How to use an offset smoker

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Offset smoker instructions

Step 1: Add fuel to your smoker

Evenly layer unlit hardwood lumps, or your preferred fuel, inside the smoker’s fire chamber.

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Step 2: Light your smoker fuel

Get a full chimney of lit briquettes and spread out on top of the unlit lumps. They will ignite and it should only take around 30 minutes to reach cooking temperature.

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Step 3: When is my smoker ready to use?

The smoker is ready to use when thin blue smoke starts coming out of the chimney. Too much white smoke gives a foul taste that overpowers food while blue smoke imparts a complementary flavour.

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Once your smoker has reached the ideal cooking temperature for your chosen meat and your smoke has the proper consistency you’re ready to cook!

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