Kingsford Smokehouse Briquets come in 2.8 pound bags and they recommend using 6 or 7 briquets per cookout. One bag costs around $4 to $5USD and will give about 6 cookouts.
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