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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. …

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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 …