Texas smokehouse master’s guide to smoking meats at home

MARSHALL, Texas – If you’ve been feeling cooped up inside, now is the perfect time to work on your outdoor cooking skills. Robbie Shoults, Head Honcho of Bear Creek Smokehouse, shares his tricks of the trade to help you master the art of smoking meats at home.

“What we want to emphasize now, without any place to go...a lot of families are coming together, and a great place to do that is in your own backyard," said Shoults.

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Yes! We are open! Our General Store is open and we are operating during our regular business hours with no plans to close the doors at this time. We are taking into consideration the nature of the virus that is being highlighted so heavily on the news and are taking all precautions to maintain a clean and healthy environment for our customers and our Bear Creek family. We have always held ourselves to high standards in regards to cleanliness and we are making extra efforts to go above and beyond. We encourage you to come to our store and enjoy the view! Like you, we have seen the images of empty grocery store shelves and although we do not sell toilet paper, we do have plenty of meat and dry goods so come on out and stock up! We are a small family business and we rely on every sale to keep the lights on and keep food on the table not only for ourselves but for our employees. Therefore, it is so important to us and to the livelihood of our Bear Creek family to continue operating during our regularly scheduled General Store Hours. Our employees are all aware of the severity of the virus and are taking that in to mind with every interaction. We have done a lot of hand washing around here!! Please come shop with us. Please come eat with us. Please continue to support our family and the families that work for us. Also, when you are in our area, keep in mind our neighbors! "Fugler's Gro Home of the Bubba Burger" Enoch's Stomp Winery and Vineyard Wright On Taco Shop

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Cookouts offer many benefits and provide a way for families to engage in something together while being outdoors. Additionally, entire meals can be prepared on an outdoor grill or smoker. Aside from the wide variety of proteins that an be cooked on a smoker like chicken, steaks, burgers and salmon, other dishes like corn on the cob, smoked beans and grilled veggies can also be prepared.

“You can do an entire meal - of course you can," said Shoults. “We’re doing ribs today.”


  • Grill/smoker thermometer
  • Spatula or tongs
  • Heat resistant gloves (leather)
  • Paper for wrapping food
  • Spray bottle (clean and empty)



  • 9 oz. salt
  • 5 oz. sugar
  • 1/2 oz. paprika
  • 1/2 oz. black pepper
  • 1/2 oz. garlic powder
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Brown sugar
  • Apple juice


  1. Heat smoker to 200 degrees
  2. While using gloves, peel membrane from inside rib cage
  3. Rub both sides of the ribs with dry rub mixture
  4. Coat ribs in brown sugar before placing in the smoker
  5. Cook ribs for 4 - 4 ½ hrs.
  6. Spray ribs with apple juice every 30 - 45 min. to keep them moist
  7. Keep the smoker closed as much as possible

Watch the full video above for the full story, including tips on how to convert a grill into a smoker. For more info or to connect with Robbie Shoults, click here.

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