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WOOD BASICS

The better the wood and meat, the better the flavor.

The best smokers in the world have curated the best wood possible, which not only creates a luxurious flavor in your mouth but it helps to create the tenderest and juiciest meats you can find.

As a beginner, you probably don’t know which wood is best, which is why we are going to give you this handy chart.

Again, the exact level of smokiness and flavor depends on your tastebuds, so use this as a guide rather than a hard and fast rule.

 

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CHICKEN BACON RANCH SKEWERS

 

INGREDIENTS
1-2 Packets of dry ranch dressing seasoning
3 TB Dry Rub
6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts halves, cut into 1-inch chunks
2 red onions, cut into 1 inch chunks
6 slices thick cut bacon
6 skewers (if using wooden skewers, be sure to soak them in water for an hour)
1/3 C Your Favorite BBQ sauce

DIRECTIONS
After your chicken has been cubed add the dry ranch mix to them and toss to coat well. If you want a subtle ranch flavor use one packet if you want a more prominent ranch flavor use two packets. Set this aside in the refrigerator. The colder the chicken is the easier it is to slide on the skewers.
Preheat your Wood Pellet Grill to 275-300 degrees. Start the skewers by threading on a piece of onion, then thread the end of one piece of bacon on the skewer and leave the rest hanging, then thread on a piece of chicken. Repeat this process weaving the bacon between the chicken pieces. You will have to slowly work from the top of the skewer sliding down each piece. Take your time and space the pieces evenly. You will end up using about 5 pieces of chicken per skewer. Cap the skewer with a second piece of onion to keep everything secure. Dust entire skewer with the dry rub. Cook the skewers, turning every 20 minutes until chicken and bacon are nicely browned on both sides. Depending on how thick you cut your chicken it will take about an hour and twenty minutes to cook. Be sure to check each piece of chicken with a thermometer to ensure doneness. Once the chicken is almost to your target temp, brush on your bbq sauce. This last step is not required, but the bbq sauce does taste very good on the skewers.

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Smoked Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Pork

This recipe is just something that I made up because the pork loin was on sale for $8! My bacon weaving skills need some work – but it all tastes the same no matter how it looks.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pork loin, 3-4 lbs
  • 1 pkg frozen spinach, thawed
  • 2 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • ½ package of bacon, thin cut
  • 2 tablespoons of mayo
  • 2 tablespoon of Dijon mustard

Directions:

Prepare the stuffing – Take 1-2 pieces of the bacon (preserving the rest), cut it up and then sauté the pieces until fat begins to render and the bacon is almost done. Then toss in your drained and defrosted spinach, add the garlic and sauté another 3-4 minutes. Let cool completely.

To butterfly the pork loin – I lay the loin on the cutting board lengthwise and cut it north to south, one ½ inch from the edge, not all the way through. Then I lay it flat like a book and do the same cut, but from the middle – so now it’s effectively 3x as wide as it was before. I then covered it in plastic wrap and pounded it for even thickness.

Once the plastic wrap is removed, salt the pork generously. Once salted, spread on the mayo and Dijon in an even layer – going within 1 inch of the edge on all sides.

Then spread the cooled stuffing gin the same manner, within one inch of all sides. Roll the pork loin and top with the remaining bacon. Tie the pork to hold shape and then transfer to the grill.

Big Green Egg: Set the cook up for indirect heat with a drip tray (with water). Temp should be 350 for the pork – cooking 3-4 hours or until 145-150 inside. I used little Hickory chunks for the wood. (CLICK)

Wood Pellet Grill: Get you Pellet Grill up to temp 350 and set the pork tenderloin on grate and cook for 3-4 hours or until 145-150. I used Hickory wood pellets (CLICK)

Once pulled from the Egg or Pellet Grill, let the loin rest for 10-20 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!

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Pork And Apple Burger

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Apple sauce has been a classic accompaniment to pork so why not combine the two flavors into one big burger? I like to make a little apple sauce as well to add to the burger rather than ketchup – try it, see what you think.

The flesh of the apple will quickly go brown during the preparation process but don’t worry, it’s going to be mixed in with the pork mince and you’ll never notice the discoloration so relax, no pressure.

Serves:- 4 people

Preparation Time:- 20 minutes
Cooking Time:- 15 minutes

Total Time:- 35 minutes

Ingredients:-
1lb ground pork (70% lean pork : 30% pork fat)
2 apples or the Apple Sauce in a Jar
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Method:-
Peel and core the apples, place them in a food processor and blitz until the flesh is thoroughly “mushed”. or use apple sauce from a jar

Tip the apple into a mixing bowl, add the ground pork and season well. And then make your patties.

For the cookout you need medium coals for the barbecue grill, a flip every now and then will ensure an even cooking in about 10-15 minutes. Don’t use the back of the spatula to press your burger into the cooking grate, all this will do is squeeze out the moisture and dry it out. And enjoy your love it!!

The 4 Best Inexpensive Pellet Grills to Buy in 2019

Camp Chef SmokePro DLX Grill

Pellet grills come in many different sizes with a variety of features. To take the top spot among pellet grills, the Camp Chef SmokePro DLX Grill offers the best combination of grilling space, heat control, and easy-to-achieve flavors that will create tasty meats time and time again. The grill makes cooking with pellets quick, easy, and enjoyable no matter how much skill you have on the grate.

Digital temperature controls with an automatic auger maintain the desired amount of heat without any input. As a result, you can focus on grilling on the large, dual-tier cooking surface. Combined, the two grilling surfaces offer 570 square inches of cooking space. Clean up is also easy thanks to the built-in hopper/ash clean out system.

Pit Boss 700FB Pellet Grill, 700 sq. in.

The Pit Boss 700 series offers the best value per square” in the pellet grill industry! the 700FB has been perfectly designed to be as versatile as it is practical. With 700 sq.” of cast-iron cooking surface including a S Tier rack, the 700 series is perfect for a group of four to six. These 8-in-1 grills range in cooking temperature from 180° to 500°. select your preferred cooking styles with the digital control board & standard flame broiler. Set it & forget it, or slide the plate & sear it over an open flame. No need for natural gas or propane-our wood pellet fuel produces an exceptional taste & is made of 100% natural hardwood pellets. With heavy Gauge steel components, Complete structural strength & durability, these high-value grills are meant to last. Grill, smoke, bake, roast, sear, braise, barbeque or char-grill to perfection with the Pit Boss 700 series.

Camp Chef SmokePro SE 24 Pellet Grill

Camp Chef is a familiar name in grills and smokers, including pellet grills. This one offers a heat range from 160 to 500 degrees, and includes a stainless steel meat probe to monitor your roasts. The adjustable chimney top and smart smoke technology help to maintain the optimum temperature when you prefer smoking over grilling. This has a convenient lever-operated ash cleanout system and a grease management system for easy cleaning and maintenance, while the roller wheels make it easy to position anywhere you want it. The ample cooking area and 18-pound pellet hopper make it easy to cook for the family or for a party.

Additional warming racks and an additional front shelf are sold separately.

Green Mountain Grills Davy Crockett Pellet Grill – WIFI enabled

The Davy Crockett is the ultimate portable grill. It comes with a digital WiFi controller (control and monitor through our iOS or Android mobile application), a meat probe, a peaked lid for stand-up chicken/ large fowl/ rib racks, a convenience tray with utensil hooks. Also included is Sense-Mate, a thermal sensor which constantly monitors grill temperature. It can run on 12V or 120AC so its perfect for home or camping, tail-gating, hunting, house-boating, music festivals or anywhere you can take it. Weighing in at 57 pounds with fold-able legs, it can be placed in the trunk of any car.

Pellet vs Electric vs Charcoal

Pellet smoker, probably the best type of smoker:

In a good pellet smoker, you’ll find none of the issues of above. And, you’ll rarely find any other issues with a pellet smoker! Of all the different smoker types available, pellet smokers are the easiest to operate as they’re thermostatically controlled. Just set it and forget it!

The best thing about pellet smoker is it keeps thing natural, thus you always get that pure smoky flavor, without using wood chips! And, it is easily controllable and cheap to maintain. Thus I prefer pellet smokers most! And you’ll rarely find any unhappy pellet smoker owner.

Electric smoker:

Well, firstly talking about electric smokers, they’re good. They’re well control-able, not messy and clean. But the biggest problem of them is you really don’t get that organic yummy smoky tested dishes from it, no matter even if you use wood chips! It kinda tests artificial. That can really be a deal breaker, for me it was.

Charcoal smoker:

Charcoal pretty much overcomes that taste issue of electric smoker, not by 100 percent though! But the biggest problems with charcoal smokers? They can be really messy! It’s hard and time-consuming to clean a charcoal smoker clean and these type are smokers are also less durable than others! And you really can’t set it and forget it you have to keep an eye on it to make sure the temp. stays were you want it by adjusting the vents.

3 Of The Top Wood Pellets You Might Like

The product is little different but the manufacturer is same here, so you can expect the same quality from the 40H as the 40M perfect mix wood pellet. The difference of 40H with 40M is it’s not a mixture of various types of hardwood, rather it’s made from 100% hickory wood as raw materialYou’ll see many people prefer hickory for barbecue and cooking because of its strong release of unique flavors. Many people especially like the flavor it adds. The 40H, being a 100% hickory, does the job of flavoring your food perfectly.

Now, there are a lot of other hickory pellets available in the market, so why the 40H from CookinPellets.com? Well, to get your expected flavor from the food, you need a pellet that is 100% of the wood named. You’ll see a lot of pellets in the market that has a mixture of woods in the pellets, but the ratio is not mentioned there. So you don’t know what percentage of the wood named you’re getting from the pellets, and that’s why you often lack the flavor you expect.

So you need a pellet that lets you know exactly what material it’s made from. That’s where CookinPellets.com has maintained their quality till date. They say exactly what’s there in the pellets. If they say it’s 100% hickory, it’s 100% hickory then.

CookinPellets.com is a major retailer of cooking pellets who are specialized for hardwood pellets & this is a perfect hardwood pellet by them.The 40PM Perfect Mix is one of their best smoking pellet made from a premium exclusive mix of the 4 best-quality and most-popular hardwoods available: Hickory, Cherry, Hard Maple, and Apple woods. And they guarantee that they never, ever use oils or filler woods like oak or alder. They also use only the heart woods (center of the log) to make their pellets, never any bark, so no compromise whatsoever with quality.

Being a hardwood pellet, it really does it’s job perfectly to give you a great flavor & aroma.

This pellet gives you the best aroma & flavor that you can cherish for.

Talking about the company, CookinPellets.com have maintained their reputation in the industry with products that perform as the company claims. They make no fake promises so they’re trustable manufacturer

If you are a softwood pellet lover and have made up your mind to buy a softwood pellets only, I recommend you to give a second thought with this pellet which will really add some extra flavor to your food. This is a pellet that burns & smoke great and has fully satisfied most of their consumers.

If you are looking for a flavoring pellet with your regular fuel pellets, then this is the best you can get. This is a package of 6 most popular flavoring pellets, which includes 1 pound bag of each flavor Apple, Mesquite, Hickory, Pecan, Cherry and Jack Daniel’s. It’s compatible with any type of outside grill, be that gas, charcoal or electric.The apple pellets are made of 100% Apple wood which will provide sweet, fruity smoke. Apple is the strongest of all the fruit woods when it comes to flavoring. These pellets are perfect for grilling beef, poultry, ham, pork, fish or wild game.

Hickory pellets are also made of 100% hickory and it is one of the most common and popular smoke wood pellet used in barbecuing. They can produce a really stronger flavor that complements all meats.

All the other wood pellets are also made of 100% of the wood named. The Cherry pellets give you a mild sweet fruity smoke which gives a rosy tint to lighter meats. The Mesquite pellets are here to produce a very distinctive smoke and give you a stronger smoke flavor while the pecan pellets will you a very similar flavor like hickory, but milder and sweeter with a nut after-taste.

For most cooking events, you’ll need only 1/3 of a cup of pellets. You can have 10 uses from each pack in this way. So with this package, you can deal with 60 cooking events. That’s a good return for the money.

Softwood Pellets: More in volume in a unit, More Heat, Lighter ash.

Hardwood Pellets: Stable burn, Nice aroma they provide, Heavier ash.

Decide depending on what you need and which drawback you can live with.

Know go out and Smoke Something!!!