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Ten Tips to Smoke Meat Like a Pro

Posted: August 16, 2017

Smoked meat BBQ

You may think that smoking food is a daunting task – but with a little guidance, you can make an amazing meal that people will rave about.

Here are ten tips to smoke meat like a pro:

  1. Ask a specialist – When you shop for meat, ask your butcher about smoke and grill times and wood recommendations. Remember – they’re meat professionals!
  2. Research your woods – Each wood has a unique taste – from Apple, Alder, and Cherry to Hickory, Maple, Oak and Pecan, each wood will add a flavor to the meat. Be sure to choose a combination that compliments your creation.
  3. Keep meat away from the heat – When setting up a smoker, build your fire pile on one side and your meat as far as possible from the embers. The slower the meat cooks, the better.
  4. Be patient – If you’re using coal, remember that it can take 45 minutes to burn down before you can put your food down. Always use new coal.
  5. Keep the fat – Leave all the fat on your meat – this will seal in great flavor.
  6. No flames! – There should not be any flames as you are smoking your meat. If a fire flares, remove the food and increase the rack distance from the flames.
  7. Seal the juices in – Get a sear on the meat. Don’t flip it until the surface is a crisp dark brown or almost black.
  8. Serve when it’s time – For briskets, turkeys or chickens, let the meat sit for five minutes before serving. Serve steaks and pork chops right immediately. Never leave cooked meat in the smoker – it will dry out.
  9. Make enough for leftovers – Always cook more than you’ll eat in one meal. Everybody loves smoked and grilled meat!
  10. Always use a quality smoker – Equipment matters! Choose a top-quality smoker that retains heat and flavor – and one that fits enough food to accommodate the needs of hungry family and friends!

Check out the full line of top quality Primo Smokers at one of our convenient showrooms – or contact us to learn more today!