the ultimate guide to making s'mores
June 5, 2019

Summer has arrived, which means s’more season is officially in full swing. Roasting marshmallows over an open fire consistently triggers great memories. Because of that, we’ve brought together the ultimate guide to making the best s’mores.

When you make s’mores with family and friends, there should be more than nostalgia fueling the fun. This is a dessert that has earned its own national s’mores day, after all (August 10, if you were wondering).

Often times, when we eat something we loved in childhood, it doesn’t quite match up to the memories. If you follow the tips on how to make s’mores in this post, and you will wonder why you aren’t making them more often.

1) Get everything you need ready

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I can remember many campfires growing up where we decided to make s’mores. We had all the ingredients ready, but then had to wander around the woods in the dark (while hoping to avoid poison ivy) and look for a s’mores stick long enough to roast the marshmallow. On multiple occasions, the s’mores stick I found on the ground was way too short. I’d spend the next few minutes holding the marshmallow near the fire for a few seconds, then pulling it away because my hand was starting to burn. This dance wasn’t that nice.

And of course, there was always the clothes hanger. We spent many campfires trying to unwind metal clothes hangers and then debating if the white paint on them would poison our marshmallows. Once we were done, we never knew what to do with these long and pointy things that could never return to their original form.

But nothing is worse than toasting a marshmallow and realizing you forgot something at the store or still need to unpack the graham crackers and chocolate. Odds are your marshmallow would fall on the ground in the process, get cold, or just get eaten before you had achieved s’more perfection.

So make sure you have some reliable s’more roasting forks handy, and get all your ingredients ready to go.

2) Try more s’more ingredients

Speaking of ingredients, the basic s’more recipe is simple:

  • 2 pieces of graham cracker
  • 1-2 roasted marshmallows
  • 1-2 pieces of milk chocolate

If you only eat s’mores that contain those three ingredients, you’re still technically eating s’mores. But that’s kind of like eating nothing but cheese pizza – you’re missing out on a world of possibilities.

Oreo S'mores for the win!

For instance, have you ever tried trading that piece of milk chocolate for a Reese’s peanut butter cup or a couple of Rolo’s?

Have you ever considered replacing the graham crackers with chocolate chip cookies or Oreos? Oreo s’mores are like a whole new world!

What if you added strawberry slices or peanut butter inside the s’more?

There are countless options out there, but this collection of 39 s’more hacks should give you plenty of ideas to get through the summer.

3) Roast the chocolate while you roast the marshmallow

One of the simplest hacks to making an amazing s’mores dessert is to roast the chocolate at the same time you roast the marshmallow. You obviously cannot put the chocolate on a roasting fork – it would melt and fall off.

So instead, place the chocolate (or Reese’s or whatever you choose to use) on the graham cracker and simply set it near the fire. You’ve got to be careful here – too close and it will melt everything entirely or even burn your hand.

How to melt the chocolate in your s'mores

Chocolate doesn’t need a lot of heat to melt, so just make sure it’s a warm area and let the fire do the work. Then, when your marshmallow is ready you can create your s’more sandwich. The warm, melted chocolate is amazing and once you try it, you’ll never go back. You might get a little extra chocolate dripping down your face, but we promise it’s worth it.

4) Roast it over the coals

This is one of my pet peeves and perhaps the greatest controversy when answering the question, how to make s’mores. Many people choose to simply shove their marshmallow into the flame, let it catch on fire, and then blow it out. I call this method the “burn and blow” and think it is the worst.

how to make the best s'moresIf you genuinely prefer this method of roasting marshmallows, then I guess it’s a free country and you can do what you want.

But in my view, you will never make the perfect s’more with a marshmallow that is burnt on the outside and cold on the inside. I can’t think of a single food item where people prefer the burnt version over a properly cooked version.

The key to successfully roasting a marshmallow is to do it slowly over the coals of the fire. You’ll need to wait a bit for the fire to burn and watch for those coals to fall to the side. This is the moment you’ve been waiting for, s’more perfection awaits!

If you roast the marshmallows over the coals and slowly rotate them, they will turn golden brown on the outside and warm through to the center. Does roasting them properly take longer than the burn and blow method? Yes, but we’re talking 1 minute verses 10 seconds, not a whole hour.

So if you want the best s’more possible, take the extra few seconds and actually roast the marshmallows.

5) Use an actual fire

The internet is filled with alternative methods for making s’mores: Cook them in the oven or microwave! Cook them over a candle! Use the toaster!

making s'mores together

But in my mind, cooking a s’more over anything but an actual fire defeats the purpose. You don’t make a s’more just to have something yummy to eat (although that is clearly a benefit). You make s’mores for the shared experience, for the time together around a campfire, and the memories that it can create.

For many kids, cooking a s’more over a fire might literally be their first time cooking anything. Teaching others how to properly cook a s’more, roast a marshmallow, or warm the chocolate is a great way to connect.

Sometimes, weather doesn’t cooperate and you need to make s’mores inside. That’s ok, because most likely you have a fireplace inside where you can make s’mores as well. The hearth creates a nice place to warm that chocolate and you can still turn s’more making into a community undertaking.

6) Take the necessary safety steps

Nothing ruins a good s’more faster than a burnt hand or out of control fire. Anytime you create a fire, it’s important to follow the necessary safety steps. Since making s’mores requires you (and often younger children) to be closer than normal to the fire, safety is even more important.

Smokey Bear provides a complete list of campfire safety rules, but here are a few that relate specifically to making the best s’mores:

  • Only create a fire for s’mores in a safe fire pit or fireplace
  • Never get too close to the fire or touch the flames
  • Keep s’more ingredients far away from the fire – not only could they melt, but an entire bag or box could fall into the fire and cause problems
  • Always supervise children around fires and while making s’mores
  • Have water nearby so the fire can be put out completely when necessary
  • Never wave roasting forks around, especially if there is a flaming marshmallow on it
  • Be careful not to touch the flame side of the roasting fork with your fingers – it’s hot!

7) Teamwork makes the dream work

Depending on how long your roasting fork is, it can be quite difficult to place a marshmallow between two graham crackers using just your two hands. The graham cracker might break, the chocolate could fall out, or you might only get 10% of the marshmallow inside the sandwich while the rest explodes out the side.

But teamwork makes the dream work! As you roast marshmallows, ask a friend to prepare your ingredients of choice and then help you make your s’more. You’ve got a much better shot at keeping everything together and properly proportioned. Once you’ve had your own delicious s’more, you can return the favor for your friend.

This principle is especially true with younger kids. It’s great to involve them in the s’more making process, but they’re more prone to hurting themselves or destroying the s’more when they do it themselves. Give them a helping hand and give them a s’more experience they’ll remember for years. Odds are, they’ll remember the person who taught them how to make s’mores for much longer than they remember what their first s’more tasted like.

8) Use the best firewood for the best s’mores

There was a time when I believed that making a good s’more over an open fire required a certain level of smoke inhalation. This was because, as a kid, we would build fires using wood that had just fallen from trees and was still pretty wet. This unseasoned wood would create a lot of smoke, and it was only a matter of time before the wind changed and you got smoked out.

When you cook s’mores over a fire with Cutting Edge Firewood, however, things are different. We deliver the best firewood available, period.

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So what does this mean for making s’mores?

First, our firewood creates less smoke. You don’t have to suffer through copious amounts of smoke in your eyes just to enjoy a s’more!

Second, our firewood is easier to light. A single match is all you need and you’ll have a crackling fire burning in no time. This takes the stress out of starting a fire and saves you (and every other s’more eater) substantial time.

And third, Cutting Edge firewood burns hotter and longer. Want to make a s’more now? Great! Go for it! Still want to make a s’more an hour later? No problem! Keep the fire going with the best firewood available and you’ll get to enjoy the best s’mores all night.

Shop quality firewood today so you can be ready for your next s’mores adventure.

Your turn: Do you have any tips or tricks for making s’mores? Leave a comment below!

April 16, 2019

You can smoke meat on nearly any grill or smoker, but few cooking devices offer the performance and versatility of the Big Green Egg. Originally released in the 1970s, it features a Japanese kamado-style design consisting of a large egg-shaped container with a cooking grate in the middle. So, why should you smoke meat on the Big Green Egg?

#1) Traps Flavorful Smoke

The Big Green features a sealed design that traps flavorful smoke. Whether you are smoking beef, chicken, pork or fish, the amount of smoke to which your meat is exposed will affect its flavor. If you use a smoker that leaks smoke, your meat won’t taste as delicious. With its sealed design, however, smoke will remain inside the Big Green Egg where it enhances the flavor of your meat.

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While other smokers typically feature a stainless steel construction, the Big Green Egg features a ceramic construction that acts as insulation. Ceramic is an excellent material for preventing the loss of thermal energy. By definition, ceramic is any type of solid, inorganic material that’s exposed to high temperatures. When used in the construction of a smoker, such as the Big Green Egg, ceramic traps heat to offer a more efficient smoking experience.

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You don’t have to worry about the Big Green Egg’s cooking grate rusting. It’s made of high-quality stainless steel that inhibits oxidation, thereby protecting the grate from rusting. You should still clean the grate on a regular basis, ideally each time you use it. But with its stainless steel design, the Big Green Egg’s cooking grate won’t rust, allowing you to use it for countless cookouts.

#4) Dual Draft Doors

You can easily control the internal temperature of the Big Green Egg using its dual draft doors. The draft doors are essentially air vents to pull fresh air into the fuel chamber where your charcoal and wood burns. While many low-end smokers only have a single draft door, the Big Green Egg features two: one at the bottom and another at the bottom. By opening the draft doors, you can increase the temperature of your Big Green Egg. And if you need to lower the temperature, you can close the draft doors.

#5) Over a Half-Dozen Sizes

Whether you’re looking for a small smoker to cook a few hamburgers or an oversized smoker to cook several racks of ribs, there’s probably a Big Green Egg to meet your needs. It’s currently offered in over a half-dozen sizes, including Mini, MiniMax, Small, Medium, Large, XLarge and 2XL. The 2XL, of course, is the largest model, featuring 672 square inches of cooking space — the equivalent of about 35 to 40 hamburger patties. The Mini, on the other hand, is the smallest model, though it still offers about 79 square inches of cooking space. Consider how much meat you intend to smoke during a typical cookout, and choose an appropriately sized model. If you only smoke a few hamburgers at a time, a Mini model will likely suffice.

#6) Isn’t Affected By Rain

Wouldn’t it be great if the weather was always nice and sunny when you want to smoke meat? Regardless of where you live, you won’t have the luxury of experiencing clear skies all 365 days of the year. The good news is that you can still smoke meat when it’s raining outside if you use the Big Green Egg. Rainwater will simply drip off the sides of the Big Green Egg while having minimal effect on its internal temperature. As a result, your charcoal and wood will stay dry inside the Big Green Egg’s ceramic shell, allowing it to burn and smoke even in bad weather.

#7) Less Charcoal and Wood Required

With its heavily insulated ceramic construction, the Big Green Egg requires charcoal and cooking wood than other types of smokers. As your charcoal and cooking wood burns, the heat — along with the smoke — become trapped inside the Big Green Egg’s ceramic shell. Because of its insulated ceramic design, the Big Green Egg generally requires less charcoal and cooking wood. This is just one more reason to consider purchasing the Big Green Egg.

The Big Green Egg isn’t cheap, but you should think of it as an investment. Since it’s heavily insulated, it could save you money on charcoal and cooking wood. If you usually go through a half bag charcoal, for example, you may only need to use a quarter of a bag. Over the course of a year, that can translate into big bucks. Furthermore, you can use the Big Green Egg for more than just smoking; it’s perfect for grilling and even baking.

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May 23, 2018

How firewood accessories can be an aesthetically pleasing addition to your home.

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HGTV shows off several wonderful homes that have utilized firewood to add a cozy, luxurious feeling. A  stack of kiln dried firewood in a set of firewood tongs goes perfectly next to a massive fireplace in a rustic wood cabin. Or, picture a classy firewood stand next to an elegant fireplace and mantle in your home.

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December 1, 2017

There are many different places you can obtain firewood. You can find it outside your local grocery store, on street-corner lots–even in your backyard. But when you source firewood from these places, it rarely, if ever, results in a one-match fire. Ordinary firewood is often saturated with moisture, making it difficult to light. That type of firewood is also a frequent host to fungus and pests, which can make their way into your home. Even if you found firewood without these problems, you would still have to load it into your vehicle, take it home and haul it over to your fireplace–never mind all the cleanup required after that process is over. Amid the busyness of work, your kids’ sports and clubs, errands and social events, having enough firewood should be the last thing you have to worry about. So, let us take care of that for you.

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