When I was offered to review a Weber Smoker as part of the Girls Grill Too campaign, I was thrilled.
My husband loves smoked meat. Although we have really nice grill, he has been wanting a smoker for a long time. When he was growing up his parents had a large smoker, and they used it often. He loved the meat they used to cook in it.
So, when my smoker came last week I could not wait to use it. I was excited to see how it worked, and how it would cook the meat.
First of all this was very easy to put together. It came in a large box, and my eight year old son and I had it put together in no time. Assembling it was easy.
Now for the cooking part. I will admit I was a little nervous about it. I have cooked on a grill using charcoal before, but I had never used a smoker. After reading through the directions, I gave it a try.
This was so easy. Once I got it going, there was really nothing to do but check on it occasionally throughout the day. Now, this is not something you can start and leave to go shopping. You really do need to do this when you are going to be home, and able to keep an eye on it, but it was easy.
Smoking meat is a little time consuming, so I decided that if I was going to take the time to smoke meat, I was going to smoke enough meat to last for several meals. I decided to try a whole chicken and a large pork roast.
This worked really well, because this smoker holds a lot of meat. In fact I only used the top rack. I could have fit a lot more meat into it, and I probably will next time. I love the fact that I can cook a lot of meat at one time and serve it for several meals.
Both the pork and chicken turned out really well. It was some of the best smoked meat that I have had. I could not believe the results I got using this smoker, it really was some of the best barbecued/smoked meat that I have had. It was certainly the best that I have cooked myself.
For the chicken, I simply followed the directions that came with the smoker.
For the pork roast I used a rub recipe from the Weber cookbook, Weber’s Real Grilling that I bought several years ago. (The author of this cookbook has a great website with lots of tips and recipes) It was really good and would actually work well on other kinds of meat.
I can’t wait to try other cuts of meat in this. I am thinking a turkey would be really good.
Do any of you own a smoker?
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt ( kosher salt really does work best in rubs)
- 1 5-6 lb pork shoulder roast
- barbecue sauce for serving (If you have a good homemade sauce you can use it, I used our favorite local barbecue sauce)
Allow the meat to stand at room temperature for about 20 minutes. Then massage the rub mixture all over the roast. Cook according to smoker directions. We cooked ours for about 7 hours, but a smaller roast would not take quite as long. You can shred this and mix in the sauce, like you would a pulled pork, but we liked to place the sauce on it when we served it. This way we each got the amount of sauce that we want.
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Disclosure: I received a free Weber Smoker for participating in the Girls Grill Too Campaign, but my thoughts and opinions are my own.