Tips on Smoking Meat for Christmas


Hello and welcome to the Christmas edition of the smoking meat newsletter! I hope you have not put away your smoker for the winter since there is no better time to cook than around the Christmas holiday. Nothing smells better on a cold day than a smoker with a ham, turkey, ribs or even a prime rib wafting out over the neighborhood. If you have put it away, then you have ample time … [Read more...]

Smoked Prime Rib or Standing Rib Roast


One of the most perfect pieces of meat known to man is the smoked prime rib.. my opinion of course! The prime rib or what some call a "standing rib roast" which is, as I understand it, ribs #6-12 going from front to rear. The term "prime" has nothing to do with the quality of the meat as it is graded by the USDA but simply implies that it is the rib primal … [Read more...]

Smoked Duck with Dirty Rice


Hello friends and welcome to the smoking meat newsletter. As Christmas rolls around this year, I am trying extra hard to think of things that would make an excellent Christmas meal but also ones that may be a little outside of "normal" parameters for some people. We've been doing Christmas ribs at my house for a number of years and we may still do that this year but I want to … [Read more...]

Smoked Pork Sirloin Roast


Hello and welcome to the Smoking Meat newsletter where we seek to teach you everything that we know about cooking outdoors with smoke. I sure hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and was able to spend lots of quality time with the people you care about eating and having a great time together. As usual, I have received a lot of email over the past week or two from folks thanking … [Read more...]

Brined Smoked Turkey Legs


Hello newsletter friends! Welcome to this edition of the Smoking Meat Newsletter where we will be discussing how to smoke turkey legs. Every year I see these at the local fair and I cringe like a vampire at sunrise when I see the price since I know how easy it is to make a batch of these and how much better they can be when made at home. I have a recipe that I've been using for … [Read more...]

Smoked Ham for Thanksgiving


Last week I sent out a newsletter with complete instructions for smoking a turkey breast on Thanksgiving but no Thanksgiving is really complete without a smoked ham on the table. What a lot of folks don't realize is that the hams you buy in the store that are already smoked and ready to heat and eat are good but they can be better with a little help from your own smoker. I am … [Read more...]

Smoked Turkey Breast for Thanksgiving


The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us once again here in the USA and the tradition is to have turkey and perhaps ham and all the sides that go along with that. It's a time when family and friends get together and remember all that they have to be thankful for. Under normal circumstances I would be doing a full sized smoked turkey however, this time around, I plan to do a couple of smoked … [Read more...]

Wet, Sauced Up, Sticky Smoked Ribs


Welcome to the Smoking Meat newsletter where we are always smoking up something and showing you exactly how we did it. This week I decided to step outside of my own box and do something that I have been asked to do many times.. wet, sticky smoked ribs! I have always preferred the ribs to be dry rubbed and smoked with maybe a little sauce on the side. This method calls for dry … [Read more...]

Big Green Egg Instructions


The Big Green Egg is one of my newest smokers slash cookers slash grills and while I am not hung up on the brand name like some folks, it does exactly what it was designed to do and it does it well. I have a feeling that all of the ceramic cookers do a pretty good job regardless of the brand name. The folks at the store tried hard but were not able to talk me into the absolutely necessary stand … [Read more...]

How To Use a Charcoal Chimney Starter


There are many ways to light the charcoal for your charcoal smoker but I highly recommend using a charcoal chimney starter when performing this task. If I can go a step further, allow me to recommend the ones made by Weber as they are larger and more durable than most of the other brands that I have seen available. You can find these at or you might also be able to find one at … [Read more...]