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What is smoked food?
What is smoked food ?
So how do you smoke food? Very simply, the way to smoke food is to place it into a smoky environment. It is very similar to a marinade in the way it flavors the food. As the food sits in the smoke, the smoke from the wood covers the food and seasons the outside of it. As time goes on the seasoning deposited on the outside of the food from the wood smoke is absorbed into the food giving it the flavor and this flavor will vary depending on the smoking wood used. Adding heat and cooking the food in this environment speeds things up a bit but heat is not necessary. When the heat is not added it is called cold smoking.
Cold smoking is commonly used for making smoked cheese, smoked salmon and smoked bacon. Hot smoking is used for things like barbecue smoked ribs, brisket and smoked turkey and is usually referred to as barbecue.
What is a BBQ smoker?
A BBQ smoker is just a box filled with smoke and a heat source inside. They take all shapes and come in all sizes but in each case they are the same. Heat for cooking and smoke for flavor. The heat can come from charcoal, wood, propane or an electric heating element as in the electric smokers sold today. The smoke comes from burning wood. Years ago food was cooked over burning logs and the flavor was great. Today this is impractical for most people so we have switched to heat from charcoal, propane or electric which are the most available heat sources. Unfortunately none of these heat sources provide flavor. This is why the SmokePistol and GrillKicker™ were invented. Both provide the continuous source of real wood smoke necessary to properly flavor barbecued food.
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