For the Foodies - Blog 4
For the Foodies - Blog 4
Did you hear they just opened a new BBQ restaurant near the top of Mt. Everest? …
Be careful though, the steaks are high! *chuckle chuckle* Get it? Steaks? BBQ pun?
Alright, I know, but it’s the best I could do! We love to cook here at FFG, especially when it comes to BBQing and meat smoking.
We understand that food is such an important part of our lives, relationships, and health. In understanding this, we want to supply you with all the tools you may need. Our Kitchen is equipped with all the necessities: Microwave, coffee maker, pots and pans, toaster, stove, oven, etc. However, we want to offer you a more advanced cooking experience, so we also have a barbeque and not one, but TWO meat smokers on the property! Our cottage is the perfect environment to have a fun BBQ with friends or family.
It is not hard to imagine that cooking can bring incredible positives to your life. Here is a round-up of some of the benefits of cooking, and benefits of cooking meat using the smoking method.
Cooking for yourself often leads to more balanced eating. Because you’re the one making the food, you’re in control of the ingredients. This gives you control over what you are putting in your body. Cooking can also be a very exciting group activity. By cooking with others, you are working as a team towards a common goal. Doing this can strengthen your relationships with your family and friends. It is also said that cooking can reduce the effects of stress and anxiety.
Benefits of Meat smoking
- Uniquely distinct flavour that cannot be duplicated
- The low and slow method of smoking breaks down collagen, making the meat more tender
- It’s fun! Spend the day smoking meat as a group.
- It can be healthier! It turns out, smoking and cooking food low and slow is a great way to add flavor to leaner, less tender cuts of meat
- Lean meats can help build lean muscle mass since they have a lower caloric value and less fat
Use Wood Chips, Chunks, or BBQ Pellets
Smoking wood chips and chunks are available in a variety of flavors like hickory, apple, and pecan. Be mindful though that different woods create different flavor profiles in your meat.
Low and slow
The best way to smoke is slowly using a low, indirect with the addition of wood smoke. The meat should never be directly above a flame when smoking.
Don’t over do it
One of the most common errors novice smokers make is adding too much wood. This can cause the food to taste bitter. Just add a few chunks at a time — the smoke should flow out gently.
Don’t wander too far
Smoking is a relatively low maintenance style of cooking, but you still need to be mindful and concerned for safety. Don't leave the fire unattended, and check your temperature every hour or so.
Mist your food
Mix a spray bottle with equal portions of apple cider vinegar and water. Every couple hours or so, lightly mist the meat. This will help preserve moisture, keep humidity up, and draws smoky flavor particles to your food like a magnet.
Open the lid sparingly
Every time you open the grill, you lose heat and smoke, two important elements for great smoked flavor. Open the lid only when you really need to tend to the fire or the food. Relax, have a beverage, and keep the lid on!
Our Cooking Future
We plan on expanding our cooking endeavors in the near future. We are currently in the midst of building a new cooking pavilion that hangs just off the cottage. We have also been looking into working with a personal chef, who would be able to cook for you during your stay. We hope you understand that your stay here won’t just be about the fun hot tub and sauna, it will be about creating memories behind the BBQ and around the dinner table.