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Serious Grillers MUST Try Out These 7 Masterbuilt Electric Smokehouse Smoker Recipes!

Nothing is better than a delicious recipe for your favorite smoked meat! Today, we decided to mix things up and provide you with some Masterbuilt Electric Smokehouse smoker recipes! Although we included a few recipes for smoked meat, we also threw in a few fun, unique r read more

Masterbuilt Electric Smokehouse

Get The Most From Your Masterbuilt Electric Smokehouse With This Ultimate Guide

When it comes to cookouts, smoking meat is a tried and true method still popular to this day. What’s nice about an electric smoker is that they’re so dead simple to use. ANYONE can produce delicious, tasty dishes with a modern Masterbuilt electric smokehouse.Continue reading

Don’t Cook Boring Christmas Meals – Grilling a Turkey With an Apple Cider Brine Like Bobby Flay

When grilling a turkey, one of the most important things to consider is making sure it doesn’t dry out. One way to do this is to brine the turkey before cooking. Brining means submerging the turkey in a salt water solution for several hours to add moisture. Various spices, herbs, and other foods can also offer a variety of flavors.

Grilling a Turkey With Apple Cider Brine

This recipe for turkey, from the BBQ Pit Boys, uses an apple cider turkey brine solution. They recommend letting the turkey soak for 18 to 24 hours. This guarantees that the meat soaks in the flavors that will be brought out during cooking, and you’ll end up with a juicy smoked turkey breast, as well as wings and thighs and legs.

Apple Cider Brine Ingredients:

  • Whole turkey, 13-14 pounds
  • Apple cider/Apple juice — 1 Gallon
  • Kosher salt — 1 Cup
  • Dark brown sugar — 1 Cup
  • Garlic cloves — 8-10
  • Sliced ginger — handful
  • Orange — 4, quartered
  • Apple cider vinegar — 1⁄3 Cup
  • Water — as needed
  • Chili pepper flakes — 2 Tablespoon
  • Bag of ice

Apple Cider Turkey Brine – Smoked Turkey Breast

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The first step for this is to heat the apple cider with the salt and brown sugar, hot enough to dissolve the salt and sugar but not too hot, don’t bring it to a boil. Mix all the ingredients in a bucket big enough to hold the turkey plus the gallon of cider and enough water to keep the turkey covered. Add a bag of ice to cool it down before covering for the night.

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They recommend placing 2 sprigs each of rosemary, thyme, and sage inside the bird. You will also need extra virgin olive oil, butter, and a bottle of your favorite ale. The olive oil and ale are going to be used for basting and to add even more flavor. The butter will make the skin crisp and give the brined turkey a golden-brown color. The BBQ Pit Boys recommend cooking upside down for about the first hour, then flip it over to finish cooking. You can read the complete recipe here.

How to Smoke a Turkey in a Smoker

Grilling a Turkey

The feedback on this recipe is resoundingly positive. People have followed the recipe exactly or come up with their own variations. One of the easiest adaptations is cooking the turkey in the oven rather than on the grill or in a smoker. The BBQ Pit Boys recommend injecting liquid smoke if you’re using the oven. This recipe went over so well for many users, it has become a new part of their holiday tradition. You can watch the grilling a turkey video below, not only will it show you how to smoke a turkey in a smoker, but the narrator is also pretty entertaining.

 

Masterbuilt Bluetooth Smart Digital Electric Smoker

30 Inch Masterbuilt Bluetooth Smart Digital Electric Smoker Review

Smoking seems to be an old-school method of preparing food. This method existed for a long time. But, it has definitely found its place in the age of technology. The Masterbuilt Bluetooth Smart Digital Electric Smoker is one of the appliances that has brought technology into cooking. Masterbuilt started in 1973 and have been innovators in the grilling and outdoor cooking industry ever since. The Masterbuilt Electric Smokers have extended outdoors comforts with the ease indoor cooking.

With so many different types of smokers out there, some people have certainly developed preferences. Electric smokers are more likely to maintain an even temperature throughout the cook time, making it more fix and forget than charcoal. It saves you the cost and inconvenience of having to always keep charcoal on hand or making sure you have a full propane tank (you really don’t want to run out of fuel half way through smoking a rack of ribs, pork butt, or brisket) every time you want to use your smoker. Weather also doesn’t play as significant a role with electric as it does with charcoal. For fans of the electric smoker, this Masterbuilt Electric Smoker is a good one to consider.

Features of the 30 Inch Masterbuilt Bluetooth Smart Digital Electric Smoker

This Masterbuilt Smart Electric Smoker is the 2016 2.5 generation smoker featuring a blue LED digital control panel and Bluetooth capabilities that allow you to use your smart phone like a remote control. Weighing about 53.7 pounds, this model sports a rear mounted handle and 2 wheels. Simply tilt it back and move it wherever you’d like (although it should not be lifted by this handle). The body is stainless steel and remains cool to the touch during use; however, the glass front does get hot so it is important to be careful if children might be around this unit.

Cooking Surface:

The total cooking area for this Masterbuilt 30 inch Electric Smoker is 721 square inches with a cooking space measuring 20 1/8 inches wide by 12 ½ inches deep giving it a 25-inch usable height. You can also move up to the 40” smoker for a 925 square inch cooking area. Four chrome-coated cooking racks that can accommodate 80 pounds of food are included. The 800-watt heating element heats up to a maximum temperature of 275 degrees.

There is a built-in meat probe thermometer to monitor internal temperatures of the food you’re smoking. The side wood chip loading system allows you to add wood chips without opening the door. When adding the wood chips, about half a cup every 30 to 40 minutes, the temperature may briefly spike but will stabilize so no temperature adjustment is necessary. Only wood chips should be used, pellets or chunks are not recommended. A removable water pan and drip pan are located at the bottom of the unit.

Clean Up & Care:

The removable shelves help make clean up especially easy. Spraying the interior with a non-stick cooking spray can further increase the ease of clean up. As previously mentioned, the water pan and drip pan are removable as is the wood chip bin and there is front access to the grease tray for even more convenience. It can be stored outside as long as it remains covered, t you can purchase a cover designed for an exact fit for this smoker. This is especially important because the vent is located on the top of the unit.

Warranty:

The warranty for this Masterbuilt Digital Electric Smoker is good for 90 days after purchase. It covers material and workmanship if assembled properly and used as expected following proper care instructions provided in the user manual. Masterbuilt should repair or replace any defective components at no additional charge (excluding shipping and handling which is paid by the customer). If the company requests a damaged or defective component be returned to them for inspection, they will incur any shipping costs.

Benefits of the Masterbuilt Bluetooth Smart Digital Electric 30 Inch Smoker

  • Free Dadgum Good Recipes on the Masterbuilt website
  • Large cooking area to accommodate a crowd
  • Vent with damper located on top rather than side or rear
  • Glass front and light to make it easy to see
  • Shuts off after programmed time

Pros and Cons

 

Reviews of the Masterbuilt Bluetooth Smart Digital Electric 30 Inch Smoker

Reviews on Amazon cover a broad range from 1 to 5 stars with an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Over half, 55%, of the ratings are 5 star. These top ratings refer to the quick heating and consistent temperatures—thanks in part to the built-in probe, the ease of use—from assembly to clean up, and the “cool” Bluetooth app. A lot of people who purchased this Masterbuilt Bluetooth Smart Digital Electric Smoker discovered it after doing extensive research to find a quality smoker.

Of the 14 negative reviews, the manufacturer dealt with almost all of the issues quickly and satisfactorily. The majority of the problems were damages incurred during the shipping process, missing parts or pieces, and lack of a manual (which is available for digital download on the Masterbuilt website). Some users feel that Wi-Fi might be a better alternative to Bluetooth for communication between the smoker and the app. The unit may have trouble reaching the desired temperatures in extremely cold weather.

Conclusion

This smoker is the number 5 best selling smoker on Amazon. It seems to do everything it claims to do more often than not. In addition to the smoker, there are optional items specifically designed for this product. This includes a leg extension kit or a stand, a cover specific to the model for a perfect fit, and a cold smoking kit that adds a level of versatility to this item. People who have already bought and used this item talk about how easy it is to put together and to use as well as the great results they’ve gotten smoking anything from meat to cheese. We experienced similar results and were quite pleased with the quality of this model.

Black Friday Electric Smoker

Cook BBQ Like A Pro On The Cheap Using Black Friday Electric Smoker Deals

The holiday season is fast approaching, which means that gift giving season is also upon us. With this time of year also comes the number one shopping day—Black Friday. Since many major retailers have decided to stay closed on Thanksgiving this year, Black Friday is expected to once again be the best day for deals. And it just so happens that an electric smoker would be a fantastic gift. There are a lot of Black Friday electric smoker deals out there. Here are some of the best places to look for Black Friday smoker deals.Continue reading

How Using an Offset Char Broil Smoker Will Produce Juicy, Savory Ribs

Smoking meat is a great way to add flavor and lock in the moisture for juicy, delicious meals. Just about any meat, as well as some vegetables and cheeses, can be smoked. But when you talk about grilling or smoking meat, one of the first foods that comes to mind for many people is ribs.intro-2

These instructions and the following video will give you tips and tricks to help you learn to use a Char Broil Smoker to make perfectly seasoned and smoked ribs. You can also visit the Char-Broil website for recipes and recommendations for using the Char Broil Offset Smoker. If you need an offset smoker to do steps in this guide, check out our review of the Char Broil American Gourmet.

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Use a dry rub to season the ribs. Let them soak up the flavors overnight, taking in all the spices and flavoring in the rub (or marinade if that’s what you prefer.

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For this specific smoker and to cook ribs, the goal temperature is 225 degrees. It is best to check the temperature maximums for the specific offset smoker that you will be using. Cook time will also vary depending on what you are cooking. As with any meat, check the internal temperature before consuming any meat products.

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It is important when smoking meat, to keep moisture content in mind and spray the meat frequently. He is using apple juice in this instance, but other liquids (e.g. beer, wine, fruit juice, etc.) can be used to add flavor as well as moisture to keep the ribs both flavorful and juicy.

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After about three hours, he wraps the ribs in foil with more apple juice (or whatever liquid you are using for your ribs). Water is added to help even out and stabilize the temperature inside the smoker. It can also slow the cooking to let more fat melt off, while the condensation gives the smoke something jut sticky enough to hang onto.

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After about 2 more hours, remove the foil and return the ribs to the cooking surface.

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Start adding more wood to the firebox to increase the smokiness and the influence of the type of wood on the flavor. Some grillers and smokers will say that where the wood comes from means more to flavor than the type of wood being used.

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After giving them another full hour to soak up the smoke and flavor, he is giving them a coat of barbeque sauce. He is using his own recipe here; you, of course, could use your own sauce or any of the wide variety available to buy in stores and online.

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These may be a little dry and over done. As with anyone, it will take some time getting used to using a new smoker, like the Char Broil smoker, and/or working with different types of meat. Remember to always check the internal temperature to make sure it is thoroughly cooked and safe to eat.

You can watch the whole video here:

Char Broil American Gourmet

Char Broil American Gourmet Offset Smoker Review

 

Any connoisseur of grilling and outdoor cooking is familiar with smoking. There are different types of smoking: cold smoking removes moisture and is used primarily for preserving meats, this process can take days or even weeks; hot smoking smokes the meat then follows the smoking process by cooking the meat, this process typically occurs within hours. Smoking meat can kill some types of bacteria and slow the growth of other types. It can also prevent mold and/or fermentation and extend shelf life.

For the most part, any kind of meat can be smoked, even some kinds of vegetables and cheese can be smoked. Smoking can improve the appearance of some types of meat, but can also enhance flavor. Different flavor opportunities are available thanks to different types of wood used when smoking.

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(from the Char Broil user manual)

Features of the Char Broil American Gourmet Offset Smoker

There are a lot of different types and styles of smokers out there. One of these types is the offset smoker. While there is a wide variety of these smokers out there, the Char Broil American Gourmet offset smoker is one of the more cost effective as well as easy to use smokers. Let’s take a closer look at the features of this product:

Cooking Surface:

The main chamber features an 11” by 23” cooking surface, and the offset or firebox adds another 11” by 10” space for a grand total of 430 square inches. Either section may be used for traditional charcoal grilling. When smoking, the main chamber is intended for the meat while the offset is to be used as the heat and smoke source.

Clean Up & Care:

The three cooking surfaces can be removed for easy cleaning. A clean-out door can be found on the end to make ash removal easier. Ashes should be cleaned out after every use to help prevent the chance of rust. The smoker is compact and light enough that it can be placed on its side and cleaned with a backyard hose. The smoker should be covered when not in use to protect the exterior finish. If the need arises, the exterior can be touched up with any high-temperature black paint. One owner recommends black engine manifold paint.

Warranty:

The Char Broil American Gourmet offset smoker is covered under a 1-year limited warranty. All parts are covered under the warranty, and the warranty protects the smoker in the event of perforation and manufacturing and material defects.

Benefits of the Char Broil American Gourmet Offset Smoker

  • Free recipes available on the Char Broil website
  • Cooking surface perfect size for most families
  • Adjustable height steel fire grate
  • Adjustable built-in damper
  • Built in thermometer in hood to monitor interior temperature
  • Light weight with wheels for easy movement

Pros and Cons

 

Reviews of the Char Broil American Gourmet Offset Smoker

Almost half of the Amazon Char Broil American Gourmet offset smoker reviews are 5 stars. Overall, it received a 3.8 out of 5 stars. The positive reviews refer to the ease of use and clean up. Many customers expressed their satisfaction with the smoker as a Char Broil product while other’s satisfaction is in comparison to other brand smokers. The value for the price is another factor making this item quite popular.

Negative reviews, only around 10%, often refer to shipping problems and/or damages during shipping. There are sometimes issues with smoke leaking, videos can be found on YouTube on suggested modifications to improve the performance. Char Broil customer service representatives seem eager to offer repairs or replacements quickly. Some complaints over estimated the size. One reviewer was disappointed that the size was more appropriate for a single family as opposed to a houseful of guests. Other reviewers felt the thin gauge of the metal used for the body and the light weight made it seem flimsy or simply not sturdy enough.

Conclusion

The Char Broil American Gourmet Offset Smoker is great for grilling or smoking. While not meant to cater to larger crowds, it is more than adequate for the average family’s needs. There is plenty of cooking surface space and temperature monitoring is easy with a thermometer mounted directly on the lid. It is easy to use, easy to clean, and holds up well when properly taken care of. Char Broil stands behind this product, and they offer resources on their website including tips and tricks as well as recipes. This is a great product for smoking smaller amounts of meat or perhaps as a starter smoker for someone just beginning to learn the skill. The price is reasonable, again for a starter as well as someone not looking to make a large monetary investment. This is the standard model. The price obviously increases with the higher end models.

Tickle Your Taste Buds With The Finest Baby Back Ribs

We all love baby back ribs, it’s a comfort food that really does bring out the smiles and happiness of any person who is tucking into a perfectly cooked bit of beef rib, or pork rib for that matter. When cooked to perfection baby back or spare ribs can be a delicious meal on their own or they can serve as a wonderful main component alongside salads, rice dishes and vegetables. At the end of the day whatever your choice of accompaniment, the baby back ribs need care and attention if you want to get them right, as these are going to be the centre part to any dish.

In today’s guide we are going to take you through everything you need to know to cooking the perfect rack of baby back ribs, from getting your ingredients together, to the equipment you are going to need, right through to some handy tips and tricks in how you can get the best results. And of course, the best results start with tender, moist and delicious tasting meat that you can be proud of.

Pans at the ready, as we are going to dive in…

Equipment and Ingredients for Cooking Baby Back Ribs

First things first we need to prepare our work area with the equipment and ingredients we need to so we are organised and have everything together in one area. In terms of equipment you are going to need a baking sheet, some kitchen foil, a wire cooling rack, a pastry brush and a sharp kitchen knife.

Set these all down to one side and then on the other side you want a 4-5lbs baby back rib, a quarter of a cup of Dijon mustard, some liquid smoke (optional), 1 cup of space rub, and 1 cup of barbecue sauce.

Now you should all be set to get on with preparing the ribs and then cooking them.

Preparing The Ribs With a Marinade

Preheat your oven to 300F to begin with so we get a nice disperse of heat that evenly works its way across the oven ready for us to add the ribs to. Then take a baking sheet and line it with some of the foil that you set aside earlier on, finally placing a wire cooling rack on top of that.

At this stage you can add the ribs to the rack as they are as we can dress the meat from here.

Take your Dijon mustard and the liquid smoke and use the pastry brush to brush the mixtures onto both sides of the baby back ribs, making sure that you evenly spread the mixture. You can then add the dry rub to the ribs by firstly sprinkling it over and the patting it into the meat.

Now you are ready to place the baby back ribs under the broiler and you only need to do this for around 5 minutes, making sure the meat side of the ribs are facing up towards the elements. When 5 minutes has passed you will notice that there is a brown colouration on the upper side of the ribs and this is where you can move the baby back ribs to the preheated oven to roast them.

Usually roasting a 4-5lbs baby back rib can take around 2 hours so you need to set aside that time. You can choose to cover the ribs with foil to start with or you can introduce the foil halfway through that 2 hour cooking time to allow the moisture to retain within the meat, keeping it tender and not allowing it to easily dry out.

During the last 30 minutes remove the baby back ribs and pick up your pastry brush again, and this time we are going to apply the barbecue sauce, and at this stage you can either coat it with plenty of sauce or you can be more reserved and just brush a light covering on top of the ribs. The choice is yours. Once you have done that just cover the baby back ribs up again with the foil and let them cook for that final 30 minutes until the 2 hour period is upon you.

Serving up The Baby Back Ribs

As with any meat just give it time to rest when you fetch it out of the oven so that the juices all disperse evenly around the meat which will just add to the moisture and tenderness of the baby back ribs. Once they have rested you can either serve them as they are or you can perform cuts between the bones in order to separate each section of the rib.

If you are adding any other ingredients make sure that these are cooked prior to taking the ribs out of the oven as you will want to eat them straight away, whilst they are hot.

Sauteed Beet Greens are The Best Cooking Method to Use

When it comes to cooking there are so many different cooking methods that it’s hard to get your head around. You have boiling, baking, grilling, griddling, sautéing, boiling, frying, barbecuing and so many other ways to cook foods. For some food however, certain cooking methods really do bring out the best when it comes to textures, flavours and general overall experiences and we have to say that when it comes to cooking beet greens there is only way method of cooking that really excels from all others, and that is sautéed beet greens.

If you haven’t tried beet greens or you haven’t tried them using this cooking method then stop what you are doing right now and listen up, as we are going to show you how to sauté beet greens and why they are so good when you use this method.

Getting Together What You Need

Beet greens are nothing without a few flavourings and seasonings thrown into the mix though, and it’s important that when sautéing them you know exactly what ingredients work and wont don’t. Sometimes experimenting is the only way to find out but we are going to list the ingredients you need here to save you time.

Get yourself a maximum of 3 bunches of beet greens and then set aside some extra virgin olive oil, 2 cloves of garlic, a lemon, a shallot, some red pepper flakes and an orange.

Preparing the Beet Greens

To start with you should always wash vegetables like this under cold water which just takes away any grit, dirt or other foreign impurities that you don’t want on them. Also with beet greens its advisable to trim off the purple stems as these are very bitter in taste and even if you like them the chances are that a lot of your dinner guests may not, so it’s just thinking about them at the same time.

You will now be left with the green part of the vegetable and the best way to cut them into strips is to simply roll them up and then take your knife to them as you cut across the leaves. Generally you want to cut them into 1 inch segments, try not to cut them to large or too small and always remember that when they start cooking they will reduce in size so bare that in mind with the amount of bunches of beet greens you use.

Begin Cooking Your Ingredients

Now the beet green are prepared we want to begin cooking the other ingredients that we mentioned earlier on. So get a pan on the heat, and drizzle in some extra virgin olive oil until it becomes hot enough to begin adding your garlic into.

Once you have allowed the garlic to cook for a minute throw in your shallot (diced), your red pepper flakes and finally your beet greens. Allow them to wilt and cook for roughly 3 minutes, and just check to see if there is enough water to allow them to steam. If you see there isn’t enough water or find the garlic is turning brown then this is a tell-tale sign that you will need to introduce a few spoonful’s of water to the pan in order to finishing the cooking process off.

Serving up the Beet Greens

The finally step in our guide is serving up the beet greens, by now you have some incredible flavours that have enveloped the beet greens, with the garlic and shallot aromas adding to the taste. However, it doesn’t stop there as we want to combat the bitter taste of the beet greens by bringing together some acidic flavours and this is where lemon juice and orange juice comes in and plays its part.

Simply add lemon and orange juice to a pan and allow the juices to just simmer away with each other, you can also real intensify the flavour at this point by adding some vinegar as well. Once you have let the beet greens simmer in the orange and lemon for a couple more minutes you can then take them out the pan (the water should have evaporated nicely), and then serve them up on a plate.

Generally these beet greens are strong providers of sodium but you can add standard seasonings in the form of a pinch of salt and a pinch of pepper if you feel that you need to combat some of the flavours.

Remember, this dish may not be for everyone but you should definitely give it a try as the garlic, shallot, acidic flavours and bitterness of the beet greens all come together and complement each other to provide you with a real taste sensation.

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