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Offline Karabo C

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BBQ Smoking
« on: March 04, 2021, 11:37:23 AM »
So, I have become quite fascinated with smoking meats of different varieties.

So far I have 3 types of smokers (kettle, offset smoker and bullet type smoker) and I quite enjoy using each for different cooks.

A frustration I have in particular is finding good quality, nicely marbled brisket.

Where do I look?

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Re: BBQ Smoking
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2021, 11:55:28 AM »
The number of specialist butcheries is decreasing

Two good ones in Cape Town are Giovanni's in Three Anchor Bay and Werda Butchery in Southfield
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Re: BBQ Smoking
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2021, 12:05:06 PM »
True, specialist butcheries are few. Pity I am in JHB.

I'm looking for good quality, reasonably priced brisket. Something a step up from what you get from the big supermarket stores, but not wagyu level meat either.

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Re: BBQ Smoking
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2021, 12:56:03 PM »
Did you try Impala Meats in Northcliff ?

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Re: BBQ Smoking
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2021, 01:01:42 PM »
They are a ways away but kings meat in Pretoria.
I order brisket and chuck mince monthly.


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Re: BBQ Smoking
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2021, 02:01:41 PM »
Fleisherei - Benoni, Centurion, Roodepoort & a few other places.

Country Meat - Lonehill (I have purchased both brisket & shortrib from them once before). The recipe for caveman ribs is here: https://www.avforums.co.za/index.php/topic,83224.0.html

Berliner - Paulshof

Sloan Meat Market - Epson Downs

Holstein Meats - Kempton Spark

Herti Butcher & Deli - Boksburg

The above are my go-to places for meat. I do most often phone a few days beforehand if I'm looking for something specific - give them a few days & the next carcass they cut they will accommodate your needs (That's what Country Meat did with the caveman ribs for me).

Sloan & Country Meat cut me dry-aged 2 inch thick T-Bones on request, I just need to give them a few days notice of how many I require.
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Re: BBQ Smoking
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2021, 02:48:46 PM »
I've been experimenting in a quick and dirty UDS and really enjoying the results. Have you spoken to any butchers? Here in Pretoria one can speak to the butchers at Uitkyk and Alma with specific wishes as to preparation for typically a small additional fee by way of the product category changing. I assume much the same must be possible elsewhere?

I plan to put a small 2kg brisket onto my cheap orange monster tomorrow morning.

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Re: BBQ Smoking
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2021, 03:33:58 PM »
The number of specialist butcheries is decreasing

Two good ones in Cape Town are Giovanni's in Three Anchor Bay and Werda Butchery in Southfield

There used to be quite a good German butchery in Gardens Centre, are they gone?

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Re: BBQ Smoking
« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2021, 03:34:32 PM »
Thanks for the suggestions fellas. Some of those places are not very far from me. I'll go stock up very soon.

I've only been doing this for a couple of months so there are lots of cooks I need to get under my belt. I'm getting better and better results with each cook.

I watch lots of YouTube videos on the subject, which have helped immensely. The barbecue culture in the US is huge. Learnt so much.

Going to do a 3kg pork shoulder on Saturday morning.....

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Re: BBQ Smoking
« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2021, 04:50:43 PM »
I so very nearly pulled the trigger on an offset smoker this past weekend.
If the wife wasn't with me, it would be burnt in already.

If I may ask, do you enjoy any one type of smoker more than the others?
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Re: BBQ Smoking
« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2021, 06:10:02 PM »

If I may ask, do you enjoy any one type of smoker more than the others?

Although I was initially very frustrated with the offset smoker, I've grown to love it. I find it very enjoyable and weirdly satisfying tending to and managing the fire. It's very much an involved hands-on process you need to focus on for several hours. I only really use the offset for shorter cooks (chicken and turkey) while I'm also doing stuff in the nearby workshop. The wireless thermometer helps with remotely keeping an eye on the temperature.

For longer 8+ hours longer cooks, I use the weber smokey mountain. I can pretty much set it up and go to sleep, run to the shops, fetch kids from school etc without worrying about temperature drops/spikes. I only need to occasionally baste or spray the meat as necessary.

I would very easily pick the weber smokey mountain if I was forced to choose only one. It's very easy to use, versatile and gives great results. It's relatively pricey though, and not easy to find.


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Re: BBQ Smoking
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2021, 11:39:35 AM »
Nice informative chat...learned where to get some very good meat, Impala, which is like 5 min to me, thanks guys....also which all in one smoker/braai'er! And yes the US is very big on their barbecue/smoking...having lived there for more than 10 years...the South is much bigger on their smoking than the North...food is amazing there...thx gents...

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Re: BBQ Smoking
« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2021, 12:41:32 PM »
After a while messing with bullet smokers etc. I got a CookShack which I brought back with me from the U.S. :https://cookshack.com/

Good resources fom there too.
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Re: BBQ Smoking
« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2021, 10:40:00 AM »
I got around to getting a very good cut of brisket from Beliner in Paulshoff. They were very helpful and patient with me selecting a cut I was happy with.

Cooked it hot and fast on the offset smoker this time and I've finally been able to get easily the best results I've ever had.




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Re: BBQ Smoking
« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2021, 11:53:40 AM »
Well done looks delicious love your smoke ring.