Smoke is an excellent food preservative that has been in use for much of human history. Smoke from hardwoods like hickory and oak has both the ability to flavor meat and to create a barrier to bacteria that might cause the meat to spoil. Smoking is still a valuable tool, though modern smoking has more to do with flavor than with preservation. There are two main ways to smoke … [Read more...] about What Is A Cold Smoker? A Primer
Smoker pellets and wood chips are two of the most accessible and popular options for smoking food. They are two relatively modern twists on the use of smoke to preserve and flavor foods. In both cases, the basic principle remains the same—fire is applied to the fuel and smoke is produced; however, there are a couple of important differences between these two hardwood products. … [Read more...] about Smoker Pellets Vs. Wood Chips: BBQ Showdown
When choosing a grill, look for one that suits your budget and lifestyle. Get a grill that is both affordable and easy to use. Pellet grills and gas grills are two of your options and both offer a number of the same benefits such as the fact that they both start quickly and are easy to use. There are also a number of significant differences. … [Read more...] about Pellet Grill Vs. Gas Grill: BBQ Showdown
If you want to become a grilling expert, it is important to learn about the two main ways to cook over an open flame: smoking and grilling. What are their main differences? Is the flavor from one different from the flavor from the other? We will consider these questions and more as we look at smoking vs. grilling in another BBQ Showdown. … [Read more...] about Smoking Vs. Grilling: BBQ Showdown
Charcoal burns cleaner and hotter than wood. It contains more energy than wood as well. This is because it consists mostly of carbon; the process of making it involves burning everything else off. The basic method used to make charcoal is pre historic and there is evidence that charcoal was being used to fuel blast furnaces as far back as 6000 years ago. What is charcoal made … [Read more...] about What Is Charcoal Made Of?