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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 …

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How Much Does a Curing Chamber Cost? $0 or Higher

Curing meat at home can be really easy, here is a breakdown of the different costs and ideas you can use to curing meat at home. I started curing meat a few decades ago, from my experiences, I hope that this quick rundown could give you an indication of what’s possible and maybe some inspiration to give it a go! …

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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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Homemade Dry Cured Meat – What is it? (with Pictures)

It’s a fascinating world of cured meat, dry cured meat is rather different to other cured meat. I hope this breakdown maybe raise your interest into a fascinated process and an important craft that has helped us humans along the path of history. What is Dry Cured Meat? Cured meat that has had had salt used to preserve it. Using …

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Best Cured Meats for Backpacking & Camping

I take cured meats camping and fishing often, I also love the outdoors. I want to help you see why certain cured meats are perfect for your journeys and adventures. What are the Best Cured Meats for Backpacking & Camping? Biltong Jerky Dry Cured Salami Bier sticks Kransky Speck If you want to learn how to make some dry-cured meat …