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The cooking kit you need this bank holiday weekend

Red (UK) logo Red (UK) 23/08/2019 Roanna Day
a group of people sitting at a table with wine glasses © wundervisuals

The bank holiday weekend approaches and with it the promise of sunshine. Glorious.

Cooking outside is, in my opinion, a clear indicator of a sunny weekend well spent but this time, instead of turning to your BBQ why not give smoking a try?

Typically the average UK household doesn't have a smoker but that's not the same for the rest of the world. Our friends in the US for example are much more au fait with smoking as a cooking method.

Smoking, typically, is a low and slow way of cooking meats resulting in an incredibly juicy texture and a rich, smokey flavour. In short, it's delicious.

But if you get yourself a decent smoker you'll find the world is your oyster and that, in fact, anything from an aubergine to said oyster can be brought to life with a dose of smoke.

Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker Grill © amazon.co.uk Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker Grill

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We've put the Weber smokey mountain cooker to the test and found it a source of endless culinary inspiration.

The smokey mountain is so spacious you can smoke show-stopping meals in it, from whole legs of lamb to pork shoulders and potatoes.

Gallery: Smoked recipes for you to try (Better Homes & Gardens)

Lay up rows of courgettes and eat them slightly blistered and full of wood smoke flavour or cook beef burgers low and slow for the ultimate BBQ smoke burger.

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Weber have a recipe for cedar plank smoked brie, where a wheel of brie is softened and melted over a cedar plank in a smoker and honestly, we can't think of anything better.

Just like your slow cooker a smoker is perfect for cooking over long periods of time, adding deep flavour as you slow smoke which makes the perfect excuse to sit outside all afternoon long, sipping an Aperol spritz, as your side of salmon happily smokes away.

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