Build a Fire In Your Firebox For Cooking | Oklahoma Joe's® Smokers
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build a fire in your firebox for cooking

Be sure to build a big enough fire. Start with 10 lbs. of charcoal and add small logs or wood chunks once the charcoal has begun to ash over. You will need to add additional charcoal and wood to the fire box approximately every two hours.

The biggest mistake most outdoor cookers make is cooking too cool. If the meat you are cooking is tender before you start cooking you will want to cook it as fast as possible to sear the outside and retain moisture. Tougher cuts of meat like Brisket and Pork Shoulder need longer cook time and lower cooking temperature (250º to 275º).

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