Things that affect meat cooking time

8 Things that affect meat cooking times

Your guests are arriving in half an hour. But your thermometer tells you the meat has at least 2 hours of cooking left before it is ready to be served up. At this point you are secretly hoping your buddies have a flat tire, or some other unexpected form of ...
How to get a smoke ring

The Secret to Getting a Good Smoke Ring

Nothing says “expertly smoked meat” more than the distinctive pink smoke ring that circles the edge of the meat when you slice into it. But getting a smoke ring has eluded many a backyard barbecue enthusiast. While there is no doubt that a smoke ring loo...
Traeger first smoke success

Make your first smoke on a Traeger a success

So you're the proud owner of a brand new Traeger grill. Or maybe you are considering whether you should purchase a pellet smoker. Either way, you're sure to have a few questions before you fire it up for the first time. What pellets should you use? How do y...
Best bbq sauces

5 Best barbecue sauces you can buy online

Perhaps you can relate to this experience: You have just eaten some truly amazing ribs, coated with a shiny, sticky, sweet, smokey sauce. You ask your host what the secret is to such irresistible ribs, and you are met with an unapologetic smile and a shrug of ...
Barbecue knife collection

Choosing and caring for your barbecue knives

No matter what you plan on smoking, you can be sure that you'll have to chop, slice, trim or dice at some point. While you could just grab a blunt old knife from your kitchen, the quality of your knives will determine whether your barbecue ends up looking l...
Caring for cast iron grill grates

How to care for your cast iron grill grates

Rancid grease. A term that sounds unappetizing, to say the least. But if your grill grates are not cleaned properly, fats and oils build up, go rancid, and that horrible flavor will find its way into your meat. And as you may expect, “rancid grease flavored” m...
Guide to curing salts

Ultimate guide to curing salts

Curing salts may seem like a very specialized subject. But once you get a taste for smoking, then curing your own bacon or prosciutto is a natural progression. The ability to make your own delicious pastrami, country style ham or corned beef from scratch is de...
How to get a good bark when you smoke

How to get a good bark when smoking meat

There's no denying that eating barbecue is a sensory experience. The smell as it comes off the pit, and the sight of the smoke ring as you slice into it are part of what makes this hobby so satisfying. The bark is an integral part of this experience. A flav...
How to setup a gas grill for smoking

How to smoke on a gas grill

By: Jeff Hillyard Like many of you, I first learned how to smoke meat on a basic gas grill. I used it to smoke foods like ribs, chicken, and even Boston butt. It was all I had, and at the time it was perfect. Is it easy to smoke on a gas grill? The short...