Interesting chapter on the history of smokehouses with some nice drawings.
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I just recently bought this book. I can't say enough about it. I learned so much from the information available in it. up till now my smoking experience has been mainly fish, but this year I got into making jerky. I am the type of guy who likes to understand the how and why of what I am doing, that way when I want to make a small change in the cooking guidlines (some folks call that a recipe) I can do so with good results instead of just guessing and hoping to get it right. one of the most suprising bits of info was the measureing of salt he talks about. I had use a couple different typs of salt and measured by volume and gotten very inconsistant results. I had never considered that the different brands of salt had different crystal formations characteristics and that drastically changed the amount of salt by volume, in some cases as much as double!
I would recomend this book to anyone who wants to understand the art of smoking. if you are looking for a recipie book this is not really what you are looking for, although he does have a section on recipies they are really more of a guideline. I am in the process of building a smoker and the information I got in this book was priceless!!
I've had this book ( second edition) in my collection for over a year now. Absolutely one of the best books i have on smoking. Like stated above it's not really a recipe book even though it does have a few in it. Its more of a "how" and "why" book about smoking meat. Love it.
Hi, My name is Jim and I was rased in henery co. IL, about 20 years ago I started playing with smoking pork and turckey's. I could not find any thing about making baken or ham , and I rund close to two hogs before I got things down. I gotten perty good cureing and smoking meat's , but im stilling willing to learn more or help other people . Any body that has the patience to try home curing and smoking meats will soon have some pride and be willing to try more things ! Good luck and keep trying, it just get's better- eating : ) Jim Crawford
I just received a vertical smoker for fathers day and I was looking for a good book that will help me learn how to use the smoker. Based on these reviews, I think I've found what I am looking for in this book. I will be ordering it shortly.
Thanks all. This is a great place for information on BBQ and smoking