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So you’ve gotten the hang of food smoking. When you have friends over for dinner, you’ve stopped prefacing every meal with “I only just bought this food smoker a couple months ago” or “this is my first time with this recipe so I don’t know if it works…”. Then, you proudly present your smoked food art (yes, it’s art) to family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and everybody else who is within a nose’s sniff of your smoked creations.

Create Your Own Recipes or Modify Existing Ones

Now you’re ready to start creating your own recipes, or modifying existing ones. When venturing out on your own, one of the most important decisions to make is what bisquettes to use in your smoker. Bradley makes it simple for us with their easy to use bisquettes, offered in a wide variety of wood flavors.

Discover to which type of food you can associate a certain wood essence for smoking in order to achieve a perfect culinary experience.

But remember, these are just guidelines and are very flexible. Experiment away!

There are some things to keep in mind though. You have to consider the dish as a whole, not just the protein or vegetable you are using. For example, if you are planning on making a spicy and saucy chicken dish, you may want to bump up your smoking to a stronger wood than would otherwise be suggested. Consequently, the smoky flavor will show through the spices. Otherwise, if you want to smoke a large cut of game meat without more seasoning apart for the old faithful salt & pepper combination, then use a milder wood, As a result, the natural flavors of the meat will take center stage.

Personal Preferences Matter

As well keep your personal preferences in mind. If you find woods such as mesquite or hickory overpowering or bitter, then consider only using them for well seasoned and flavorful cuts of meat, such as game or beef. Alternatively, consider changing woods halfway through the smoking process for something milder. Or you can cut the smoking time by finishing it in the oven. Otherwise, if you’re on the other end of the spectrum, and you like a heavy smoke flavor, then woods such as Alder just won’t cut it for any pork dish for you. Just go for something stronger.

Happy smoking!