The smell of smoked meat wafting through the air is hard to beat. Your mouth will be watering the second you start to smell the aroma of wood smoke and taste juicy tender meat. Barbecue is an American staple. For a true aficionado, the portable smoker is the new must-have when it comes to BBQ equipment.
Portable smokers utilize wood chips that you place in the hopper. A fan inside the firebox directs air from the chips inside the smoker. This gets you that deliciously sweet, smoky flavor.
Looking for grilling tips for your pellet smoker? Read on for 5 smoker tips that will take your grill game to the next level.
1. Slow Down
When you’re working with smoker recipes, you want to remember to slow down. Low heat and slow cooking will get you the moist, juicy meat you’re looking to serve.
2. Work Smart Not Hard
You must go slow, but that doesn’t mean you’re chained to your grill all day. The GMG Davy Crockett Grill has wifi capabilities. You can turn on your grill using the smart controls.
This means you can get the grill started while you’re out of the house. You can control the temperatures and smoke.
3. Go Easy on the Wood Chips
When you get a portable smoker, you may be excited to try out grill recipes. Enthusiasm is great, but don’t go overboard with the wood chips. If you use too many, you’ll run the risk of your meat tasting bitter.
The smoke is like a finishing touch. Try to smoke your meat for around half of the cooking time – or less.
4. Care About the Air
Pay attention to the airflow when you’re grilling. You can open the side and top vents to control how air flows inside your grill. You want to draw smoke from the wood over your food, and then back out again.
A simple rule of thumb is that you want your smoke to be white. This means the smoky, woody taste is infusing your food. If you see black smoke, it means you don’t have enough ventilation in your grill and your food is not going to taste good.
5. Maintain Your Portable Smoker
Every few times you use your pellet smoker, check on your firebox. Clean it out and make sure there’s not too much ash. Before you cook, check that you have enough wood pellets stored in the hopper.
Prior to cooking, heat up your grill at around 225 degrees or higher. Keep it at this temperature for a few minutes to sanitize the grill before you cook your meal.
Wow Your Loved Ones With Your Portable Smoker
With these five tips, you’ll be using your portable smoker like a pro. Your meat will be tender, juicy, and have that signature woody smoky flavor. You’ll know what to look out for and avoid rookie mistakes.
Looking for some recipe inspiration of what to cook next on your portable smoker? Be sure to check out the rest of my blog for some delicious ideas!