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SIX NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS FOR BARBECUE

26 Dec 2022

The New Year is just around the corner, which means a whole new round of resolutions with hopes to make 2023 the best one yet. We’ve got a few tips and tricks to help bring out the best, with the help of Dickey’s Barbecue Pit.
Keep your Rub Simple: When seasoning your brisket, you’ll be tempted to use multiple rubs and spices to get the burst of flavor that’ll be the talk of the cookout. To get the best out of your meat, keep it simple. Pit Masters across the country have been using a simple rub of kosher salt and coarse black pepper to get the smoky bark we all know and love. If you crave a little more kick, Dickey’s Beef Brisket Rub has a subtle flavor that won’t overpower the natural taste of the meat.
Take Your Time: Smoking great barbecue isn’t a quick process, so you have to have some patience. Preparation and the actual cooking process can take up to 18 hours, depending on the size of your protein, so relax and clear your schedule. Taking your time, however, doesn’t mean a set-it-and-forget-it strategy. Pay close attention to your progress to ensure the end result is spectacular. From temperature control of your smoker to monitoring the internal temperature of your meat is essential to mastering juicy, tender barbecue. Ultimately, you must love the process to truly love the results so you won’t need to go to a barbecue restaurant for some sliced brisket.
Don’t Make Huge Changes: Smoking barbecue is a process for both the food and the experienced pitmaster. There’s going to be a bit of trial and error since there is no one right way to smoke. Make small changes as you grow and adapt your recipes and process to satisfy the people for whom you’re cooking. Changing too much too often or too fast could stall any progress you’ve already made. Stay patient and learn along the way, and trust the process.
Too Much Smoke: The bold, smoky flavor of ‘Cue is what makes folks go crazy for it. However, many eager pit masters don’t realize that too much smoke is not a good thing. Too much smoke – otherwise known as “dirty smoke” – can leave your meat tasting bitter and more like an overdone pot roast than a juicy brisket or slow-smoked ribs. In the barbecue world, less is more. You’ll have to find a balance between your heat and smoke to get the most out of your food.
The Right Cut: All meat isn’t created equal, so purchasing the best quality of the cut you can afford will make a world of difference. You don’t have to go out and buy the most expensive cut of Prime, but for the best results, search for no less than Choice cuts from your local butcher. After one taste of a quality cut, you’ll be thankful you didn’t settle for less.
Don’t Get Discouraged: Barbecue is a blend of art and science, a delicate process that transforms large cuts of meat into tender, delectable satisfaction with fire, smoke and love. You’re going to make some mistakes along the way. Dickey’s quality, slow-smoked barbecue empire wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your next masterpiece. Have fun and enjoy the ride.

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