Food Smoking Courses

Learn how to smoke food - cheese, fish, meat and more!

Featured as one of the 'Top 9 Courses' to do in Europe - Lonely Planet Guide

Shortlisted for the 'Best Food Experience' - UK Cookery School Awards



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Smoky Jo's host days and weekends that are great fun, informative and very tasty!  We ran an award-winning artisan smokehouse until 2004 and have been sharing and teaching the art of food smoking since 2006 to foodies - complete novices and professional chefs, entrepreneurs and even viewers of BBC's One Show and ITV's Good Morning.

If you or someone you know loves smoked food and enjoys creating delicious meals at home, read on...

Join us and enjoy a one-day or weekend course at Smoky Jo's Cookery School in Cumbria where you can learn the art of hot and cold smoking food at home.  (If you're not sure, but you know some one who would love a course, gift vouchers are available!)

Whether you are interested in fine food, would like to learn how to smoke your own food, or maybe you catch your own fish, rear your own meat or shoot your own game and you would like to be able to smoke it; or if you just love eating smoked food - then Smoky Jo's is the place for you.

Meals and refreshments will be provided each day and you can take away the fruits of your labour to entertain your friends with the foods you have smoked!

Courses at Smoky Jo's also provide the added enjoyment of a restful holiday break in the beautiful Cumbrian countryside.  Why don't you make the most of your break by staying on a few extra days and enjoy exploring the Lake District?

Buy a course for a friend or family member!  What a great Christmas or birthday present for the person who loves smoked food...


E mail: Phone: 01931 716638 CA10 3LG




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And why not Smokey Joe's?  Or Smoky Joe's?  Or even Smokey Jo's?!!

Well, we agonised over it.  Although the Jo bit was obviously fairly easy, what with one of us being called Jo...  But how to spell smok(e)y was a decision made after seeing both spellings all over the web then resorting to a good old fashioned dictionary... 








" ... thank you for such a fantastic time last weekend we are still buzzing from it!
We have assembled our cold smoker and are really going for it today....butter, olives, cheese, nuts and salmon... "

Lisa. F July 2016

" ... huge thanks for yesterday. I had a great time and your passion for smoking is really contagious. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day and learned so much.  My family have since tried the goodies I brought home and want me smoking at home ASAP." 

Paul A. June 2016

" We had a brilliant and marvelous fun and informative course this last weekend; wouldn't have changed a thing about it. People great, food amazing, accommodation unexpectedly delightful, so very glad we came. Congratulations on a top quality event in every possible way. For anyone who enjoys food whether or not they intend to smoke, just to absorb the facts and taste the tastes its a heavenly course. Make a weekend of it or incorporate it in a holiday break. So good to meet you Jo and Georgina. ITS A MUST DO course..... "

Von, March 2015 on our Facebook Page

Dave reviews Smoky Jo's


Did you see Smoky Jo in the smokehouse near Windermere on ITV's The Great British Taste Tour?


Smoky Jo's in Sunday Telegraph Stella Magazine 2nd October 2011


Lonely Planet Magazine

9 best weekend courses in Europe includes Smoky Jo's Food Smoking Courses!


Interested in smoking food at home? Have a look at

Smoky Jo's - The Movie


" I just wanted to let you both know what a thoroughly enjoyable day I had with you this week on my  Smoking course. You both made it so much fun and best of all the food was FANTASTIC."

Luke - 1st June 2011 ...more


NEW! Through the winter and beyond we now run courses at The Wild Boar, near Windermere.


See the review of our food smoking courses in Stella Sunday Telegraph Magazine, Sunday 10th October!


Recently Smoky Jo's was featured in The Times -as one of the

'Best days out for the boys' 

- but actually it is a great day out for anyone!


Smoky Jo, Smoky Georgina and Freddy the Filing Cabinet, our first home smoker

Smoky Jo, Smoky Georgina and Freddy the Filing Cabinet smoker!



You can read all about Smoky Jo's in

Country Living

Fresh Magazine

Cumbria Life

Did you see

Smoky Jo's on BBC The One Show?

A short film presented by Carol Thatcher featuring Smoky Jo's

Carol Thatcher filming with Smoky Jo's Food SMoking Courses for the One Show


If you missed them - don't worry - see them on

ITV's 'This Morning' in May


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Gift vouchers

are available for next year's courses.





Smoky Jo!

What are you smoking today, Jo?

Smoky Jo tensing to smoked peppers, chickens and trout on a barrel smokerHere we have - chicken, salmon, sausages, peppers, mushrooms, prawns, cheese, garlic, eggs and nuts!

Have a look at our photo gallery

Sampling smoked delicacies with a glas of bubbly at the end of a day

At the end of the course

here we are tasting some of the days smoked food, all washed down with a glass of fizzy!

Admiring smoked sausages, smoked pheasant and mushrooms on a water smoker

Smoked pheasant, sausages and mushrooms on the water smoker.



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