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How to Choose a Meat Slicer for Thin Cuts (with Pictures)

Choosing the right meat slicer took me some time, I did alot of research and found a few pitfalls. So I thought that I would share some info to help avoid getting the wrong piece of kit. The day I bought a proper meat slicer for cured meats, I got so excited over my first wafer-thin piece of dry-cured meat. …

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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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How To Build a Curing Chamber for Dry Cured Meat

I researched a fair bit before starting my dry-cured charcuterie meat project many years ago, it isn’t that complicated and nowadays there are plug & play options too. I want to share with you the discovery of this fascinating world of dry-cured meats. Salumi, the classic Italian category is really only one (BIG) area. Cured meats have been necessary to …

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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 To Cold Smoke -The Complete Guide (Meat, Fish, Cheese)

When I started cold smoking, I thought it would be hard. It’s not, it just follows a process. For some reason, it’s perceived by people as being really confusing. My local library has 5 books on cold smoking, so I have diligently gone through and picked out the best practices having met a few Artisan butchers, they have been helpful …

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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. …