Okay, before I go any further, I need to show you what is happening all over North Texas.
See, I told you we've had no winter. Now our poor trees are so confused they're budding all over the place. And March isn't even here yet.
Crazy, I tell ya.
Back before Christmas, I came home one day to find this HUGE present beside the Christmas tree. I mean it stood over four foot high and it was heavy. Since I wasn't the one who'd wrapped it, I had a pretty good idea it was for me. I looked at my husband and said, "You got me a gun safe?"
Two curiosity-filled weeks later, I opened said gift to discover this.
An electric smoker.
Oh, be still my heart. This was so much more exciting than a gun safe. No more worrying about stoking the fire (though I still like that method, too). I simply set the temperature, how long I want it to cook, add the wood chips and call it good.
And since it's so easy, I can throw my meat on in the morning or afternoon and eat it for dinner.
On this day, I decided to smoke some bone-in chicken breasts. I love them smoked because they come out so juicy and tender with oodles and oodles of flavor.
I just season them with whatever tickles my fancy. In this case, it was my usual meat seasoning that consists of salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika.
Put them into my preheated smoker.
BTW, I used mesquite wood chips. So good.
(I forgot to take the pic right away, so this after about an hour, hence the drips)
And six hours later, this is what you've got.
I served it with a salad and some deviled eggs.
The best part about this smoked chicken, is that you can make extra to eat later or use in soups, casseroles, whatever. That smokey flavor gives those dishes just a little extra punch.
Yep, I'd call my smoker the gift that keeps on giving. Not to mention one others can benefit from.
Now it's your turn. Are you a smoker?
I mean the meat variety. What are some of your favorites?