Wednesday, February 29, 2012

smoker ideas

I found a good deal on a small smoker and now that I have it, I don't know what to do with it. I was thinking of maybe smoking a turkey breast or ham for Easter. This summer maybe we could smoke a fish or two, but what else can I do with it?



    Shrimp - pick a larger size so they don't fall through the BBQ, or use a BBQ Wok pan
    Memphis Dry Rub
    Cherry Smoke Charcoal fire

    Mix Shrimp and rub in ziplock back. Oil the grills and add shrimp.

    Cook shrimp 30 minutes with smoke or until done to your liking.

    The rub came from Steve Raichlin's website for BBQ University
    2 tablespoons paprika
    1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
    1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
    1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    1 1/2 teaspoons celery salt
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    1 teaspoon dry mustard
    1 teaspoon cumin
    1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper



    4 lbs. butternut squash
    5-6 strips bacon
    1 bunch green onions
    1 red bell pepper
    1 onion, diced
    2 Granny Smith apples, diced
    1 c. apple juice
    1/8 c. white wine vinegar - or Lemon Juice
    1-1/2 qts. chicken stock
    1 c. heavy cream
    8 springs fresh thyme
    1 cinnamon stick

    Cut and peel the squash into manageble size pieces and smoke for one hour over charcoal and wood chip of your choice - I prefer cherry, although Jack Daniels chips may add a good twist!
    If the squash is still a bit hard after an hour, finish it off in the oven at 350 F for 10 - 15 minutes, then mash it up.

    Dice and fry bacon, apples and onions.
    Add the apple juice and white vinegar and reduce.
    Add chicken stock, squash, and cinnamon.
    Simmer for 20 minutes.
    Add heavy cream.
    Add thyme and simmer for 30 minutes.

    If you do not like to have pieces in the soup, you could stain it before adding the time

    Modified from recipe I found at

  3. Basically - experiment! Have fun

  4. Pork loin is always a good "test smoke". Rub it, throw in the smoker for 2 hrs at 180-200, and slice for sandwiches.

    Also- Smoke some tomatoes, garlic, etc... use the tomatoes to make salsa, and freeze the rest to use in soups, or just general cooking.

  5. Venison Jerky: It's not just for breakfast anymore!

  6. I love smoking meats! Maybe because I'm from Texas? I've smoked all sorts of things and many on a regular basis. Smoked chicken is awesome, brisket, roasts, ribs, ham, turkey. You name it!
    Have fun with it!

  7. Get a book on smoking. There are lots of things you can smoke. Even nuts and cheese. And lots of different types of wood to smoke with.
    I use mine year round.

  8. I have a homemade smoker and have smoked chickens in it. Get one or two whole friers and smoke them. Excellent eating, especially good sliced hot or cold on a sandwich.

  9. If it's made of meat, it can be smoked.

  10. Smoking is bad for you. You should send that thing to me for proper disposal...

  11. Cheese is always fun to try. You can try some strips of jerky as well.


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