Has anyone tried pellets in their SM025? Just watched a Smokin Joes BBQ segment where he smoked a brisket using Everything Bagel seasoning and then smoking it on a pellet smoker using crushed pecan shells. Sounds Tasty. Any thoughts?
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I have never tried. I know some folks will cold smoke with a perforated tube of sawdust that they light with a torch. Pellets? You might want to try an empty run and see how well they burn and smoke.
I have used pellets in both my SMO 45 and SMO 66. These are just bigger units like your SMO 25. I put the pellets in the wood box when I want to get a good smoke flavor on something that will not be in the smoker for a long time. Things like steak, pork chops, or pork loin. The pellets give you a good quick blast of smoke. I use the smoke tube with pellets when I am cold smoking things like cheese. You are doing a brisket. The brisket is going to be in the smoker a long time. This DOES NOT mean that it will have smoke on it a long time. These cookshack smokers are very wood stingy. That means you get a lot of smoke flavor with a little wood. The book that came with your smoker says to use 4 to 8 ounces of wood. When I first started using the cookshack smokers I thought that the more wood the better. Everything that came out of the smoker smelled and tasted like creosote. I have never used crushed up nut shells in my smokers so I do not know how they would burn or smoke. With the cost of brisket today, I think I would opt for doing your brisket with 8 ounces of pecan wood, and find a less expensive piece of beef to try the pecan nut shells on.
Good thought. However I have the bit in my teeth and I am itching to try it. The recipe is from Smoking Joes BBQ. Of course he uses a pellet smoker. It intrigued me, so I ordered some Everything Bagel spice and a bag of pecan shells. Went to Costco and came away with a 16 lb. brisket. Will probably cut it in half and try the pellets in my Cookshack. Will post results.