Smoking: A Backyard Tradition
Nothing beats food cooked on the grill. This grilling season, try smoking your meat for a change.
The best meats to smoke include:
Beef brisket – This is the premier cut for smoking. The secret to creating a good smoked brisket is choosing the best piece of meat. Ample marbling and a healthy fat layer will keep the meat moist. Look for the most tender piece you can get. Ask your butcher to lift a piece of brisket a bit. The more it bends, the more tender it will be when cooked. Most people prepare beef brisket with a rub.
Pork shoulder (Boston butt) – Pork shoulder has a great ratio of fat to lean meat, making it perfect for slow smoking. The result is deliciously moist and flavorful pulled pork without the need for rubs or sauces. Enjoy traditional pulled pork sandwiches, but also consider more creative recipes, like pulled pork tacos, mac and cheese, and casseroles. Follow this recipe for Smoked BBQ Boston Butt.
Pork and beef ribs – Who doesn't like smoked spare ribs on a lazy summer day? Ribs are easy to smoke after you remove the membrane and rub them with your favorite blend of spices and seasonings. Fun to eat, tender, and tasty, ribs are a go-to meat for smoking. Follow this recipe for perfectly smoked ribs.