The Old Fat Guy’s Guide to Smoking Meat-For Beginners
By David Farrell
About the Book:
Just imagine: a never-ending supply of pulled pork, beef brisket, chicken, turkey, appetizers, and ribs, all smoked to perfection by you. What better way to impress family and friends—not to mention your gullet—with your new culinary skills? Sound too good to be true? Indeed, for some people who are just beginning, merely choosing which type of smoker to use is intimidating enough, never mind learning how to use it. If that sounds familiar, The Old Fat Guy’s Guide to Smoking Meat is the book for you.
Crammed full of information, techniques, and tools gleaned from the author’s years of experience, this guidebook provides beginning and intermediate smokers with everything they need to start producing classic versions of signature smoked dishes. Contrary to popular belief, smoking doesn’t require special skills or expertise. The basic methods are easy, and anyone can learn them. This book covers everything from what type of smoker to purchase, to smoke many types of meat, and health and safety practices to follow. It also includes forty-eight classic recipes that you can follow note for note or adapt as you see fit. Even experienced smokers will appreciate the book’s wealth of wisdom and simple step-by-step instructions. Learn the techniques in this guide and apply them, and even if you’re the rawest beginner, you will quickly be transformed into a pit master or barbecue diva!
About the Author:
David Farrell has always been a “foodie” who loves exchanging ideas with others who are as enamored with food as he is. As a young man, he worked as a cook in the Naval reserves, took a chef’s course at the Vancouver Vocational Institute, and also cooked professionally. Though he left the industry when he got married, his love of cooking and food preparation lived on. When David retired, his wife bought him an electric smoker. Seeking to learn how to use it, he researched multiple books and online resources, but the information he found was often confusing and contradictory. So, he spent several years developing his own skills and techniques through trial and error, experimenting with many different styles and eventually creating his own versions of classic smoker recipes. This eventually led to him to publish his food blog, oldfatguy.ca, and to produce a local community TV program, You Can Make It. With so many friends and acquaintances coming to him for advice on how to use their smokers, David finally decided to write a book on the topic, so he could get back to what he loves most—smoking meat!