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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 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 like …

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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.  I’ve been reading a lot of books on preserving and smoking, so thought I would share the answer, because I couldn’t find it online intially. It seems alot of people make the assumption that smoking is preserving. However, there is a difference between …

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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 Salt cure or brine meat Refrigerate and form the pellicle Heat up indirect burners & reach the …

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

The equipment for curing meats & smoking can be really simple and you may have what you need. It’s a big category and it has morphed into a skill and craft with so many options you can do at home. Will breakdown all the bits and pieces whether you want to dry cure, hot smoke, cold smoke or make healthy …

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

There are some key points when hot smoking fish, with a few techniques and temperatures you can use. Hopefully, I can share some of the successes I have had 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 …

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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. I have learned how important a pellicle is for smoked meat. This easy guide will …