What’s That Smoking? 6 Easy Ways To Get Your BBQ “Smoke-On” at Home

Basics of BBQ #3

Courtesy of www.BBQCateringConfidential.com

#austrainsmokers

Good News. You don’t have to build a custom Smokehouse to enjoy natural Wood Smoked flavors at home. Pictured: the Smoke Wagon by the Austrian Smokers. https://www.facebook.com/AustrianSmokers

THE 4 MOST COMMON WAYS TO SMOKE FOOD:

1. Manufactured and DIY Outdoor Grills

2. Outdoor/ Indoor Custom BBQ Smoke Pits

3. Indoor Electric Smokers/ Devices

4. Stove Top Smoking

OK. Maybe you don’t own a custom built or manufactured BBQ Smoker. Still, it can be easy to add fresh Wood Smoke flavor to your cooking at home. Smoking always adds a delicious new dimension to foods. There are literally Thousands (1000’s) of Makes, Models and Styles of BBQ Grills throughout the world. When you add in the wide variety of DIY BBQ Pits and Grill hybrids created by home GrillMasters, the number can easily be in the Millions. We see Hundreds of photos of unique, homemade BBQ Grill creations each week on Google+. Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

#stovetopsmoking

The World’s easiest way to add Smoky flavor in your home kitchen. Make a DIY Stovetop Smoker using a dedicated Pot, Foil Wood Chip Pouch and a Food Rack (not pictured). Best used gently with Pre-cooked foods.

Smoking has been used as a technique to preserve food for centuries. Along with natural Wood Smoke, cooks would also use some form of Salt or Sodium to cure meat. Of course, Salt adds plenty of flavor, but most Nutritionist’s agree that “Less is more”.  That is one of the reasons I made POWER Rub with much lower amounts of Sea Salt and Brown Sugar. We decided to produce HEROIC! with No Added Salt or Sugar.

 

#charcoalsmoking #woodchips

A common way to add Smoke for Charcoal Grilling. Place soaked Wood Chips or Chunks directly onto the hot coals.

When you are ready to add Smoke, here are 6 Easy Ways To Get Your BBQ “Smoke-On” at Home:

1. Outdoor Smokers or Custom Smoke Pits/ Boxes- Most common, really not too difficult to use once you get the hang of it. The more time you spend experimenting, the better you become at it.

2. Charcoal Grills- The more interior space the better, but any size will do. Whether using Wood Chips, Chunks, Pellets or Cubes- food comes out better by the use of Slow and Indirect Smoking. The technique will differ for each Grill. The best way to learn is to search “Indirect Smoking on (Add Your Model) Grill”. The internet shall reward you with a wealth of knowledge.

3. Gas/ Laser Grills- Indirect Smoking techniques differ with each model. Some have built-in smoker drawers, for others you can purchase a metal smoke box or tube. Or you could use an aluminum foil pan, or make your own foil basket (or “Hobo Pouch”). Another good occasion to search “Indirect Smoking on (Add Your Model) Grill”.

4. Electric Smokers- There is a good selection available for outdoor and indoor use. However, this category is a favorite for creative and inventive BBQ cooks all over the world. The fact is: you can use any high heat element or source to create natural wood smoke. The level/duration of smoking and chamber used makes all the difference. A good search would be “Homemade Electric Smokers”. You’ll be surprised by the DIY variety.

5. Stovetop Smoking- This technique is best used to add quick, natural Wood Smoke flavor to pre-cooked foods. Some Stovetop models are commercially available. This can be easily done DIY at home by using a dedicated Pot, Chip Pan and a Food Rack. Stovetop Tea Smoking has been used by Chefs around the world ever since stoves were invented.

6. Smoke Guns/ Countertop Chambers- These new devices are easy to use, but may be difficult to obtain for your kitchen. Each model comes with it’s own instructions. We are seeing them more and more on cooking shows. An affordable home version can’t be too far away in the future.

#indirectsmoking

Indirect Smoking on DIY outdoor Electric Smoker using a Single Burner, Rack, and Pan of Wood Chips.

If you have never tried Smoking before, go ahead- try it today or the next time you cook. You don’t even need to fire up a Grill. Use the above methods to bring natural Wood Smoked flavor to everything from Chips, Nuts, to Seafood, Sausages, Hams, Turkeys and even Rotisserie Chickens. Go for it- get your “Smoke-On”! Until next time, Eat and Be Well.

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Thanks for being among the first to visit the new “Basics of BBQ” Series. I am happy to preview it here on the Blog. Some material will be used for a current book project, tentatively called “The BBQ Catering Confidential Cookbook”.  A version will also be shared on the California Gold BBQ Rubs Recipes Pages, under the New Owner’s Manual. Stay tuned, next time we will explore “Grilling vs. BBQ”.

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Mick Brown is a Food Blogger/Purveyor based in Los Angeles, with over 30 years BBQ and Grilling experience. Aside from Caterer and Private Grilling Instructor, his passions are creating Easy Grilling Recipes and searching for the World’s Best Flavors. General Manager of Tastee BQ Grilling Co. and the new California Gold BBQ Rubs. He is also author of web serial blog “The Adventures of Tastee BQ.” Email- Mick@TasteeBQ.com

To get started, here are Links to few Recipes with more detailed Smoking Instructions.

Short Story- “TasteeBQ Goes to the Superbowl” http://tasteebq.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/burgers-and-beyond-tasteebq-goes-to-the-super-bowl-ii/

Gas Smoking- http://www.patiodaddiobbq.com/2011/03/how-to-smoke-on-gas-grill.html

DIY Electric Smoking: “How to build a DIY Smoker”-http://tasteebq.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/make-diy-ceramic-bbq-pot-smoker-in-5-easy-steps-tasteebq-uses-gluten-free-bbq-rub-for-citrus-pulled-pork/

Stovetop Smoking: Rotisserie Chicken, Salmon- http://tasteebq.wordpress.com/2013/12/21/how-to-make-a-diy-stovetop-smoker-for-just-99-cents-tasteebqs-holiday-recipes-for-smoked-nuts-and-salmon/

Facebook- The Austrian Smokers:  https://www.facebook.com/AustrianSmokers

 Video “Indirect Smoking: Smoking Mussels, Oysters and Bacon”- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K78HE89N-c

 

Courtesy of California Gold BBQ Rubs  www. CaliforniaGoldRub.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaGoldBBQRubs

California Gold BBQ Rubs on Amazon.com

POWER (Lower Salt and Sugar) http://www.amazon.com/California-Gold-BBQ-Power–10oz/dp/B00CVCMR88

HEROIC! (No added Salt or Sugar) http://www.amazon.com/HEROIC-BBQ-Gluten-Free-Added/dp/B00IEEYCNA

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BBQ Grilling in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico- Part I

#grilled steak #puertovallarta

My first Grilled Dish was this Steak. Finally, cooked through to Medium Rare on third try. Restaurant shall remain nameless because they were nice folks with good reputation.

By Mick Brown

Was (not so) recently invited to a wedding in Puerto Vallarta. I say “not so” recent because the invites went out nearly eight months ago, so I couldn’t give the excuse “I have a Catering Gig”. For a forced vacation situation, it is lovely to be here in Mexico. Especially with Jamzilla going on in Los Angeles.  I ordered a Medium Rare grilled Steak on the first night here. It arrived raw, and I made the mistake of tasting it. My stomach is still paying the price for the faux pas.

Onto Grilling. Wherever in the world I travel, I try to make it a point to check out the local Grilling Scene. There is always something new to learn- a technique, secret ingredient or full recipe(s). If you stick with me, and I’ll show you that the world is indeed a small place when it comes to BBQ. The interesting thing is that Grilling is really big in Puerto Vallarta. Especially on the many great Beaches found around the town. I’ll let the story unfold through photos.

The first night, we took a walking tour around Zona Romantico, it is considered a progressive, trendy part of town. Filled with restaurants, bookstores and boutiques. We happened by a place Called Marisco’s (translated: Fishes). Unfortunately, the last place you want to eat is at an empty BBQ joint. There is no telling how many hours (or days) the food has sat around. So we had to keep moving. Plus, I had already had the raw steak fiasco, so wasn’t able to even taste a snack from the menu.

#bbqgrill #puertvallartamexico

A nice looking Grill at a lonely restaurant. The food could be great, but no one likes to eat at slow BBQ Joint where you have to guess how old the food is.

A guy behind the Grill was “barking” at people on the street and invited me to take a photo. Here you see Steak, Potatoes and Huesos (Ribs) being cooked on Mesquite. Something looked a bit off about the food anyway. Couldn’t quite put my finger on it yet.

Catering set-up at BBQ Beach Catering at Casamagna Marriot.

Catering set-up at BBQ Beach Catering at Casamagna Marriott.

The next day, I ran into a crew doing a BBQ Catering on the beach at my hotel Casamagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort and Spa. First, I met Marcelito, who was firing up the Grill. In an interesting twist, he used dry Sterno Powder as an accelerant on the Mesquite Grill. I am intrigued and will look into experimenting with it sometime.

#grilling #puertovallartamexico

First Grill Master I met was Marcelito, doing BBQ Beach Catering at the Casamagna Marriot Resort and Spa. He used Sterno Powder as accelerant for Mesquite Grill.

Later I met Chef Octavio, who ran the staff with great precision. They had their Salads set up and meats grilling like clockwork before their guests arrived at 7pm. I also met the hotel’s Catering Supervisor Carlos, who invited me to stay and cook with them. It was dinner time and I already had plans. But I hung around for a while, we took some pics and I gifted them with samples POWER Rub and the brand new HEROIC! No salt/No Sugar Blend. Guess they liked it. At least Octavio’s daughter did. She “Liked” my Catering and BBQ Rub pages on Facebook by the next morning.

#bbqcatering #casamagnamarriotpuertovallartamexico

A nice variety of Sides and Salads were thoroughly enjoyed by BBQ Beach Catering guests.

Not sure if seeing a guest Chef made their guests hungrier or not, but by the time I left for dinner the Beach BBQ Catering spread was totally demolished. Carlos, Octavio and crew were beaming with satisfaction from another successful event. It’s a feeling I am somehow fortunate enough to have after every catering. Great Job Guys! In Part 2, Vamos a la Playa- or I will take you to the Beaches of Puerto Vallarta and we’ll see what’s cooking there. Until then, Eat and Be Well.

#chefoctavio #casamagnamarriotpuertovallarta

Here I am with Chef Octavio of the Casamagna Marriott Resort Catering Staff. The Chicken and two other meats didn’t have much time left on this Earth- thanks to hungry guests. Mucho Gusto.

Mick Brown is a Food Blogger/Purveyor based in Los Angeles, with over 30 years BBQ and Grilling experience. Aside from Catering, his passions are creating Easy Grilling Recipes and searching for the World’s Best Flavors. General Manager of Tastee BQ Grilling Co. and the new California Gold BBQ Rubs. He is also author of web serial blog “The Adventures of Tastee BQ.” Email- Mick@TasteeBQ.com