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What to Cook on a Smoker: A Beginner’s Guide to the Best Meats to Smoke

If you love to cook, nothing is more enjoyable than cooking on a smoker. If you love eating meat, then you’ll enjoy cooking on a smoker.

But have you ever been confused about what to cook on a smoker?

There are a ton of great smoker recipes that you’ll enjoy. We’ve put together this guide with some of the best recipes, to help you decide what to cook next for your upcoming barbeque!

The Guide on What to Cook on a Smoker

You want to first make sure that you have a great smoker. You want a great offset smoker grill to cook your meat.

You also need to make sure that you are buying the best quality meat.

Once those two things are covered, here are some of the best and unique recipes you should try:

1. Char Siu

This is a great option if you love East Asian cooking. You’ll need a pork shoulder as your meat. The additional ingredients are:

  • 2 Cubes of red fermented tofu
  • 1 tablespoon of Korean red pepper flakes,
  • 4 slices (2-3 tablespoons) of ginger
  • 2 tablespoons of molasses
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of Hoisin sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese five-spice powder
  • 2 tablespoons of Chinese cooking wine
  • 2 tablespoons of Soy sauce

This is made by cutting the pork meat into small strips – preferably cutlets. In a big bowl, pour in all the other ingredients except for the honey. Mix them together for your marinade. Add your pork cutlets and keep it in the fridge for 24 hours.

After 24 hours, keep the pork separate and add the honey to the marinade. Mix it well. Cook the marinade on low heat until it starts to boil.

To cook the meat, heat up your smoker to 325F. Once heated, cook your cutlets – 15 minutes on each side. There should be a small char on each cutlet. Then, use the heated marinade as a glaze while the meat is still cooking. Give it 5 minutes after glazing and its ready to go.

2. Smoked Ham

For this simple and great recipe, you’ll need to cut up slices of ham. You’ll also need mustard and a BBQ rub of your choice. You also need brown sugar and a spray bottle filled with apple juice.

Rub down the ham with the mustard and BBQ rub. Make sure to cover each slice generously. Heat your smoker to 250F and put the ham slices on them. As you cook each slice, pour a pinch of brown sugar on each slice. Occasionally spray each slice with apple juice.

Leave the ham to cook for 2 hours, remembering to flip each slice on occasion and you are ready to go!

3. Smoked Brisket

For this, you’ll need a 10-pound brisket. Additionally, you need a pinch (or your preferred amount) of brown sugar, garlic powder, paprika, seasoning salt, black pepper, oregano leaves, onion powder, and cumin.

Heat up the smoker to 225F. Generously rub your brisket with the additional ingredients. Then you are ready to heat your brisket. It will take 2 hours to cook and then you are ready to cut into your brisket. Make sure you serve it immediately.

Bon Appetit

Now that you know what to cook on a smoker you’ll love these recipes and your friends will too! Once you become more acquainted with cooking on a smoker you should experiment with different recipes.

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