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  • Guide to Wrapping Brisket: How, Why, and With What?

    Smoking brisket is one of those things that requires steadfast patience and is probably the most stressful thing you'll put in your smoker. Wrapping a brisket during the smoking process is one of the more misunderstood and inaccurately used steps. So we're going to explain all the "how," "why," "when," and "with what" questions you've got about wrapping brisket or any other large hunk of meat you are smoking.
  • How to Make Smoked Beef Jerky

    Making jerky at home isn't hard, but it does take a long time. Fortunately, it's worth it. You'll end up with a better quality, healthier jerky making it yourself when you know some of the best tricks out there. We love making jerky because it gives you the chance to get creative with flavors, textures, and proteins. Making jerky in a smoker takes your snack to the next level, letting you play even more with unique flavor combinations. Learn how!
  • Buttery Smoked Corn on the Cob Recipe

    While we love the classic methods of cooking corn, today we are going to share what we consider to be the ultimate way to enjoy this bountiful grain – smoked. In fact, smoked corn is so good that we even created our own seasoning just for this recipe. Our Bearded Butcher Butter Blend gives you the perfect combination of rich and creamy butter flavor with just enough kick.
  • The Best Charcoal Smokers for 2021

    There is no smoker that will give you a more authentic smokehouse flavor than a charcoal smoker design. There are lots of different options out there that all aim to offer ease-of-use, consistency, and durable design. However, some smokers are simply better than others. We'll give you a guide to our favorite designs and the best charcoal smoker products on the market for 2021 to help simplify your search for your next smoker.
  • Smoking Times and Temperatures

    Perfectly smoking meat is as much an art as it is a science. If you know the correct temperature to run your smoker and the ideal internal temperature of your meat, you stand a good chance of getting the science part right. The artistry is all about the flavors, spices, and wood you choose. Today, we are going to explain how to time your smoker perfectly so that you never have to worry about over- or under-cooking your meat.
  • The Benefits of Pellet Grills

    Pellet grills are all the rage right now and have been for several years. It seems like every time you look, there is a new model to choose from. A good quality pellet smoker isn't a cheap investment and it can be a chore to decide if a pellet grill is even right for you, especially if you've never used one before. Before you go out and drop big bucks on a pellet grill, you should read our article on the benefits – and potential drawbacks – associated with pellet grills.
  • The Best Smoked Meats

    Figuring out the best meat for smoking isn't always easy. If you've fallen into the habit of just grabbing baby back ribs or a pork butt every time you fire up the smoker, it can be difficult to be creative and try new things. So we're sharing our favorite cuts, recipes, and seasonings with you and giving some expert tips to make sure your smoked meat is delicious every time.

  • Smoker vs Grill – What is the Difference?

    Choosing between a smoker and a grill is a challenge. Before you shell out hard-earned cash, we want to let you know about the functional differences between grills and smokers that can make or break your decision.
  • Easy Smoked Fish Recipe

    It's easy to smoke fish incorrectly and end up with an expensive piece of dry and tasteless meat. We're going to show you the right way to smoke fish today so you'll be confident that you can get professional results every time.
  • The Ultimate Guide to Smoking with A Traeger Grill

    Consider this your ultimate guide for everything you need to know about how a Traeger Grill works, what makes different models more expensive, and how you can use a Traeger Grill to get the best smoked meat of your life. When you're ready for the most frustration-free way of smoking, a Traeger is a great investment. You'll never look at smoking the same once you start using one.
  • How Does a Smoker Work

    A critical step when you want to learn to smoke meat is to understand the way a smoker works. There are several designs on the market with similarities and differences in the way they make smoke. Once you know how your smoker works, you'll be able to control the temperature and the amount of smoke to perfect your grilling skills.
  • What is Butcher Paper & Where Can You Buy It

    Butcher paper is one of those things that is misunderstood and often left out of the smoking process because of the confusion of what it is and what it does. It's also not always the easiest item to find in the stores, either. But if you want to know the secret to intense smoky flavors, juiciness, and a tender roast – keep reading.