As the days start to heat up, so do backyard grills across America. I can already smell the charcoal in the air. But what I really love is barbecue done low and slow, smoker style. It’s the perfect way to level-up a backyard summer get together. So break out your smoker, fire ‘er up, and get cooking! Here are 13 medal-worthy recipes that are sure to have your neighbors salivating.
1) Smoked Pastrami
Homemade pastrami may sound daunting, but the sandwiches are worth the effort. Kevin takes you through the process step-by-step, so fear not. Grab some rye bread and get to work – you’ll have your own deli in no time!
2) ‘3-2-1’ Smoked Ribs
I love nothing more for the Fourth of July than a full plate of savory, juicy, smoked ribs. In this recipe, Jason and Julie walk you through the ‘3-2-1’ method for perfectly tender ribs. Give these a try, and you’ll be sure to impress even the most serious of rib lovers.
3) Dr. Pepper Jalapeño Beef Jerky
This one’s basically Beef Jerky 101. Aside from providing a seriously delicious recipe – Dr. Pepper and jalapeño? Come on! – Susie covers everything you need to know to turn out tender yet crunchy, addictive beef jerky.
4) Homemade Bacon
Ah, bacon. The king of breakfast foods, and perfect complement to just about anything else, whether it’s sweet or savory. And if you smoke it yourself? There are few things more noble than the pursuit of that perfect strip.
5) Smoked Short Ribs
If you’re a smoker novice, this recipe is for you. Short ribs are pretty straightforward and the least time-consuming of low-and-slow BBQ, and the results are darn delicious. When it comes to bang for your beef, short ribs pack a flavorful punch.
6) ‘Atomic Buffalo Turd’ Jalapeño Poppers
Despite the name, these smoky-spicy bites are incredibly tasty. The combo of jalapeno, bacon, little smokie, and cheese filling combine in your smoker to make an appetizer that’s out-of-this-world and, dare I say, atomic.
7) Smoked Baked Beans That Will Change Your Life
A pretty bold statement, but hey, so are the beans. Level-up this classic barbecue side by smoking it with bacon and jalapenos. It’s a great way to maximize the space in your smoker, and it may even steal the show!
The holy grail of smoked meat: the brisket. Part of the reason brisket is so notorious is that it’s notoriously complicated. Thankfully, we have Mary here to tell us everything to consider when selecting, seasoning, and cooking a brisket – based on what kind of smoker you have.
9) Texas-Style Pulled Pork
Pulled pork is what most people mean when they say barbecue, and it’s so famous for good reason. The Texas-inspired, peppery flavors in Derek’s rub make this pulled pork a little special, and great for tacos, in a curry, or of course, on a bun.
10) Hot Smoked Salmon
Ready for something a little different? Your smoker isn’t just for pork or beef! This brined then dry-rubbed then smoked salmon is delicious hot from the smoker or cold on salad or pasta. The possibilities are endless!
11) Reverse-Sear Smoked Ribeye Steak
The reverse-sear is the secret ingredient to an incredible steak. Cook your meat in the smoker to bring out the flavor without losing moisture, and then finish it on the grill for a mouth-watering crust. Pull this out for a date night recipe that’s sure to impress.
12) Applewood-Smoked Chicken
If you want that scrumptious smoked meat flavor, but don’t have all day to watch over your brisket, try a smoked chicken. This recipe is delicious, easy, and marinade does all the work for you while you sleep. Pair it with a feta and apple salad and some smashed potatoes.
13) Smoky Salted Caramel Crème Brûlée
I had to finish with something sweet, and this recipe is a great introduction to smoked desserts. The rich cream, the salty caramel, the savory wood smoke, this one really knocks it out of the park. If you really want to show off your smoker, this custard is your decadent cherry-on-top of a smoker-cooked meal.
Are you drooling yet? I sure am. I hope these recipes inspire you to try something new with your smoker this summer, whether you’re a BBQ expert or a smoking novice. Have you always wanted to make a brisket but didn’t know where to start? Give it a go! And then send some to me, please.