See How Easily You Can Learn BBQ Smoking
BBQ smoking isn't as hard as you might think
Monday, March 10, 2014
BBQ smoking is one of the oldest food preservation methods. It's popular today because of the great flavor and tender meat it creates. People are usually intimidated by the extra stuff you need, but BBQ smoking really is easy to learn.
Getting Started in BBQ Smoking
If you want to just get your feet wet without investing a lot, you can do basic BBQ smoking on your regular grill. All you need is some smoking wood and a few tips to get you started.
Choosing the right type of specialty woods is a matter of personal preference. Each wood has a different flavor, so experiment until you find what you like best. Different types of meats also taste best with different types of wood.
Temperature Matters For Successful Smoking
You need to be able to maintain a steady temperature in your grill in order to be successful at BBQ smoking. The best temperature is between 200 and 225 degrees. Cook the meat until it's 165 degrees in the middle. This low heat helps the smoke flavor to get deep into the meat.
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Both of these numbers are important, so it helps to have a grill thermometer to keep track of the temperature in your grill, and a meat thermometer to tell when it's the right temperature inside.
If you are not using a smoker, you need to either wrap your wood in foil or lay it directly on the coals. Foil is generally used if you are BBQ smoking on a gas grill. Make sure the wood is saturated with water, so you get good thick smoke.
Arranging The Meat
To get great results from BBQ smoking, you need to arrange the meat so that each piece is surrounded by thick smoke. Keep in mind that the smoke will build up when you close the lid, but try to arrange your wood and your meat so that the smoke can circulate around all sides of each piece.
Using A Smoker
If you don't have good luck in BBQ smoking, you might consider buying a smoker. These special grills are designed especially for smoking instead of grilling, and may make a big difference.
Vertical water smokers are the basic way to get started in authentic BBQ smoking. You can find them for around $50. They have a water pan at the bottom and two cooking racks toward the top. Be careful to get one that has adjustable vents, so you can regulate the heat. These types are fine for all but the most professional BBQ smoking experts.