The trick is to smoke the meat and not make the meat smoke
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Creating a Cooking Log

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I recently updated the cooking log for my horizontal barrel smoker and turned it into a version customized to suit my Big Green Egg. I posted a picture of my log from the prime ribI made on Christmas Day on the Egghead forum. The purpose wasn’t to talk about the log itself, but to get a question answered regarding some temperature weirdness I’d observed. Several folks contacted me via private messages to ask questions about the log file itself. It has been a while since I wrote a blog entry about KEEPING A COOKING LOG and there was enough interest in it that I decided I would write about how I made the Cooking Log itself. Read More...
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Dry Run

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I have always been a big advocate of doing dry runs for my cooks. This is particularly true when I'm making something I haven't done before, or using a technique I've never used before. Now you would think that as my experience has increased, my number of dry runs would decrease. This is somewhat true, but there're still good reasons for doing dry runs. I will let a recent cook, where I made cedar plank burgers and cedar planked steak fries serve as an example of the benefits of a dry run. I will go step-by-step through the various parts of the cook and point out where the dry run helped me out during both the original practice run cook and final version 1 week later. After looking at my example, I think you'll see there are many beneficial reasons for trying out some meals ahead of time. Read More...
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Welder's Blankets - Must Have Mod

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Most folks would agree the CG smoker is pretty dialed in to 225 degrees (110 C). They would also tell you that the cold weather makes you burn through a lot more fuel. Lastly they would all agree that the wind is the mortal enemy of the CG. A cold windy day can prevent you from reaching 225 (110 C) and it can knock your temps down 20 plus degrees (11 C) when the big wind gusts come. Yesterday I finally got to try out a potential solution to the wind and cold, and it worked amazingly well. That solution-a Welder’s Blanket is the subject of this blog entry. Read More...
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