Making good smoked meat takes a little more effort than just buying a slab of pork, plopping it on a smoker grate, and turning the heat up to 225 degrees for 15 or 16 hours. Any chef skilled in the way of slow-cooking and smoke knows that. They also likely know there are some tools and accessories that can make the smoking process clean, easy, and worth every second it takes to create the best finished product possible. That said, if you’re shopping for a gift for someone with a knack for transforming cuts of red meat, poultry, pork, fish, or waterfowl, you can’t go wrong with any of these ideas.
An industrial-strength brush is made for cleaning dirty barbecue grills and smoker grates. Amazon
One truth about smoking is nearly universal: cleaning up after smoking meat for several hours is one of the least enjoyable parts of the entire process. Running smoker grates through the dishwasher often doesn’t get them clean and can even clog your drain with stuff that shouldn’t be going down it. A good cleaning brush will do the job on a nasty smoker grate like no other tool. The best ones are the smoker brushes that attach to a cordless drill because someone can really put some power behind the brush while it’s rotating, compared to doing all the work by hand.
A long-range thermometer can relay the temperature of smoking meat to a smartphone up to 165 feet away. Amazon
There are few things worse than overcooking meat in the smoker. It leads to dry, chewy ribs, chicken that’s nearly inedible, and pork butts with no moisture at all. The key to perfectly smoked meat is knowing exactly when it reaches a preferred temperature, and a good meat thermometer can tell you, every time. While you have to operate many meat thermometers manually and open the smoker door to find out the temperature of the meat (which causes the smoker to lose precious heat), many digital meat thermometers also have Bluetooth capabilities, which allows anyone to keep tabs on the temperature using their smartphone.
Meat Injector Syringe
A heavy-duty injector syringe can infuse smoked meats with flavor, from the inside out. Amazon
While dry rubs can be the common element among some great-tasting smoked meats, injecting meats with different liquid mixtures can make the end result even tastier and juicier. Unfortunately, injecting meat without the right equipment for the job is both messy and not especially effective. The solution, of course, is to get someone a high-quality meat injector syringe and the related accoutrements. If you think someone’s dry-rubbed smoked meats are great now, wait until you taste meats that had sauces or marinades injected into them before landing on the smoker. Bon appétit!