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Do the things we eat literally kill us?
Every time we take a bite of smoked meat, are we coming just a bit closer to your demise?
Brace yourself for this one, guys. Scientists say the answer may be ‘yes.’
But, don’t fear. Things may not be a grim as they appear – more on that in a bit.
In America, we really like our meat.
Actually, I would say we LOVE our meat. We love it grilled, fried, baked, smoked, etc. We love beef, pork, chicken, venison, and so on.
Considering our love for meat, this news probably won’t be welcome. Especially in a blog about BBQ.
Americans consume a staggering amount of meat each year. This has sparked an interest in the consequences (if any) of consuming so much meat. Our consumption sparked interest in any potential health risks arising from different meat cooking techniques.
Researchers set out to answer the question, “does smoking meat cause cancer?” Scientists also looked into the potentially harmful impacts of grilling and frying meat.
So, what have they found?
The results of the most recent research on certain smoked foods is that, yes, it can be bad for you.
Specifically, scientists found that women who eat a lot of smoked, barbecued, or grilled or meats are more likely to develop breast cancer. This rate is compared to women who eat these types of meat less frequently or not at all. In addition to increased breast cancer, studies indicated that people have a 23% higher odds of death from all causes when they consumed a large amount of smoked, barbecued, or grilled meats prior to being given a diagnosis.
Out of all the meat cooking techniques studied, scientists found that smoked meat most likely poses the greatest risk to health and well-being.
So, where does this leave us? Should we just throw out our smokers because of these findings?
The results of the studies indicated that eating smoked pork, beef, or lamb on a regular basis was linked to a 17% greater risk of death from all causes and a 23% greater risk of death from breast cancer.
The cause? Carcinogens that are formed when meats are cooked in certain ways (e.g. smoking or grilling).
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (or PAHs) are created when organic material combusts.
When you smoke or grill any type of meat, your meat produces more PAHs. Other meat cooking methods create far fewer PAHs. Also, meats that contain a higher fat content may produce more PAHs as they cook.
So what do the results of these research studies mean for us?
Should we be cutting back on smoked, grilled, and barbecued meat intake?
Let’s start with the studies mentioned in this article.
Well, whenever scientists conduct research, we must always remain aware of any shortcomings, holes, or limitations in the research. An important bit of information noted by the researchers is that they did not assess the number of times study participants consumed meat within a week or what specific portions of meat participants consumed.
That’s a HUGE red flag. This information has the potential to skew the results of the study.
However, other research studies have found an increased risk of cancer linked to higher intake of grilled foods.
All this may leave you asking yourself questions such as “is smoked salmon healthy?” or “is pan grilled chicken safer?”
Ultimately, it’s up to YOU to make your own decision using this data to the best of your knowledge. Interpret the results of these studies for yourself.
My best advice here is to embrace moderation. There are many things in life that can harm you or your general health. For instance, too much candy could potentially cause diabetes and obesity. Would you never eat candy again because not exercising restraint could hurt you?
Some of you may have answered yes. That’s perfectly fine. Ultimately, it’s up to you.
Maybe you do not need to eliminate smoked, grilled, or barbecued meats entirely.
However, it also may not hurt to remain cognisant of just how much you’re eating. If you haven’t decided to give up on meat smoking and want to learn more about some great smokers, be sure to check out our page on some great Masterbuilt electric smokers.
What do you think about what you just read? Are you going to stop eating BBQ or practice moderation? Maybe you aren’t going to cut back at all. Tell us what you think in the comments below.
If you have a serious interest in and passion for BBQing, you are most likely familiar with the BBQ Central Show on YouTube. If you have never heard of this BBQ show, then you have been missing out big time!
The BBQ Central Show is a weekly show that is chock full of helpful tips and tricks about BBQing, smoking, and any other topics relevant to the work of great barbecue.Continue reading
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
The new year is here, and now is a great time to purchase one of the very best electric smoker models available in 2017!
Today, we are reviewing and recommending the best electric meat smokers that you may want to consider investing in. We will give you all the information you need to choose the right electric smoker for you and your family. Read on to learn about best electric smokers that you can purchase this year!
We recently reviewed this Masterbuilt electric smokers product because it was such a great electric smoker product. There are many things about this electric smoker that make it a great product and an excellent investment. This smoker features a LED control panel with Bluetooth capabilities. That means you can operate the smoker right from your mobile phone! How cool is that?
This smoker has wheels attached for easy transportation and portability. The smoker is made from durable stainless steel which looks as cool as it remains throughout the time that it operates. There is even a built-in meat thermometer for accurate internal temperature readings of the meat you are smoking. The smoker comes with a large internal cooking area so you can smoke meat for a large crowd or for just a few people. Overall, customers agree in their electric smoker reviews that this is an excellent product that is sold at the reasonable price of $399.80.
This electric smoker from Char-Broil is a great option for anyone who enjoys outdoor smoking. This electric smoker has a 725 square inch capacity. The smoker comes with 4 racks that can be adjusted or removed. It also comes with a removable thermometer for accurate internal temperature readings. Watch your meat smoke through the clear glass door on the front of the smoker. The smoker features a durable and attractive stainless steel exterior. Due to the large interior size of this smoker, you should get somewhere between 4 to 7 hours of meat smoking before you need to refill it. The walls of this smoker are double insulated for a well-contained smoke. Some additional features that customers were highly satisfied with include the removable temperature gauge, a removable grease tray, digital programmable controls, and a warming feature. This electric smoker retails for $210.04 on Amazon.
If you need a large smoker, the Masterbuilt 20075315 Front Controller Smoker might be just what you are looking for! This 40-inch smoker offers 975 square inches of smoking space. It features 4 cooking racks and a helpful internal light. It also has a built-in meat thermometer, wheels on the back for easy transportation, a simple to use wood chip loading system, and a stainless steel exterior. There is a clear glass door on the front so you can monitor your meat as it cooks. Overall, customers were very happy with their purchase of this Masterbuilt electric smokers product. You can purchase this smoker for $320.00 on Amazon.
If you would like to smoke your meats but are on a budget, then be sure to check out this Masterbuilt 20078616 Electric Bullet Smoker. This little smoker is a great option sold at a very reasonable price. It has 395 square inches of cooking space. It comes with a built-in temperature gauge in the lid that is easy to read. This smoker also features a wood chip tray, a water bowl, and a drip tray. Though this smoker does not have all the bells and whistles that some other, more expensive electric smokers have, it still does the job. This Masterbuilt is the best electric smoker option for anyone on a budget. This smoker retails for $79.85 on Amazon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After about 2 more hours, remove the foil and return the ribs to the cooking surface.
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.
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.
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:
Coffee making is considered an art! The more you experiment with your taste buds the more perfect it gets for you! Every person has a different way of making their cup of delicious coffee!
Here are a few tips which can make your experience a thrilling one and can help you understand and cherish your love for the delicious drink.
The beans you use are the first step towards that perfect cup of coffee. It is said that the beans you pick for your cup of coffee is a very important part in the art of coffee making. Choose the beans very carefully depending on your taste. In the market today we have a great lot of choices. In case, you don’t get the raw beans choose the best possible brand and aroma. You can discover the perfect brand or choice of beans once you start experimenting. The secret you use is selecting that one brand or beans after you are through almost all those which suit your particular taste.
You might be a fan of the darker and strong roasts; however you need to take your leap for the perfect coffee by experimenting with the lighter roasts. The lighter roasts will sure come to your surprise and you will love your decision of the experiment. Lighter roasts redefine your love for the cup of coffee.
This might sound too simple to be a secret, but it is one of the most important parts of making that one amazing cup of coffee that indulges your senses in the aroma and the taste. The normal grinders with the blades moving too fast heats the beans and grinds it in different sizes which makes the beans lose its aroma and taste to a great extent. So, the next time you put the lovely beans for the grinding, make sure the grinder is worth your love for the coffee. This will be a wise investment and a long term one.
The secret is to use the perfect water while making the coffee. You must go for the bottled water, however, not distilled, for your cup. Use of hot tap water boils the air bubble out of the coffee and makes the taste a little different and less pleasant. It also tends to leave some unwanted minerals in the water, which is a great compromise with your favorite coffee. Avoid the injustice that you were doing with your love.
It is scientifically proven that boiling the water makes the coffee taste bitter and burnt. The advice of the various studies conducted is to heat the water at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. The heating keeps the aroma and the natural taste intact and gives you a far more pleasant experience with every sip of it.
This is an art which can be achieved with experience and understanding of your needs. Steeping your coffee for the right amount of time will surely differ according to your preference. The advice here is to know the right amount of time for the steep. The steeping may vary from 3 minutes to 4 minutes. Understand your taste, understand your love, steep for the right amount of time is the secret that leads to the right cup of experience.
Apart from gaining the experience and knowing your taste and needs, the step of cleaning your coffee maker from time to time is the thing that you must never forget. If you fail to clean your coffee maker, it may lead to the formation of the scale in the apparatus which may add the unwanted minerals to your coffee which makes the taste a different from the desired one. It is very simple to follow and just requires vigilance. You can take this hard work to get the perfect experience. Isn’t it?
The bond that you share with your coffee takes its flight with time and experience. You might like the cup of coffee as it is. However, experimenting helps you discover the secrets of your taste. Experiments help you know the art better and live your experience. It also keeps on giving you reasons to grow your love. This is a way in which you can explore the world of tastes and aromas. Your taste buds are not averse to experiments, you got to keep this in your heart and go on with the different methods
Coffee is an invention of the 21st century and thus, gives you many ways to understand coffee better. There are many programs which are launched; events which are celebrated for the coffee lovers. Different coffee festivals are organized throughout the world. If those programs and events cater to your love of coffee do participate.
Yes, you read it correct; there are clubs which are exclusively for the coffee lovers. Share your experience with all those who love coffee as much as you do. Understand their ways of defining the tastes, the methods they use and you will soon discover a different world.
Instead of letting you define the taste, let coffee be the factor which drives you to experiment. The bonding that you share with the cup of coffee should never disappear and one way for keeping the love intact, admire the coffee gorgeous coffee and soon you will find yourself in the world of these amazing beans of magic.
You may have different reasons for your extreme love that you have developed for coffee. If you take a sip amidst the stressful work schedule, the taste you would like may be different from the morning cup of coffee. It is very important for you to understand your purpose and then, derive the taste and the perfect method of preparation.
The last piece of advice is that understand it is an art and not just a cup of coffee you make to overcome the stress or start your day. You will feel the magic.
Coffee and work are inseparable. The bond that they share is something extraordinary. Coffee can prove to be your best friend while at work! Every hardship that you face at work place, be it the boredom from a long stretch of hours or the pain in the body parts due to desk sitting works, coffee can be the rescue and a wonderful rescue rather. Coffee can transform your work experience completely. A cup of coffee can really be a stress relief dose for you. The connection between work and coffee can be felt only when you experience it.
Here are few ways in which coffee can prove to be your best friend.
A person who consumes coffee at work proves to be more productive compared to the other people. If you are a coffee lover, all your worries must be kept aside. The wand for you is the cup of coffee! Coffee stimulates your brain and fights the tiredness after a long stretch of work. It makes you more active. It reduces the tiredness and the mental stress that you might suffer while working. Thus, you can work tremendously well if caffeine chooses to bless you with the magic. You can thank the cup of coffee every time, you find yourself far more productive than your co- workers
Do you feel that you need something, anything which can just turn around your blur thoughts and make you think clearly? Coffee is the answer! Clear thoughts are a secret to the success while at work. Caffeine makes your thought process clearer. A caffeinated person can think more clearly and creatively as compared to the others. Thus, it adds glory to your work if you are a coffee lover. However, if you couldn’t experience the wonders yet, you must grab a cup of coffee to kick start your work. Take your flight!
Yes, there is a great difference. A cup of coffee creates an effective way to make your brain take work load. You can always shout victory once you sit for work after a cup of coffee. Caffeine is always said to be the reliever. Along with the taste, coffee provides you the right amount of caffeine that you need to prepare yourself to take on to the office hours. Coffee sets a positive pace to your work. If you work in late night shifts and have a huge burden of work in the day, caffeine is said to reduce the number of errors you make generally. A caffeinated worker tends to make less error at work as compared to the non- caffeinated worker.
Today, whatever we do, whatever we like is directly derived from our understanding of how the thing works. So, here is a scientific answer as to why should you not miss that magic cup of coffee at work. Various studies and researches of the different institutes involved in the study of how coffee proves to be a worker’s friend says that coffee has a great deal of effect on the working our body. Consumption of coffee post lunch increases your heart rate, thereby reducing the laziness that might take a toll on you after lunch. Workers really find it hard to concentrate after lunch, however, after a cup of coffee the world would definitely seem alright. The cup of coffee will fight the fatigue that engulfs you after your lunch break and bring the best of the pace to your work. So, the next time, let this secret be your magic wand!
Coffee drives you to your work desk faster than any other alternatives to it. It works the fastest! Caffeine can be absorbed by your body easily and quickly, thus the energy is released really fast, within a few minutes. It caters to both your physical and mental energy needs and makes you work and think faster than ever. The fastest way to get over your tiredness is a cup of coffee. It can be your real life saver.
Ill health can be a really tough thing to cope- up with when you are working and need to involve all your attention to work! If your migraine comes in between your work and creativity, shred it away by a cup of coffee. Migraine can be a real hindrance at work for you, thus, the fastest ad the most effective tool to maintain your energy and efficiency at work is to go for a cup of coffee. Migraine can be reduced by restriction of the blood vessels and caffeine does dilate them.
Coffee is your thing if you face issues like headache, wrist pain, neck pain and many more body stress due to the desk work you go through. Work place just doesn’t mean mental stress but the body also starves for some relaxation after all the pain it has to endure due to the desk work that you under take while at office. A cup of coffee can be that moment of bliss for your body. Coffee rewards you with the reduction or sometimes elimination of such pain due to rigorous physical stress. You can very easily overcome the pain that your body endures with a dose of caffeine which a cup of coffee gives you access to very easily. Now, when you feel that your body needs the moment of peace grab your cup of coffee.
A cup of coffee can be a life saver for older workers. A study by an institute in the US shows that 3 cups of coffee can reduce 10% risk of illness. If you find it difficult to work long hours at a stretch, coffee will rescue you from the stress and will keep you healthy, rather at better off position.
There is nothing better than a safe and secure home. Shedding blood, and sweat- a house is built, and added investment of love, efforts, emotions, feelings, and happiness, a house becomes a home. Experts say that the nature of the surrounding radar inside and outside the house decides a lot about the level of happiness of its people. Many people experience negative vibes as soon as they enter a particular home. According to Chinese, perhaps it can be the actions of the ‘chi’ i.e. the energy surrounding the house.
Home is supposed to be the place you want to return over and over again. A place which gives a sense of protection and relaxation. There are homes characterized by the most gravitational spots and attractive paints and furniture, but the very essence of peace is lacking.
To dodge a few bad omens entering our house, and to make it look visually attractive, interior designers are now adapting Chinese practice of Feng Shui.
According to Feng Shui, by making some changes in our living space, kitchen and workroom, we can change our lives, the way we live, the way we think, and the way we breathe. It is the Chinese art of placement, of harmonizing objects with its environment in combination to inviting positive energies in our homes; The Feng Shui style does nothing but creates a web of positive energies throughout your house.
Big or trivial, kitchens are a great attraction. They are a holy place where food is cooked and stored. Placing and harmonizing kitchen equipment should be a vital motive. Healthy environment for the one, who cooks, energizes the person to cook well, leading to hard work, peace and prosperity. It provides serenity to the heart and boosts up the mind. It is a strong convention that a kitchen styled in Feng Shui design is likely to shower health and wealth to the family mates. According to Feng Shui:
Experts say that these elements don’t just have to be present, randomly in any impromptu order, but in a planned manner, avoiding chaos and entry of negatives energies into the kitchenette.
Instead of wishing for long hands, settle for a kitchen which accommodates stuffs you need on a daily basis in an easily approachable manner. Also, make sure that items which are used only on occasions are placed under well-built shelves to avoid them from dust and damage.
The saying ‘old is Gold’ does not apply when it comes to your holy cook house. Broken kitchen stuffs provoke negative energies. It is thus better to replace them with new ones. After all, a kitchen is not a memorabilia, shirking out old stuffs makes the kitchen look spacious and clean inviting positive ‘chi’ i.e. energy.
Color has a deep connection with the kind of energy it attracts. Cool colors like sky blue, white, pale yellow indicate the arrival of good omen in rivalry to fire colors like orange and red. Yellow hue brings in a touch of sunshine, deviates the mind towards the act of simplicity in life and thus should be implemented.
According to Feng Shui style of design, the location of the kitchen is of immense importance and would affect the overall energy your kitchen is exposed to. Make sure that your kitchen is not located at the ‘Tai Chi’ i.e. the center of the kitchen, which attracts negative energy, also the gas stove should face the main door of the kitchen so that you can see the entry of people which is a vital thing according to Feng Shui style.
Installing living plants, flowers, leafy plants, fruits or vegetable, to keep yourself surrounded by greenery or fresh healthy eatable good, clean energy in the kitchen.
Kitchens are holy places. Gift your kitchen the power which not only allures the visitors, but also spellbinds the soul by adorning it with rich fruits settled in a bowl, plants and flowers. Cover your kitchen-walls under the facade of bright hues and bid farewell to the old items to make the kitchen appear organized. General problems of life is a semblance of normalcy and should be present as increases the love but Feng Shui would shirk out bad omen which otherwise could cause unnecessary mental strain and negativity, so hurry and install your kitchen as per the norms suggested by Feng Shui.