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Smoking Is a Great Way to Cook

No, we’re not talking about cigarettes or cigars. We’re talking about smoking when it comes to food. Smoking is a great way to cook or preserve food, and it’s a great way to impart that delicious smoky flavor to meats and vegetables. This is the way a lot of die-hard barbecue traditionalists like to do it, and with a little bit of practice is something you can try at home. Here are a few tips for success.

Be Patient!

We can’t emphasize this enough. Smoking is all about the “low and slow” approach, meaning a low temperature for a long period of time. You need to make sure you’re ready for a whole day of cooking, as well as a day of fun!


Smoking comes from burning wood at low temperatures so that they create a lot of smoke. The flavor of the smoke is derived from the type of wood you use. What you choose to use may depend of local availability and your desired flavor. Hardwoods like hickory are traditional, but you may also find a lot of flavor from using fruitwoods like apple, peach, or cherry.

Pile of Wood

Constant Temperature

Part of the challenge of smoking is that you need to maintain a constant, even temperature that’s not too hot. Temperature will depend on what you’re cooking, but you’ll need to make sure you constantly have things heating to provide a consistent cooking temperature.

No Additives

When it comes to any type of grilling, we recommend against using lighter fluid or any additive. These are chemicals that will then spread to your food, and who wants that? Not to mention, it detracts from any of the good flavor you get from the smoke!

If you’re ready to talk to a grill sales expert about the perfect grill or smoker for your home, contact Hi-Tech Appliance. We can help you design a custom outdoor kitchen that features a grill setup, which you and your family can enjoy all summer.

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