What is Jeff's 5 Day eCourse that everyone keeps talking about?
Well, let me put it this way, now that I have written a book on smoking meat (on store shelves May 2012), the eCourse seems a little small but before I ever wrote that book, I wanted to put something together that would contain the basics of what folks needed to know in order to have success in smoking meat.
I started thinking about it and came up with about 5 categories that seemed to make sense and before I knew it, I had 5 categories of written material and each one was just the right size to be a full chapter.
I do offer the eCourse as a complete entire ebook if folks want to spend a few dollars but I felt like it could be better digested a little at a time so I came up with the idea of using my newsletter service to allow folks to subscribe and automatically get one chapter a day for five days.. thus was born the 5-Day eCourse.
So you might say, is it really something that I need before I can smoke meat? The answer is an emphatic no. You can find all that information right here scattered all over the forum. If you spend several days reading post after post of what other people have done, you'll probably have a pretty good idea of what to do.
The problem lies in the fact that the information is scattered across a broad range of categories and threads while the 5-day eCourse pulls all of that great information together into a more logical and easy to learn format.
So.. why is it free?
Well, I could probably sell the eBooks fairly well if I just wanted to offer them that way but I really want to stay on focus with folks learning how to smoke meat since, in my experience, the folks who jump right in and start learning how to smoke meat, later end up being the folks in the forum who help other newbies when they come in.
We need folks who remember what it's like to be a newbie and not know a thing about smoking meat and to be able to transform from that state to a pretty good outdoor cook and be able to maintain a good fire and put out a decent brisket or pork butt.
That kind of an individual can really help other newbies and that's very important for the success of this forum.
So what is the eCourse all about?
To break it down for you, here are the 5 chapters listed one by one and a short synopsis of each:
Chapter One: Selecting the Meat Properly
As we all know, the cooking is one thing but in order to be successful you have to start out with the right ingredients. Smoking has long been the art of taking a not so great piece of meat and turning it into something truly spectacular but in today's world if you have the choice between a better rack of ribs and a less than perfect rack of ribs, why not choose the better one?
In this chapter I walk you through selecting the meat at the store, what to look for and how to choose the best piece of meat for the best outcome. Plain and simple.
Chapter Two: Heat, Firebuilding and Smokeology
In this important chapter, we delve into the land of maintaining the right heat, building fires and making sure the smoke is working correctly so that it properly flavors the meat and does not coat it with awful creosote.
This is the part of the equation that many new smokers struggle with and I try to offer some tips to help you become the master of your pit whether that's a grill using indirect heat or a beautifully crafted Lang cooker.
Chapter Three: Improving the Flavor with Rubs, Sauces and Marinades
Knowing how to add flavor to the meat that you are smoking is a big part of what you'll be doing as an outdoor cook. It's not just about the heat and the smoke, most of the folks you'll be cooking for want the meat to be tasty, sometimes spicy, melting with flavor from the inside out and with a few tips from this chapter, you'll be producing the most flavorful foods that anyone has ever tasted and you'll be the star of the neighborhood no doubt!
Chapter Four: Smoking Equipment and Supplies
While you can literally smoke meat in a trashcan if you had to, most of us would like to have something a little better than that. The best equipment in the world does not make you a great smoker but you should try to buy the best equipment you can afford and it will generally repay you in performance.
In this chapter you will learn a few details about the tools and equipment that you might need to get started and what you'll might need later on as you advance in the hobby.
Chapter Five: The Actual Process and When is it Done?
The process of maintaining the smoker and actually smoking the meat is where the rubber meets the road. Being able to take what you've learned about meat and fire and smoke and flavor and bring it all together into a beautiful symphony that produces some great tasting food is a miraculous thing. This chapter helps you to take everything you've learned and do just that.
I also teach you how to tell when the meat is finished smoking/cooking and how to remove it from the smoker at the perfect time and what to do right before you serve it to your family and friends.
Well OK.. Let's Get You Subscribed Already!
Subscribing to the eCourse is quite simple, just go here and put your name in the top field and your email address in the bottom field and I'll do the rest. You don't have to worry about anyone else ever getting your email address as I use Aweber, one of the number one email contact services in the world. They are very secure and take spam and sending out unwanted emails very seriously.
Once you subscribe, you should get a chapter within just a short while and then one each day for four more days after that. If for some reason you do not receive the eCourse or you are missing one or more of the chapters, check your spam/junk folder in you email system then let me know here if you can't find it and I will get it to you a different way.
Enjoy the eCourse and be sure to send me an email when you get finished and let me know what you liked/didn't like about the material, how it was written, what was missing, etc. to help us make it even better in the future.