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Meet Joe, a passionate BBQ enthusiast and The MeatStick Brand Ambassador. You might know him from his YouTube channel and Instagram, Gorilla Joe’s BBQ. Joe started his journey in the BBQ world last year with the support of his wife and daughter, who go by the nickname "Little Gorilla". Since then, he has become a devoted fan of smoking meat and grilling thick steaks over an open flame.
We had the opportunity to interview Joe and learn more about his experience as a BBQ enthusiast and brand ambassador for The MeatStick. We delved into his passion for BBQ, his journey as a content creator on social media, and his tips and tricks for smoking the perfect ham. Keep reading to learn more about Joe and his love for all things BBQ!
I started to enjoy throwing meat on the grill when I got to college and had to cook for myself, but back then it was all very simple. However, until I graduated from college and met a coworker who had a Weber Smokey Mountain I never knew how much I was going to get consumed by this lifestyle. I bought my first smoker around 6 years ago, and it's been a learning experience since then! I love cooking for other people and having them compliment me on how great the food was, and I think that really drives me to keep trying new stuff and keep expanding my knowledge.
I really enjoy smoking baby back ribs. They were the first thing I learned how to smoke, and you can really pack some great flavor into them. I love to go with a little bit of a spicier dry rub, and then when I wrap them I go with a sweet component, some honey, butter, and brown sugar. I think this gives you a great flavor profile of a little heat and a little sweat!
Cost and time! Working a full-time job, and having a family really takes up most of your day, so trying to carve out some time to fire up the smoker and make some great smoked food is definitely a challenge. Pair that with how crazy meat prices have gotten these past couple years, and it's a pretty challenging hobby!
Having a good wireless smart meat thermometer is a game changer, like I mentioned above time is one of my biggest challenges. So having a thermometer that is linked to my Wi-Fi and I can check on my phone really helps me use my time to the fullest. I have started so many cooks with my MeatStick and gone to the store, or the gym, or to pick my daughter up from school and the peace of mind of being able to check my phone and see the smoker temp, and my meat temp is amazing. And of course, you can pull the meat at the perfect temperature every time!
I love making queso and salsa on the smoker; it adds so much more flavor to the dish, and you will surprise a lot of people when they take a bite and aren't expecting a smokey taste!
Well, on this particular cook, I went to the store with the mindset of getting a pre-sliced ham, and I definitely thought I bought a pre-sliced ham... Well when I got home and opened the package while filming my YouTube video I realized it was definitely NOT a pre sliced ham. It caught me. By surprise and I had to change up my plan on the fly, but a little knife work and it turned out fantastic!
Just go out there and do it, trust me, if I can make some amazing smoked food, so can you! And a ham is a great piece of meat to start on. You can get a precooked one, so you are basically just heating it up with the seasoning of your choice on it, and it can be done quicker and with less chance of error than say a brisket which is very technique heavy. Also, choose the right wood for the job, my go-to is pecan for flavor and cherry for some great color!
These tips and tricks for smoked glazed ham will help you create a delicious and flavorful dish for any occasion. For more detailed instructions and visual guidance, we suggest watching YouTube video by Gorilla Joe’s BBQ. Happy cooking!
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