Whether it is Christmas, Thanksgiving, or any other festival, it can’t be completed without some smoked dishes and tasty recipes. Enjoying dinner with our friends and family members and having delicious smoked recipes like smoked turkey, ham, and chicken, etc. can be so exciting! But for accomplishing this objective, you need to have a smokehouse. Know how to build a smokehouse.
No food or oven or grill in this whole world can replace the rich flavor of smoked food. The secret behind smoky flavor is to leave the meat to cook in the smokehouse for hours.
Even many famous restaurants also smoke the meat to make some of the most mouthwatering dishes that you can find. It is the reason for their amazing barbecue recipes to be so popular. Undoubtedly, you can always order your favorite barbecue platters online or get a takeaway from your favourite restaurant anytime you want. But if you build a smokehouse, you can freely eat your favorite smoky flavored dishes at home. With the same wonderful flavours of barbecued foods at your home, you will not have to go to the restaurants and cafes.
After reading this blog, you will be able to build your very own smokehouse.
If you don’t have a smokehouse in your house, it is time to build one. Follow the step-by-step guide and build your cute little smokehouse now. Also, you don’t have to invest a lot of money, and the smokehouse will hold a ton of meat.
Is a Smokehouse Safe for Smoking?
Regardless of what method you use for smoking your food, an excessive amount of smoke absorbed by the food will negatively affect your health. Moreover, it is essential not to over-smoke the food and smoke it in a proper way. So, keeping the temperature adequate is very important.
Another thing you should consider is precooking or further cooking when smoking the meat. If the meat is not properly cooked, you are aware of the danger of eating raw meat. You should avoid eating meat without further cooking when you are cold smoking. This method is mainly used for saving the meat for further use.
You can eat some foods after being cold-smoked, but trying those recipes is best for professionals. So, unless you are professional at cooking, avoid eating cold- smoked foods. ss. It is always safer to eat hot smoke, and even then, you should precook the meat to avoid any risk of getting sick.
If you are building a smokehouse, keep in mind that smokehouses are not suitable for enclosed places. However, always choose an open space to build a smokehouse like a yard.
What Are the Materials Needed for Building a Smokehouse?
Building a smokehouse may be a fun task, but it is definitely not an easy one; you may need several tools and materials to build a smokehouse along with proper smokehouse plans. Below are the most important ones:
- Gate set
- Four bags of concrete
- Five bags (94 pounds each) Portland cement
- Hydrated lime
- 1-ton sand
- 1-ton gravel
- 2-8 ft. 2×6’s
- 1 ½ sheet of 8-foot metal
- Four sheets of 2-foot-wide metal
- Eight cinder blocks
- Eight rough-cut 1×6’s
- 1- 12ft 2×4
- 1- 2ft piece of flashing
- 2- 10ft pieces of flashing
- 3/4″ sheet metal screws
- Two hinges
- One handle
- Six sheets of metal roofing (3-feet-by-55-inches)
- 9-foot metal ridge cap
- Metal screws, Tapcons, and nails
- Chalk line
- Level (2-foot or 4-foot)
- Tape measure
- Corner plastic line blocks
- Hammer/nail gun
- Circular saw
- Speed square
How to Build a Smokehouse?
After grabbing your tools and materials, you should also know that there are two types of smokehouses that you can build. You can either build it entirely with cement blocks or wood smokehouses. In this article, we’ll learn how to build a wooden smokehouse.
Step 1: Find the Location
Initially, you should begin with finding the best location; you should choose an area in the backyard that is within the shade. The shady area is essential because when you put the meat in the smokehouse, the temperature will fluctuate due to the sun. It may ruin your meat.
For this reason, you should choose a spot where there will be some sun protection, such as under a tree or a place within a shade that has proper ventilation.
Step 2: Lay the Cement Blocks
You should create a foundation within an enclosed house if you want to build a sturdy smokehouse. You can begin by laying out cinder or cement blocks.
Use the chalk line, squares, and tape measures to determine where the bottom layer of blocks should be laid. After leading the blocks, measure the length of each wall you will be building.
You should use mortar cement on the footer to join the blocks. To make this mixture, all you require is to take two parts of sand, 1 Portland cement, and ½ part of hydrated lime and mix them well. You should also keep the consistency to medium, like mashed potatoes. Moreover, you should keep in mind that measurement is highly essential, or you will end up with unbalanced structures or walls.
Step 3: Frame the Base
Your next step is to frame the base with wood; it is better to use non-pressure treated wood because normal wood won’t release any chemicals into the food.
Step 4: Start Building the Structure
After building the base part, you can now head to the upper section. It is time you begin to build the frame. You can use 2×3’s and begin building the frame. Vertically place the pieces at the front corners of both sides and a horizontal piece connecting the two.
Repeat the same process on the building’s backside. Take two more 2×3 wood pieces and connect the front and back building section.
Step 5: Build the Back of the Roof
Now, after completing all the above procedures, it is time to build the roof. You should cut 2×6’s into sections. In this article, we show the simple roof; if you want to, you can select any type of peak for the roof. Ensure that the back and the front side of the roof are the same.
After completing this step, there will be some 2×3 scraps or pieces. You can utilize them to make bracing for the roof. Use metal screws and evenly place these places across the roof to support the metal.
Step 6: Brace the Structure
Your next step should be the side of the smokehouse with two different metal cuts. To complete the back part of the roof:
- You should take some 2x6s and cut them to size.
- Put these on each smokehouse side.
- Screw them into the place tightly to make your structure less wobbly.
Step 7: Metal Sheets
Now you can apply the sheets of 8-foot metal. You should cut them into sections and put them on the wooden frame. Secure the metal flaps with screws. However, make sure to cut a section in the roof for the vent. You can add a piece of pipe flashing across the top of the roof. It will help the roof to vent the smoke easily.
Step 8: Build the Door
People also prefer the door in the smokehouse, and some do not. But we recommend building a door. Measure the wood and cut it in the appropriate size. You can use some small wood pieces to make a door instead of one single wood piece.
If you utilize small pieces, ensure to screw them carefully together to form an actual door. To protect the door from water, you can also use flashing. Lastly, hang the door on hinges with the help of the gate set.
Step 9: Build the Concrete Floor
Now comes the easiest part: floorings! Pick some bags of quick-drying concrete and blend them with water until it is the desired consistency. You should pour the concrete carefully into the smokehouse. However you must ensure that the edge between the cinderblocks and the wooden base of the smokehouse should be filled with concrete properly. After completing the steps, you can finally move to the finishing touches.
Step 10: Shelving and Paint
Now to make the smokehouse look more appealing and attractive, you have to paint it. Firstly, apply the primer on the wood and apply any paint of your choice. Paint will help you to protect the metal from getting destroyed. Moreover, if you see rust on the metal sheet, take a wire brush and clean all of the rust off from it.
Also, if you want to have extra space, you can add some hooks or shelves to hang meat in your smokehouse. Finally, building the smokehouse is now complete. Now it is ready to work.
Step 11: Heat
You can either utilize a wood stove and attach it to the smokehouse through a vent or use propane. So, you can place the raw meats on the shelves or hang them on the hangers and include the heat. After some hours, the meat is ready to serve. You can also save the meat for further use in the future.
Learning how to build a smokehouse is not that hard. It is a DIY smokehouse project that you could do with your child as well. It would also make a great surprise gift for your smoked food loving family as too — don’t be scared, one weekend of hard work will pay off every summer!
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