What Can You Cook in an Offset Smoker? (Everything You Need to Know)

When we listen to the name SMOKER most of us start to imagine a smoker that is pretty large and at the top of the smoker there’s a smokestack to exits the smoke.

Yeah right, it’s an offset smoker. Basically, an offset smoker or a barrel smoker comes with a huge cooking chamber with a firebox generally located on the right side of the chamber. The firebox can be placed in an even position or can be slightly lower than the cooking chamber.

You may already purchase an offset smoker or planning to get one. So, In today’s informative blog, we will learn what can you cook in an offset smoker, along with some tips and tricks that will make your cooking process effortless and pleasant.

Let’s get started.

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What can you cook in an offset smoker?

There are plenty of recipes that can be cook in an offset smoker conveniently. We will cover some of the recipes in this article. With that, you will be able to know that should be cooked in an offset smoker.

But at first, let’s take a look at what are some of the most common food usually smoked in an offset smoker.

You can cook beef ribs, chicken breast, brisket, chicken wings, turkey, whole chicken, and many more.

Without further ado, let’s learn how to smoke them and prepare freakin’ delicious food.

We will go through some of the commonly smoked meat, how to prepare them for getting optimal tastes.

How to smoke ribs on offset smoker

How to smoke ribs on offset smoker?

Everyone has different kinds of preferences about the kinds of ribs you gotta cook in a way that can grab everyone’s satisfaction. Follow the process we are about to showing and get your delicious and mouth-watering ribs ready to eat.

To get a great output make sure the ribs are coated with salt about two hours ahead of smoking time. You may extend the time of coating from two hours to overnight but two hours would be. It will give you perfect and juicy ribs. Two teaspoons of salt per rack would be enough in that case.

Then wrap the meat with foil and let them sit in the fridge for two hours.  Within these two hours put some rubs according to your taste. When you see the rub start looking kinda wet you can consider the ribs ready for smoking.

Taste vastly depends on your smoking skills in an offset smoker. As it’s not an electric smoker, pellet smoker or even gas smoker that can let the easy for you. Therefore you have to get the basics of smoking with an offset smoker to get excellent output.

Setup the smoker and raise the temperature to 250 to 270 which is considered perfect for smoking. Put the ribs in the horizontal cooking chamber in this temperature for 3 hours.

Don’t open the lid in that time. Remember “If you are looking, you are not cooking”. After that first 3 hours opens the lid to spray apple cider vinegar and then close the lid again for another hour to get 250-275 degree temperature.

After that one hour open the lid again and put some BBQ sauces on each rack precisely and close the lid for the last time for an hour.

If you follow the process properly you should get perfectly smoked ribs.

How to smoke a whole chicken in an offset smoker

How to smoke a whole chicken in an offset smoker?

So, you are about to smoke a whole chicken in an offset smoker. Well, first of all, you gotta cut the meat properly. For that, you can start by cutting out the backbone of the chicken and then press the opposite side to crack the breast bone. That way, you will get a nice flat chicken for smoking.

Take half teaspoon of salt for each pound of chicken and sprinkle all over the chicken. You have to sprinkle the salt mostly at the inside of the chicken and a little bit at the upper side. Make sure you do this at least two hours before smoking.

For making a perfect smoke chicken rub you can use 1 tablespoon of onion powder, 1 tablespoon of white sugar, 1 tablespoon paprika, 2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1 and a half teaspoon of cayenne pepper

This is a perfect rub for those who like spicy as well as who doesn’t like. You can call this universal chicken BBQ rub.

Now put the rub on all the exposed area mostly at the inner side of the chicken also some of them at the upper side of the chicken. You can also make a paste of this rub by taking about a spoon of rub and less than a spoon of oil.

Wear hand gloves on your hand and put this paste on the chicken evenly all over the thigh, leg and the breast as well. Do this about an hour before to put the chicken on this smoker.

Now put the chicken in the cooking chamber at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for about 3 hours. That way you will get pleasing and tender looking chicken that will satisfy you for sure.

After that everything will be fine if you have pretty good skills in using the smoker. To get super tender and delicious cooked chicken make sure you follow these steps. You can use this method when cooking chicken breasts as well.

How to smoke brisket in an offset smoker

How to smoke brisket in an offset smoker?

First off, look around the brisket if there’s has any piece of fat in the brisket. If you get some, just trim them off. By smoking fatty brisket you will get a fatty taste that is definitely not acceptable. On the other hand, if you trim all the fat off then your brisket will too much dry.

Try to keep around a quarter of fat which considered as standard. Make sure you trim the fat off right after you take the brisket out from the fridge as at that time you will get the brisket in cold condition. 

After the fat trimming put some stadium mustard on each side of the brisket precisely. After that put the rub on the brisket evenly. The rub pretty much traditional.

It has made from 50 percent of coarse ground pepper and another 50 percent of kosher salt. For a large piece of brisket smoke at 270-degree temperature for 5-8 hours depending on the internal temperature of the meat.

How to smoke a turkey in an offset smoker

How to smoke a turkey in an offset smoker?

At first, cut the turkey in a proper way. You can cut off the backbone first and then press pretty hard on the breast so that it can crack the breastbone. That way you will find a perfect piece of Turkey for adding rubs. You can also make the whole Turkey into two half but cutting the breastbone.

After that sprinkle half teaspoon of salt for each pound of Turkey. Add the salt precisely so that it can cover both the inner and upper side of Turkey. And then put Turkey in the fridge for at least 18 hours for getting a good result from smoking.

Let’s take a look at the smoker thing. It’s pretty enough to smoke at a temperature of 300 to 325 degree Fahrenheit for about 3 hours. In that temperature, you will get better skin result.

After taking the bird out from the fridge, the first thing you gotta do is inject some mixture of oil and melted butter to keep the moisture in the meat. Once you injected the mixture of oil and melted butter you need to rub underneath the skin as well the outside of the chicken.

The ingredients of rub are 1 Tablespoon of dried crushed parsley, 1 tablespoon of crushed sage, 1 tablespoon of crushed rosemary, 1 tablespoon of crushed thyme, 1 tablespoon of dried crushed oregano, 1 tablespoon of ground black pepper, 1 tablespoon of Maple sugar, and then place the mixture of these all ingredients in a spice grinder,  add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil or olive oil or water for making a nice paste.

Now rub this paste all over the bird. Make sure you put a well amount of paste on the exposed meat portion, underneath the skin and also add some on the outside of the skin.

Bottom Line

If you follow the steps that we have mentioned for each of recipe then you should get a pretty amazing flavored meat for sure. Just you need to know how to properly set up the offset smoker and a bit knowledge on the functionality of an offset smoker.

We have covered how to smoke ribs, whole chicken, brisket and turkey against the question of what can you cook in an offset smoke.

Hope you like this guide. Leave a comment below what is your favorite recipe you wanna cook in an offset smoker. If you have any thoughts leave them too in the comment section below.

Happy Smoking!

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