One of my favorite things about summer is firing up the smoker, inviting over some friends, and sharing some delicious barbecue.
The best way to make real barbecue at home is to use a smoker that lets you cook low and slow. What makes smoking such an excellent cooking method is how the smoke infuses flavor deep into whatever is being cooked using the heat from the smoker to slowly break down the toughest cuts into tender morsels that fall apart in your mouth.
The combination of wood smoke and low heat is what gives Smoked Pork Ribs that deep, almost sensual flavor as the meat falls off the bone with every bite and turns Smoked Duck Breasts into a carnival of flavor.
To help people find fun new things to cook, we’ve put together a Guide For the Best Meats to Smoke that is filled with tons of recipes and tips to make everything from the smoker taste delicious. Whether you’re looking for the best way to smoke pork, beef, or chicken or are looking for unique ways to smoke salmon, lamb, duck, or other specialty meats, we’ve got something for everyone.
We also have a dynamite new recipe for Tequila Lime Grilled Chicken Wings, marinating the wings in tequila and lime juice before grilling is a simple way to pack them full of bright flavors that pop.
When it comes to pairing side dishes with barbecue it’s always a good idea to go with dishes brimming with big, bold flavors.
One of our favorite Southwest inspired recipes is Pinto Beans with Dried Chilies. The smoky flavors from the chilies are the perfect partner for smoked pork or beef.
A simple way to elevate your next barbecue is to include some Quick Pickled Carrots.
Quick pickling is a simple technique that uses vinegar, lemon juice, and a small amount of sugar and spices to lightly pickle vegetables. The bright flavors and punch of acid helps cut through the inherent richness of great barbecue, letting you and your guests enjoy the meal without feeling overly full or needing a midmeal nap.
Thanks as always for reading and sharing Umami. We greatly appreciate it!
Posts Featured in this Issue
- The Best Meats to Smoke & Hot to Make Them Taste Delicious
- Tequila Lime Grilled Chicken Wings
- Quick Pickled Carrots
- Pinto Beans with Dried Chilies
- Old Fashioned Cuba Libre
- Mountain Berry Crisp
- Smoked Duck Breast
- Greek Chicken Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
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