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meat on skewers in smoke 13 Best Meats to Smoke at Your Next BBQ (Infographic) - From best woods, to cooking times, to target temperatures, here's everything you need to know to choose the best meats… ...
how to use a propane smoker How to Use a Propane Smoker - Propane smokers have opened a whole world of barbecue to newcomers. They allow an easy and quick way to create… ...
How to rim spare ribs How to Trim Spare Ribs - Want to cook the perfect spare ribs? It all starts with the preparation. Here’s how to trim spare ribs the… ...
7 Best BBQ Sauce Alternatives for Ribs - Found yourself short on BBQ sauce, or simply just want to try something else on your BBQ ribs? Here are… ...
how to smoke cheese How to Smoke Cheese - An easy way to make your own smoked cheese at home. Beautifully smoked in applewood on your BBQ smoker before… ...
brisket fat side up or down Should You Smoke Brisket Fat Side Up or Down? - One of the many things I love about barbecue is that there is always debate about the best way of… ...
Pork Butt vs Pork Shoulder Pork Butt vs Pork Shoulder: Which One is Best? (3 Big Differences) - If the term ‘pork butt’ has confused you, then you are not alone. Blog posts, forums, and even articles are… ...
goat vs lamb meat differences Goat vs Lamb: Which One is Best? (3 Big Differences) - Goat meat has been surging in popularity over the past few years, with some calling it a healthier alternative to… ...
best cuts of beef to smoke 7 Best Cuts of Beef to Smoke (& How to Cook Them Perfectly) - There’s no doubt about it: Beef is the iconic barbecue meat. And the real beauty of BBQ beef? It comes from such… ...
how to use an electric smoker bbq How to Use an Electric Smoker (7 Easy Steps) - There's no better way of cooking than smoking. To this day it's still one my favorite type of outdoor cooking.… ...
smoking frozen meat Can I Smoke Frozen Meat? [Burning Questions] - If you've left everything to the last minute then you might need to smoking your beautiful cut of meat straight… ...
tuning deflector convection plates Offset Smoker Tuning Plates [Best Plates & Installation Guide] - Photo: Horizon BBQ Smokers One of the best modifications you can make for your offset smoker is installing a set… ...
pork belly vs bacon lead image Pork Belly vs Bacon: 7 Big Differences - Pork belly and bacon are both often derived from the belly of the pig, which has led to confusion over… ...
best chicken turkey injector marinade recipes 5 Best Turkey and Chicken Injection Recipes (BBQ, Smoking, Grilling) - One of the best ways to cook beautiful chicken and turkey is to use a good injection marinade that gets… ...
best offset smoker mods 8 Best Offset Smoker Mods You Can Get Today - Are you struggling to get a good performance out of your offset smoker? Or have you bought a low-end model… ...
smoked beef brisket rich in moisture and flavor Beef Brisket Injection: Best Recipe & Guide - Beef brisket is the ultimate smoking meat. It stands for everything beautiful about barbecue. Cooking a large slab of meat… ...
charcoal offset smoker on outdoor patio How to Regulate Temperature in Your Smoker (10 Easy Steps) - When it comes to outdoor smoking, there's nothing more important than good temperature control. Getting your choice of meat and… ...
raw tri tip cuts with herb seasoning Tri Tip vs Brisket (4 Big Differences) - When it comes to choosing between the best cuts of beef, it’s a close call between tri-tip and brisket. Both… ...
minion method Minion Method: Low and Slow Cooking Made Easy - The key to good getting the most out of your smoker is by mastering low and slow cooking. But keeping temperature… ...
snake method charcoal grill The Snake Method: How to Transform Your Charcoal Grilling & Smoking - If you’re new to low and slow BBQ smoking and unsure where to start, then learning the Snake Method is… ...

pouring water into grill water pan Smoker Water Pans (How to Use Them & Why They Work) - Adding water to your smoker might seem counter intuitive, but using a water pan is one of the best ways… ...
best wood to smoke salmon 8 Best Woods for Smoking Salmon (Alder, Apple & More) - Dark strong meats like pork butt and brisket have been BBQ favorites for years, but there's nothing quite like salmon.… ...
diy offset smoker How to Build Your Own DIY Pellet Smoker - Whether you’re new to meat smoking, or are a seasoned pro who wants to take on the ultimate DIY challenge,… ...
best wood for smoking ribs 7 Best Woods for Smoking Ribs (BBQ Tip) - Need something to take your BBQ smoked ribs to the next level? Smoking woods are a great way to take… ...
cleaning lower chamber of smoker How to Clean an Electric Smoker (7 Easy Steps) - Electric smokers are easy to use and reliable, but clearing them up can be a whole different story. Learn how… ...
when to wrap brisket When to Wrap Brisket [BBQ Tip] - If you’re only going to master one staple BBQ meat, then it has to be brisket. Not only is it… ...
chicken leg quarters cooked and resting on wooden kitchen counter 5 Best Woods for Smoking Chicken [Pecan, Hickory, Apple, and More] - No list of best meats to smoke would be complete without chicken on it. There are a whole load of… ...
how to smoke turkey on pellet grill 4 Best Woods for Smoking Turkey (and 3 to Avoid) - A whole turkey is simply one of the best meats to smoke. And while most of us might think of… ...
how long to brine pork shoulder BBQ Tip: How Long to Brine Pork Shoulder (7 Easy Steps) - Get your pork meat prep right. From brining recipes, to brining times, here's everything you need to know for brining… ...
How to Build an Offset Smoker How to Build a DIY Offset Smoker - With so many types of smoker out there, as well as different features, sometimes it’s difficult to cut through all… ...
wet wood chips vs dry soaking Wet Wood Chips vs Dry: Stop Soaking Your Wood Chips - Wood chips help form the basis of any good smoking cook-off, but one debate that never seems to go away… ...
using an offset smoker at barbecue What is an Offset Smoker? Everything You Need to Know - Very few bits of cooking equipment will enhance your reputation as a budding pit master as much as a good… ...
cold smoking vs hot smoking Cold Smoking vs. Hot Smoking Meat: Everything You Need To Know - From briskets and pork butts, to whole turkeys and salmon, there are so many cuts of meat that are greatly… ...
best cuts of beef for jerky 4 Best Cuts of Beef for Jerky (and How to Make It) - Ready to make your own homemade jerky? Get the lowdown on everything you need to know for choosing the best… ...
best wood for pulled pork 5 Best Woods for Pulled Pork (BBQ Smoking) - Wanting to take your BBQ pork to the next level? Here are 5 of the very best types of wood… ...
pulled pork sandwiches 1 Quick Tip: 6 Ways to Reheat Pulled Pork - Pulled pork is a pillar of smoked barbecue food. But how do you make sure that the next day's leftovers… ...
how to cold smoke salmon BBQ Tip: How to Cold Smoke Salmon - Want to know how to make your own delicious homemade smoked fish? The good news is that it's nowhere near… ...
pulled pork in bun resting on table BBQ Tip: How Much Pulled Pork Do You Need per Person? - Say 'pulled pork' to any BBQ meat fan and you'll be met with a drooling crowd. While it's fun to… ...
bbq rib platter cooking on large grill BBQ Tip: How to Smoke Ribs on a Gas Grill - Ready to cook one of the best loved BBQ meats out there? Perfectly smoked ribs are fall-off-the-bone delicious and packed… ...
how to inject meat for smoking BBQ Tip: How to Inject Meat for Smoking - Injecting a good marinade into BBQ meat before smoking it is one of the best ways to infuse your food… ...
best wood for smoking brisket 7 Best Woods for Smoking Brisket (Oak, Hickory & More) - Brisket is a cut of meat that goes perfectly with the aromas and flavors you get with BBQ smoking. It… ...
sliced bbq beef brisket How to Cut Brisket in 5 Easy Steps - Brisket is one of the most delicious, insanely massive cuts of meat out there for BBQ, and smoking is perhaps… ...
charcoal offset smoker on outdoor patio BBQ Tip: How to Season an Offset Smoker - Got yourself a brand new offset smoker? Before you start ramping up the fire you'll need to give it a… ...
how to season a vertical smoker BBQ Tip: How to Season a Vertical Smoker - Photo: Alan Farmer If you're lucky enough to have a new vertical BBQ smoker and are raring to get started… ...
best wood pellets for smoking 5 Best Wood Pellets for Smoking (Rated & Reviewed) - Today’s guide walks you through the best wood pellets for smoking, to help you match the right kind of wood… ...
weber kettle smoke 2 How to Use a Charcoal Grill as a Smoker - Ready to take your BBQ game up a level? Follow this step-by-step method to turn your regular charcoal grill into… ...
how to season new smoker How to Season a New Smoker (BBQ Tip) - Photo: Todd Dyer Ready for your next cook-off with your flashy new BBQ gear? Before you get going you're going… ...
Do You Soak Wood Chips for an Electric Smoker Do You Soak Wood Chips for an Electric Smoker? - In today’s guide we take a look if you should soak wood chips for an electric smoker. There are both… ...
how to tell when jerky is done BBQ Tip: How to Tell When Jerky is Done (5 Easy Ways) - Beef jerky is one of the best camping and hiking snacks out there, and is also a great addition to… ...
bbq smoking meat for beginners BBQ Smoking Meat for Beginners: 7 Quick Tips - Of all the BBQ cooking methods, smoking remains my absolute favorite. Yes, it’s quite literally a slow burn but the… ...
bbq smoking food BBQ Tip: Can You Smoke Meat at 150°F? - BBQ smoking is all about low and slow cooking, and keeping a stable cooking temperature over several hours is the… ...