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Smoke It Like a Pro with Brinkmann: The Best Smoker Recipes for Meat, Poultry, and Seafood

Brinkmann Smoker Cooking Recipe Book: A Guide to Smoking Meat, Poultry, Pork, Beef and Seafood


If you love the taste and aroma of smoked food, you might want to try using a Brinkmann smoker. A Brinkmann smoker is a device that allows you to cook food with indirect heat and smoke, giving it a rich and complex flavor that you can't get from other cooking methods. In this article, we will show you what a Brinkmann smoker is, why you should use it, how to use it, and some delicious recipes that you can try at home.

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What is a Brinkmann smoker?

A Brinkmann smoker is a type of charcoal smoker that consists of two parts: a lower section that holds the charcoal and water pan, and an upper section that holds the food racks. The lower section has vents that control the airflow and temperature of the smoker, while the upper section has a dome-shaped lid that traps the smoke and moisture inside. The water pan helps to keep the food moist and tender, while the charcoal provides the heat and smoke that infuses the food with flavor.

Why use a Brinkmann smoker?

There are many benefits of using a Brinkmann smoker for your cooking needs. Some of them are:

  • You can cook a variety of foods, such as meat, poultry, pork, beef, seafood, vegetables, cheese, nuts, and more.

  • You can create different flavors by using different types of wood, spices, marinades, rubs, and sauces.

  • You can cook large quantities of food at once, making it ideal for parties and gatherings.

  • You can save time and energy by letting the smoker do most of the work for you.

  • You can enjoy healthy and nutritious food that is low in fat and high in protein.

How to use a Brinkmann smoker?

Using a Brinkmann smoker is not difficult once you get the hang of it. Here are some basic steps that you need to follow:

  • Prepare your food by seasoning it with salt, pepper, spices, herbs, rubs, marinades, or sauces according to your preference.

  • Soak some wood chips or chunks in water for at least 30 minutes before using them. You can choose from different types of wood depending on the flavor you want.

  • Fill the charcoal pan with charcoal briquettes and light them with a match or lighter. Wait until they are covered with ash and glowing red.

  • Fill the water pan with water or other liquid such as beer, wine, juice, broth, or vinegar. You can also add some aromatics such as onion, garlic, lemon, rosemary, or bay leaves to enhance the flavor.

  • Place the wood chips or chunks on top of the charcoal. Adjust the vents to regulate the temperature and smoke level of the smoker. You want to maintain a temperature between 200F and 250F and a thin stream of smoke coming out of the vent.

  • Place your food on the racks in the upper section of the smoker. Make sure there is enough space between them for air circulation.

  • Cover the smoker with the lid and let it cook for several hours until your food reaches the desired doneness. You can check the temperature of your food with a meat thermometer or by cutting into it.

  • Remove your food from the smoker and let it rest for 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy your smoked delicacy!

Types of Wood for Smoking

One of the most important factors that affect the flavor of your smoked food is the type of wood you use. There are many types of wood available for smoking, but they can be classified into two main categories: hardwood and softwood.

Hardwood vs. Softwood

, walnut, and cherry. Hardwood is preferred for smoking because it burns longer and hotter than softwood, and produces a cleaner and more consistent smoke. Hardwood also has a more complex and varied flavor profile than softwood, which can enhance the taste of your food.

Softwood comes from coniferous trees that have needles and cones, such as pine, spruce, fir, and cedar. Softwood is not recommended for smoking because it burns faster and cooler than hardwood, and produces a lot of resin and creosote that can ruin your food and your smoker. Softwood also has a strong and bitter flavor that can overpower your food.

Aromatic vs. Non-aromatic

Another way to classify wood for smoking is by its aroma. Aromatic wood has a distinctive smell that transfers to the food as it smokes, while non-aromatic wood has little or no smell at all.

Aromatic wood is usually more expensive and harder to find than non-aromatic wood, but it can add a lot of character and depth to your food. Some examples of aromatic wood are hickory, mesquite, apple, cherry, pecan, maple, and olive.

Non-aromatic wood is cheaper and more widely available than aromatic wood, but it can be bland and boring for your food. Some examples of non-aromatic wood are oak, alder, birch, beech, and ash.

Best wood for different meats

Different types of meats have different flavors and textures that can be complemented or contrasted by different types of wood. Here are some general guidelines for choosing the best wood for smoking different meats:

  • Beef: Beef has a strong and rich flavor that can stand up to strong and smoky woods like oak, hickory, and mesquite. Oak is the most popular choice for brisket because it produces a balanced and robust flavor that enhances the beef without overpowering it. Hickory can add a nutty or bacon-like flavor to beef, while mesquite can add an earthy or spicy flavor. However, both hickory and mesquite can be too intense if used too much, so they should be used sparingly or mixed with milder woods like apple or cherry.

  • Pork: Pork has a mild and sweet flavor that can benefit from sweet and fruity woods like apple, cherry, maple, pecan, or olive. Apple and cherry can add a light and refreshing flavor to pork, while maple and pecan can add a rich and caramelized flavor. Olive can add a similar flavor to mesquite but not as strong. You can also use oak or hickory for pork if you want a more smoky flavor.

  • Poultry: Poultry has a delicate and neutral flavor that can be easily overwhelmed by strong woods like hickory or mesquite. It is better to use mild and sweet woods like apple, cherry, maple, pecan, or olive for poultry. These woods can add a subtle and pleasant flavor to poultry without masking its natural taste.

  • Seafood: Seafood has a light and delicate flavor that can be enhanced by mild and sweet woods like apple, cherry, maple, pecan, or olive. These woods can add a hint of sweetness and fruitiness to seafood without overpowering it. You can also use alder for seafood if you want a more subtle and neutral flavor.

Brinkmann Smoker Recipes


  • Prepare your chicken by rinsing it and patting it dry with paper towels. Cut off any excess fat or skin.

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, lemon zest, white wine vinegar, avocado oil, rosemary, parsley, garlic powder, and smoked paprika.

  • Place the chicken in a large ziplock bag or a baking dish and pour the marinade over it. Massage the marinade into the chicken and make sure it is well coated. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to overnight.

  • Preheat your smoker to 250F and add your preferred wood chips or chunks. I recommend using apple or cherry for this recipe.

  • Remove the chicken from the marinade and discard the excess liquid. Season the chicken with salt and pepper to taste.

  • Place the chicken on the smoker rack breast side up and close the lid. Smoke for about 3 hours or until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the breast reaches 165F.

  • Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and let it rest for 10 minutes before carving. Enjoy with your favorite sides or make some sandwiches with the smoked chicken.

Smoked Pulled Pork with BBQ Sauce


  • 1 pork shoulder (about 8 pounds)

  • 1/4 cup of your favorite BBQ rub

  • 3/4 cup of apple cider vinegar

  • 3/4 cup of water

  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 teaspoons of liquid smoke

  • 2 cups of your favorite BBQ sauce


  • Trim off any excess fat from the pork shoulder and pat it dry with paper towels. Sprinkle the BBQ rub all over the pork and rub it in well.

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the apple cider vinegar, water, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and liquid smoke. This is your mop sauce that you will use to baste the pork during smoking.

  • Preheat your smoker to 250F and add your preferred wood chips or chunks. I recommend using hickory or oak for this recipe.

  • Place the pork on the smoker rack fat side up and close the lid. Smoke for about 6 hours, mopping with the mop sauce every hour, until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 165F.

  • Tear off a large piece of Reynolds Wrap Heavy Duty Foil and place it on a baking sheet. Transfer the pork to the foil and pour some of the mop sauce over it. Wrap the foil tightly around the pork and return it to the smoker. Smoke for another 2 hours or until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 195F.

  • Carefully unwrap the pork and transfer it to a large cutting board. Let it rest for 15 minutes before shredding with two forks or your hands. Discard any bones or fat.

  • Toss the shredded pork with your favorite BBQ sauce and serve on buns with coleslaw or your favorite sides.

Smoked Brisket with Dry Rub