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I’m Malcom Reed and these are my barbecue recipes, how-to videos, techniques and tips for grilling and smoking mouth-watering barbecue.
About Malcom Reed
I am a professional Barbecue’er. I’ve cooked the competition barbecue circuit since 2001 with my team, Killer Hogs… and we’re still going strong. Along with my brother, Waylon Reed, we cook over 20 professional barbecue contests a year.
I have a passion for barbecue and cooking really good food. I’ve been a student of barbecue all my life and I always want to learn more. And I like to share my recipes too… that’s how this whole thing all got started.
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You can’t talk about Barbecue without talking about smoke
Ever had BBQ that tastes bitter? Or looks way too dark?
One big mistake when BBQing is to add smoke through the entire cooking process. If you add too much smoke, you’re not going to get the best ‘que possible.
It’s easy to avoid this; you just have to understand how the meat takes on that smoky flavor…
When you first place a cut of meat on a hot grill, the “pores” of the meat are essentially open. But when the surface of your meat reaches a specific temperature – around 145 internal – it begins to brown (and those pores start to close). This is called the Maillard reaction (or the browning reaction). This is what gives you the brown color on the outside, this is what creates your bark and this reaction gives you a LOT of flavor.
If you threw a steak on a hot grill, you would have this reaction almost instantly… but when you smoking low n’ slow it takes a while and gives you a chance to add a rich, smoky flavor to the meat.
Once the browning process occurs, you can’t get anymore smoke into the meat – that part of the cooking process is over. I don’t care who you are; it’s just not going to happen. All you can do now is add smoke to your bark… and too much smoke on your bark is going to give your BBQ a very bitter taste and a black color.
A lot of people will taste badly cooked BBQ and think that they can taste lighter fluid… but really it’s just the bitterness they taste caused from too much smoke.
For the perfect smoked flavor, you smoke meat from the time it goes on the grill until the internal temperature reaches 145F. Then just remove the wood – or let it finish burning – and continue to breakdown and cook the meat with a clean-burning charcoal.
This is how you get the maximum amount of smoke flavor inside our meat without making any part bitter.