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The Twelve Day’s of BBQ Christmas – Day Five – A Box of Wood For Smoking

This is the fifth in a twelve week series where we are unveiling the Pork Barrel BBQ Guide to a BBQ Christmas, which highlights our twelve favorite Christmas gift ideas for the barbecue lover in your life!

On the fifth day of BBQ Christmas,
my true BBQ love sent to me
A box of Wood for Smoking

We’ve always been told that bad boys and girls receive coal for Christmas. This year for Christmas tell that barbecue lover in your life that it’s ok for them to be bad as long as they are making their own bed of coals for their smoker with some pristine wood for their smoker!

Rubs, marinades, injections and sauces aren’t the only way to add bold flavor to the meats and vegetables your cooking on your smoker or grill. The wood you use can make a big difference in the way your food tastes too. Why not let 2012 be the year you let your personal pitmaster mix it up a bit and try a few different varieties of smoking woods. We love the quality and selection offered by Fruita Wood Chunks.

On the competition circuit you’ll find us using a mix of hickory and oak to add flavor to our chicken, ribs, pork butts and briskets. Both of these woods are perfect for smoking larger cuts of meat that have longer cooking times and they add a great depth of flavor.

Go a bit more exotic and check out some of the amazing fruit woods that add great depth to the foods your cooking.

Apple – Apple wood is perfect for white meats like pork and poultry and adds a nice sweet flavor.

Cherry – Cherry is also good on white meats like pork and poultry. Also give it a try on seafood for a nice sweet and fruity flavor.

Peach – Peach wood is perfect for ribs, pork shoulders and whole hogs!

Plum – Plum wood is very unique and not used as frequently as it probably should be. It produces a nice mild and sweet flavor good for poultry and pork.

If you can’t make up your mind why not mix and match varieties or buy a bag of mixed up chunks. The small 9 to 11 pound box cost between $23 to $25, while the jumbo 30 pound boxes sale for $54 and the jumbo 50 pound boxes sale for $85.

Be sure to check out Fruita’s weekly specials for some great deals on wood. You can alsolet your loved one pick out there pefered smoking wood by getting them a Fruita gift certificate.

Check back next week when we unveil what our true BBQ love is giving on the sixth day of BBQ Christmas!! Here is a hint – It could be confused as R2-D2’s long lost brother!

Don’t forget what we recommended in previous posts on the Pork Barrel BBQ Guide to a BBQ Christmas:

On the first day of Christmas, my true BBQ love gave to me A Weber Charcoal Chimney Starter.

On the second day of Christmas, my true BBQ love gave to me A Thermapen.

On the third day of Christmas, my true BBQ love gave to me A PIGTAIL Food Flipper.

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true BBQ love gave to me A KCBS Membership.

 

The Twelve Day’s of BBQ Christmas – Day Four – A KCBS Membership

This is the fourth in a twelve week series where we are unveiling the Pork Barrel BBQ Guide to a BBQ Christmas, which highlights our twelve favorite Christmas gift ideas for the barbecue lover in your life!

On the fourth day of BBQ Christmas,
my true BBQ love sent to me
A KCBS Membership

The world of barbecue would be a different place if the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) hadn’t been founded and a membership is sure to change your BBQ lovers perspective on their BBQ world instantly!

KCBS is the premier BBQ organizations in America and sponsors hundreds of barbecue related events and competitions throughout the year in America and a number of foreign countries. The mission of KCBS is to celebrate, teach, preserve and promote barbeque as a culinary technique, sport and art form. By becoming a member your BBQ lover will be on the fast track to becoming the next great pitmaster.

KCBS membership comes with many benefits including the privilege of attending judging classes all over the country in which you will learn how to grade world-class chicken, pork, ribs and brisket – and taste them during the process!

Upon joining KCBS you will also receive:

· 10% off from Harry & David

· 15% discounts off published rates at all Choice Hotels

· The official KCBS monthly newsletter, “The Bullsheet”

· Quarterly specials from KCBSgear.com, the official online source for KCBS merchandise

Members also gain access to members only features on the KCBS website like BBQ recipes and additional discounts. An individual membership is $35 and a family membership is $50 for one year.

Check back next week when we unveil what our true BBQ love is giving on the fifth day of BBQ Christmas!! Here is a hint – Where there is smoke there is flavor!!

Don’t forget what we recommended in previous posts on the Pork Barrel BBQ Guide to a BBQ Christmas:

On the first day of Christmas, my true BBQ love gave to me A Weber Charcoal Chimney Starter.

On the second day of Christmas, my true BBQ love gave to me A Thermapen.

On the third day of Christmas, my true BBQ love gave to me A PIGTAIL Food Flipper.

 

The Twelve Day’s of BBQ Christmas – Day Three – A PigTail Food Flipper

This is the third in a twelve week series where we are unveiling the Pork Barrel BBQ Guide to a BBQ Christmas, which highlights our twelve favorite Christmas gift ideas for the barbecue lover in  your life!

On the second day of BBQ Christmas,
my true BBQ love sent to me
A PigTailFood Flipper 

If it’s between 11:30 and noon at a BBQ contest you can be certain that the Pork Barrel BBQ competition BBQ team has their PigTail Food Flipper out and in full use during our chicken prep. The PigTail Food Flipper is a simple, but incredibly useful tool that eliminates much of the hassles of moving and turning food on your grill or smoker. The PigTail’s sharp spiraled snare enables any pitmaster to lightly move or flip their food by lightly piercing the edge of the food and flicking your wrist.

The PigTail Food Flipper does not bleed or bruise meats and can handle anything from a brisket to a hot dog! It comes in two sizes, a 19-inch and a 12-inch. The PigTail Food Flipper 12-inch model retails for $12.95, the 19-inch model retails for $16.95 or you can buy a set for as low as $24.95, which makes for an affordable, yet surely appreciated gift for any BBQ lover!

Check back next week when we unveil what our true BBQ love is giving on the fourth day of BBQ Christmas!! Here is a hint- Membership is a must!

Don’t forget what we recommended in previous posts on the Pork Barrel BBQ Guide to a BBQ Christmas:

On the first day of Christmas, my true BBQ love gave to me A Weber Charcoal Chimney Starter.

On the second day of Christmas, my true BBQ love gave to me A Thermapen

 

The Twelve Day’s of BBQ Christmas – Day Two – A Thermapen

This is the second in a twelve week series where we are unveiling the Pork Barrel BBQ Guide to a BBQ Christmas, which highlights our twelve favorite Christmas gift ideas for the barbecue lover in  your life!

On the second day of BBQ Christmas,
my true BBQ love sent to me
A Thermapen 

You won’t find Pork Barrel BBQ near a smoker or grill without the trusted Thermapen in hand. The Thermapen is simply the fastest and most accurate thermometer on the market. This amazing product yields accuracies better than plus or minus 0.7 degrees Fahrenheit and provides temperature readings in 3 seconds! That’s what we call fast and accurate – two important features any seasoned pitmaster requires!

The Thermapen is also simple to use. Simply open the probe from the body and the temperature gage comes on. Ready to put it away? Simply close the probe inside the body and it turns off and is protected and ready for it’s next use.

A commercial thermometer of this quality and accuracy would normally cost you $200-$300. The Thermapen is just $89.00 (right now you can buy two for $160). This is a great price for an essential BBQ tool that will last you many years with proper care!

View our Memphis in May interview with the guys who make the awesome Thermapen here.

Check back next week when we unveil what our true BBQ love is giving on the third day of BBQ Christmas!! Here is a hint – it is found on the back end of a pig!

Don’t forget what we recommended in previous posts on the Pork Barrel BBQ Guide to a BBQ Christmas:

On the first day of Christmas, my true BBQ love gave to me A Weber Charcoal Chimney Starter.

 

The Twelve Day’s of BBQ Christmas – Day One – A Weber Charcoal Chimney Starter

Over the next twelve week’s we will be unveiling the Pork Barrel BBQ Guide to a BBQ Christmas which will highlight our twelve favorite gift ideas for the barbecue lover in your life!

On the first day of BBQ Christmas,
my true BBQ love sent to me
A Weber Charcoal Chimney Starter

If the barbecue lover in your life wants to become the next great pitmaster it’s time you encouraged them to throw out the lighter fluid and begin lighting their charcoal the way the pros do with a charcoal chimney.

What’s a charcoal chimney you ask?  A charcoal chimney lets you quickly light charcoal without having to use any lighter fluid, ensuring from the start that your food tastes like food and not lighter fluid! Now that is a good thing!

To use the charcoal chimney you simply place newspaper in the bottom compartment of the chimney and fill the top compartment with charcoal and light the newspaper through the vents at the bottom.  A short 15 minutes later your charcoal is ready for cooking!

There are several benefits to lighting your charcoal this way: 1) its faster – you’ll have hot coals in an instant; 2) there is no need for lighter fluid – meaning your food won’t taste like chemicals.  Bottom line – you’re cooking faster and it tastes better!  A charcoal chimney will cost between $15 and $20 and will last for three to five BBQ seasons depending on how frequently you use it making it an awesome stocking stuffer or Christmas gift. Add in the fact that you’ll be eating tastier food next year and it’s like you’re giving yourself a gift too!!

Check back next week when we unveil what our true BBQ love is sending on the second day of BBQ Christmas!! Here is a hint – looks like the temperature is just right on that brisket!

 

Looking for Love? Think Pork Barrel BBQ Award Winning BBQ Sauce and Dry Rub!

Pork Barrel BBQ was honored to be featured in the Washington Post Express as a great local Valentines Day treat!  We, of course, think BBQ Sauce is the perfect way to that special someone’s heart – so give the gift of BBQ love this Valentine’s Day with Pork Barrel BBQ!

Washington Post Express Featuring Pork Barrel BBQ