5 Facts About Smokers and BBQ Equipment

barbecueThere's no doubt about it, Americans love to cook outdoors. Having everyone over for a bbq and for grilling is an all-American pastime. But a great bbq takes the right equipment and techniques. Here are 5 facts about barbecues and custom bbq smokers.

4 Styles of Barbecues

In America, 75% of the homes in America (according to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association--known as the HPBA) own a grill or a smoker, and 60% of all grillers are all year-round, outdoor cooks. Barbecues are extremely popular, and, according to the HPBA, there are four main styles of barbecue: Texas, Memphis, Carolina and Kansas City. Clearly, there's a great interest in this popular pastime. In the U.S., National Barbecue Day is July 13, nine days after the most popular grilling day in America, July 4.

Custom Smokers are Widely Popular

And now, there's even a better way for the griller in your life to cook with style: that would be cooking with custom smokers. What are custom smokers, exactly? Well, instead of a general, generic smoker, custom smokers are designed with exactly the right features to maximize your grilling and bbq experience. Created in all shapes and sizes, custom smokers facilitate even cooking, and avoid hot spots that can lead to meats being cooked unevenly.

Types of Smokers: Vertical, Stand Up and Tow Along

Among the most popular and effective custom smokers are the vertical charcoal smokers and stand up smokers. There are many models of custom smokers to choose from: 2 door and 3 door smokers, for example, and tow along bbq smokers that can reach just about any bbq pit.

Some Like It Hot...But Keep It Chilled First

Temperature is a key factor for fish, chicken and meat smoking for outdoor bbqs, but 46% of those surveyed never use a thermometer when cooking chicken according to statistics from the United States FDA. Other meats, including pork and ground beef need to be cooked so the internal temperature reaches at least 160 degrees. All meat, seafood and poultry should be kept in an insulated cooler before grilling at a temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Imagination and Creativity, Chef!

Just imagine delicious smoked salmon, grilled burgers, sausages, and of course, ribs. A custom smoker can make this process more efficient, and most of all, safer and more healthy for those enjoying the bbq. It is interesting to mention one thing: to prevent burning, the sauces on these delicious bbq menus should only be applied in the last few minutes of cooking...say 15 to 30 minutes.

We all agree there's nothing like a fun-filled family bbq filled with delicious foods like brisket, smoked meats and more. In fact, in America, 87% of the people plan to grill and smoke outdoors to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday. With a custom smoker, your chef will cook like an award-winner. Give your chef the barbecue equipment and smoker to make a real feast. Then, get ready to savor a delicious outdoor bbq experience that everyone will enjoy!