Smoked Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs


These smoked, bacon wrapped chicken thighs, absolutely must be tried to be appreciated! The thigh meat is naturally the tastiest part of the chicken, in my opinion, and then to soak it in buttermilk (for tenderness and flavor), dry brine it with my very own rub and wrap it in bacon and smoke it until perfectly done just takes things to a level that makes my mouth water just thinking about … [Read more...]

Beer Brined Smoked Cornish Hens


These smoked cornish hens are fun-sized at about a pound each and are a great choice for dinner guests or even a family dinner since everyone gets their own little personal chicken. I started thinking about brining these in beer after considering them as a small version of the beer can chicken. The problem with setting them on a can of beer is that, while it helps them stand upright, it does … [Read more...]

Smoked Turkey Breast for Thanksgiving

Smoked Turkey Breast

Smoked turkey breast is a better option for folks who do not care for dark meat or if you are cooking for a smaller crowd. It's also a little fancier in my opinion and for something like Thanksgiving, that can be important. Turkey breasts come as bone-in and boneless but I prefer to purchase the whole bone-in turkey breast and I'll either cook them just like they are or sometimes … [Read more...]

Smoked Turkey with Bacon Butter


For the next three weeks, we are going to be getting prepared for smoking turkey and ham on that big Thanksgiving day.. the biggest smoking day of the year. I get more emails, more questions, and more feedback during the month of November than any other month of the year bar none and this has been consistently true for the past nine years that we have been … [Read more...]

Smoked Beer Can Chicken


Smoked beer can chicken is a play on a classic recipe usually done on the grill but it does equally well, if not better, on the smoker and begs the question, why not! For those of you not yet familiar with this method of cooking chicken, a beer can half full of beer (or root beer, Dr. Pepper, etc.) is inserted into the cavity of the chicken in such a way so as to help it to stand on end … [Read more...]

Mango Habanero Smoked & Grilled Chicken

Mango Habanero Smoked and Grilled Chicken

We always tend to attribute smoking meat with the "low and slow" method of cooking and I will be the first to tell you that smoking meat the way I, and many others, like to do it is, for sure and without a doubt, a low and slow method in a device made specifically for that purpose. Having said that, I have folks who constantly ask for ways to smoke meat on a grill or even how to … [Read more...]

Apple Smoked Chicken in a Pie Pan

Apple Smoked Chicken in a Pie Pan

Welcome to the  Smoking Meat Newsletter and this week we are going to focus on apple smoked chicken in a pie pan. Why smoke chicken in a pie pan for crying out loud! Well, as you may have already discovered, there is nothing better than smoked chicken but unless you brine it, the breast meat tends to not be as juicy as it could be. My wife, for some reason, does not … [Read more...]

Smoked Pulled Chicken


Hello and welcome to another exciting edition of the smoking meat newsletter! This week I will be walking you through a step-by-step recipe for smoked pulled chicken that I have perfected just for you. Recently I got an email from Chris, a subscriber, about smoked pulled chicken and he was telling me how it turned out to be the most amazing thing. He did it sort of like the 3-2-1 method for … [Read more...]

Smoked Chicken Quarters with Beer BBQ Sauce Glaze

Smoked Chicken Quarters

Hello friends and welcome to this edition of the smoking meat newsletter. One of the things I really enjoy doing on the smoker are smoked chicken quarters and I have to say that I find myself doing these fairly often and especially if my wife has any say-so in the menu. It just so happens that they are quick, easy, and very tasty and I am happy to show you my fool proof method for … [Read more...]

Smoked Eggs

Smoked eggs

Did you know that you can easily make smoked eggs in your home smoker? Yes you can and to me, the smoked flavor really sets them off. I am not one to eat boiled eggs however, with the smoky flavor on these, I will sit down and eat several. They can also be made into deviled eggs, egg salad etc. and the smoke really compliments the recipe. The first thing you want to do is … [Read more...]