How to Cook Succulent Smoked Meat in a Smoker

How can you get the best results while smoking meat in your Lone Star Grillz smoker? Here are a few tips to help you get the most tender, juicy, and flavorful meat possible.

These tips will work well with nearly any kind of meat, as well as any side that you want to pop into your smoker.

Tip #1: Inject Big Cuts

If you have a large cut of meat, you should consider injecting it with a marinade the day before you smoke it. Doing so will give the marinade 24 hours to work its way through your meat and make it extra tender.

Tip #2: Plan Ahead

Smoking is a slow-cook method. Many meats will need 8 to 12 hours in the smoker before they're ready for consumption. If you're planning for a party or a family meal, you'll need to leave yourself plenty of time.

Tip #3: Keep it Moist

You need to spitz or baste your meat throughout the cooking process. Add fruit juice, cider, vinegar, or Worchester sauce periodically with a brush, or baste the meat with barbeque sauce. 

Tip #4: Don't Forget Wood Chips

Here at Lone Star Grillz, we sell lovely hickory wood chips you can use to elevate the flavors your smoker can produce. They go fast, so order early and often. Different wood chips can produce a different flavor profile for your meat, so experiment to find the ones you like. 

Tip #5: Just Add Water

To a pan, that is. Add water to a large foil pan and refill as necessary. This will fill your smoker with steam, which will continue to surround and infuse your meat with plenty of moisture. 

Tip #6: Be Conservative with Wood

More wood does not necessarily create better meat. In fact, too much wood can create a bitter taste. Add just enough wood to make the smoke flow gently forth from your Lone Star Grillz smoker. You want a nice, white smoke. 

Tip #7: Stay Close

Don't wander away from your meat. You're still cooking with fire, and leaving your smoker unattended can cause a hazard. You should check your temperature, adjust air vents, add wood, or spritz your meat every hour or so. Enlist a buddy or a family member if you don't want to babysit your smoker for the entire 8 to 12 hours.

Experiment and Have Fun

Smoking can take a little bit of practice to get exactly right, so don't be afraid to experiment. We recommend beginning your smoking journey with cheaper, easier cuts of meat and then working your way up to more difficult, expensive cuts.

Let us know what you create and how it tastes!