Get Ready to ‘Wow’ your guests with a Barbecue on Your Electric Smoker This Summer!
With summers approaching fast, it is time to dust your electric smoker and get ready for some superb backyard Bar-BQ parties. With parties on your mind, another thing on your to-do-list should be to brush up your cooking skills, albeit a little!
Winters are all about hot cocoa, toasted marshmallows and warm amaretto, but summers are all about fun, frolic and a backyard Bar-BQ.
Electric Smoker for Barbecue!
Most of you either have a barbecue grill or borrow it from someone, but an electric smoker can add flavor to our barbecue. If you don’t have electric smoker then you can buy Masterbuilt 40 electric smoker. It gives a smoky taste to the meat and makes it tender quickly, however there is a glitch to this method of cooking. A lot of fat remains in the meat.
So make sure you buy low fat meat and do not cook it for long! Also make sure you keep it to a safe cooking temperature and stick to appropriate cooking times.
Let us share a few of our favorite barbecue recipes.
Smoked Herb Chicken
The choice of chicken is for obvious reasons. A lot of fat remains in the meat, so it is better to choose a low-fat meat and skinless chicken fits the bill.
Ingredients for Marinade
- 3 tablespoons butter.
- 1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley.
- 1 tablespoon freshly chopped oregano.
- 1 tablespoon freshly chopped basil.
- 1 tablespoon freshly chopped chives.
- Fresh lemons.
Preheat your electric smoker and set it at an appropriate temperature. Clean your chicken and pat dry. Using the ingredients of your marinade, marinate your chicken, rubbing the marinade all over. Cook the chicken for at least 2-3 hours until it is tender. Drizzle it with squeezed fresh lemon juice to give it an extra zesty flavor.
Salmon fillets are best, as they do not need to be marinated. The soft fish meat absorbs all the flavor and spices of the marinade, during preparation and cooking process. Skinless wild-caught salmon fillets should be on your list, as the marinade easily penetrates the fish meat. You can also tone down the smoky flavor for salmon, by wrapping the fillets in foil. This also keeps the salmon moist!
- Fresh lemons.
- 1 tablespoon lemon pepper.
- Salt and black pepper.
- 1 tablespoon of Grill Mates Montreal steak marinade pouch.
Before you start anything, turn your electric smoker on and keep it at an appropriate temperature. Make sure you have skinless salmon fillets. Squeeze the lemon and cover both sides of the fillet completely with it. Take the dry ingredients, mix them together and sprinkle them over the fillets such that they completely cover them. Wrap these fillets in foil and they are good to go in the electric smoker! You need 1.5- 2 hours for them to be completely cooked.
This is a simple recipe with an amazing flavor and which will have your guests drooling for more. For this recipe, you need large shrimps that have been peeled and deveined.
- 5 teaspoons paprika.
- 5 teaspoon sea salt.
- 5 teaspoon black pepper.
- 5 teaspoon sage.
- ¼ teaspoon each of garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, oregano and red pepper.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil.
Combine shrimps and olive oil in a bowl and completely cover the shrimps with the olive oil. Coat these shrimps with the dry ingredients. Put the shrimps in the fridge for at least 30 minutes and then cook them in the electric smoker. If you are not a big fan of an excessive smoky flavor in your shrimps, you can simply wrap them in foil with a little bit of water and cook them the same way. You can serve shrimps with a dip or relish of your choice.
A Few Tricks for A Perfect Barbecue
To completely wow your guests with your barbecue, we share a few of our secret tricks, when using an electric smoker.
- Always put some water in the drip pan of your electric smoker to ensure that you have smoky, juicy and tender meat!
- Always pre-heat your electric smoker.
- For a lighter smoky flavor, add wood chips!
Enjoy your barbecue !