Jack's Blend Blog Posts

While recipes are important, processes are even more important. Just knowing to use SPG for a Texas-style brisket doesn't make a great brisket. One needs to know meat selection, trimming, cook times, cook temperatures, fire management, equipment and more...all things learned by either working alongside someone with the knowledge you need, or by reading and watching videos showing the processes, the "hows" and "whys" of smoking meats.

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Perfect Prime Rib – Easy, No Fail Recipe

You CAN cook a perfect prime rib Yes, you can cook a perfect prime rib...as long as you listen to anyone who tells you to cook it low and slow. I am AMAZED at how many well-known chefs, Youtube chefs,...
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How to Make The Coolest BBQ Table with Dish Soap

How to Make The Coolest BBQ Table with Dish Soap Years ago, when I owned my coffee bar, we had outdoor tables and chairs for an outdoor patio. They were commercial quality, all aluminum and had a kind of an...
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You can Smoke Great Brisket! – Best Practices and Tips!

You can smoke great brisket! Is brisket too difficult to attempt? Like a lot of you, I've had brisket a number of times...and been disappointed on most of those. Dry, rubbery, poor taste...all too frequent experiences when ordering brisket. I...
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How to Build an Awesome Smoker Shed

How to Build an Awesome Smoker Shed Who hasn't wanted a smoker shed - a storage shed or barn or smoke house or whatever one calls it - a place to engage in a hobby, store tools, create a man-cave,...
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UPDATED 12/21 – New Rubs and Seasonings Coming Soon!!

WOO HOO! Jack's Blend announces 5 New Flavors to the 2021 lineup of Jack's Blend Rubs and Seasonings! They will be available this year wherever Jack's Blend products are sold. (Speaking of which, we are in the process of getting...
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How To Smoke Moist, Delicious Turkey Low and Slow

How To Smoke Turkey Low and Slow "It's just a little dry, it's fine...". In National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation the Griswold Christmas dinner has a famous scene where Chevy Chase cuts into a beautiful turkey and *POOF* nothing's there. Although...
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Ultimate Smoked Baked Bean Recipe with Bacon and Jalapeno!

Ultimate Smoked Baked Bean Recipe! Below is the ultimate smoked baked bean recipe you've been searching for your whole life! My wife's recipe really rocks! She's made them dozens of times, perfected the recipe and I devour them hot out...
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Is Lump Charcoal Better Than Regular Charcoal?

Not all lump hardwood charcoal are created equal. They come from various wood types, in different size pieces, burn at different temps and for longer times. Check out this review of...
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Smoked Venison – How to Season, Smoke and Enjoy!

Seasoned and Smoked Venison I started deer hunting when I was around 16 years old. I was not a serious hunter as my father never hunted and only my brother and a couple of friends did. I bow- and gun-hunted...
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Best Stick Burner – The Smoker Your Grandkids Will Inherit!

This post is a simple presentation of the Lang 48" Deluxe Patio Smoker I own. I hope to add other posts in the future, going into more depth on styles of smoker and proper use. If you have questions please...
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Fabulous Korean Beef Tacos (Bulgogi) on the Grill

Korean Beef Tacos are integral to Korean BBQ and start with one of the world’s most flavorful marinades and boast one of the most stimulating arrays of condiments. The resulting bundle is hot and cold and chewy-crisp and lights up...
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How to Smoke Salmon the Right Way!

How to Smoke Salmon the Right Way! I Hate Salmon. OK, I don't really hate it but I certainly prefer many other fish over salmon. Salmon is a very oily and strongly flavored fish and for me can be a...
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Pork Belly Recipe for Brining and Smoking Amazing Bacon!

Amazing Bacon! Bacon made at home is often the best bacon one will ever consume (and I would put forth, some of the best meat one will ever consume). Store bought bacon is often bland, lacks seasoning, not really smoked...
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How to Sell Rubs and Seasonings – My First Farmers Market Experience

Sell Rubs and Seasonings June 5th was my first Farmer's market and my first attempt at selling rubs and seasonings. I put in a few long days in prior to the event to get enough stock ready, to plan the...
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How to Smoke Pork Butt – Superb Pulled Pork BBQ

All pulled pork is not created equal. Yes, there are differences in meat quality, but pulled pork is not filet mignon...and low and slow was originated as a cooking method to redeem lesser cuts of meat. The recipe below, as...
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How to Dry Brine Meat – Salt Tenderizes, Increases Moisture in Meat

Before dry brining I wanted to understand something; what is the difference between curing and brining? Both are processes involving meat and salt. I've always thought of salt curing as a process of removing moisture, so how could I use...
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Best Homemade BBQ Sauce On The Planet!

...there is only one sauce judged to be World’s Best for three consecutive years. Championship Red Sauce is hands down the "Best Sauce on the Planet" as selected over 500 entries at the American Royal International Sauce Contest.
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