According to Smoky
Welcome to According to Smoky. Here you will find the latest and greatest from C. Clark "Smoky" Hale notable 'baster', author, publisher, television star in both the barbecue and 'the real' world. And yes, he is a real person and not the webmaster.
Smoky will be offering his talents, techniques and secrets discovered over the last 150 years, or so. He will be to the point, pull no punches and if you suffer through the process, you will become a much better outdoor cook, turning out masterpiece meals for friends and family alike.
In this column, Smoky takes to the woods in search of the different types of woods available to the outdoor cook for preparing some great tasting wood smoke-cooked entrees. Hope this helps you folks! . . . . . take notes!
So, with no further adieu, we turn the mike to Smoky. You're on Smoky . . . . .
OUTDOOR COOKING WITH SMOKY HALE
By: Smoky Hale
Burning questions regarding the characteristics of particular woods have,
traditionally, been confined to wood workers and their clientele and those
folk who heat with wood. Except for Macbeth's fate resting upon whether or
not Great Birnam wood came up Dunsinane hill, particular woods have never
seemed like a life or death situation. But, lately, with all the smoke
blowing going on, the fad for cooking over exotic woods and the extravagant
claims of smoke blowers has reached outrageous proportions.
Since early time, even primitive man with primitive palate learned that
food tasted better cooked over coals than in flames and smoke. As long as
wood was the primary cooking fuel, this knowledge was proudly passed from
generation to generation. But as we moved indoors with gas and electricity
becoming the favored fuels, there occurred what is known in scientific
circles as a discontinuity. There was a missing link in the chain of
knowledge. For more than a generation, this precious information was lost
to most of the population. It was kept alive by only a small cadre of
Keepers of the Coals.
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