HOW TO USE A CHARCOAL SMOKER

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With hunting season nearing an end in many areas, it's time to get those grills and smokers ready for some fresh game meat.

If you haven’t used a charcoal smoker before, getting started can be a little overwhelming.  There are four main types of smokers in popular use: charcoal, propane, electricity, and off-set.

In addition to the taste, smoking meat is a great way to preserve food off the grid. You can smoke all sorts of meat, and even use your smoker for making dried fish or pemmican.

GETTING YOUR SMOKER AND CHARCOAL READY

Remember, when smoking something you want to avoid cooking with direct heat. Instead, pile the coals up under one side of your cooking grate, opposite the side with your meat.

HOW TO USE A CHARCOAL SMOKER: PLACING THE COALS

Adding wood chips to the charcoal will help add some more smoky flavor to your meal.  Select your type of wood depending on what flavor profile you want to add to the dish.

ADDING WOOD CHIPS TO YOUR SMOKER

BEST TYPES OF WOOD CHIPS FOR SMOKERS

You can buy different sized wood chunks, depending on what your smoker will accommodate.  The larger chunks will burn and create smoke longer, reducing how often you need to replenish them.

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