For backyard grilling enthusiasts, smoking has become an essential part of the repertoire. Butcher and charcuterie expert Jake Levin’s comprehensive guide, Smokehouse Handbook, guarantees mouthwatering results for producing everything from the perfect smoked salmon to a gorgeous smoked brisket. Levin demystifies the process of selecting the right combination of meat, temperature, and wood to achieve the ultimate flavor and texture. Detailed step-by-step photos show the various techniques, including cold-smoking, hot-smoking, and pit roasting. A survey of commercially-available smokers critiques the features of each one, and for readers with a DIY bent, Levin includes plans and diagrams for building a multipurpose smokehouse. Featured recipes include specialty brines and rubs along with preparation guidelines for all the classic cuts of meat, including ham, brisket, ribs, bacon, and sausage, as well as fish and vegetables. With in-depth troubleshooting and safety guidelines, this is the one-stop reference for smoking success.
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About the Author
Jake Levin is the author of Smokehouse Handbook. A butcher and charcuterie expert who trained at Fleisher’s Meat in Kingston, New York, he has worked in whole-animal butcher shops including The Meat Market in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and Eli’s Manhattan in New York City. He currently produces cured meats at Jacuterie, an artisanal charcuterie in Ancramdale, New York, and travels nationwide conducting workshops on how to slaughter, butcher, and cure meats. He and his wife live in New Marlborough, Massachusetts, and his website is therovingbutcher.com.
Table of Contents
Smoke-Filled Beginnings Part 1: The Basics 1 Why We Smoke 2 Choosing a Cut to Smoke 3 Rubs, Brines, and Cures 4 Heat and Smoke Part 2: Choosing a Smoker Stove-Top Smokers Electric and Gas Smokers Smoking on Your Grill The Grill Table Pit Smoking Vertical Smokers The Smokehouse Part 3: Recipes Hot-Smoking Recipes Cold-Smoking Recipes Part 4: Building Your Smoker Shallow Pit Grill Deep Pit Aboveground Pit Hot-Smoke Drum Cold-Smoke Drum Tri-Purpose Smokehouse Resources Bibliography Metric Conversion Charts Acknowledgments Index
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Barbecue is an American Staple and when done right its the most amazing experience in your life. Smokehouse Handbook will make your mouth water with all the appetizing photos Jake Levin displays throughout the cookbook and the abundance display of knowledge on all the basic techniques such as smoking, grilling, brining, marinating and much more. All the recipes look delicious and are easy to follow. I am curious to try some of the grilling recipes and brines as well. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
I've been after my husband to start smoking meats, so this book was clearly piqued my interest. WOW, the content and recipes had me captured from the get go. You and I may never have a smokehouse, but the rubs and brines will get us started on the journey towards a smoker. Who knows, maybe one day when we retire I'll actually talk him into a smokehouse...but that's not going to stop me from enjoying some of these right now. If you are a smoker, or even a wanna be smoker, this is the book to pick up! I'm going to be getting my husband a copy of this for his birthday to go along with the smoker he'll be getting as well. Cannot wait to try out the tips, tricks and recipes!