Gifts For Meat Smokers
I heard that the pandemic pushed guys into a few different at-home hobbies. Some got into DIY, fixing things around the house, taking on projects that were on their to-do list. Other hobbies included getting back in shape. But oddly enough, one trend I don’t think anyone saw coming was the rise of meat smoking popularity.
I myself bought an old-school Weber Grill and have smoked a number of different kinds of meat over the last 2 years. I have perfected my rib recipe. I smoked a Brisket, which looking back I would have done differently along with half a dozen other things.
What is Smoking? Why do People do it?
First odd, We need to learn the difference between Grilling, Smoking, and BBQ’ng as all three are important to understand.
- Grilling means cooking over a fire, hot and fast. There’s not a lot involved in grilling steaks, but that’s not the case with fish, vegetables, or poultry.
- Barbecue is cooking bigger cuts on a grill, the temperature needs to be very low: between 190 and 300F
- Smoking is like the extreme version of barbecuing: you’re actually cooking the food with smoke from smoldering chunks or chips of hickory, mesquite, apple, or cherry, each of which contributes its own flavor to the meat. Smoking occurs at an even lower temperature than barbecue, to ensure the smoky flavor infuses the meat as well as cooking it all the way through. You’ll want your grill to be between 125 and 175 F to smoke food; any hotter and the outer parts of the meat will cook too soon, forming a barrier the smoke can’t cross.
The Benefits to Smoking Meat
When you’re smoking meats at lower temperatures for longer periods of time the fats melt. This process is called rendering and is integral to making your meat juicy and flavorful. The collagen breaks down and absorbs water, and meat fat melts into the meat fibers making things super tender.
You’ve heard of “fall of the bone,” well, this happens when you render meat.
People take smoking meat seriously, so I wouldn’t joke around and recommend pointless gift ideas to Meat Smokers. The following are great products that someone would love.
Quality Wireless Meat Thermometer
Odds are the Meat Smoker you’re buying a gift for probably already has one of these, but they break often and there is a wide range of Meat Thermometers, some cheap, some high quality. I like these three.
Meat Smoker Glovers
- PRO DESIGN –Made with Food-Grade neoprene rubber, they are water, fire & stain resistant. Designed for the pit master with insulated textured palm...
- COMFORTABLE & FLAME RESISTANT – The double layer soft cotton liner not only provide max comfortable fitting but also good insulated from heat, the gloves...
- EXTREMELY EASY TO CLEAN - The flexible waterproof neoprene coating on this glove is resistant to heat, grease, oil, water and stains even chemical liquid,...
- 🔥THE PERFECT RIB RACK – Our rib rack makes grilling for yourself and others simple & outstanding. Made with high-quality food-grade stainless steel...
- 🥩HOLDS 4 RIBS – This rib rack optimizes the space in your grill by holding 4 ribs upright while cooking. This allows you to cook other foods in your...
- 🔥FOOD-GRADE STAINLESS STEEL – Turn up tenderness and flavor by cooking your ribs on stainless steel known for quick heat absorption, even heat, and...
This is a great tool to have if you’re trying to squeeze more ribs onto your smoker.
- ✔︎ SUPERIOR QUALITY & TOUGHNESS- Quality construction materials and dishwasher safe.
- ✔︎ 5 FLOW SETTINGS - Deliver accurate and precise amounts of marinade every time by changing the knob setting.
- ✔︎ FLAVOR ENRICHMENT - Includes 4 stainless Steel Commercial Grade twist lock Needle Syringes. (1) 6 inch needle with 12 small holes for liquids (1) 6...
Great tool for smoking Turkeys.
Pink Butcher Paper Roll
- Butchers Paper is ultra durable and strong; does a superior job trapping smoke while releasing steam
- Use our superior Pink Butcher Paper for serving, storing, cooking and smoking your choice of meat
- Uncoated and Unwaxed Butcher Paper: This paper won't leave anything unwanted behind on your food
Smoking Chip Variety Pack
- Variety 6 Pack of Smoking Chips
- Try Western Premium BBQ Products Post Oak BBQ Smoking Chips with these American favorites: Hamburgers, Whole Chicken, BBQ Smoked Wings, or Baby Back or...
- Use with gas grills, electric smokers, griddles, kettle grills and ceramic grills
Chicken Leg Wing Rack
- 🍗14 SLOTS - The gap is perfect size and the slots were tapered then it could hold any size of chicken drumstick
- 🍗FOLDING STAND - The rack could fold up and fits inside the pan for very economical storage if you take it for your barbecue party
- 🍗VERSATILE PAN - The pan not only keeps the juices from dripping on the coals or heat deflector in the smoker but also cooks vegetables in bbq juices
FreshJax Smoked Spices Gift Set
- CERTIFIED ORGANIC by Americert International, CERTIFIED KOSHER by Gesher K, Gluten-free, Vegan, Non-GMO, Non-Irradiated, No Artificial Flavors
- MESQUITE LIME creates a spicy margarita rimmer, chicken rub, and delicious Tex-Mex inspired dishes
- SMOKED CHERRYWOOD will replace your table salt and add a smokey taste to all your favorite meals
Why Do People Love Smoking Meat?
People love smoking meat because it adds a unique and delicious flavor to the meat. Smoking meat involves cooking the meat at a low temperature for an extended period of time using wood chips or wood chunks to create smoke. The smoke adds a rich, smoky flavor to the meat that cannot be achieved through other cooking methods.
Another reason people love smoking meat is that it allows them to experiment with different flavors. Different types of wood can be used to add different flavors to the meat, such as hickory for a strong, smoky flavor or applewood for a sweeter, more subtle flavor. Additionally, various herbs and spices can be added to the wood chips or rubbed onto the meat to create unique flavor combinations.
Smoking meat is also a low and slow cooking method, which helps to tenderize the meat and make it more flavorful. The low temperature and extended cooking time allows the flavors to penetrate the meat and develop fully, resulting in a tender and delicious finished product.
Overall, smoking meat is a popular way to cook meat because it adds a unique and delicious flavor, allows for experimentation with different flavors, and results in tender and flavorful meat.
Mark worked in finance for 32 years, he is now retired. Mark is a Chargers fan, has 3 children (all grown) and 2 grandchildren. He enjoys writing, golfing, cooking, and spending time with his grandkids. “We learn so many things from golf—how to suffer, for instance.”