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Hone your craft with need-to-know smoking and grilling tips, from how to season your smoker to experimenting with different smoking woods and selecting the right cut of meat.

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How to Pick the Best Smoking Wood

Learn how to diversify your smoke with different wood flavors.

Learn how to diversify your smoke with different wood flavors.

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How to Start a Fire with a Charcoal Lighter
<p>The Oklahoma Joe’s® Charcoal Lighter is an excellent tool for lighting charcoal briquettes, lump charcoal, wood chips, chunks and logs in firepits, charcoal grills, drum smokers and offsets.</p>
<p>The Oklahoma Joe’s® Charcoal Lighter is an excellent tool for lighting charcoal briquettes, lump charcoal, wood chips, chunks and logs in firepits, charcoal grills, drum smokers and offsets.</p>
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How to Cold Smoke

Cold smoking infuses food with that distinctive smoky flavor we love while using minimal heat. Unlike hot smoking, you’re not cooking the food. The objective is to transform fresh meats, fish, seafood and even eggs and cheese into flavorful smoked treats.

Cold smoking infuses food with that distinctive smoky flavor we love while using minimal heat. Unlike hot smoking, you’re not cooking the food. The objective is to transform fresh meats, fish, seafood and even eggs and cheese into flavorful smoked treats.

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How to Use a Firebox Basket

A firebox basket is an accessory for your smoker that contains the coal in the center of the firebox, ensuring that air can flow above, under and around all sides of the fuel. 

A firebox basket is an accessory for your smoker that contains the coal in the center of the firebox, ensuring that air can flow above, under and around all sides of the fuel. 

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8 Tips for Smoking Meat

Do you love the flavor of slow smoked meat? If you’re new to smoking, with a few tips and a little practice, you too can cook delicious smoked food on a smoker. If you’re just looking to hone your craft, it always comes back to the basics, doesn’t it? Here are 8 Tips for Smoking Meat.

Do you love the flavor of slow smoked meat? If you’re new to smoking, with a few tips and a little practice, you too can cook delicious smoked food on a smoker. If you’re just looking to hone your craft, it always comes back to the basics, doesn’t it? Here are 8 Tips for Smoking Meat.

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How to Select the Right Cut of Meat

As you start shopping for your next backyard BBQ, there are a few things to look for when selecting the right cut of meat; marbling, color, grade, and the cut are a few of the most important things to keep in mind. Also, where you purchase your meat can tell you a lot about the meat.

As you start shopping for your next backyard BBQ, there are a few things to look for when selecting the right cut of meat; marbling, color, grade, and the cut are a few of the most important things to keep in mind. Also, where you purchase your meat can tell you a lot about the meat.

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How To Trim a Boston Butt

Trimming the thick skin and excess fat from a Boston butt allows the rub and smoke to penetrate the meat more fully. Check this article for the technique.

Trimming the thick skin and excess fat from a Boston butt allows the rub and smoke to penetrate the meat more fully. Check this article for the technique.

 
How to Grill with Charcoal

Charcoal grilling can be intimidating. Learn how simple it can be, from starting a charcoal grill to controlling the temperature and putting out the coals. 

Charcoal grilling can be intimidating. Learn how simple it can be, from starting a charcoal grill to controlling the temperature and putting out the coals. 

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How to Dry-Age Beef

If you’ve ever had a steak that amazed you with its flavor and tenderness, chances are you were eating dry-aged beef. When you learn how to dry-age beef, you can use the process to tenderize and intensify the natural flavor of your beef dishes. True dry-aged beef can turn an ordinary dinner into...

If you’ve ever had a steak that amazed you with its flavor and tenderness, chances are you were eating dry-aged beef. When you learn how to dry-age beef, you can use the process to tenderize and intensify the natural flavor of your beef dishes. True dry-aged beef can turn an ordinary dinner into...

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