Smoking Technique and Tips for Better BBQ

Smoking Technique and Tips for Better BBQ

 

July: The Fourth of July, picnics, beach excursions, camping trips, and relaxing afternoons in the backyard with friends or family. Barbecue goes hand in hand with beer and is perfect for this time of year. When turning on the oven during those hot summer days seems counterproductive to staying cool, go back to your roots, and cook outside. Get primal!

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General Smoking Techniques | Instructions:

In order to improve your Smoking Technique and Tips for Better BBQ, it is best to start at the beginning. If you have a wood-fired smoker, start two pounds of charcoal in the coal box. In a medium-sized bowl, add 3/4 a pound of wood chips or chunks, and top with enough water to cover them, letting soak for 30 – 45 minutes. Place a water (or beer) pan under the grill rack. This will help maintain a moist and humid environment, making for a juicy barbecue. The coals are ready when they start to show a light layer of white ash on the surface. Add the prepared meat directly above the water pan. Adjust your air intake and amount of coals to keep the temperature between 225°F | 107°C and 275°F | 135°C, depending on what is being cooked. Check the coals, adding more charcoal and soaked wood chips | chunks periodically (usually every 45 minutes to an hour) until the meat is done.

 

A Few Tips to Consider When Smoking:

1) Think about what type of wood would compliment the meat the best. There are several wood chips | chunk varieties to choose from: Alder | AppleCherry | Hickory | OakPeach | Pecan | Maple | Mesquite and wine/bourbon barrels such as Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey Barrel Smoking Chips. These woods are best if first soaked in either water or beer. This will help them wood from burning and instead have them smolder, releasing their flavorful smoke to infuse with the meat on the grill grates.

2) If you are planning to barbecue, then use the entire grill space. Make dinner for a few days with one fire. Try smoking tomatoes, garlic, whole onions, peppers, chilies, eggplant, salmon, lamb, chicken, duck, game, and so on. Take advantage of that smoke! Don’t waste it.

Note: When cooking in a smoker, each time the door of the smoker and coal box is opened, heat is lost and it takes extra time to fully cook what is on the barbecue. Follow these instructions and barbecue techniques to achieve mouth-watering, lip-smackin’, great barbecue.

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Cooking with Beer Recipes:

Blind Pig Injected Smoked Pork Butt

Cherrywood Smoked Moroccan Spiced-Rubbed Leg of Lamb with Kriek Pomegranate Barbecue Sauce

Kahlúa Pig

Porter Beer Brined Pork Shoulder

Smoked Beef Brisket – Texas Style

Smoked Porter & Tomato Barbecue Sauce

Beef Brisket Rub

Home Brew Chef All Purpose BBQ Rub

Pinto Beans with Smoked Ham Hock

Bastard Black Beans with Smoked Turkey Leg

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When looking for a beer to pair with barbecue, Union Jack IPA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co. would do justice to its smoky, grilled flavors. “Light American lager is the white bread of the beer world, pairing well with hot dogs, while American-brewed craft IPA is the pain de Montagne or Vollkornbrot of beer … and pairs well with like flavorful dishes,” says Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. I couldn’t agree more!

More BBQ Recipes:

BBQ'ed Beer Brined Turkey
BBQed Beer Brined Turkey
Blind Pig-Injected Smoked Pork Butt 200
Blind Pig-Injected Smoked Pork Butt
Cherrywood Smoked Moroccan Spice-Rubbed Leg of Lamb
Porter Beer Brined Pork Shoulder
Smoked Baby Back Ribs Soaked in Lambic
Smoked Beef Brisket with Chocolate Ancho Rub
Smoked Beef Brisket with Chocolate Ancho Rub
Smoked Beef Brisket, Texas Style

 

Beer BBQ Sauce Recipes:

IPA Mustard Sauce for BBQ
Peach Lambic Barbecue Sauce
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Red Ale Barbecue Sauce
Smoked Porter & Tomato Barbecue Sauce
Stout BBQ Sauce
Stout BBQ Sauce

 

Spice Rub Recipes:

Home Brew Chef Sean Z. Paxton
Beef Brisket Spice Rub
Beer-Braised Pork Belly with a Creole Seasoning
Cajun Spice Blend ground
Cajun Spice Blend
Chocolate Ancho Rub
Chocolate Ancho Rub
Home Brew Chef Sean Z. Paxton
Home Brew Chef All Purpose BBQ Rub
Homemade Za’atar
Homemade Za’atar
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Red Beans and Union Jack Rice

 

Side Dishes Cooked with Beer:

Bastard Black Beans with Smoked Turkey Leg
Honey Mustard Pale Ale Sauce
Honey Pale Ale Mustard Yukon Gold Potato Salad
Macaroni Salad
Pinto Beans with Smoked Ham Hock
Ranchero Style Pinto Beans
Slow Cooked White Beans in Scotch Ale
Smoked Porter Black Beans
Smoked Porter Black Beans
The Re-Invented Wedge Salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adapted from BeerAdvocate Magazine: Cuisine à la Bière | Jul 2009 | Issue #30 & Issue #31

Sean Paxton

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