Smoked Beef Jerky on Electric Smoker

 

Initial methods of preserving meat involved dehydrating it. Fats were removed while cutting the meat into very thin slices. This meat was then dried over low heat. Low temperatures ensured it was not over dried or cooked. The fat-free meat so obtained came to be known as jerky. However, some still savor the taste of jerky despite its outdated method of preservation. As an advantage of it, the meat is free from fat and is so loaded with proteins.

In case you own an electric smoker, you could easily make jerky at home. Let us find out how it is done.Initial methods of preserving meat involved dehydrating it. Fats were removed while cutting the meat into very thin slices. This meat was then dried over low heat. Low temperatures ensured it was not over dried or cooked. The fat-free meat so obtained came to be known as jerky. However, some still savor the taste of jerky despite its outdated method of preservation. As an advantage of it, the meat is free from fat and is so loaded with proteins. In case you own an electric smoker, you could easily make jerky at home. Let us find out how it is done.

1. The time required

The marinating process involves meat to stand overnight. And, the process of cooking in the smoker may take about 6 to15 hours and has to do with your electric smoker. Roughly putting it together, Smoked Beef Jerky requires about one and half days to get through.

2. The ingredients required

You will procure a little acumen for your smoked jerky. Here are the things you would require:-

  • A pound of beef
  • A teaspoon of black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons of onion powder
  • A tablespoon of flakes of red pepper
  • Two tablespoons of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • Half a cup of soy sauce
  • With these ingredients beside you, you may consider moving forward with the recipe of Smoked Beef Jerky.

 

3. The smoking process

Smoked Beef Jerky would demand patience of you with an elongated process of smoking. There are a few things that need to be taken care of. Although the process is not really tedious, it is just lengthy.

Stick to steps that follow to get through it:-

  • You need to cut the meat into thin strips, preferably ¼ inches thick.
  • While slicing, you must remove fat as you encounter it.
  • In a bowl, mix black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper, honey, Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce together, thoroughly.
  • Apply this mixture on the beef strips.
  • Allow the meat to marinate in the refrigerator, overnight.
  • Ensure a preheating temperature of 165 degrees Fin your smoker.
  • Fill out the smoker’s water pan.
  • Use your best wood chips to lend a smoky flavor to your beef.
  • At the aforementioned temperature, place your meat in the smoker.
  • Beef could be hanged from the racks or skewered to be placed in the smoker. You may even consider laying it flat.
  • Smoke the meat for about 6 hours.
  • You may keep a check by removing a strip from the smoker and seeing if it is firm. If it happens to be limp, put in back into the smoker.
  • Jerky may take up to 15 hours to be smoked properly.

You must keep your patience.Once done, you may serve it on the plate with your favorite garnish or rather have it straight off. To experience the delight of this traditional scrumptious recipe, you should get moving now!

Greek Grilled Eggplant

 

If meat is succulent and loaded with nutrients, vegans to do not run out of healthy choices. One such nutrient rich choice is eggplant. It is considered to be an excellent source of copper and dietary fiber – both essential for the smooth function of the human body. It also contains chlorogenic acid. Eggplant has a taste that comes specific to it and can prove a worthy ingredient for many recipes.

However, if you make it properly enough, it can come out as a standalone recipe. One such recipe we are taking up here is Greek Grilled Eggplant. So, let us not waste much time and see how this recipe stands out.If meat is succulent and loaded with nutrients, vegans to do not run out of healthy choices. One such nutrient rich choice is eggplant. It is considered to be an excellent source of copper and dietary fiber – both essential for the smooth function of the human body. It also contains chlorogenic acid.

Eggplant has a taste that comes specific to it and can prove a worthy ingredient for many recipes. However, if you make it properly enough, it can come out as a standalone recipe. One such recipe we are taking up here is Greek Grilled Eggplant. So, let us not waste much time and see how this recipe stands out.

1. The time required

As any other vegan recipe, Greek Grilled Eggplant is pretty easy to pull off. It hardly requires a total time of 45 minutes, of which 10 minutes is the preparation time. The recipe we would be considering here serves 2 people.

2. The required ingredients

To pull off a stellar grilled eggplant, you need to grab a few things that can be found in the comfort of your home. The required ingredients are as follows:-

  • An eggplant, medium sized and cut lengthwise
  • Some oregano leaves
  • Some crushed flakes of red pepper
  • Some crumbled Feta
  • Some balsamic glaze
  • A tinge of black pepper, freshly ground
  • 2 tablespoons filled with olive oil, preferably extra virgin
  • Some kosher salt

Once you are organized with these items, you are ready to take your journey forward.

 

3. The process of grilling

There is not much involved in coming up with a good eggplant. As mentioned earlier too, it is fairly easy to make and can cater to all tastes. However, it is advisable to stick to the steps that follow:-

  1. Fire up your grill and let the temperature rise up to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. This is the preheating temperature.- Use a baking sheet and place over it, your eggplant with the cut sides facing upward.
  3. Sprinkle some salt on each side of the eggplant.
  4. Allow this to sit for about thirty minutes.
  5. Brush these eggplant pieces with oil.
  6. Now with the cut side facing downward, place each piece of the eggplant on the grill.
  7. Start grilling it.- Allow about 4-5 minutes for grilling.
  8. Now flip the halves over.
  9. Continue grilling for another 2 minutes.
  10. Scoop them up from the smoker after that.
  11. Use pepper and salt for seasoning of the grilled eggplants
  12. Slightly dab your eggplant halves with balsamic glaze.
  13. Use fresh oregano, flakes of red pepper and feta for topping it.
  14. Serve your Greek Grilled Eggplant on a platter.

Hence, the process comes to an end with this. Your Greek Grilled Eggplant is ready to be savored by eager and proud vegans. As mentioned before, the process is fairly simple and tidy. You may want to grab a bite of it now. When it comes to food, there is no point in waiting. So, you must be on your toes now!

Pork Shoulder Recipe

Nutrition and taste of pork have not been hidden facets. It is considered to be a celebrated source of protein and is common delight among foodies. However, pork shoulder needs to cooked under utmost care, giving it enough hours to turn out a delicacy. In this recipe, we take a look at how a smoked pork shoulder is pulled off on a charcoal grill. Not to recall, smoky is flavor is something everybody is obsessing over. Let us add the health and the flavor together to come up with a culinary jewel. Here is how to do it.

The time required

This process is going to be tedious. You may long to see the destination as soon as possible but rest assured the end product would quench every thirst. Roughly, smoked pork shoulder requires a preparation time of about 12 hours and a cook time of about 8 hours. The total time would be a staggering 20 hours.

Ingredients required

For the shoulder:

  • About 5 to 7 pounds of pork shoulder, bone-in
  • About 7 pounds of charcoal
  • You can choose a barbecue rub

For the sauce:

  • A tablespoon of cayenne pepper
  • A tablespoon of black pepper
  • 2 cups filled with white vinegar, preferably distilled with these ingredients arranged for, you all set to move forward with the rest of the recipe.

 Let us see what it takes – The cooking procedure

Let’s go!

  • You need to use the rub of your choice on the pork shoulder a night before it is smoked. Having rubbed it, place it in the fridge overnight.
  • Soak some wood briquettes for about thirty minutes on the day of cooking. You can use hickory chips.
  • Use charcoal briquettes to start the flame on your smoker.
  • Use some vegetable oil to grease the grates.
  • Place your pork shoulder on to the grill, preferably rake the briquettes into opposite sides of the grate and the meat goes to the middle of your grill.
  • Temperature has to be maintained at around 250 degrees Fahrenheit. It is recommended that you keep a check on the charcoal content all through the day, preferably at every hour add some pieces of charcoal.
  • While opening the lid for adding more charcoal, moisten the meat at regular intervals. This also enhances flavor.
  • Note the internal temperature of the meat.
  • When it reaches about 185 degrees F, use aluminum foil to wrap the meat.
  • Continue cooking for some more time until the inserted thermometer reads about 195 degrees F.
  • At this point, the meat and bone should be falling apart.
  • Remove the bone from the meat and cleave it into thin and tender shreds.
  • Here, your smoked shoulder is ready.

This brings an end to the tedious process of smoking. Ideally, the smoking process would take about 8 hours. After this time has elapsed, you can savor the smoky flavor of your pork shoulder. Now, get moving, on your toes and smoke!

Stuffed Mushrooms on a Grill

Mushrooms are considered to be pregnant with health benefits and go awe so delightful on the platter. From bolstering the immune system to providing essential daily vitamins and minerals, mushrooms go a long way to add a tinge of health to your lifestyle. Also, they are known to lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases. If you plan on enhancing the flavor of your mushrooms, consider stuffing them and chucking them on a grill with the help of the guide that follows.

Let us find out how mushrooms can combine health and taste when on a grill.Mushrooms are considered to be pregnant with health benefits and go awe so delightful on the platter. From bolstering the immune system to providing essential daily vitamins and minerals, mushrooms go a long way to add a tinge of health to your lifestyle. Also, they are known to lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases. If you plan on enhancing the flavor of your mushrooms, consider stuffing them and chucking them on a grill with the help of the guide that follows.

Let us find out how mushrooms can combine health and taste when on a grill.

1. Time required

There is nothing much to worry here. You just need to dedicate 30 minutes or so to the stuffed mushroom recipe to pull off a stunning smoky flavor.

2. Ingredients required

There sure is a bunch of things you may require for this recipe. Let us take a look what they are:-

  • Rinse 12 medium sized crimini mushrooms clean of any grit
  • Pepper and salt
  • Half a cup breadcrumbs
  • A cup of grated cheese
  • Half a cup of diced sweet onion
  • Half a cup of diced poblano pepper
  • A red jalapeno, diced
  • A small, diced bell pepper
  • A tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, take extra for oiling the grill.

Once you have these items at hand, cooking further would be  a cinch with the procedure guide that follows.

3. The cooking procedure

You just have to stick to the steps that follow to come up with a stellar smoked stuffed mushroom:-

  • Fire up your grill and allow it to preheat for some time.
  • Cut off the stems of all the mushrooms with a small knife.
  • For stuffing, a cavity has to be created by hollowing out the mushrooms. This has to be done carefully in order to avoid cutting through the mushrooms.
  • Take a skillet and in it, heat the extra virgin olive oil on medium flame.
  • To this add pepper and salt, onion and diced peppers.
  • Cook these vegetables for about 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat allow them to stand for some time to cool.
  • Stir some grated cheese with this.
  • In another skillet, toast some breadcrumbs on low heat. Toast them until they appear lightly browned.
  • Now grab the mushrooms and stuff them with the vegetable mixture. Spread some breadcrumbs over the mushrooms.
  • Use the extra oil to lightly dab the grill. A paper towel may be used to help the process.
  • Transfer the so stuffed mushrooms on to the grill.
  • Carefully lower down the lid and allow cooking for about 6 minutes. During this time, the cheese melts and mushrooms are cooked throughout.
  • Take them off the grill and serve hot on the platter.Hence, your smoky flavored stuffed mushroom is all ready to tickle some taste buds. Get some creative and use stuffing of your choice. Now, buckle up and light that grill up!

Smoked Brussels sprouts on Charcoal Grill

Brussels sprouts are pretty much known for their nutritional benefits. However, with enormous health benefits comes the dislike for its taste. It is not a hidden fact that each one of us hated Brussels sprouts somewhere as a child; even though we acknowledge those puerile dislikes, we seldom tend to go back to recipes we once hated. But, when the recipe of smoking Brussels sprouts is pulled off correctly, even the kids would be delighted and might ask for more of it. Let us find out how you can add flavor to the Brussels sprouts.

The time required

Smoked Brussels sprouts is easy to make and does not consume much of your time. Hardly, given a cooking time of 30 minutes and they would come out as the best childhood memory ever.

Nutritional information

Brussels sprouts are considered to be loaded with nutrients(they have got to cover up the flavor, anyway). Here is a little insight into what they have to offer:

  • Calorie count at 56
  • 4 grams of fiber
  • 4 grams of protein
  • Vitamins A, C and K
  • Some amount of manganese and folate

That is a lot, by the way.

Required ingredients

Here is a little list of what can be kept handy while dealing with smoky flavored Brussels sprouts:

  • A pound of Brussels sprouts which would serve approximately four people
  • Some kosher salt
  • A teaspoon full of garlic salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon full of pepper that is cracked
  • 2 tablespoon loaded with extra virgin olive oil

If you got all of these, you are ready to move further with this recipe

The smoking procedure

Lending a smoky flavor to Brussels sprouts is one of the easiest tasks in this universe, involving no knowledge of landing Apollo 11 on the moon. Just stick to the steps that follow and pull off a great dish:

  • Fire up your charcoal grill and allow the thermometer to register a preheating temperature of 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • While the charcoal grill heating is in process, clean your Brussels sprouts under running water and ensure that the bases have been cut off from each of them.
  • Create some indentation into the bases.
  • Toss these sprouts in a large bowl.
  • Use extra virgin olive oil to drench them.
  • To this, add kosher salt, garlic salt, and pepper according to taste.
  • Use some vegetable oil to oil the grill.
  • Transfer the Brussels sprouts to the grill and spread them out evenly.
  • For about 30 minutes, let them absorb the flavor of charcoal smoke on the grill.
  • After having done that, take them off the grill and place on the platter with their tender smoky flavor.
  • Enjoy watching your kids savor on something they hated so terribly, but not anymore.

The ordinary Brussels sprouts have now been turned into a delicacy that caters to all tastes. It may now seem pointless not to consider cooking them. So, get up!

Baby Back Ribs Recipe

There are no hidden facts about the nutritious package that pork carries with itself. It is loaded with protein and carbohydrates and caters well to the taste of food lovers. With two ribs carrying about 234 calories, it also makes for a hefty diet, something you could never resist on a weekend. Imagine standing beside an oven, cooking an all time favorite pork recipe. To create just that environment, we have here a recipe. Follow this guide for bringing about a perfect Baby Back Ribs.

Let us see how to go about it.There are no hidden facts about the nutritious package that pork carries with itself. It is loaded with protein and carbohydrates and caters well to the taste of food lovers. With two ribs carrying about 234 calories, it also makes for a hefty diet, something you could never resist on a weekend. Imagine standing beside an oven, cooking an all time favorite pork recipe. To create just that environment, we have here a recipe.

Follow this guide for bringing about a perfect Baby Back Ribs. Let us see how to go about it.

1. The time required

Pork, as you might already know, is pretty much time consuming. Though, this recipe narrows down to a preparation time of about 15 minutes and a cook time of about 2 hours and 50 minutes. Add them up to get a total cooking time of 3 hours and 20 minutes. Where it may seem tedious, rest assured it is worth the wait.

2. The ingredients required

There is a bunch of things you need to keep ready in order to pull off Baby Back Ribs. Visit a nearby store to acquire these:-

  1. A rack of baby back ribs
  2. A cup of barbecue sauce
  3. A teaspoon of cayenne pepper, ground
  4. A teaspoon of mustard, dry
  5. A tablespoon of cumin, ground
  6. 2 tablespoons full of black pepper, freshly ground
  7. ¼ cup full of salt
  8. ¼ cup full of brown sugar
  9. ¼ cup full of white sugar
  10. Half a cup of chili powder

When you have these items at hand, you are ready to proceed further with the recipe.

3. The cooking procedure

  • Gear up for the steps that follow:-
  • Ensure that your oven is preheated at 250 degrees Fahrenheit or 120 degrees Celcius.
  • Take a small bowl and blend together chipotle pepper, cayenne pepper, dry mustard, cumin, black pepper, salt, brown sugar, chili powder and white sugar.- On an aluminum foil, place the baby back ribs with their meat-side facing downward.
  • Use a knife to prick the back side of ribs repeatedly.- Use the mixture of rub to apply on all  the sides of the ribs.
  • With back side of the ribs still facing downward, wrap the aluminum foil all around it, creating a seal.
  • Transfer the wrap to a pan and then to the oven.
  • Bake the contents until they turn tender. This should take about two hours.- Take out from the oven and allow cooling down for 15 minutes.
  • Shoot up the temperature of the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 175 degrees Celsius.
  • Unwrap the foil and drain accumulated fat and juices.- Use barbecue sauce to brush on all sides of the meat.
  • Return the contents to the oven, with foil still open. Continue baking for about 10 minutes.
  • Then remove from the oven, apply one more layer of barbecue sauce on the meat side.
  • Repeat the above step for at least four more times, spending almost 50 minutes in the oven.
  • With that done, serve on a platter with barbecue sauce.This brings us to the end of this culinary drive. Now you need to get moving!

Cedar Plank Pizza on Pellet Grill

The versatility of pizza is renowned around the world with a huge range of toppings available: basil, mozzarella with tomatoes, black olives and pepperoni – pizza can be easily molded to suit any taste bud. Anyone, just anyone, even she happens not to be a foodie, would be able to pick out toppings for her pizza. When we discuss this recipe, we tend to stick to simplicity with the onus of picking out topping being on you.

Cedar planks here would lend an even more delectable taste to your pizza; plus, it makes for a stellar presentation. So, let us go through the recipe.The versatility of pizza is renowned around the world for a huge range of toppings available: basil, mozzarella with tomatoes, black olives and pepperoni – pizza can be easily molded to suit any taste bud.

Anyone, just anyone, even she happens not to be a foodie, would be able to pick out toppings for her pizza. When we discuss this recipe, we tend to stick to simplicity with the onus of picking out topping being on you. Cedar planks here would lend an even more delectable taste to your pizza; plus, it makes for a stellar presentation.

So, let us go through the recipe:

1. The time required the recipe we would be going through takes a meager 25 minutes which, in any way, is not a hell lot of time for a dish so wonderful.

2. The ingredients, the time required and the procedure of grilling would add up to four hefty servings. In other words, there would be four incredibly happy people walking out of your living room.

3. Things required, there is not much a hustle in here for a delightful pizza.

You just need to arrange for petty 4-5 things other than keeping your pellet grill ready.

  • Your picks of toppings from your favorites; be your best selective here
  • 2 tablespoons filled with extra virgin olive oil
  • A pound of pizza though that has been pre-made
  • Two of those 5 x 11 inches of Cedar Planks

, which is pretty much the heart of this recipe.These items at hand, you are pretty much ready to proceed further.The cooking procedure Following is a step by step guide to bringing about your best pizza till date.

Stick to these: – Cedar Planks have to be immersed in water and soaked for about one whole hour before proceeding further.

  • Fire up your pellet grill and heat it to 400 degrees Fahrenheit without load.
  • Grab the pre-made dough and cleave it into 2 pieces of the size of your Cedar Planks, that is 5 x 11 inches. Roll them into regular crusts of this size.
  • Use extra virgin olive oil to brush each crust on both sides.
  • Taking utmost care, load the oiled crusts on to the grill that has been pre-heated.
  • Lower down the lid and grill for about two to three minutes.
  • Turn the dough over once it leaves the grate easily and give another 2-3 minutes on the grill.

Loaded Barbecue Chicken Nachos

 

Chicken percolates down as a hot favorite across horizons with its eclectic taste and flavors available all across the world. And, nachos that seem like basic cheese and chips are an all time favorite snack. When we combine these, we have a stellar culinary delight. Get ready to get your hands on this scrumptious recipe involving barbecue chicken and what more? Salsa! You are bound to end up licking your little fingers after bingeing on this recipe.

So, let us not waste more time and learn more about how we could get through to Loaded Barbecue Chicken Nachos.Chicken percolates down as a hot favorite across horizons with its eclectic taste and flavors available all across the world. And, nachos that seem like basic cheese and chips are an all time favorite snack.

When we combine these, we have a stellar culinary delight. Get ready to get your hands on this scrumptious recipe involving barbecue chicken and what more? Salsa! You are bound to end up licking your little fingers after bingeing on this recipe. So, let us not waste more time and learn more about how we could get through to Loaded Barbecue Chicken Nachos.

1. The time required

This succulent keeps you involved and waiting for less than 30 minutes. Without much work, you will be able to pull off this recipe and give a pat on your back for the great work done.

2. The ingredients required

While it may be an easy recipe, it sure requires a bunch of things. And that bunch is heavy. So, the things required are as follows:-

  • 4 cups of roasted chicken breasts, shredded
  • Two and half cups full of cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Lots of tortilla chips- Some sour cream- Some guacamole
  • A lot of barbecue sauce
  • Diced, seeded jalapeno peppers- Some chopped tomatoes
  • ¼ teaspoon of chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of cumin, ground
  • A tablespoon full of fresh lime juice

When these ingredients have arrived, the hard part of the work is done. You are going to sail through the rest of the process.

3. The cooking procedure

Let us now see what the easy part is.Follow these steps to obtain perfect loaded nachos:-

  1. Grab hold of a saucepan.
  2. In it, mix chicken, chili powder, cumin, lime juice and barbecue sauce.
  3. Place the saucepan along with the contents on a medium flame.
  4. Lower the heat to simmer and continue to cook for about ten minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Take it off the heat.
  6. Ensure a preheating temperature of 350 degrees Fahrenheit in the oven.
  7. Over a layer of baking sheet, spread an aluminum foil.
  8. Over the foil, use tortilla chips to spread a layer.
  9. Top this layer of tortilla chips with half of the contents from the saucepan and 1 and a quarter cups of cheddar cheese.
  10. Over this layer of cheese, spread one more layer of chips.- Use the remaining cheese and chicken over this.
  11. Continue baking in the oven for about ten minutes.
  12. By this time, the cheese should have melted and turned golden brown.
  13. Grab chopped barbecue sauce, jalapenos and chopped tomatoes. Use these to garnish the nachos.
  14. These nachos could be served on the platter with sour cream and guacamole.

You are now done.

Enjoy probably the easiest yet tastiest dish available in this world. This recipe would serve about 4 to 6 people.We recommend that the time wasted imagining the recipe in mind be utilized in actually getting up and cooking it. So, what are you waiting for?