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OFFSET SMOKERS vs PELLET GRILLS

OFFSET SMOKERS vs PELLET GRILLS

THE RUNDOWN

When it comes to selecting your barbecue its very important to understand your style and flavor of cooking! What does this mean? Well for most Australian backyards the common stable is steaks and snags with some grilled vegetable, so in that case there will be no need for any specialized grills such as smokers, spits or charcoal barbecues. You will be able to stick with the traditional LPG/Natural Gas Barbecue.

 

Although if share the passion of the low and slow method of cooking your meats, then you’ll be wanting to consider buying a smoker and/or a charcoal barbecue with a hood.

 

But wait?! What if you want to be grilling 80% of the time but want to also want to smoke every now and then? Then buying a charcoal grill allows you the flexibility for increasing the heat to be able to grill your steaks but also, you’ll be able to lower the heat to slow smoke your brisket!

 

A perfect go between product is The Big Green Egg!

Smokers and Pellet Grills are becoming more and more popular as ways to really maximise the flavour of your cooking by infusing the delicious smokiness of different kinds of chips, wood chunks and pellets into your dishes. We will be going through what exactly are the two and their main differences.

THE RUNDOWN

Smokers and Pellet Grills are becoming more and more popular as ways to really maximise the flavour of your cooking by infusing the delicious smokiness of different kinds of chips, wood chunks and pellets into your dishes. We will be going through what exactly are the two and their main differences.

OFFSET SMOKERS

OffSet smokers, also known as barrel and horizontal smokers are classic ways of wood & charcoal cooking that brings things back to the basics. Mainly with a simple firebox connected to a bigger barrel that contains what you're grilling. A quick tip is build a bed of coals to start the fire and cook and heat with wood.

 

Many BBQ Style competitions in America look at it as the gold standard when it comes to the art of smoking. They are the traditional units that make up the Low N Slow BBQ Smoker cooking world and perfect for cooking meat, vegetables and more over a long period of time on low heat. Doing so, allowing heat and smoke from the fire and wood chips/chunks to pass through the cooking chamber and through the chimney of the bigger barrel.

 

They can be run on pure wood fire with wood chunks or charcoal with a combination of wood chips so they don't burnt out too quick), and start infusing that intense smokiness into your cooking.

 

*Be careful in an offset smoker to not soak wood chips as this will give off a black choking smoke called creosote which makes your smoked meat go from tasting smokey to a bitter and dirty taste and makes the barbecue unit a nightmare to clean.

 

Check out Hark & Landmann for your more traditional units.

 

 

OFFSET SMOKERS

Before you go to buy a barbecue its very important to consider your available area for your barbecue. As apartment living has become increasingly more common, it is not advisable to purchase a 5-6 Burner BBQ as getting the barbecue up to your floor will be a mission and a half and then the space available on your balcony may not allow for the barbecue to fit comfortably.

 

In an apartment situation a product such as the Beefeater Bugg is perfect! Its small enough to not be a hassle to move around, and its large enough that it can easily cook for 6+ people without having to do multiple cooks. Otherwise if you own or rent a home with a sizeable backyard space availability may not be an issue.

 

Although you may have the space that DOES NOT mean you can have the barbecue in that space. This is for indoor/outdoor areas! It may seem to be a good idea to put a barbecue in your undercover area so you can entertain rain, hail or shine but you MUST HAVE the right ventilation!

 

 

OffSet smokers, also known as barrel and horizontal smokers are classic ways of wood & charcoal cooking that brings things back to the basics. Mainly with a simple firebox connected to a bigger barrel that contains what you're grilling. A quick tip is build a bed of coals to start the fire and cook and heat with wood.

 

Many BBQ Style competitions in America look at it as the gold standard when it comes to the art of smoking. They are the traditional units that make up the Low N Slow BBQ Smoker cooking world and perfect for cooking meat, vegetables and more over a long period of time on low heat. Doing so, allowing heat and smoke from the fire and wood chips/chunks to pass through the cooking chamber and through the chimney of the bigger barrel.

They can be run on pure wood fire with wood chunks or charcoal with a combination of wood chips so they don't burnt out too quick), and start infusing that intense smokiness into your cooking.

 

*Be careful in an offset smoker to not soak wood chips as this will give off a black choking smoke called creosote which makes your smoked meat go from tasting smokey to a bitter and dirty taste and makes the barbecue unit a nightmare to clean.

 

Check out Hark & Landmann for your more traditional units.

Any enclosure in which the appliance is used shall comply with one of the following:

 

- An enclosure with walls on all sides, but at least one permanent opening at ground level and no overhead cover. (figure 1)

 

- Within a partial enclosure that includes an overhead enclosure and no more than two walls. (figure 2 and 3)

 

- Within a partial enclosure that includes an overhead cover and more than two walls, the following shall apply. (figures 4 and 5)

 

- At least 25% of the total wall area is completely open.

 

- At least 30% of the remaining wall area is open and unrestricted.

 

- In the case of balconies, at least 20% of the total of the side, back and front wall areas shall be and remain open and unrestricted.

PELLET GRILLS

Outdoor Grilling with a Pellet Smoker is adding a bit of tech to the cooking, and regarded as a modern spin on the traditional offset smokers. Though similar in cooking and look, they run solely on 100% pure hardwood pellets (which are essentially compressed bits of wood).

 

Drip fed usually with sensor technology making the process easy, as the machine will automatically maintain the temperature you set and many of them come with integrated WiFi and a phone application to control remotely such as Traeger and Green Mountain Grills.

Taking away the trouble of watching and maintaining the temperature manually, it is icnreasingly getting more popular even in the competition circuits. Doing away more from just Low N Slow, Pellet Smokers are able to cook casual meals too and pack it full of flavour.

 

Check out Traeger, one of the best known American brands of Pellet Grills, and & Hark for more details.

PELLET SMOKERS

Outdoor Grilling with a Pellet Smoker is adding a bit of tech to the cooking, and regarded as a modern spin on the traditional offset smokers. Though similar in cooking and look, they run solely on 100% pure hardwood pellets (which are essentially compressed bits of wood).

 

Drip fed usually with sensor technology making the process easy, as the machine will automatically maintain the temperature you set and many of them come with integrated WiFi and a phone application to control remotely such as Traeger and Green Mountain Grills.

 

Taking away the trouble of watching and maintaining the temperature manually, it is icnreasingly getting more popular even in the competition circuits. Doing away more from just Low N Slow, Pellet Smokers are able to cook casual meals too and pack it full of flavour.

 

Check out Traeger, one of the best known American brands of Pellet Grills, and & Hark for more details.

 

 

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