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#1 timnz

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Posted 09 May 2018 - 07:43 PM

Has tried smoking jalapenos that have previously been frozen?

 

In peak season my eight jalapeno plants can produce enough in a week that I can load up my smoker and smoke them over the weekend before they go off. However, in autumn they only produce 10 or 15 ripe red jalapenos a week, it's not worth smoking that few.

 

I think the jalapenos will get quite soft after being frozen, but I'm not sure that will be a problem if they're being smoked then dehydrated.

 

Any thoughts or experience?



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Posted 09 May 2018 - 07:44 PM

Are they red? Chipotles are smoked red jalapenos slow smoked over pecan wood for days. If they are red, sure why not?



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Posted 09 May 2018 - 09:41 PM

I've done it with frozen, it works! just takes a bit and gets a bit moist at first.



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Posted 09 May 2018 - 11:34 PM

Are they red? Chipotles are smoked red jalapenos slow smoked over pecan wood for days. If they are red, sure why not?

 

Yes, I let them ripen to red as they taste a bit sweeter, though I've done some green and they were fine. I use apple wood. So maybe it's not quite chipotles but they taste pretty good :)

 

I've done it with frozen, it works! just takes a bit and gets a bit moist at first.

 

Interesting, thanks :) Even fresh they take a couple of days to dry when halved, and they stink the house out. I might need some other place to dry them outside, given I can't use the shed.



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Posted 10 May 2018 - 08:49 AM

A question occurred to me while reading this thread.  Has anyone here tried smoking peppers they've already dried?  Being uncertain of the science behind flavoring with smoking, would think some smoke would be incorporated.   


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Posted 10 May 2018 - 09:46 AM

What you guys using to smoke em with?

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Posted 10 May 2018 - 12:25 PM

A question occurred to me while reading this thread.  Has anyone here tried smoking peppers they've already dried?  Being uncertain of the science behind flavoring with smoking, would think some smoke would be incorporated.   

 

My guess is not much. I suspect smoke gets into the soft flesh, and then it's all dried. If it's already dried it wouldn't absorb much smoke.

 

 

What you guys using to smoke em with?

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I use the A-Maze-N pellet tube from Amazon, along with apple wood pellets similar to these ones (I use these apple pellets which I buy locally). I load up an old $100 BBQ with jalapenos, put the smoking tube in, light it with my paint stripping gun set to 600 degrees C (I haven't figured out any other way to light them), and leave them there for 6-8 hours. The jalapenos come out just about dripping of smoke.



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Posted 10 May 2018 - 12:37 PM

I use the A-Maze-N pellet tube from Amazon, along with apple wood pellets similar to these ones (I use these apple pellets which I buy locally). I load up an old $100 BBQ with jalapenos, put the smoking tube in, light it with my paint stripping gun set to 600 degrees C (I haven't figured out any other way to light them), and leave them there for 6-8 hours. The jalapenos come out just about dripping of smoke.

 

Thanks for the input.  And the suggestion.  I've been using this, but have never been able to keep it lit for an extended period of time.

 

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Posted 10 May 2018 - 02:13 PM

The pellet thing I use you light and it smolders for 5-7 hours, really easy.



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Posted 11 May 2018 - 11:56 AM

 
My guess is not much. I suspect smoke gets into the soft flesh, and then it's all dried. If it's already dried it wouldn't absorb much smoke.
 
 
 
I use the A-Maze-N pellet tube from Amazon, along with apple wood pellets similar to these ones (I use these apple pellets which I buy locally). I load up an old $100 BBQ with jalapenos, put the smoking tube in, light it with my paint stripping gun set to 600 degrees C (I haven't figured out any other way to light them), and leave them there for 6-8 hours. The jalapenos come out just about dripping of smoke.

Oooh that sounds oh so good can't wait to try!

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Posted 11 May 2018 - 02:44 PM






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