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Smoking Meat Essential Guide
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The ultimate how-to guide for smoking all kinds of meat, poultry and fish.

From the creator of the world's highest-ranking website on smoking meat, comes this guide to mastering the 'low and slow' art of smoking meat, poultry and fish at home. Smoking Meat takes home smokers new and experienced step by step through the basic and finer points of 'smokeology' -- how to choose a smoker among the various models available, how to set up and modify a smoker (whether charcoal, gas or electric), which wood to use, how to build and maintain a fire, what tools, equipment and supplies to buy, and how to stock a smoking-meat pantry.

Star smoker Jeff Phillips covers every step -- brining (hot and cold), injecting, marinating, mopping, using foil and pans, crisping, how to butcher meat and poultry, making sauces and rubs, including his essential 'mop water', keeping food safe at home and while traveling, and much more.

The smoking recipes for the stars of the dish -- beef, pork, poultry, fish -- include Smoked Chicken Quarters, Al's 3-2-1 Asian Ribs, Pan-smoked Brisket (pulled pork), Cherry-smoked Prime Rib, Smoked Hot Wings, Smoked Whole Turkey, Cajun-smoked Frog Legs, Smoked Mahi-Mahi, Whole Trout, and Smoked Salmon, and other choices for all food tastes.

The wide range of delicious recipes includes:

classic barbecue favorites, such as chicken, ribs and brisket
sauces, rubs and brine that kick up flavor and tenderness
specialty dishes, such as duck, meatloaf and fatties (rolled up ground meats and fillings wrapped in bacon)
side dishes, such as cheesy taters, fire corn, baked beans, succotash, garlic mashed potatoes, cheese-stuffed jalapenos.
Smoking Meat truly is the essential guide to making real barbecue at home. Home cooks will discover that it is the only guide they will ever need. It has detailed guidance gained over years of experience, clear instructions and advice on equipment and methods, step-by-step directions for every recipe, and a fabulous variety of mouth-watering spicy and mild dishes to suit all tastes.

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Michael J.
United States

Essential reference

Excellent book that covers all facets of smoking food. Easy to read and comprehend.

David G.
United States

Awesome Book

This book contains all of the important information that I normally got off of Smoking Meat Forum (that I am a part of) and I can take it with me when I camp away from internet connections. I love it and would say "BUY IT" to any one who asks if it is any good.

Joshua B.
United States


The intro itself is worth buying this book. In the digital age, where you can essentially look anything up on Google, it was nice to be able to find all the necessary information related to Jeff's love of BBQ, smoker varieties, wood types, and common techniques all in one place. I definitely enjoyed reading this on my back porch while puffing on a stogie, compared to searching through results from Google for the same information. This book is a nice starting piece if you're looking to get into Smoking your own food.

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Daniel B.
United States

Great cookbook

Best smoker recipes I have tried yet. There is very helpful tips for the beginner and some great ideas for the veterans of the smoker too

Daniel B. verified customer review of Smoking Meat Essential Guide
Paul l

Fantastic information!

Have been getting the weekly recipes for a couple of years and been printing them out. The book is even better because of the in depth info nothing is left for guess work. I always spring one of the awesome ones at parties!