Why? Because you can! And pickle, and jam, or otherwise celebrate the resurgence of the domestic arts our forebears held so dear. Put on your best apron and step into our kitchen, won't you?
Pastrami is a great starter project for home meat curing-- it's pretty simple, and the results are wonderful.
Comprehensive step-by-step tutorial on how to make American-style slab bacon at home. It's fun and easy and will give you the best bacon you've ever had.
Home smoked mackerel takes no time at all, tastes amazing and can be done without any shop bought equipment.
What are you waiting for?
Building a hot smoker is much easier than making a cold smoker. In fact I would hazard a guess that you probably have all the equipment sitting at home right now.
ChefSteps soaks the salmon in pastrami brine for 48 hours, then smokes it at a low temperature. The result is a smoky, savory salmon that flakes into bite-sized morsels, and has a slightly sweet bark. It's just the way salmon candy should be.
If you haven't used smoked salt it is a must! Good on everything from bison to tofu. Here's a DIY that will keep you rollin in the smokiness without having to head to store!
How to dry cure and smoke an incredibly delicious ham at home-- it's actually *really* easy.
If you want the best bacon, make it at home.
This bacon is perfect for breakfast, with a sweet salty tang and smokey peppery finish. Spiced with juniper, bay and nutmeg it has great depth and flavor. The bacon cooks up to deep mahogany brown.
My first shot at hot-smoking using a commercial smoker box, maple-juniper brine, and some decadent fish and seafood.