I know this isn't a smoked meat but I thought I would share it. A couple years ago I seen an episode on Diners, Drive-in's and Dive's on the Foodnetwork. They were in a restaurant in D.C. which did fried chicken in beef fat. It has been a rainy, cold weak and this was comfort one oh one.
The ingredients in case anyone wants to try this is:
16 fryer chicken thighs
4 cups of buttermilk
2 tablespoons of franks hot sauce
2 tablespoons of Worchester
1 tablespoon of s&p
1 tablespoon of thyme
Mixed well and added the chicken thighs for overnight in the fridge.
Beef fat from the local grocery store's meat dept. 69 cents a pound, which is almost as cheap as the price of oil I would have used.
Cubed up the fat into 1/2" cubes or close to it and put it in a cast iron pan on simmer.
Two hours later there was still some fat but I had enough oil to remove it.
Put 4 garlic cloves in to help give some more flavor to the fat.
Double dipped the chicken thighs and let rest for 10 minutes.
3 cups of flour
2 tablespoons of S&P
2 tablespoons of Cajun seasonings.
Cooking in batches since I didn't want to over crowed. Tried to keep the oil at a steady 350 degrees. There is a fine line between it being just right to cook but not to let the food suck in the oil and burn it.
7 minutes on each side for the thighs.
And resting on a rack waiting for the excessive oil to drip off. Kept it in the oven at 200 degrees for me to get the other thighs done. I can say it was awesome but I sure wish I would have put some more herbs in the flour.
Thanks for looking!!