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Best BBQ Smoker Tips


Tip # 1

Know the difference between grilling and smoking. When you think about quick, hot ways to cook your burger, sausage, hotdogs or any kinds of meat, this is what grilling is about. But if you want to take your time and let the beef brisket, rack of ribs, etc cook slowly, then you have found the definition of smoking. The latter takes a lot of your time which, I guess, would be perfect for long vacations.

Tip # 2

Know the right temperature. Practice on how to control the temperature. Best temp would be around 200-220 degrees with the meat having an internal temp of at least 165 degrees. Why should we keep it low? Well, this is the most natural way to tenderize the meat. There’s no need to hurry up the process of cooking the meat. But aside from that, it also gives the smoke enough time to penetrate the meat and achieve that smoky taste we always look for.

Tip # 3

Choose the right equipment. When getting your very first smoker, you need to consider answering the questions I have for you. How much are you willing to pay for it? Price ranges from $50 USD to an overwhelming $10,000 or higher!

What kind of fuel will you be using? Is it charcoal, wood, hardwood, electricity or propane? All these choices offer pros and cons. For the size, the smallest can provide enough food for a large-sized family. To know how much food you need, think of 1 pound raw meat per guest. For the kind of brand, I suggest you take note of the brands available in your local store and look it up on the net. Reviews from other users can be very helpful when you’re investing your money on something that might make or break your barbeque dreams.

Tip # 4

What meat is best for this method? Though you can use other types of meat, pork is still the best option. However, it really depends on the region where you’re from. For the easterners, pork ribs would always be their top choice. For those from the southeast, it’s the pork shoulders and whole hogs while the southerners prefer beef and brisket. So, it’s really up to you. It doesn’t matter much what cut of meat you’ll be using from which animal, the only thing you have to keep in mind would be which would be the best for you and your family.

Tip # 5

Keep practicing and have the patience for this technique. If you’re the type who needs immediate results, this isn’t for you. Smoking is more of an art than science. So, take heart and just remember that everything comes in good time…especially for those who wait. Good luck!


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