Ever wondered which lumpwood charcoal gives you the most sizzle for your sterling? Well, our mate Steve over at @grate_smokin_bbq has been on a fiery quest to find out. Now, before you jump the gun and think this is the ultimate BBQ showdown, let’s set the record straight. This isn’t about which charcoal makes your ribs taste like they’ve been kissed by the BBQ gods or which one is saving the planet one briquette at a time. Nope! This is all about efficiency – how much bang (or should I say burn?) you get for your buck.
Steve’s been firing up his Kamado Joe Big Joe 3, weighing out a precise 1kg of various charcoals, and letting them do their thing under the watchful eye of the Smartfire Pit controller. After a 2-hour cook-off (sometimes featuring some mouth-watering ribs, might I add), he measures what’s left in the aftermath. The results? A league table of charcoals, ranked from the most efficient to those that, well, might need a bit more time in the fire-training academy.
So, if you’re as curious as I was (and let’s face it, who isn’t?), take a gander below. And remember, this is just one dimension of the charcoal world. There’s a whole universe of flavours, sustainability, and other factors out there. But for now, let’s celebrate the charcoals that keep the fire burning the longest.
Cheers to Steve for this blazing initiative! 🔥
Cue The BBQ
The Hampshire Charcoal Company - Sweet Chestnut
GreenOlive - Professional Premium Lumpwood
Globaltic Birch - Kamado_Club_UK
The Hampshire Charcoal Company - Oak
Logs Online - Charcoal Guru Marabu
Big K - Binchotan Charcoal
Logs online - Charcoal Guru Holm Oak
Love Logs - AppleWood Lumpwood
BigK - ACH15
BigK - Real Lumpwood
Alright, charcoal champions of the UK! If you’ve had a gander at the results above and thought, “Oi, my charcoal could smoke the competition!”, then here’s your chance to prove it. Our mate Steve over at @grate_smokin_bbq is on the hunt for the next top-performing lumpwood. Whether you’re a seasoned supplier, a budding brand, or just a passionate purveyor of all things BBQ, it’s time to step up to the plate (or should I say grill?).
Don’t let your charcoal remain an unsung hero. Reach out to Steve and let your fuel face the ultimate burn test. After all, there’s no better way to earn some bragging rights in the BBQ community than by showcasing the sheer stamina of your charcoal. So, come on then, toss your hat (or briquette) into the ring and let’s see if your charcoal has what it takes to top the table!