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Methods of Curing Meat

The different methods for curing meat date back thousands of years. Although the methods have been refined over the years, the essence of curing meat still remains the same. Dry curing and smoking meat is all about the preservation effect of salt. I researched its history and have used these methods for several decades. This site offers many articles based …

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Complete Guide to Tea Wok Smoking Food

When I started smoking food in a wok with tea and wood, it was awesome to try out all kinds of flavor combinations. Because you can do this inside without a smoker, many people can give it a go. Fish fillets turned out amazing, but then I realized there were so many other options available for light smoking. So I …

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How Much Does a BBQ Smoker Cost? Charcoal, Electric or Gas

I am always interested in all kinds of smokers and how much they cost. I spend too much time in the BBQ stores, that’s for sure. I’ve been to many BBQ conferences, festivals, and events. I love smokers and the flavors you get from them, with meat but also heaps of dairy and vegetables. The old kettle classics and the …

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How To Smoke Salmon – 2 Methods (Quick, Easy or Slow and Subtle)

I started smoking salmon many years ago, I’ve experimented and tested many different ways over the decades, and it can be one of the tastiest basic smoking recipes that I know. Will go through all the ways to smoke salmon, which create awesome results as you will see in the pictures. I will also cover some of my favorite rub …

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What are the Easiest Smokers to Use? (Simple Rundown for Beginners)

Here is a handful of easy-to-use smokers that could suit the beginner or someone who wants simplicity and great smoke flavor. I’ve always been curious about the changes in meat smoker technology and how it is evolving; there are nearly a dozen different smoker types on the market that you can buy. I get asked a lot what the easiest …

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Easiest Meats to Smoke? With No Prep (Beginners Guide with Pictures)

After smoking meat for a few decades, here are some ideas for the easiest possible smoked (cooked aka hot smoking) options. In this article, I am presuming you are new to smoking meat, so I want to be as helpful as possible. You’ll find a quickfire rundown on smoking meats that will get you started. Here are some details on …

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Best Wood Selection for Smoking Meat (Chart with Varieties)

Meat & wood selection can get a bit confusing. There is a huge selection, sometimes I buy it. Most of the time somebody is trimming an apple tree or grapevine and I get ample wood stock. Blind taste tests have highlighted the variations are mainly whether it’s a ‘light’ hardwood or a ‘heavy’ hardwood. However, the internet reviews of woods …

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What is the Difference Between Hot Smoking and Cold Smoking?

Smoking meat in general seems to get confusing especially hot and cold smoking. Seeing a lot of artisan smokers and practicing it myself – I thought it would be helpful to clarify the difference. There is one fundamental difference between hot and cold smoking that I will explain in detail. It is to do with temperature. I will attempt to …

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Which Salt for Meat Curing? Quick & Dry Curing or Smoking

There is salt, and there is curing salt, I hope to help explain which salt is for which application in this post. When I started meat curing and had never heard of Prague powder, pink curing salt, instacure, and many others, now, I thought it would be useful for others to know what I have learned. It makes bacon taste …

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50 Examples – Cured Meats, Charcuterie & Salumi of the World

Here are 50 examples of common and some cured meats you might not of heard of. I could have easily written 100 salami variations, but decided to focus on familiar & interesting unique flavors of the meat curing world! Maybe you want to find something for an epic charcuterie board or just want to learn a bit more about various …

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Does Hot Smoking Preserve Meat? (and Some Preserving Ideas)

When I started hot-smoking meat, I did wonder if it had any preserving aspect to it. After exploring all aspects of cold smoking and hot smoking for many years, I’ve been teaching people about cold smoking both on and offline. It seems a lot of people make the assumption that smoking is preserving. However, there is a difference between preserving …

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How To Smoke Meat on a Gas Grill – (Pictures & Techniques)

I love my gas BBQ, and over the years I have tried a lot of methods to get the most out of my hot smoking adventures. It’s easy, and I reckon once you get the basics you are going to be hooked! How to Smoke any Meat on a Gas Grill BBQ Because you have a gas BBQ already setup it’s easy! You just need smoke, however, I ‘ve …

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Equipment for Meat Curing Guide – What You Do & Don’t Need

The equipment for curing and smoking meats can be quite simple, and you may already have what you need. It is a vast category that has evolved into a skill and craft with numerous options that can be done at home. We will break down all the necessary steps, whether you want to dry cure, hot smoke, cold smoke, or make a healthy protein snack that will last for a while, such as jerky (which can be stored in a cardboard box if desired). It’s all cured meat! To start with I …

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How to Hot Smoke Fish (Pictures,Techniques & Temperature)

There are key points when hot smoking fish, with a few techniques and temperatures you can use. Hopefully, I can share some of my successes over the years. We will also talk about the different equipment for hot smoking you can use. To say I love smoked fish is a super understatement. More often than not, I catch and hot …

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How to Form a Pellicle on Smoked Meat (Salmon & Bacon)

Here is a quick guide about the pellicle and why it helps when smoking meat. I’ve been meat smoking for decades and have always been looking for helpful traditional & new techniques. I love smoking all kinds of meat, including store-bought, farmed & wild meat. This is a mistake I’ve seen many times with online content about smoking meat; for …