Friday, July 31, 2020

Smoking Class is in Session!

Let's get philosophical for a moment (don't worry, there's not going to be a test!) Steven Raichlen, who wrote the new cookbook Project Smoke, came by Tonia's Kitchen to talk about the difference between grilling and smoking.  Steven told Tonia that all barbecue is smoked, but not all smoked foods are barbecued.  He says the differences are small, but they are there. Case in point, grilling is essentially cooking directly over a fire, while barbecuing is cooking next to the fire.  Consider the pork belly. Steven says you can grill the pork belly and make a nice sandwich. Or, you can take the same cut of pork, cure and smoke it with the end result being bacon. It's amazing what cooking can do!