Let me just start off by saying I love smoked Barbeque. I grew up on a little farm and we always raised our own meat. Then when I was in my teens I worked in a grocery store in the meat market and helped my uncle cut up beef on the weekends. As you can imagine we always had a lot of meat to eat and I guess you could say, “I have meat in my blood.”
That is why I was so excited about getting started on a no carb foods diet in order to get rid of the spare tire that had developed around my middle. Eating meat is the key to any good low carb diet but my problem was I always ate it with lots of potatoes, bread, and sweets. That is a no-no and really packs on the pounds.
Since being on the diet for the last month I have lost almost 20 pounds and feel great. One of the keys to my success has been varying the types of meals I have. That is where my smoker comes in. Every weekend I smoke a turkey and a ham then I can have these for lunches and dinners throughout the week. The smoky flavor not only tastes good but I also think it helps to curb my appetite later on. Of course we also use the smoker to cook hamburgers and steaks during the week. I’ll tell you, a good steak with a salad and some grilled veggies really makes a great meal and I don’t even think about those fries or mashed potatoes I would have had to have just a few months ago.
I use a propane barbeque which a lot of people frown on but the reality is the ease of use is so nice that I don’t even think about briquettes. My smoker has a tray to add flavor chips so I can smoke with hickory, alder, or mesquite without waiting an hour for the coals to get hot. I just pour some chips in the pan and light the propane. The chips will smoke the whole time I am cooking and I get that great wood smoke flavor without having to deal with the ashes later.