I’m not saying that cooking meat outdoors is stressful. But there’s more than enough occupying your mind between prepping the meat, getting your cooker to temperature, and monitoring the whole show. You don’t also want to worry if you cooked enough meat! Keep reading as I share with you the secrets to having enough pulled pork for everyone.
The ‘money muscle’ is a hidden gem in the butt of pork that competition cooks have known about for years. It is tender, delicious, and arguably the very best bit. Learn where it is, how to get at it, and how to carve it out in this guide.
The popularity of brisket has exploded in recent years. But what exactly is it? Where does it come from on the cow, and why is it suddenly so popular? In this guide, we answer all these questions and tips on to cook and serve it.
Pork butt and pork shoulder come from very nearby places on the pig and can be used somewhat interchangeably. But they are different cuts. In this guide, we compare these two cuts, discussing where they come from, differences between them, and how to use each to get the best from them.
Short ribs — They are beefy, moist, unctuous and full of flavor, as well as being relatively easy to cook and get right. Like brisket on a stick, they are absolutely delicious. Learn all about them in our look at this wonderful cut.
Learn the difference between beef ribs and pork ribs, concentrating on the size, taste, flavor, text to meat ratio, nutritional information, how to cook them, relative cost and more. We cover all the different cuts, 5 types of pork ribs and 3 types of beef in total.
What benefits to a smoking session does a water pan bring? Some smokers are specifically designed to use them, so they must add something good…right? Yes and no. They have their time and place. Learn below why we use them, and when you should and shouldn’t.
There are about two dozen main varieties of hardwoods people use to smoke ribs. We’ve gone ahead and short-listed eight you absolutely need to try, broken them down into two categories of heavy and lighter smoke, then show what many experts choose to use.
To nail a delicious smoked chicken, you have to pick a suitable wood. It’s an easy flavor to overpower and lose the poultry taste, but you want to add smoke if you want the very best flavor. So check out this guide on the best woods for smoking chicken.
Burning different woods creates different aromas and flavors, meaning you should consider the smoke you use as another food ingredient like any other. Not all wood smokes are suited to every meat, so choose and pair them carefully. With that in mind, here are the best flavor woods to pair with brisket.
Part of the challenge of smoking a great turkey is choosing the best wood to use. You don’t want the perfect moistness and texture ruined by an acrid and bitter smoke taste! So here’s how to enjoy a smoked turkey triumph by picking the best wood for the job.
Avoiding all the obvious cracks about a smoking butt (except that one), we’re here to help you choose the best wood for smoking pulled pork. We’ve whittled it down to four top contenders, a few others worth considering, before ending with a discussion of what the experts use.
Wood smoke is an important ingredient in BBQ, can dramatically affect the results of your finished food and make or break your meal depending on getting it right or wrong. In this guide, we dive deep into the science and practical use of smoke and smoking woods, to arm you with the knowledge you need to master this aspect of outdoor cooking.
When it comes to smoking meat, your choice of wood is as crucial as the meat itself. In this guide, we'll explore the top woods that can transform your BBQ from ordinary to extraordinary, each adding its own unique flavor and aroma to your favorite cuts. We look at each wood in turn to see what others, as well tell you which is the best for pork, beef, poultry, and more.
This comprehensive guide will take you on a visual journey, helping you to identify various smoking woods by their unique grain patterns, bark textures, and other defining features. From the deep, warm tones of hickory to the smooth, subtle texture of maple, you'll learn to recognize the different woods you smoke with and never get them mixed up again.
Do you think all wood is suitable for grilling? Then it's time to reconsider. Many wood types can ruin your smoked meats and even potentially make you ill. So today, we look at the different woods you must never use for smoking and why. From the hazardous fumes of treated lumber to the overpowering aromas of certain hardwoods, learn which woods to avoid.
Successful barbecue lies not only in the meat, sauce, or rub, but also in the type of wood smoke used. Our chart for smoking wood is the result of years of experience and testing. It's become the roadmap that guides me to the correct flavors to use for all my smoking endeavors.
Should you wrap brisket when smoking? And if you’re going to wrap your brisket mid-cook, at which point should you do so? And what do you base this on? Time? Temperature? How it looks? Find out in our comprehensive guide to wrapping brisket.
A meat smoking times and temperatures chart for all the popular cuts of beef, pork, lamb, poultry and seafood. We show the range of temperatures to set your smoker and the target internal temp of all the different cuts of meat. Bookmark this page to use as a reference again and again!
Not all smoke is created equal when it comes to smoking meat. And there’s plenty more to it than just setting the wood on fire, then hoping for the best. If you want to experience the best in home smoking, you’ll need to master this critical skill — making thin blue smoke.
Did you choose a gas grill for convenience? No room for more than one piece of equipment in your outdoor space? Smoking food may seem like an unachievable dream to you. Not anymore! Discover how to use a smoker box to take your backyard grilling game to the next level.
Learn the difference between these two BBQ staples. Where they come from on the animal, how they compare in size, cost, how to cook them, nutritional info and more. You’ll be an expert in these two cuts before the end of this guide.
This is the lowdown on the differences between spare ribs and baby back ribs. We look at where they come from on the animal, size, cost, meat and fat content, price differences, and how to cook them, along with our favorite recipes for each.
The difference between spare and St Louis ribs is minimal. They're close to the same thing and are mostly treated the same during cooking. Learn all about these two cuts and the subtle differences between them here, where we answer all your burning questions on these two pork rib types.
The brisket is two muscles joined, commonly called the point and the flat, that when bought together are described as a whole packer brisket. What is the difference between these two halves? Why choose one over the other? Which do most think is best? Let's find out.
If you’re looking for a list of the best meats to smoke, you’re in the right place. Below is a long list of delicious cuts of beef, pork, lamb, poultry, and game that, when smoked, become incredibly delicious. Best of all? They’re typically cheaper cuts that shine when treated to low n slow.
Buying a smoker is a significant investment, so you should try to make the best use of it to get the best bang for your buck. Here are nine tips to help you use it more often, more effectively, and in ways you may not have thought of before.
Kamado grills are the Swiss army knife of outdoor cookers that can do it all. You can smoke, grill, roast, bake and sear your way to fantastic food — if you know how to use one properly. And that’s where this detailed step-by-step guide with illustrations comes in.
Most electric smokers have a small wood chip capacity, so you need to top them up regularly. But how often? Should you even smoke through the whole cook? Can you have too much smoke? OR should you smoke the entire cook? We answer all these questions and more below.
If you’ve just purchased an electric smoker or own one but get little use from it, this is the article for you! They are more versatile than you think! We discuss nine top tips to get the most use from it and get the maximum value out of your purchase!
Before using your electric smoker for the first time, you should burn off the residues leftover from manufacturing, as well as coat the insides with a thin film oil that after heating helps to protect it and ensure a longer life. Here’s how in our new smoker seasoning guide.
You often see pitmasters mopping their meats partway through cooking. But why? What are the benefits? Is it recommended for all cooks, or only for certain meats, or during the use of specific BBQ methods? Let’s find out, and look at some of our favorite mop sauce recipes.
Beef ribs are one of my all-time favorite meats to BBQ! Similar taste to brisket, easier to cook and ready in half the time, while also being cheaper to buy. What’s not to like? So here’s how I turn these ‘brisket on a stick’ behemoths into a wonderful beefy treat.
Wagyu beef is widely regarded as the best in the world, and it’s certainly up there with the most expensive! Epic marbling and flavor, it’s a luxury and a treat. Combine that with the king of low n slow smoked meats to get Wagyu brisket? Now we’re talking epic!
Beef ribs have a real caveman element about them, are unctuous, flavor-packed, and are always real crowd-pleasers. But did you know there are different types, that are very different in size and how you would cook and present them? Learn all about these BBQ’ers favorites in this guide.
Spritzing ribs is said to add moisture, flavor, and help in bark development. Is this true? Are there really any benefits? We did some research on it, and below you can see our findings, how to get the best results when spritzing ribs, and some tips from the experts.
There’s a lot of disagreement on cooking pork butts fat side up or down. We put the debate to rest by discussing the pros and cons of each way, as well as flipping part way through, and whether your type of smoker affects things. Have a read and make your own mind up.
BBQ bark is a wonderfully tasty, desirable, chewy crust that forms on meat after hours of low n slow smoking. So it’s something we really want to aim for, and we can plan and do things to help make it happen. Learn how to get the best bark in the following guide.
Burnt ends are the point end of the brisket, cubed, sprinkled with sugar, then coated in sauce and returned to the smoker until they become melt-in-your-mouth, beefy candy bites. There are many methods and recipes you can follow to produce your own. Here’s our take on them, which we’re sure you’ll love.
If moisture and flavor are two top goals of your BBQ sessions — and they should be — then you should learn how and why to inject meat before BBQ-ing. In this guide, we look at why you should inject certain meats, what with, and precisely how to do it.
Some people don’t wrap their meat during smoking, and others use aluminum foil. But recently, some have started to use pink butcher paper. But what is pink butcher? Why are people using it in their BBQ? What does it do that other wrappings do not? Find out below.
Learn what a smoke ring is, what causes it, whether it changes the taste of BBQ at all, and the steps you can take to make sure you get one every time when smoking low n slow. The info in this guide will surprise many of you!
Learn all about the stall in BBQ, the science behind it, why you shouldn’t hate it, and how to get around it if you so desire. In a short reads time, you will know EXACTLY what’s happening and be guided through wrapping at the right time to cut down on cooking time dramatically.
Rib membrane is tough and chewy, even after a long smoke when the meat is tender, and it spoils the presentation of the final cooked product. Some people like it, most don’t, so let’s get rid of it. Here’s how to remove rib membrane before cooking, in a few simple steps.
There are specific techniques and tools for pulling or shredding pork correctly. We cover them all in this article on how to pull pork, including how to pull with meat claws, a couple of forks, in an electric mixer, and even with an electric drill!
Every recipe advises to leave a fat cap on your brisket, for flavor and to protect the meat from drying out. But they rarely say whether to cook it with fat side up or down. It does make a difference, so read on to find out which way is best.
Brisket can weigh 7KG or more, so there’s often leftovers. But reheated brisket can be dry and undesirable if not done with care and proper technique. So use the storage and reheating methods in this guide to get the best results possible.
Not all pork ribs are created equal. They are different sizes, yield different amounts of meat, and need different techniques and times to cook them. Learn all about spares, baby backs, St Louis ribs, and more in our guide to the different types of pork ribs.