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Is Cured Ham Considered Processed Meat?

Cured ham is delicious, but is it considered processed meat like the rest of them. Perhaps your mind has wandered into a random search, or maybe you are looking for healthy alternatives for your family to consume on your everyday sandwich. Ham has many variations as well, but since it’s a cured product, this site is all about all the …

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Difference Between Cured Meat vs. Smoked Meat

Cured meat and smoked meats cross over in some ways but are also different, let’s look at both in detail. While both methods offer their own unique advantages (and flavors) to meat, curing vs.smoking meat has unique properties that make them quite distinct from one another. I’ve been keen on all types for year like dry cured meats made in …

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Is Himalayan Pink Salt Good for Curing Meat?

I have used Himalayan pink salt for meat curing, but it seems there’s a bit of confusion about whether it’s a good thing and also actually what it is. This isn’t going to be very scientific (but will have links) but I have done a little bit of research before I have used it in the past for curing various …

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Inkbird Wifi Probe Thermometer (Honest) Review (IBBQ-4T)

The Inkbird Wifi IBBQ-4T Thermometer is quite the contender when it comes to a Wi-fi multi-probe thermometer. The market has a few of these that are true Wi-Fi, and what I mean by this, is that they connect to a wireless router at your home and then you can log in to the thermometer via a smartphone app (iOS or …

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Simple Way to Smoke Trout in a Portable Smoker

Over the years I’ve smoked hundreds of trout, & used a portable smoker quite a few different ways. I wanted to share my ‘simplest’ way of using my portable simple smoker. I’m sure other guys have used this technique before, however I wasn’t able to find it online and thought I would post this easy to follow guide which I …

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What Equipment Do I Need to Make Delicious Bacon?

There are so many options when it comes to equipment for making your own delicious bacon. When I first started planning this write up, it got a bit scary writing down all the different equipment that you could use, there are SO many options! But hopefully, it helps whether you are smoking/cooking the bacon then cutting into nice thick chunks. …

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The Best & Most Useful Dry Curing Meat Books I have Read

Here is a useful rundown on the best books I have found on meat curing, dry curing, smoking food, these are books I have re-read and use as references throughout this site, the best of the best!. When I started meat curing decades ago, there wasn’t much information I could find for the stuff I wanted to do, which was …

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Gift Ideas for Meat Curing & Smoking

Here are my top picks on some novel suppliers to try, useful tools & books for info or inspiration that are worth giving to someone or giving to yourself! But only if you have been good…. (or bad). Curer/Smoker Toys & Equipment Tube Smoker – Cold Smoking, adding smoke flavor to a grill (simple tool, many applications) – simple and …

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Traeger Pellet Grill Steak Test in Northern Ireland

Over the last six months, I’ve been lucky enough to spend a lot of time in different countries across the United Kingdom & Europe. I was visiting a friend around Belfast and wanted to explore what’s going on in the barbecue and smoking world of Northern Ireland. This post is a thank you, but also a little bit of an …

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The Best Portable Smokers for Camping (with Analysis!)

I love to bring a portable smoker camping, I’ve check out a lot and reckon that I’ve come across the best around. There was a fair bit of analysis that went into portable smokers, and some smokers are best for different types of scenarios. I love to smoke trout and a host of other fish when on camping trips (but I …