With Covid 19 raging through the world and slowing down the pace of life, we are seeing a surprising increase of barbecue related posts flooding social media. I too have jumped on that wagon, however my love for the BBQ world started a while back.
I’ve been a Traeger owner for over 6 years now and it has upped my taste buds and culinary skills to the next level. I’ve been in some local competitions and have even gotten a perfect score front the Kansas City Barbeque Society for my dessert (molten chocolate lava cake with smoked caramel and fresh pralines) all made on the Traeger.
Set it and forget it
With many different methods to smoke or barbecue, I chose a pellet grill. What can I say, it’s the “crockpot” or “easybake” of smokers. Most newer models of pellets grills, Traegers especially are now equipped with Bluetooth and wireless connectivity. This allows you to monitor and even change the temperature from just about anywhere using the app.
Why cook with wood you ask?
One of my favorite benefits from cooking with wood is that it’s natural and free from chemicals. Oak, hickory, maple, mesquite, pecan, apple, alder and cherry are some of the most popular types of hardwood used in cooking. The different types will release a variety of aromas in turn, slightly altering the flavor of your meats and other foods. Cooking with wood also allows an acidic coating to build around the desired meat creating a crust that holds all the natural juices in. All I can say is that you’ ll never eat dry meat when using wood as your primary heat source.
Who doesn’t like a good excuse to invite over a small group, plan a menu and spend the day outside breathing in the yummy scent of smoking meats? It’s the simple joy of a classic summer barbecue that in times of isolation we crave so badly. With social distancing in full effect, why not take advantage of the time we have and use your outdoor space to it’s fullest. Dust off the cornhole boards and get outside.
So if you are on the fence of what grill or smoker to buy, do your research and find what style suits you best.