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Add Fiery Flavor to Your Food with a Propane BBQ Grill Smoker
Fishermen and meat lovers all over the world have been BBQ- ing and smoke-cooking their meat for centuries. Even though smoke had been used mostly for preserving the excess meat and fish, nowadays it is mostly used to add a touch of extra smoky flavor for your culinary pleasure.
Why Choose a Propane BBQ Grill Smoker?
Propane BBQ Grill Smokers are user-friendly, portable and easy to use. If you enjoy outdoor cooking and eating with friends and family then a propane BBQ grill smoker is the way to go. Because it doesn't require an electrical socket, there is no hassle of constantly adding charcoal to adjust the heat every few minutes. They perform better than other smokers as they produce a good amount of clean heat that gives the food a unique flavor by sealing in the juices of the food. This is why propane BBQ Grill Smokers are the most commonly used smokers in BBQ restaurants.
People choose propane smokers over other smokers for various reasons, especially charcoal ones.
- A propane smoker only requires that you add a certain level of smoker chips and set the temperature.
- The propane used is not a lot, making the propane BBQ grill smoker cost-effective as well
- Propane is clean, easy and convenient to use as it can be set up at a moment's notice
- Gives almost the same smoky complexity of food as a charcoal grill smoker
All these features make having a BBQ much easier for you. Whenever you have friends around at your place, why not serve them something meaty and smoky? You won't need to spend much time or effort to set up the smoker.
What is Cold Smoking?
Cold smoking is the process in which the food is exposed to smoke for flavoring or preservation purposes. The temperature inside the cold smoker is very low; it does not exceed 100oF. With cold smoking you are only adding flavor to the food. The smoke is absorbed by the meat over time, taking a few hours or more. Depending on the weight of the meat, the time it takes to add the smoky flavor to the food is increased or decreased.
The optimum temperature for smoking food is between (68 to 86 degrees F) as it gives the food the smoky flavor you crave while also keeping the meat moist, tender and preserved. Smoking has been used as a preservation method for food in the old days. Even though it is not the best preservation method in the long run, it is best for keeping the meat preserved, better than using artificial preservatives.
Cold smoking is perfect to add a smoky flavor to cured meats and cheese. Propane BBQ grill smokers give the user the option of either cooking the food with hot smoke, or just cold smoking the food to add flavor. You have the option of setting the temperature and use the adjustable pump control to adjust the smoke levels as you please. These customization options enable you to use the grill smoker any which way you prefer.
Difference between Cold Smoking & Hot Smoking
The main difference between hot smoking and cold smoking is that one requires heat (hot smoking) while the other (cold smoking) is only done for the purpose of adding flavor and aroma to the meat. Even though both add flavor to the meat, the cold smoker is not used for cooking purposes. To ensure that no bacteria are present, foods like bacon need to be cooked before they are kept inside a cold smoker.
The only downside to cold smoking is that if the food has not been properly cooked, there will be chances of the food being contaminated. The only way to ensure this does not happen is to cook the food properly, either by hot smoke or by barbecuing it before you cold smoke it. As cold smoking does not involve cooking the meat, make sure that the meat is properly/fully cured before cold smoking.
However, you can avoid cold smoked food getting contaminated by refrigerating it before you place it in the smoker.
Purpose and Function of Cold Smoke Adapters
Cooking on hot days can get really hard if you are going for cold smoking. Cold smoke adapters serve the purpose of keeping the temperatures of the smoke at a certain level. As the food that is being smoked has already been cooked, the purpose of the cold smoker is only to add a smoky flavor. This is where the cold smoke adapter is used to adjust the temperature of the smoker by cooling down the smoke before it reaches the food, resulting in a true cold smoked BBQ.
- Coal smokers
- Electric smokers
- Propane smokers
As the purpose of the cold smoke adapter is to cool down the smoke's temperature, these adapters can be retrofitted with any type of smoker. The only thing to keep in mind is whether the BBQ grill smoker you are using supports a cold smoke adapter or not. If it does, then there is no reason why you shouldn't use it.
To check whether your BBQ grill smoker supports a cold smoke adapter is to see if it has the option for attaching a cold smoke adapter. Most smokers nowadays come with the option of attaching a cold smoke adapter as its purpose is different, but the adapter is attached at the same point. The only difference is that the cold smoke adapter cools down the smoke's temperature before it enters the chamber.
Portability of Propane BBQ Grill Smokers
Propane BBQ grill smokers are extremely portable and can be easily used for outdoor cooking. Most people use smokers for outdoor purposes. This is why companies designing and manufacturing these smokers make sure that their products are versatile enough to be easily taken in vehicles for barbequing, grilling and smoking when going on picnics or camping.
Shapes and Sizes of Propane BBQ Grill Smokers
Propane BBQ grill smokers come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Depending on the requirements of the user, the smallest smoker can prepare enough food for as many as 20 people. For those who want to BBQ and party all night, the largest ones would be more suitable.
When it comes to the smoker's external construction, cast aluminum is the best material as it perfectly cools down the smoke before it enters the chamber. Even though other materials can be used, aluminum is the better insulator, as it can perfectly manage the temperatures of the smoke.
When cooking with propane BBQ grill smokers, it is important to take certain precautionary measures to ensure safety. Whether you are hot smoking or cold smoking, there are a few things you need to keep in mind to make sure that nothing goes wrong. Combining food with fuels and hot metals can be a potential recipe for disaster.
- Never use a propane BBQ grill smoker indoors
- Always check the propane tank's connection before use
- Double check the hose to make sure that it is tightly attached to the propane tank
- Check and replace any defective parts
- Anything that appears rusted or damaged, replace immediately
- Don't be carless with the propane tank
- Avoid damaging or puncturing the propane tank during transportation
- Only use the propane for the purpose you bought it for, i.e. BBQ, grilling and smoking
- Don't burn trash or start camp fires with Propane BBQ tanks
If you are going out for a picnic or going camping with friends and family and want to add a touch of smoky fiery flavor to the food you prepare in an easy, convenient and safe way, then the best way to go is to get a propane BBQ grill Smoker.