Many home cooks are intimidated by smoking. Any confidence-boosting advice?
“When done properly, smoking is no different than baking. Like an oven, a smoker uses indirect heat, but at lower temperatures, so it’s even harder to mess up.”
Which smoker is a good starting point for beginners?
“I like Traeger smokers for cooks of any level. They’re automated, use a thermostat and are fairly simple to clean and maintain. They’re more of an investment but well worth it.”
What should you cook to break in a new smoker?
“A great starting point is a whole butterflied chicken. A 3 lb (1.36 kg) bird will cook beautifully in roughly 1 hour and 15 minutes at 300°F (150°C). This is considered “hot and fast” in the barbecue world!