An attempt at smoking chile peppers...
Posted 23 July 2006 - 04:25 PM
Here it is loaded up with my first test batch.
I think it might work better if I could retro-fit a hotplate in it but for now I just built a fire in there.
I hope this works. I want to make some smoked habanero sauce.
Posted 23 July 2006 - 08:00 PM
So, did it work?
Posted 24 July 2006 - 09:30 AM
Posted 24 July 2006 - 01:28 PM
...and here is the finished result today...smoked and ready to make sauce with.
The little grill I found at Garden Ridge. They had a bunch of BBQ stuff 75% off. It's not worth much more than $2.50; it's a flimsy piece of junk I'd hate to try to do any real grilling on.
Posted 28 July 2006 - 07:22 PM
As you can see it came out a nice reddish-brown color. At first the smoke flavor was way up front and it was hellavu hot so I added a splash of tequila and a dash of honey and that mellowed it out quite well. It's still one of the hotter sauces I've made in a while though. There are 42 habs in a batch that made less than a quart.
I only canned 3 half pints and ended up with a woozie and a half that I will enjoy myself...but tease my friends with.
Posted 10 August 2006 - 01:46 PM
I am very lucky here to have a great smoker...well its an old bread oven actually...about ten foot dep and wide, the fir goes at the back and the chiles on a grill at the front..works a dream, if a little long..;but heck cold beer and a night of smoking under the stars is just fine by me.
This year I have access to the oven even though I moved house (well only about 100 yds), a friend took over my last place and he too loves drinking and getting dirty in the oven. Great for bbq and pizza too.
I am planning on digging a double chambered smoker this fall in the new garden....a fire pit with a tunnel going to the smoke chamber...should be another fun expt..I read somewhere that the mexicans use this method for chipotles.
All the best
Posted 10 August 2006 - 01:53 PM
Here you can see the pods on the grill up in the smoke layer
You can just make out the fire bow at the back of the oven....filled with soaked oak, maple and vine...makes a great smoke and adds a great flavor to the chiles...vastly superior to charcoal..
All the best
Posted 10 August 2006 - 02:05 PM
Posted 10 August 2006 - 02:16 PM
Ok Guy, I am officially jealous.
Ok, i officially agree and second G.G.'s motion....BIGTIME.
I might just have to go to France someday....
All grown up and still fascinated by nipples
Posted 10 August 2006 - 10:13 PM
I agree with the "slow and low" tempo. The second batch I tried in this little thing didn't come out so well. The fire was too hot and I had to throw about half of them away. This is just an expedient way to smoke habaneros. It's no way to make real chipotles.
Posted 12 August 2006 - 09:02 AM
and the next morning.
Posted 20 August 2006 - 09:49 AM
On the other front I have a dehydrator going with Thai Dragon, Hanoi Red, Riff 9441, and Bolivian Rainbow.
Oh yes, it's the start of harvest season people! WOOT!
I will post some pics later today.
Have a good weekend everyone!
Posted 20 August 2006 - 11:53 AM
PSchneider, have a great smoke and a great weekend, waiting for pics.
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