Smoker Cooking

One of my family’s favorite “new” traditions is cooking with our smoker. We have a Bradley smoker, and absolutely love it. It is so nice because you can load it up with bisquettes, put your meat in, and monitor the temperatures from a distance. My husband recently received an iGrill2 thermometer for a gift, and loves it! It monitors the food’s progress and sends the data wirelessly to an application on his phone.

One of my personal favorites cooked in the smoker is hamburgers. It may sound weird, but they are absolutely delicious. You have to be patient and plan ahead though because they take longer than the normal grilled burger. To start, form and season your patties as you always would. We like seasoning salt, pepper, granulated garlic, and onion powder. Or sometimes we use one of Weber’s hamburger seasonings. Place the burger patties in the smoker for approximately 45 minutes. Then remove them and throw them on the grill for a minute or two, or just long enough to melt your favorite cheese on top (we like cheddar). Top these smoked cheeseburgers with some grilled onions, avocado, barbeque sauce and bacon for the ultimate experience.

We also love to smoke a large chunk of meat when we have family and friends over. You can use any cut of meat, really. We like to use beef brisket or pork shoulder. You can also use a leaner meat if you prefer, but we’ve found that the flavor isn’t as good. To begin, you’ll need to season the meat. As I’ve mentioned previously, we love to use a generous amount of coffee rub. You can use this rub on either pork or beef.

Once the meat is prepared, it’s best to bring it to room temperature before placing in the smoker. This helps to ensure that the temperature in the smoker doesn’t drop too drastically when you place the meat inside for cooking. Once you’re ready, put the meat in the smoker and cook with smoke for at least 5 hours. After this period, you may turn the smoke off, but it is likely that the meat will still need to cook. After you turn the smoke off, it would be a good time to wrap in foil to ensure it doesn’t dry out. You’ll need to cook for at least 10-12 hours total, if not longer. You’ll know when it’s done because it will pull easily when a fork is inserted.

IMG_1172After the meat is cooked, remove it from the smoker and begin pulling with two forks or whatever utensils you have around. Toss with some barbeque sauce (we love Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, but it isn’t available locally). Serve on a roll with some German Potato Salad on the side. We love filling our family and friends’ bellies with this yummy meal! Have you ever tried anything smoked that you would have never thought of, but it turned out to be delicious? I’d love to hear in the comments below, as we’re always looking for new ideas!

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