Smoker cheats

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I love smoked food. I mean besides the flavor that smoking infuses into food the whole culture of sitting beside a smoker on a beautiful sunny day with a cold one in your hand enjoying the company of good friends and family can’t be beat. But here it is—- January in Canada and there is about a foot of snow on my smoker and another six inches on the ground AND—– IT’S COLD OUTSIDE!!!!!! Now if you read into this that, unlike my compatriots at Patrons of the Pit who see no problem with standing outside in sub-zero weather monitoring a smoker, that I am a warm weather kind of smoker guy you would be right— at least as far as my backyard smoker is concerned so when I found these “Smoker Cheats” that allowed me to smoke food in the winter while staying warm I was “over the moon”.

This first one is brought to us by the great King of Bam, Chef Emeril Lagasse, and it is just so simple to use.

Emeril’s Smoker Bag is simply that. A heavy duty “foil type” bag that contains the wood chips necessary to infuse your food, and your house, with the smell and flavor of wood smoke. I originally found these at, of all places, our local Home Depot in their BBQ accessories section and I loved them so much I bought a whole whack of em.

All you need to do with these is prepare whatever it is you are going to cook/smoke, insert it into the smoker bag and seal it up. There is a cooking time chart inside the bag package that makes this whole system nearly fool-proof.

The second “cheat” is one I posted here about a year ago but it is worth resurrecting it since it is such a dynamite product.

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This a Cameron Stove Top smoker and as you can see it is very easy to use, and clean up, and when you purchase it you even get a selection of wood chips to help get you started. Now mine has seen duty mainly for smoking Jalapenos and Garlic for my Chipotle Mayo (see sauces and dips) but it can be used for almost anything else you would use a regular smoker for. I say almost because it obviously isn’t big enough for a Boston Butt or a good size Brisket but if you wanted to smoke some chicken legs or breast or even some pork chops or veggies this is the baby to use indoors.

The last “cheat” is probably the simplest.

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All you need to do is soak whatever wood chips you are using and then roll them up in heavy duty tin foil until you have what loosely resembles an envelope. Poke some holes in the envelope to allow the smoke to escape, place the envelope in a corner of the oven or grill and “go to town” as they say.

Until next time…….. Happy smoking and

                      Bon Appetite

 

Stove top smoker

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Anyone who knows me knows I’m a kitchen guy. Not the stand around in the kitchen with a beer in my hand yapping about sports or politics (although I have been known to do this) but more the stand around in the kitchen with a beer in my hand to develop a recipe and what do I need to pull it off.

When developing a recipe or simply planning dinner it’s not all about the ingredients—- okay,okay it’s 95% about the ingredients—- but it’s also about what kitchen gadget or utensil to use and I JUST LOVE MY KITCHEN GADGETS so what better way to kick start the Kitchen Gadgets category of my blog than my most recent purchase…. my Cameron Stove Top Smoker.

            This gadget is great for those times when you only wish to smoke a small amount of something or you simply don’t wish to fire up the big boy and I’ve found this was perfect for when I smoked some Jalapenos so I could make some Chipotle Mayo (see Sauces and Dips) and to put a light smoke on some pork chops before finishing them off in the oven but this great gadget can also be used without wood chips and the possabilities are restricted to your imagination.

Whatever you use it for I’m sure that just after one use you will be hooked and you will be looking for reasons to use it to create “simple but tasty” dishes.

                             BON APPETIT