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Certified Master Smoker

Davwud Sep 21, 2012 04:43 AM

Hey Hounds.

So here in TO there's a new BBQ place opening up next month and an article has come out in which the "Executive Chef" (I didn't know you needed one at a BBQ joint) claims to be a "Certified Master Smoker." I had never heard of the term and did a Google search. It seems Google has never heard of this certification either.

So my question is, are they just blowing, uh, smoke??

Here is the article in question. http://www.postcity.com/Eat-Shop-Do/E...


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    lcool RE: Davwud Sep 21, 2012 05:31 AM

    Maybe just another food safety course with a cachet.I'll give it a look also.

    1. bagelman01 RE: Davwud Sep 21, 2012 06:36 AM

      Anyone can make up titles and hand out meaningless certificates....................................

      1. MGZ RE: Davwud Sep 21, 2012 06:59 AM

        I love the title! I'm thinking I could do an online course for $299: "Read the following pages, once a week, and answer a series of questions. After six weeks, assuming you pass all of the "tests", I'll mail you a certificate that reads 'Master Smoker' at the top in an Old English type. You can either fill it in yourself, or for an additional $8.99, we will have it printed for you. Call now or this offer may not last".

        My opinion - barbecue is more art than science. Practice is what matters to developing skill. Otherwise, your just using another appliance to cook. But, than again, to me, if you don't need an ax, you're not making barbecue!

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          cheesemaestro RE: Davwud Sep 21, 2012 07:50 AM

          There's a certificate for chain smoking?

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            jjjrfoodie RE: Davwud Sep 21, 2012 02:27 PM



            He’ll be smoking everything on site in a Cookshack 350 for anywhere from 12 to 14 hours, using mostly apple and cherry woods (which accentuate the smoke flavor without overpowering, he says).

            Cookshacks are nice but I have seen many a folk use them at home including myself and several neighbors. Real pro USA type outdoor smoker BBQ? Nope. Restaurant caliber? Sure. If you insist.

            Certified Master smoker.

            Let's see if the TO can handle his awesomeness.

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              ylsf RE: Davwud Sep 21, 2012 06:44 PM

              Really curious about this too... I also thought it was a made up title when I read it, makes me less excited to try this place if/when it eventually opens.

              1. Bill Hunt RE: Davwud Sep 23, 2012 09:37 PM

                Wife claims that I am a "certified master smoker," due to my cigars.

                Somehow, I think that this certification might be different, or maybe not... ?


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                1. re: Bill Hunt
                  Tripeler RE: Bill Hunt Sep 23, 2012 09:48 PM

                  Bill, I think you would have to be a Bong User to qualify for that one.

                2. Davwud RE: Davwud Sep 24, 2012 05:48 AM

                  Thanks gang. This is pretty much what I suspected. I guess these people think us people up here wouldn't know there is no such thing. So I was certainly right calling bull sh!t on this one.

                  Will keep you up to speed on this place. Not a good start AFAIC.


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