Food smoking is one way of cooking delicious and tasty meat, where the smoker is designed so as to allow for the heat and smoke to engulf the food, while also passing through it. The idea is to not let the meat come in direct contact with fire, and avoid burning. The meat is never positioned right above the fire, preventing flare ups which may arise from fat dripping onto the fire below. What all these things do is give the food a distinct, yet very tasty smoky flavor. One can achieve a different kind of smoky taste in the food by employing different kinds of wood.
If you have decided to widen your range of consumed food, then food smoker will go a long way in doing just that. When thinking of getting a food smoker you are going to be considering a few things. For instance, food smoking is a long-winded cooking procedure. This is because the food is never actually in touch with the fire, and it does take a while to absorb heat and smoke. This effect means food smoking is not what one would call a quick method of cooking. On the contrary, it is a time-consuming affair, with food smoking taking longer than barbeque meat preparation.
Moving forward from the time related discussion; you should be asking some more questions to yourself. If you are buying smoking equipment, will you be interested in only smoking the food or would you be looking at barbeque as well? If you want to only smoke the food, you could consider going for an independent smoker.
Combo Food Smokers
If you are thinking of grilling and smoking, you could go for a combo cooking oven that allows you to grill barbeque meat while you use the smoke to prepare side dishes like smoked tomato or salmon. If you are going for a combo device that has both grill and smoking options, consider how much space you have in your garden and also in the garden shed where you will be storing the grill when not in use. Within smokers, there are a lot of options.
Do you want to do the basic hot smoking to prepare food for consumption? Or else, if you are planning to reserve meat that can be stored for longer durations, you may want to consider getting a smoker that includes a water tray. A smoker with a water tray allows for wet smoking, which is best suited for food preservation.