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How to Make the Best Bacon – (Calculator & Guide)

Being a huge bacon lover I’ve tried quite a few techniques and styles on how to make bacon at home. I have showcased below the accurate way to get the right amount of salt to match your taste which I’ll highlight below. Dry-cured or wet cured, un-smoked or smoked, here is a page that has all my successes and learnings …

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How to Cure Meat Before Hot Smoking (Dry & Wet Curing)

Most of the time when you hot smoke meat you want to cure it first to get teh most out it. It’s easy and doesn’t take much effort. Curing the meat before will mean you can hold more moisture and get more flavor from the smoke. This is what I call ‘fast’ hot smoking, low & slow BBQ smoking is …

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Tools & Equipment for Smoking & Grilling Meat

I get asked a fair bit what ideal gift ideas someone who loves smoking meat would want. So here is a breakdown of what I find super useful for someone who loves smoking and grilling. I guess sometimes you just want to know what other equipment could help bring out the best in your cooking. Depends on what you have …

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Beginners Guide to Smoking Meat (Techniques & Pictures)

As a beginner, once you get your head around the basics of smoking food it just gets easier and easier. Rather than dealing with each different smoke technique, this is a beginner guide to go over all the approaches you can do at home that I have learned over the years. Whether you want to smoke in the kitchen, use the your …

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The Old & New Methods of Curing Meat with Salt

The different methods for curing meat with salt goes back thousands of years. Although the methods have been refined over the years the basics are still the same. Dry curing and smoking meat has taught me a lot about the powers of salt. So I did a bit more research about the history and summarized the information below. Methods of …

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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 love smokers and the flavors you get from them, with meat but also heaps of dairy and vegetables too. The old kettle classics and the latest inventions can all produce sublime BBQ flavor. …

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How To Smoke Salmon (Rubs, Brines & Time)

I got addicted to hot smoked salmon many years ago, it’s so simple, but can be one of the tastiest basic smoking recipes. Will go through all the ways of I have learned to smoked salmon, which i think create pretty awesome results. Will also cover some rub recipes at the bottom. The basic way I use is shown below, …

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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 either the beginner or someone who just wants simplicity and great smoke flavor. I’ve always been curious about the meat smoker technology changes 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 …

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Easiest Meat to Smoke? (Beginners Guide with Pictures)

Here are some details on what I consider the easiest meat to smoke and some tips so it can be done with ease. Sometimes I want convenience and that awesome smoke flavor. What is the Easiest Meat to Smoke? The internet has a lot of the more complex styles of BBQ smoking like the 10 hour plus brisket journey, I …