Barbecue Made Easy: How To Cook In An Electric Smoker

Do you love juicy, smoked ribs or some delicious pulled pork? The secret for preparing delicious, smoked barbecues, whether dry or wet, is doing it at the ideal temperature. If you are using an electric smoker, all you need to do is to set the right temperature, and your smoker will do the rest. The best part of your barbecue experience is that you do not have to check the meat after every few minutes. Here is how to make delicious barbecues in an electric smoker.

Keep the meat moist

Moist meat adheres better to the smoke particles thereby resulting in a stronger smoky flavor. Smoky meat is also tender. Mix vinegar, apple juice, and Worcestershire sauce and apply it on the meat to keep it moist. Otherwise, you may use the mop sauce. You can use the spray bottle to cover the meat with the sauce or brush off the mixture on the surface of your meat.

If you rather not spray your meat every hour or two, you may consider brining it overnight. Brine adds moisture to your cut helping your meat to retain its natural juices.

Consider smoking at a low temperature

If you want to hasten your ribs, use high temperature. However, the meat is likely to be dry with less flavor. For tender meat, consider putting the meat at a low cooking temperature and smoking it for at least six hours. Low temperatures prevent the water vapor from escaping from your meat thereby enabling it to have a juicy, delicious flavor.

Choose your cut

If you are preparing pulled pork, avoid the lean cuts such as tenderloin. Instead, consider juicer parts such as pork belly, shoulder, and Boston butt. These options easily pull apart after they are smoked. As for the ribs, pick a rack that is pink and not frozen. It should also be trimmed off the excess fat.

Freeze your cut after marinating

You may use a variety of seasoning ingredients that include paprika, mustard powder, cumin, chili powder and the cut side of lemon among others. Once you have rubbed your meat with the seasoning, put them in your refrigerator overnight for some proper marinate. If you did not have the time to prepare the cuts overnight, let your marinated meat stay in the freezer at least two hours before you start smoking.

Remove the meat at least an hour before you start smoking it. For the best results, let the meat warm up to the room temperature. You can also apply seasoning at room temperature.

Preheat your smoker

Preheat your electric cooker up to 255 degrees Fahrenheit. Many smokers will come with a thermometer built in, but if not you may use the oven thermometer to determine if the environment inside the smoker has a uniform temperature. Place the thermometer on the grates where the meat will cook. Once the smoker reaches this temperature, brush the grates with vegetable oil and place your meat for smoking.

Midway through your smoking ( after about three hours), remove your meat from the smoker. Pour a little of the apple juice on it and wrap it with aluminum foil. The juice helps the meat get more flavor-filled and tender. Let your meat stay out for a few minutes before putting it back into the smoker.

Once your meat is ready, let it rest for about five to ten minutes before slicing it. During the time, the decreasing temperatures allow the natural juices to settle. You can then slice your meat and serve it with the rest of the dish. The meat should have a dark brown surface and should be very tender.

Storing barbecued meat

Store the leftover meat in an airtight bag and put it in the fridge. You should consume it in three days. Do not put it back into the smoker when reheating it. Instead, use a pan and cover the meat with a moist paper to keep the meat moist.

You can prepare delicious barbecued cuts on an electric smoker in no time. The smoker is easy to use and requires little attention when cooking. You also get perfect dark brown smoked meat. Try the electric smoker for your next barbecue. Bon appetit!

Designing a Cozy Living Room for Your Family

The living room is the hub of family life. Whether you’ve just finished child-proofing your home for your first brand-new little one or are a parenting pro seeking to reorganize your family’s lifestyle, a functional living room can be reimagined from a cookie-cutter sitcom backdrop to a space that inspires and shapes itself to your family life.

What can your living room become? Every project will shape itself to its own living-room dwellers. Try opening up a discussion and making reorganization a family project! And as you do, consider:

Conversational Seating

Too often, in our digital age, the living room has become defined by two things: a television, a coffee table, and a sofa facing them. But even if you value catching your shows or giving your children their gaming time, living rooms don’t have to exist in any such rigid formula. Sectional sofas or easily-moved chairs are a natural way to keep your living room from becoming an unintentional shrine to the television, while keeping it viewable with sufficient seating for family movie nights.

Storage in the Living Room

Yes, storage. What? That thing relegated to the hall, to tucked away cupboards? Not anymore! Living room storage should be all about creating the space your family finds most usable.

Do you do a lot of puzzles, or host family board game sessions? Whether it’s a regular habit, one you want to get back into the swing of, or a new tradition to start, family game night can be helped along by keeping your options close on hand in a central location. Consider glass-top tables with an easy-access shelf underneath. If that feels too cluttered for your lifestyle, that’s alright: many furniture companies make tables, chairs, ottomans and more with hidden storage.

What else should be stored in the living room? That depends on your family’s needs. If your children do their homework in the living room, consider creating an area with cubbies for school supplies, or wall-mounted in and out boxes for homework, permission slips, and papers. If you have pets, you’ll find great use out of an easy-to-reach bin for interactive toys—though maybe the bin should be easier to reach for humans than for their animal companions. Cedar chest and ottomans with built-in storage can be used to keep clean blankets, for huddling under on movie nights or hosting a last-minute guest.

Electrical Upgrades

The latest gaming consoles and theatrical surround sound aren’t designed for every budget. But that doesn’t mean that your living room can’t use an electrical pick-me-up. Consider replacing agitating LED or halogen bulbs, which flood our eyes with unhealthy amounts of blue light, with warm toned compact fluorescents. Look specifically for ones marketed as giving off warmer tones to avoid circadian cycle-breaking blue light—great in the workspace, less so in the living room!

Or maybe you want to invest in smaller, family budget-friendly speaker systems that can be connected to play music as well as game and television audio. Dimmable lights can help your family wind down after the sun has set, rather than a clear-cut “on”/”off” switch that can trick our brain into not producing enough melatonin and recognizing when it’s time to call it a night.

In a living room that feels like home and runs smoothly enough to cut down on family stress, it’s the little details that can count the most.

Keeping it Comfy-Cozy

You know those throw pillows you pass on your errands, or the candles you pause to envy should you browse through a little boutique? There’s a reason, beyond frivolity, that they stay on the market!

Consider starting with just one scent you like, one fluffy pillow or couch throw, or letting your kids pick (within reason!) one small item to make the living room feel more cozy and welcoming.

A Splash of Fun

What’s the living room for, if not living? Liven it up! Desk toys like newton’s cradles or magnetic building sets can make a perfect side table point of interest, and will do more than coffee table art books ever did to draw your children out of their rooms.

We’re not knocking the art books! Browse your local bookstores or cafés that patronize local artists and photographers to find those conversation starters you’ll love to flip through even alone. Does this book inspire your kids to ask about your favorite childhood band, or this one highlight gorgeous photography of your spouse’s home country? Family photo albums or travel albums can bring in an even more personal (and DIY!) twist to the coffee table book.