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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Health News

Chanoch Harow’s Advice On How To Remain Positive During COVID-19

There are many instances where we forget that a pandemic is still a preceding issue in society. When the mask mandate first occurred, it was hard to get used to constantly having a mask on. Doctors like Chanoch Harow are doing their best to develop techniques on how to keep people safe while enlightening them with positivity. 

The first way Dr. Harow recommends how his friends, family, and patients can remain positive by setting weekly goals. That can include, “work out for an hour a day”, “read for thirty minutes” or whatever is suitable to the individual. Once a routine is formulated, it’s a lot easier to keep motivation high and be more productive during the week. There are tendencies to just sit on the couch and watch movies all day. In fact, that is not productive and doesn’t help keep individuals enlightened. Going on a socially distant walk or run is much more acceptable to keeping serotonin levels high. In addition, there can be planning done for each day. Each person in a given family can pick to do one activity or event. That way, all feel included and happy with the outcome of each day. 

Chanoch has developed a routine for his family that can be beneficial to anyone. During the summer months, he woke up his family every other day to go on a hike or a walk. This helps their lungs stay healthy and strong. Next, he would make sure they all took vitamins and supplements. Now, there are so many types of supplements available in grocery and nutritional stores. If his son is feeling under the weather, adding some green supplements to a smoothie might help boost the metabolism and immune system. 

Doctors have the responsibility of keeping their patients happy as well. According to Mass News, Chanoch’s wife, Rachel Harow, has never seen him so emotionally drained. Chanoch loves his job and that’s what makes him so good at it. However, with patients being at high risk, he never wants to disappoint them with bad news. Keeping a smile on his face is the first step in upholding his positive attitude throughout the workday. Unfortunately, as one can assume, Chanoch has seen patients get sick and it’s a very melancholy experience for him. The best way to stay positive during another going through an illness is by supporting them and ensuring that they are never alone. It is such a scary time and the last thing people want to feel like is as if they have to battle this illness themselves. Having a strong support system of nurses, family members, doctors, and friends is something that Harow values. Overall, the need to spread positivity in one’s own life and around others is very important. Many people need advice or support to remain willing to fight the pandemic. Chanoch enjoys looking at pictures, as listed below. Reminding himself of the good times his family had is very beneficial to his mental health. Picture and home videos mean so much to individuals and can really make people smile. Although it may seem like traveling will never be the same again, after time, there will be some light on the subject. With everyone remaining positive and fluid during these times, lots can be accomplished. Chanoch Harow’s family loves to reminisce about past experiences and memories to keep sports high. COVID-19 is unpredictable so that’s why the past should be treasured.


Shalom Lamm on the Future for Brick and Mortar Restaurants

For decades, Shalom Lamm has been a pioneer and a leader in the real estate industry. But the Coronavirus health pandemic has shattered the conventional norms of the industry (as it has for so many small business owners on an international scale). The exodus that we are witnessing from major metropolitan areas such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles is a natural outgrowth of the frustration people have being confined to small spaces during the pandemic.

Of course, nobody reasonable would argue against social distancing, as everything that can, needs to be done in order to ensure the physical safety and good health of members of the public. But at the same time, there are natural implications to imposing strict guidelines that don’t allow city residents freedom to explore and take advantage of the amenities, sites and attractions that these major locales were always able to offer the public.

City dwellers are former city residents are realizing that the premium prices they are paying can no longer be justified under the current circumstances and conditions. It’s obvious why. As Shalom has written on his blog, the conditions surrounding the coronavirus are simply not conducive to living in a cluttered environment. Unfortunately for the political leadership in many of these cities, it has resulted in people fleeing en masse.

We’ve witnessed this sort of mass exodus across the major metropolitan areas, and it has been universal. Irrespective of one’s social status, it seems that people have become growingly disenchanted with the current environment in major city locales. The burdensome tax structure certainly has also not been helpful to the situation.

Many real estate professionals have been lending commentary in recent weeks and months about the effects this exodus will have in the short-term and the long term. Ambit Success and other major consultancies have been analyzing the situation and the effects that are bound to materialize in terms of the depreciation in real estate values across the spectrum.

The question is whether this city metropolitan areas will be able to come back once the situation with the Coronavirus health pandemic dissipates. At the moment, the future certainly seems grim and not bright at all. Let’s hope and pray that the situation improves and by extension, the real estate values and business climates in these major metropolitan cities are restored and stabilized.

The members of the public and the city residents don’t deserve what’s happening to them. Too many small businesses have closed; with bodegas shutting down at an exponential rate in recent weeks and months. But the fervor, strength and courage of city residents has showed no signs of weakening. As Shalom and other real estate investors continue watching the situation carefully, our collective prayers are with those that have been adversely affected by this situation.


Foods For Immune Support During A Worldwide Pandemic

Fact: People are getting sick everywhere in the world.  The Novel Coronavirus has taken a firm hold on the world, and it’s more important now than ever before to know what foods will help keep you healthy.  

While you’re stuck at home, fill your belly with things that will boost your immunity and sharpen your body’s fighting abilities.  Take a quick read through these tasty suggestions, and try adding foods to your diet that enhance your immune system.  


Elderberries have long been an old flu remedy.  The small berries pack quite a punch of healthiness into your body, offering a slew of antioxidants that will also fight off inflammation.  There’s no downside to these tasty berries, and you can find yummy gummies made of elderberries too.  

Button Mushrooms

Button mushrooms are a great source of selenium, B vitamins, riboflavin, and niacin.  Those words may not mean much to your untrained ears, but these health specs are fantastic.  

Selenium deficiencies can cause your body to falter when fighting flu symptoms, and riboflavin/niacin both boost the body’s immune response.  

Citrus Fruits

The vitamin C boost found in citrus fruits is commonly the primary reason people seek them out in terms of health.  The immune system is rewarded with more white blood cells when you have plenty of vitamin C in your diet.  

Try eating your fruits off the grill to put a different spin on dinner.  Men need a consistent 90mg per day, and women need around 75mg of vitamin C per day to boost immunity.  

Red bell peppers

Citrus fruits aren’t the only excellent source of vitamin C.  Red bell peppers trump the vitamin C potential of any citrus fruit you can find.  They have nearly three times as much per portion.  The vitamins in red bell peppers are also great for maintaining healthy skin.  


Garlic is great for immunity, but it also helps to slow the hardening of arteries.  Cultures have used garlic as a healing additive for hundreds of years, and the trend shows no signs of slowing.  


You can’t go wrong adding broccoli to your diet.  It’s full of healthy vitamins your body needs to stay strong, and broccoli is even better for you when it’s not cooked.  Save yourself the trouble, and eat fresh broccoli.  


Oysters are a well-known aphrodisiac, but they’re also a great source of zinc.  Zinc helps to create new white blood cells, which are primarily responsible for your body’s immune response.  


Yogurt with added vitamin D is your best choice.  The boost of vitamin D helps the body fight against cold and flu symptoms.  Check to make sure you purchase yogurt infused with live cultures, so you may also reap the benefits of the probiotics.

Food News

How Jack Landsmanas creates sustainable food security for Mexico

With technology growing and improving at exponential rates around the world, it’s time to start focusing on sustainability. That’s what entrepreneur Jack Landsmanas’ company Corporativo Kosmos is focusing on now: adopting and further developing sustainable practices.

As the leader of Mexico’s largest foodservice provider, Jack Landsmanas takes the initiative to invest in new technologies and innovations within the food industry, with the intent to give back.

The History of Corporativo Kosmos

Corporativo Kosmos was founded in 1959 by Don Pablo Landsmanas, Jack Landsmanas’ grandfather who strove to make a difference in his community. Before it became the powerhouse it is today, Pablo Landsmanas’ business began as a small butcher shop called La Modelo. With the passion and drive to create an impact on the world around him, Pablo created a company culture focused on serving others first, which organically grew into the ethical corporation it is today.

Now, under Jack Landsmanas’ leadership, the companies and organizations that comprise Corporativo Kosmos move tons of food every day, proudly serving and feeding communities across Mexico – honoring his grandfather’s legacy.

Sustainability in the Food Industry

Sustainability is all about looking at the big picture, making headway now to benefit the goals of tomorrow and on. This concept comes with placing value on optimization, reducing waste, and satisfying the needs of consumers today and future generations.

Jack Landsmanas believes that sustainable businesses are key to success in the future, but they’re also essential for supporting domestic and international economies, the earth, and up leveling the quality of life worldwide. He says, “We’ve launched a few sustainability projects with Corporativo Kosmos, but I think sustainability-focused ventures are the next big thing. If we can build a better battery, better solar panels, or more efficient water conservation solutions, we can save so many lives around the world. Life would be so much better for everyone. And the demand is there, too.”

The development of biotechnology is the first step to achieving sustainability: starting in the fields, all the way to the kitchen table. Starting with crop growth, biotechnology specializes in researching improvements for the quality of crops, reducing contamination, and preventing loss of crops from pest infestation.

This is where Jack Landsmanas takes sustainability a step further. Under his leadership, Corporativo Kosmos created a Sustainability Platform and established specific Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the company per The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United States’ long-term goals.

Sustainable Development Goals

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United States established an agenda to work toward sustainable development by 2030, which includes a total of 17 Sustainable Development Goals:

  1. Ending poverty worldwide
  2. Ending hunger and malnutrition
  3. Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all
  4. Ensuring inclusive and quality life-long education and learning
  5. Achieving gender equality, specifically through the empowerment of all women and girls
  6. Ensuring the availability of quality water and adequate sanitation
  7. Ensuring access to clean energy for all
  8. Promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth and employment
  9. Promoting sustainable industrialization and fostering innovation
  10. Reducing inequality within and among countries
  11. Making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  12. Ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns
  13. Taking urgent action to combat climate change
  14. Conserving oceans, seas, and marine life and resources
  15. Sustainably managing forests and combating biodiversity loss
  16. Promoting peaceful societies, and preventing conflict and distress migration
  17. Revitalizing the global partnership for sustainable development

Essentially, Jack Landsmanas’s mission with Corporativo Kosmos boils these goals down to 3 main focus areas:

Zero Hunger

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United States approximates that only 40% of produced food is consumed by humans and animals; the rest becomes waste. 30% of crops are rendered inedible due to pests and plant diseases, and consumers waste an additional 30% of food once it’s in their possession. With the proper use of biotechnology and utilizing ethical suppliers, less food will be wasted worldwide.

The next step toward achieving food security worldwide is promoting responsible production and consumption by establishing a circular economy. In a circular economy, resources are used for as long as possible, with every ounce of value extracted from the products while in use. From there, the leftovers are recovered and regenerated for as long as possible. Practically speaking, this means replacing plastic packaging with recyclable or biodegradable materials and investing in renewable energy sources.

Clean Water:

Water is a highly valuable and non-negotiable resource within the food industry. It’s used in every step in production and distribution. From growing food on farms, washing fresh produce, cooking, and sanitizing, clean water is an absolute necessity.

Jack Landsmanas specifically incorporates water-saving strategies such as the closed-loop system and vacuum evaporation.

Combating Climate Change

All resources ultimately come from the earth. With weather patterns becoming more extreme due to human-induced climate change, caring for the earth is more important now than ever before.

This is where Jack Landsmanas’ Sustainability Platform comes in. In addition to reducing waste, recycling where possible, and incorporating water-saving strategies, Corporativo Kosmos takes a more personal approach. Within Corporativo Kosmos is The Pablo Landsmanas Foundation, which promotes the protection of the environment and promoting economic development in Mexico as a result.

In essence, Jack Landsmanas, Corporativo Kosmos, and The Pablo Landsmanas Foundation are all working a sustainable future for you, for them, for Mexico.