Monday, August 11, 2008

The Perfect Smoker

There is nothing like the satisfaction of hosting the perfect  end of the season cookout.  The perfect smoker will help you do that.  If you have been comparing smokers, your search is over.  Bradley Smoker has been making food smokers for the restaurant and hotel industry for over 12 years. Many of the finest hotels and restaurants around the world smoke their own foods using a Bradley Smoker, and nobradley smokerw you can, too, and for only about  $1.00 per hour. This is about the same as using wood chunks purchased in a store. 

Bradley Smokers are known for their bisquettes, which are used in place of the wood chunks.  The bisquettes are made with all natural products and the wood used is clean.  It has not been used for other purpose before being made into a bisquette.  This is not the case with all wood chips.  Ask before you buy!

Below are a few commonly asked questions that may give you some ideas.

What is the difference between a cold or hot smoked product?
Most smoked foods that are produced for resale are first cured and then cold smoked. Cold smoking is usually done below 100 degrees F. or below a temperature that burns or liquefies fat. Heat is added at the end of the smoking process for appearance and flavor. A hot smoked food needs very little curing and has the appearance, taste, and texture of fully cooked foods.

Why is cold smoke so important?
Creating smoke without heat is the best way to control the flavor of any food being smoked. In most food smokers heat is generated by burning wood. As the wood burns from ignition to complete ash the wood generates heat. At the point where wood is self-consuming (burns without any heat source) it produces a lot of heat. At this point there is very little smoke produced and the temperature within the smoker is out of control. A food smoker will produce a far superior tasting food if the temperature and smoke remain at a constant and controlled level.

What is a meat cure?
A meat cure is a combination of salt and sugar. It can be liquid or coarse granular and can include many other ingredients to enhance the flavor or preserve the meat. You can buy a meat cure from grocery stores, meat supply stores, or some butcher shops specializing in sausages and hams. You can also make your own; however make sure you have a properbradley smoker2 recipe and you know the correct proportions for the type of product you are smoking.

Can you cold smoke food without curing it first?
Yes you can. Try taking any meat product fresh out of cold storage and smoking at the coolest temperature possible. Do not let your smoker go above 100 degrees F. Season or marinade to taste. Only smoke for 1 to 2 hours and then cook as you would normally. Keep the damper at the top of your Bradley Smoker wide open, this helps in keeping the temperature low. This can be a little tricky in the middle of summer when the air temperature is above 60 degrees. The new flavors you can create on your grill or oven are fantastic.

What kind of wood goes well with seafood?
Certain types of wood give a better flavor with different food groups. There is no hard and set rule to this, however try using HICKORY or MESQUITE with pork, beef or red game meat. All types of seafood are excellent with ALDER, MAPLE or our own SPECIAL BLEND. Fruit woods work very well with poultry and fresh water fish. Try using CHERRY with wild duck or chicken.

Please share your smoking and party tips with everyone!

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