How to Make a Foil Woodchip Pack


Before I explain how to make a foil woodchip pack, I need to explain why this is important. I often have folks ask me if they should soak the wood chips in water or not and my answer is always the same.. it's not necessary and in most cases is even counter productive. Here's some things that I have discovered about wood chips: Wet wood chips will cool the coals, … [Read more...]

How to Season a Weber Smokey Mountain (WSM) Smoker

Some folks will say that you don't really need to season the Weber smoky mountain (WSM) smoker but I think you should season any smoker when you first buy it if it is new and has not been used. Seasoning a smoker is easy to do and simply makes sure that there are no left over oils, residue or any other unwanted chemicals or substances on the walls or grates of the smoker. To … [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...]

Smoking Turkey on a Brinkman Water Smoker

Ok.. smoking turkey on a Brinkmann water smoker may not be your thing but for millions of people it is. And probable half of those million have problems maintaining a proper fire and turning out a good piece of meat on that 39 dollar hunk of metal. I have recieved email after email that could be correctly labeled cries for help and folks.. I have heard your cries and am going to … [Read more...]

The Minion Method on the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker


Many of you new to the craft may be asking, "what in the heck is this minion method you are talking about ?" while you long timers may know what it is but just haven't used it or experienced what it can do for your cooking especially if you are using the Weber Smokey Mountain cooker or a similar unit. The way I understand it, Jim Minion was competing at a barbecue … [Read more...]

Weber Smokey Mountain Smoking Instructions


The Weber Smokey Mountain smoker (WSM) is a charcoal smoker that has won the praise of users far and near and it is much deserving. I have the 22.5 inch version but there is also a smaller unit that is only 18 inches in diameter if you are wanting something a little smaller. This smoker takes everything that is wrong with most other bullet water smokers and comes out of the box ready to run … [Read more...]

2-2-1 Ribs on the Big Green Egg Ceramic Cooker


Hello and welcome to this edition of the smoking meat newsletter where I have some exciting meat smoking information lined up for you.. specifically baby back ribs also called loin back ribs. One of the most frequent questions that I get in my email inbox is how to achieve "fall off the bone" tender ribs and while many of our competition friends and judges frown on ribs that are that … [Read more...]

How to Build a Fire with Charcoal


This is something I recieve a lot of questions about.. how is the best way to start the fire when using lump charcoal. Well.. all of you know that I am death on using lighter fluid to get the fire going.. so there has to be an alternative. Well there are several alternatives and I am going to share them right here on this page right now. Charcoal Chimney The first thing I … [Read more...]