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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 …

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How to Cut Paper Thin Slices of Cured Meat (with Pics)

Slicing cured meat wafter thin can be done many different ways. I have experimented with some techniques and gone all-in with specific knives and a decent deli slicer. So I thought I would share some ideas for different cured meats. The harder or more dry style cured meat like prosciutto or coppa, can be quite a challenge. A sharp knife …

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Charcuterie Board Cured Meat Essentials – Images & Ideas

Cured meats are an essential part of a charcuterie board, since this is my passion – I have tried to come up with some unique ideas for you. The creativeness of a charcuterie board is the key to success in my opinion. Here are some hot ideas to make your platter sizzle. I love adding some twists & surprises to …

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Easy 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 its 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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How to Cure Meat in a Normal Fridge (Guide & Pictures)

A quick search and it seems no one has given a straight answer about how to create charcuterie in an unmodified fridge. Definitely can be done, and I do it often. So I hope this helps anyone interested. Good things take time they say, it is very true if you want to make your own Charcuterie & cured meat! (but …

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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 …