THE BOSS'S SMOKING TIPS
How to BBQ Smoke is as easy as tossing WOOD CHUNKS on coals in the Weber, partially close vents, so wood will smolder, not burn up. Don't restrict air flow too much as bad thick white smoke will generate. See Creosote notes in Smoking Techniques Page. Think of BBQ Smoke as a Marinade, pick a wood to flavour your meats, see Wood Matrix Chart at bottom of Home Page. Smoke Meats, Snags, Fish, Seafood Marinara, Peeled Prawns, Spuds, Veggies, Bread Rolls..
Make a DIY cheap simple BBQ Smoker. Save your hard earned money for the Meats and booze:-
- 44 gal drum with a hard rubbish weber lid and 2 internal weber grates sitting on bolts drilled through three sides.
- Fit solid handles on each side, or drill 2 holes and insert hardwood pole through sides.
- Cut out top and bottom inside rim edge.
- Start good Lump Charcoal fire in ground or in fire grate with electric Hot air Gun in 2 mins.
- Place 2 Wood Chunks on Coals to smolder, move away from heat if they catch fire.
- Lift drum and sit on fire, lift off to adjust fire and add charcoal, or to take out meats without getting hands burned.
- Cut little flap door on bottom of side, to draw air and to chuck Wood Chunks or fresh charcoal in.
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1 Make perfect pork crackling by using a Hot Air paint stripper Heat gun, skin bubbles up like rice bubbles and goes crispy in seconds.
2 Use the hot air gun to start your charcoal, simply hold against charcoal (with no end attachment) for 2 minutes... easy. also perk up added charcoal with the Heat Gun, or melt cheese on burgers and Nachos. For bigger jobs like starting a Bonfire or drying your car or motorcycle, use the Leaf Blower!
3 Use our $20 blowtorch for starting charcoal, or scorching meat to finish it off. Also good for burning out cobwebs out of big smokers and for burning sticky black Creosote Tar off the inside, burn it off then scrape off crust.
4 Use a Charcoal Chimney to start charcoal with 3 firelighters or scrunched paper under it, then pour the hot coals into your cooker. Bunnings sells a 1ltr bottle of non toxic Diggers Fire starter smokeless gel liquid which also works well.
5 Start smoking with very low heat and lots of smoke, but open vent and let it out, note that Cold Smoke is OK as white smoke, the thin Blue Smoke requires heat. A pile of Sawdust dumped on a few hot coals creates lots of initial cold smoke. Cold smoke fully penetrates meat. Add charcoal and Wood Chunks to cook/hot smoke later.
6 Smoke cold, wet, or marinated meats, as they absorb smoke better. Spray or baste meat to keep it absorbing smoke.
7 Make smokey BBQ sauce by adding some bottled 'Liquid Smoke' and thick Kecap Soy Sauce, to a big jug of Woolworths BBQ sauce.
8 Place pizzas on a large unglazed clay or stone tile in your BBQ for great toasted pizza bases. Cook 11 mins at 425f. Imitates expensive pizzas cooked in a wood fired clay oven ! Add some of our Red Gum and Rosemary Sawdusts in a smoker can on a gas burner, or a tinfoil Burrito on coals with fork holes in top, for extra flavour!
9 Always supply an open can of water in smoker to add humidity to the smoke and help it stick to the meat.
10 To test if the your meat is smoked enough, place some small meat pieces in the smoker with your other meat, they will cook quicker. Take one out later for tasting, if not smoked enough, smoke longer and taste test later..
11 Inject marinades, brine, Port, Sherry, or thin BBQ sauce, into large meat chunks. See Marinade Injecting Tips section in Smoking Techniques Page.
12 Place baking paper on BBQ hot plate for a clean fresh cooking surface, spray with Canola Cooking Spray can, you can cook for gluten free friends or vegetarians by simply changing the paper. Prevents chicken satay sticks from sticking to the stainless steel Council BBQ's. You can even fry eggs on it. Put baking paper on your large office Sandwich Press to cook bacon and eggs for breakfast!
13 Make great skewers from thin bamboo branches.
14 Add reddish colour to Pork or other meats by smoldering Red Box Chunks or Sawdust.
15 Smoke pork bones, and freeze for later use. Boil them with your home made pea soup or baked beans. Ask the butcher to bone out your pork leg for Pulled Pork, then smoke the meat and also the bones.
16 Smoke and freeze chicken drumsticks in ziplock bags, for a great snack later. Apple Chunks on charcoal creates great moist tasty smoked drumsticks or chicken breast fillets.
17 Use your hooded BBQ as a Fish Smoker, smoke Trout in 30 mins with Red Gum or Cherry Chunks on charcoal. Smoked Trout tastes like Smoked Salmon, for 1/4 of the cost. Sit fish on a canola sprayed pizza tray with holes or use one of our Grill Topper Smoker Trays. For Gas BBQ, use Pellets or Sawdust in a Smoker box/can, or sit a Wood Chunk between a burner and the wall and put that burner on low to smolder Chunk.
18 Hot Smoke/cook convict Damper Bread in your BBQ with Black Wattle Chunks on coals.
19 Never pre soak wood chips as it washes out flavour oils and cools your charcoal, partially close vents to restrict air in the BBQ to smolder them into that sought after blue (grey) BBQ Smoke, and to prevent Chips catching fire. If they catch fire, close vents for a min.
20 Put out flash fat fires on Spit rotisserie meats, with water spray atomiser bottle. Spray Apple Juice on Rotisserie meats to prevent Spit Roasts from drying out, shake extra Rubs on the wet meat for more flavour.
21 Spray Apple Juice on smoldering smoking sawdust to sweeten it and prevent it catching fire. Spray Ginger Beer or Apple Juice on Pork Ribs, or Roast meats, to sweeten and prevent the meat drying out.
22 Warm up and add smoke flavour to your bread rolls by putting them in your BBQ smoker!
23 Apple Wood Chunks create moist 'blue smoke' to dry meats like Beef Roasts. You could combine Apple Chunks with other flavoured Chunks to create a moist tasty smoke. Apple & Yellow Box for Lamb. Apple, Cherry & Red Box for Ham. Apple & Black Wattle for Beef.
24 Our Crushed Walnut Shells add a nutty flavour to chicken Satay Sticks. Mix with sawdust in a tinfoil Burrito on coals, or add to base of a sawdust smoker tin on a gas BBQ, to help sawdust smolder and not crust up and stop smoking prematurely.
25 Brush mild American mustard, or honey, onto meat to make Rub seasonings stick.
26 Smoke olive oil for spraying on salads, or to make a smokey marinade, or for a great gravy base. See Point 17 in Smoking Techniques Page
27 Smoked Saveloys taste like expensive smoked sausage: 'Hot Smoke' plain Saveloys with Red Ironbark for 30mins @ 75C, then leave for 30 mins to cool. Tastes like expensive Polish smoked sausage. Slice up thin for Pizzas!
28 Add Coke to BBQ sauce Mops (bastes) for a great glazing effect.
29 Use your Charcoal Chimney Starter as a mini BBQ, see pic in Customer BBQ Pics Page.
30 Cheap seasoning for Chicken Wings and spuds: Safeway Home Brand French Onion Soup. Shake onto Wings generously.
31 Clean BBQ wire grate with a large cheap $2 Bunnings wire brush. They are in paint section or Tool Shop.
32 CAMP BLOWTORCH FISH: Clean and splay open fish chest with a stick and hang on wire through the gills. Use our portable Butane Blowtorch to sear and cook it for 2 mins on each side. Shake on our Smoked Cherry Salt and serve.
33 HOMEMADE SMOKEY RIB SAUCE:
1 tbsp olive oil
2 large onions, diced
1.5 tbsp chopped garlic
1/2 cup brown sugar
1.5 ltrs ketchup or tomato sauce
1.5 cups molasses
1 tbsp mustard powder
2/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp of our ground SMOKED HOT or SMOKED MILD CHILLI'S.
Salt & Pepper to taste (use our Smoked Salt).
Heat oil and cook onions until soft and translucent. Add garlic and stir until soft, then add sugar. When sugar is completely mixed and begins to melt, add the rest of the ingredients, stirring well after each addition. Simmer for at least an hour, stirring occasionally. Taste to adjust seasonings. Sauce is done when it is thick and deep in mahogany color.Brush on uncooked ribs, later serve extra on the side, for dipping.
34 Make your own Liquid Smoke:
Yellow Creosote is the main component of commercially available preparations of ‘Liquid Smoke’. It is used to add smokey flavour to meat and aid as a preservative, you can dip foods into a diluted bowl of it or simply use an atomizer to spray it on foods and salads.
Make your own Liquid Smoke by adding a T piece to the outlet pipe of a Cold Smoke Generator like Smokai or Big Daddy. Dip the hose going into your Smoker so the T piece is at a low point, add a 1ft pipe to the bottom of the T piece and cap the end so you don't lose blow pressure. Condensation moisture and creosote will collect in the pipe. Remove the cap once in a while to drain the creosote into a can. Boil reduce the watery creosote to 50% of it's volume and you will have pure Liquid Smoke!
35 Hot Buffalo Wings (chicken wings):
Brush wings with a blend of melted butter and a few drops of Tabasco Sauce, then shake on our HOTnSMOKEY CAJUN Rub or CONVICT RUB HOT, for crispy fantastic butt burner golden Hot Buffalo Wings.
36 LAMB FAT MOP - a Tip from Chef mate Josh:
When cooking Lamb, scrape off the fat and simmer it with Garlic and a good Vegetable Oil, stir in one of our tasty Rubs, then store it in the fridge or freezer in little tubs. Brush/Mop it over all meats to add golden brown colour & flavour and to prevent them drying out. Especially good on burgers & steaks!