Cooking a romantic meal for a loved one on Valentine’s Day can seem like a daunting task, especially if you want to try something new. We’ve put together a few simple tips to point you in the right direction of cooking a date-night classic: steak.
To begin with, you want to ensure you’re using the right type of wood. Oak is the quintessential go-to for any sort of meat smoking and is a great place to start if you are a beginner. Oak gives a medium-strength flavour to food and isn’t too overpowering.
Cherry blocks are also a good option as they provide a sweeter, smoky flavour.
Apple wood chips have a distinct, sweet flavour and are an interesting alternative to Oak.
Ash wood burns fast to produce a light to medium smoke.
Grape vine shoots can take your smoking up a notch by being added to hot coals to create a deep, sweet and smoky flavour to your steaks.
To cook your steaks, you should stack your wood in a teepee shape around your kindling.
Light your kindling and wait for the wood to burn and break down into embers. This will probably take around 30-45 minutes.
With the burning wood at the back of your fire pit or grill, spread the embers out in an even layer at the front.
Lay a grill grate over the embers and place the meat on it. Remember to cook over embers, not flames, as this burns the meat and creates black marks.
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