I just bought a smoker!

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  • Ultrasoundwave 12 Jul 2011 09:00:29 3,264 posts
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    Isn't she beautiful?

    I blame Man vs Food for this. That chubby, jolly man is constantly going around America, eating finely smoked meat sandwichs and i wanted that too!.

    The smoker came with two different types of wood (oak and cherry) and im thinking of going for pulled pork first. Cant recommend these things highly enough!

    "The worst part is, I'll have to have the break-up sex with myself!"

  • boo 12 Jul 2011 09:09:10 11,703 posts
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    So what's the difference between barbecuing and smoking?
    A BBQ has food held over hot charcoal, and cooks either directly or indirectly, depending on where you pile the charcoal.

    What does a smoker do differently?

    Certainly looks like a neat bit of kit though.

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  • tincanrocket 12 Jul 2011 09:10:59 2,897 posts
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    I read the title and thought you might have bought one from outside the offices during tea break, as that's where most of them hang out around here. I'd imagine they would be fairly cheap these days, being social pariahs...

    /is a smoker

  • THFourteen 12 Jul 2011 09:12:06 32,856 posts
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    my bbq has a lid you can close and keep the smoke in
  • boo 12 Jul 2011 09:14:12 11,703 posts
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    Mine too. Weber Kettle BBQ's FTW!
    Which is why I'm wondering if 'smoker' is just another word for 'BBQ'?

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  • Dolly 12 Jul 2011 09:20:29 3,203 posts
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    She is a beaut all right. Pulled pork is ridiculously delicious, good luck with your culinary adventures!

  • Ultrasoundwave 12 Jul 2011 10:08:04 3,264 posts
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    boo wrote:
    So what's the difference between barbecuing and smoking?
    A BBQ has food held over hot charcoal, and cooks either directly or indirectly, depending on where you pile the charcoal.

    What does a smoker do differently?

    Certainly looks like a neat bit of kit though.

    Basically, you put different types of wood on top of the charcoal, which gives the smoke a different kind of "flavour". Then, the meat is sealed air-tight inside the smoker, which allows the meat to cook very slowly, which gives the meat a buttery texture that just falls apart when its cooked.

    Ok.........just made myself hungry, got to go!

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  • THFourteen 12 Jul 2011 10:12:04 32,856 posts
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    right i need to get to bodeans STAT
  • smoothpete 12 Jul 2011 10:21:43 31,322 posts
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    Get some hickory chips too

    Bit jealous of that thing actually. 99 is a bit of a bargain... Hmmmm

    /has birthday coming up
  • DaM 12 Jul 2011 10:25:59 12,892 posts
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    boo wrote:
    So what's the difference between barbecuing and smoking?
    A BBQ has food held over hot charcoal, and cooks either directly or indirectly, depending on where you pile the charcoal.

    What does a smoker do differently?

    Certainly looks like a neat bit of kit though.

    The main difference (apart from the smoke) is that there is a tray full of water between the charcoal and the meat. The meat is smoked/steamed, and never sees direct heat (it's much further away than if you just pile the charcoal on the other side). The temperature is therefore lower (about 150-200C).

    It's almost impossible to overcook - you can just chuck something in (eg a leg of lamb) and just forget about it for a few hours (with some charcoal refueling if required).

    It's a completely different cooking process and taste.

    Ultrasoundwave, marinade some thin strips of beef while you are cooking. When you are finished, chuck these on to get the remaining heat - beef jerky!
  • smoothpete 12 Jul 2011 10:29:46 31,322 posts
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    Fuck it, I'm getting one for my birthday

    This would be awesome for out door cooking all year round, just chuck everything in and leave it
  • smoothpete 12 Jul 2011 10:35:23 31,322 posts
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    Hey Ultrasoundwave, I highly recommend getting a few tins of these chipotle chilis in adobo sauce for marinade purposes for any meats. Just blend the whole tin and smear it over the meat. It's fabulous, really lovely and smokey hot flavour. Would go great with your smoker

    You could even smoke your own chilis. Man I'm so sold on this thing
  • Razz 12 Jul 2011 10:35:38 60,750 posts
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    Bastards.

    /orders

    I just bought a food dehydrator too, Im making my own biltong.

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  • smoothpete 12 Jul 2011 10:38:03 31,322 posts
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    I love biltong. A girl from our South African office brought me some of her homemade impala biltong (she even shot the impala herself). Best I've had, bar none.
  • Dirtbox 12 Jul 2011 10:41:57 77,461 posts
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    I had a south african housemate who'd runk up the kitchen once in a while with the stuff. I wonder if it would be better if it were smoked.

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  • geeza2020 12 Jul 2011 10:48:45 1,878 posts
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    smoothpete wrote:
    I love biltong. A girl from our South African office brought me some of her homemade impala biltong (she even shot the impala herself). Best I've had, bar none.

    Most Guardian-esque post of the day, lol ;-)
  • Fake_Blood 12 Jul 2011 10:50:36 4,059 posts
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    Food that you shot yourself always tastes better.
  • Razz 12 Jul 2011 10:51:32 60,750 posts
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    geeza2020 wrote:
    smoothpete wrote:
    I love biltong. A girl from our South African office brought me some of her homemade impala biltong (she even shot the impala herself). Best I've had, bar none.

    Most Guardian-esque post of the day, lol ;-)
    +1 It's a brilliant post, makes me miss SA :/

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  • smoothpete 12 Jul 2011 10:56:34 31,322 posts
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    geeza2020 wrote:
    smoothpete wrote:
    I love biltong. A girl from our South African office brought me some of her homemade impala biltong (she even shot the impala herself). Best I've had, bar none.

    Most Guardian-esque post of the day, lol ;-)
    Ah shit, really? I hate Guardian readers. I'll shoot myself and you can make biltong out of me
  • Rhythm 12 Jul 2011 10:59:36 2,462 posts
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    You can totally smoke in a lidded barbecue. Check out www.amazingribs.com for tips and techniques, including how to use a chimney starter (a must) and how to set up a water tray for best results
  • Ultrasoundwave 12 Jul 2011 13:34:53 3,264 posts
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    smoothpete wrote:
    Hey Ultrasoundwave, I highly recommend getting a few tins of these chipotle chilis in adobo sauce for marinade purposes for any meats. Just blend the whole tin and smear it over the meat. It's fabulous, really lovely and smokey hot flavour. Would go great with your smoker

    You could even smoke your own chilis. Man I'm so sold on this thing

    Cheers smooth, just ordered a box!.

    Got some different woods on the way too - Apple, Cherry, Oak and Hickory. Been down the butcher already and got a HOOOOGE joint of Brisket.

    Also got to make myself a meat rub : Sugar, Worcester and Salt are the recommended base ingredients, going to throw in some of my own ideas too.

    Also need to make a mop sauce. Honey and Soy are the base, might throw in a little tabasco too.

    Cant wait to light this thing up!

    "The worst part is, I'll have to have the break-up sex with myself!"

  • DaM 12 Jul 2011 13:54:34 12,892 posts
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    Smoked salmon is great too - you soak it in brine first, then chuck it on.
  • smoothpete 12 Jul 2011 14:03:41 31,322 posts
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    Hope you like the chilis. Maybe go easy first, I like hot food and those were fine for me (they're just a smoked red jalepeno, so not all that hot) but I don't know what your particular tolerance is

    Definitely getting one of these for my birthday now btw, thanks for the tip off :)

    So what sort of cooking times are you looking at for this? I love a beef stew with shin. I'm wondering if I could cook shin like a steak, and make a shredded slow cooked beef dish, sort of thing. But maybe it would end up too dry... Probably would I guess. Hmm.
  • KingOfTheC 12 Jul 2011 14:07:10 288 posts
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    THFourteen wrote:
    right i need to get to bodeans STAT

    Whenever I'm down in London, I love going to Bodeans!

    Any restaurant which has a roll of kitchen paper on the tables is, for me, a winner!
  • Ultrasoundwave 12 Jul 2011 16:32:10 3,264 posts
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    smoothpete wrote:
    Definitely getting one of these for my birthday now btw, thanks for the tip off :)

    So what sort of cooking times are you looking at for this?

    No worries about the tip-off, couldnt be happier with this piece of kit to be honest. Been reading up on it and the cooking time that offers the best results is between 8 and 12 hours, with the meat being edible from any time after 4 hours.

    Got my brisket seasoned up, just got to pick my type of wood and im setting this bad boy up. Cant wait to see the finished product!

    "The worst part is, I'll have to have the break-up sex with myself!"

  • boo 12 Jul 2011 16:34:16 11,703 posts
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    Thread is useless without sandwiches

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  • Brodie 13 Jul 2011 15:48:49 187 posts
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    If you've got a smoker, don't bother buying chipotles in adobo, just smoke your own jalapenos then make it yourself, it's pretty simple.

    :D

  • bigshot316 13 Jul 2011 15:51:50 23,425 posts
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    I just purchased this smoker.
  • smoothpete 13 Jul 2011 15:55:21 31,322 posts
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    Brodie wrote:
    If you've got a smoker, don't bother buying chipotles in adobo, just smoke your own jalapenos then make it yourself, it's pretty simple.

    :D

    True, and I will be doing just that. But honestly those chipotles in sauce, blended, make such an awesome marinade that everyone should try it
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