The smoky deliciousness of breakfast potatoes!

The smoky deliciousness of breakfast potatoes!

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Give It A Smoky Start

As with most breakfast potato recipes, this one has just a handful ingredients to make it oh so memorable at the breakfast table.  It starts with a key ingredient – smoked potato – which you can find the technique for on our previous posting.  This is a recipe that can certainly accommodate your specific preferences so alter it as you please.  For my rendition, you’ll need the following:

Gather These Ingredients:

  • 2 cups smoked potato cut into pieces no larger than 1 inch
  • 2 cups of chopped sweet pepper – I’m using red, yellow and orange for a pop of color
  • 1 Jalapeno pepper diced
  • 1 cup of rough cut onion
  • 1 Tablespoon oil – I’m using coconut oil for its high heat level
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil or flavored olive oil – I’m using a Tuscan flavor
  • 1 cup of ricotta cheese
  • 1 red tomato sliced into ¼ inch thick slices
  • Oven safe skillet

One Hot Skillet Makes It Easy

Be sure you’ve readied all the ingredients as this recipe can be completed quite fast.  Place your oven safe skillet over medium-high heat and allow to heat.  Add the tablespoon of high heat oil and move the pan around to ensure the oil coats the entire bottom surface.  Add the cup of chopped onion and allow to cook for 3-4 minutes.  You’ll know you’re ready for the next step when the onion becomes translucent.  Add the 2 cups of chopped sweet pepper and mix well.  Allow the vegetable mixture to cook until tender, about 8 minutes.

Adding Heat and Smoke

Once you see the vegetables take on a shine and tenderness, it’s time to add the diced jalapeno pepper, mixing well.  After just a couple of minutes, go ahead and add the 2 cups of smoked potato to the mixture.  Mix well and allow to absorb some of the existing cooking oil and moisture.  The colors will begin to blend as well as the flavors getting us close to the finished dish.

Mellowing Out the Boldness

To add another level of flavor, a tablespoon of flavored olive oil, I’m using a Tuscan blend, is incorporated to the vegetable mixture.  Once this has cooked for a few minutes, I add the cup of ricotta cheese in dollops to the skillet.  Using my spatula, I break this down with the heat to provide a creamy consistency.  The creaminess of the ricotta will help balance the boldness of the smoke and aide all the flavors to mellow.  After 5 minutes of medium heat, this pan will be ready for a quick trip to the oven to finish everything off.

The Spectacular Finish

After taking the skillet from the stove top, I place it in a pr-heated 350°F oven to finish.   This will only take about 10 minutes.  Remember, if using cast iron, this material will hold a lot of heat, so once the pan is removed from the oven allow the dish to sit untouched for about 5 minutes.  Then plate to your favorite platter.

I like to add sliced fresh tomato and a sprinkle of fresh parsley to the top.  This is a perfect dish for any type of eggs or served an accompaniment to sausage.  Of course, it can stand alone as well so feel free to treat is as its own meal.

Smoked potato from the charcoal grill with a medley of vegetables gets you to the perfect Smoked Breakfast Potato!

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The Breakfast Potato Takes on Smoke!

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Category: Side Dish

Cuisine: American

Yield: 4-5

Great tasty addition to steaks, chops, pork roast, beef roast, poultry, and lamb.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups smoked potato cut into pieces no larger than 1 inch
  • 2 cups of chopped sweet pepper – I’m using red, yellow and orange for a pop of color
  • 1 Jalapeno pepper diced
  • 1 cup of rough cut onion
  • 1 Tablespoon oil – I’m using coconut oil for its high heat level
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil or flavored olive oil – I’m using a Tuscan flavor
  • 1 cup of ricotta cheese
  • 1 red tomato sliced into ¼ inch thick slices
  • Oven safe skillet

Instructions

  1. Be sure you’ve readied all the ingredients as this recipe can be completed quite fast. Place your oven safe skillet over medium-high heat and allow to heat. Add the tablespoon of high heat oil and move the pan around to ensure the oil coats the entire bottom surface. Add the cup of chopped onion and allow to cook for 3-4 minutes. You'll know you’re ready for the next step when the onion becomes translucent. Add the 2 cups of chopped sweet pepper and mix well. Allow the vegetable mixture to cook until tender, about 8 minutes.
  2. Once you see the vegetables take on a shine and tenderness, it’s time to add the diced jalapeno pepper, mixing well. After just a couple of minutes, go ahead and add the 2 cups of smoked potato to the mixture. Mix well and allow to absorb some of the existing cooking oil and moisture. The colors will begin to blend as well as the flavors getting us close to the finished dish.
  3. To add another level of flavor, a tablespoon of flavored olive oil, I’m using a Tuscan blend, is incorporated to the vegetable mixture. Once this has cooked for a few minutes, I add the cup of ricotta cheese in dollops to the skillet. Using my spatula, I break this down with the heat to provide a creamy consistency. The creaminess of the ricotta will help balance the boldness of the smoke and aide all the flavors to mellow. After 5 minutes of medium heat, this pan will be ready for a quick trip to the oven to finish everything off.
  4. After taking the skillet from the stovetop, I place it in a pre-heated 350°F oven to finish. This will only take about 10 minutes. Remember, if using cast iron, this material will hold a lot of heat, so once the pan is removed from the oven allow the dish to sit untouched for about 5 minutes. Then plate to your favorite platter.
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Yes we said Radish- it will totally change the taste. Try some in a refreshing salad for extra flavor

Yes we said Radish- it will totally change the taste. Try some in a refreshing salad for extra flavor

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The peak season for radishes is April thru July so I’m taking advantage of this great seasonal vegetable and putting them on the gas grill with some wood chunks to smoke up the flavors.   I’ll first provide you my technique for bringing a wood flavor to these red beauties on a traditional gas grill, then I’ll use the finished product in a smoked radish and cannellini bean salad that is perfect as a side dish or for those vegetarians, add some non-animal protein to be a main dish favorite.  Let’s get started!

Turning A Gas Grill Into A Smoker

Using an LP or natural gas grill makes this such an easy yet highly flavorful way to add wood-fired flavor to radishes.  First, I heat my grill using all burners (I have 4 total on my unit).  I add 2 double filet wood chunks from SmokinLicious® to one of the heat tents of the grill.  Heat tents diffuse the heat evenly throughout the grill area.  These also go by names such as flame tamers, diffusers, flavor bars.   Once the grill is to temperature, I will leave the burner with the wood chunks on medium and add my grill pan insert to the grill.  A vegetable pan ensures the radish pieces won’t fall thru traditional grill grates and allow for more even cooking and smoke flavor.

How To Purchase & Clean Radishes

When purchasing radishes look for plump, firm and smooth ones without any cracks or blemishes.  If purchasing with the greens intact, know they should be used within 2 days.  Those purchased in plastic bags remain fresh for up to a week.  My preparation of the radishes is very simple.  I remove the green leaves and stems – remember, these are highly nutritional as well so they can be added to a mix leaf salad or in a smoothie – and cut away the stem head and pointed tip.  I then wash the radishes well in a colander making sure all signs of dirt are removed since these are a root vegetable.  I pat dry and then cut into thin wedges as this sizing will be needed for my smoked radish and cannellini bean salad recipe.  Now, off to the grill which should be hot and ready to go.

True Wood Flavor Even On A Gas Grill

With the radishes cut into thin wedges and placed on a vegetable tray, mine is the vegetable tray insert for the Stōk® grill system, I’m ready to place the insert on the grill.  First, I keep the burner that the wood chunk pieces are on lit as well as the burner next to that one.  The other two burners are turned off as I will use the accumulated heat to cook the radishes in an indirect method.  Closing the grill hood allows the radishes to tenderize and infuse with wood smoke vapor.  I am looking for these to be tender but still have a bit of bite to them.

Gather Your Ingredients

Now that my radish wedges are tender and full of wood-fired flavor, it’s time to remove them from the grill, allow them to cool and begin assembling our Smoked Radish and Cannellini Bean Salad. Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:

  • 2 anchovy fillets packed in oil, drained
  • ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons drained capers
  • 2-1/2 cups packed fresh flat leaf parsley leaves, divided
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 2 bunches of radishes that have been smoked in thin wedges
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 3- 15 ounce cans of cannellini beans, rinsed
  • ¾ cup oil cured black olives, pitted & quartered or you can use standard canned  pitted black olives

Blending The Dressing

In a blender, combine the anchovies, oil, capers, and 1 cup of parsley and blend until a coarse puree forms.  Transfer this blended mixture to a large bowl; mix in ¼ cup vinegar, and season with salt and fresh ground pepper.  You can add more vinegar if the mixture appears dry but usually the recommended amount is perfect.

Bringing It Together

Our puree mixture will be the dressing for our salad.  Once the puree mixture is added to a bowl it’s time to bring in all the other aromatics.  First, add the smoked radish wedges followed by the scallions, beans, olives and remaining 1-1/2 cups of parsley and toss well to combine.  Despite having both anchovies and capers in the mix, this is not a salty tasting bean salad so those with sodium concerns can relax and enjoy.

We’ve taken our previously grilled and smoked radish wedges flavored with SmokinLicious® double filet ash wood chunks, and produced a rich, flavorful bean salad packed with the flavors of fresh parsley, olives, and layered in flavors from capers and anchovy.  This salad can be made 4 hours ahead, covered, and chilled until ready to serve.  It is the perfect compliment to fish, poultry, and steak.  For a vegetarian take, add hard-boiled egg or tofu.  We’ve even added seasonal strawberry and grapes, as fruits add a nice sweet level that works very well. Take advantage of seasonal radish’s high nutritional value, and put your take on this great recipe.

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STEPPING UP RADISH SALAD WITH A WOOD-FIRED FLARE

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Category: Salad

Cuisine: American

Yield: 6-8 servings

Wood Fired Radish Is The Star In This Salad – Simple but packed with flavor, you will fall in love with this hearty salad

Ingredients

  • 2 anchovy fillets packed in oil, drained
  • ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons drained capers
  • 2-1/2 cups packed fresh flat leaf parsley leaves, divided
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 2 bunches of radishes that have been smoked in thin wedges
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 3- 15 ounce cans of cannellini beans, rinsed
  • ¾ cup oil cured black olives, pitted & quartered

Instructions

  1. First, I heat my grill using all burners (my unit has 4). I add 2 double filet wood chunks from SmokinLicious® to one of the heat tents of the grill. Heat tents diffuse the heat evenly throughout the grill area. These also go by names such as flame tamers, diffusers, flavor bars.
  2. Once the grill is to temperature, I will leave the burner with the wood chunks on medium and add my grill pan insert to the grill. A vegetable pan ensures the radish pieces won’t fall thru traditional grill grates and allow for more even cooking and smoke flavor.
  3. My preparation of the radishes is very simple. I remove the green leaves and stems – remember, these are highly nutritional as well so they can be added to a mix leaf salad or in a smoothie – and cut away the stem head and pointed tip. I then wash the radishes well in a colander, making sure all signs of dirt are removed since these are a root vegetable. I pat dry and then cut into thin wedges as this sizing will be needed for my smoked radish and cannellini bean salad recipe.
  4. I keep the burner that the wood chunk pieces are on lit as well as the burner next to that one. The other two burners are turned off as I will use the accumulated heat to cook the radishes in an indirect method. Closing the grill hood allows the radishes to tenderize and infuse with wood smoke vapor. I am looking for these to be tender but still have a bit of bite to them.
  5. Now that my radish wedges are tender and full of wood-fired flavor, it’s time to remove them from the grill, allow them to cool and begin assembling our Smoked Radish and Cannellini Bean Salad.
  6. In a blender, combine the anchovies, oil, capers, and 1 cup of parsley and blend until a coarse puree forms. Transfer this blended mixture to a large bowl; mix in ¼ cup vinegar, and season with salt and fresh ground pepper. You can add more vinegar if the mixture appears dry but usually the recommended amount is perfect.
  7. Once the puree mixture is added to a bowl it’s time to bring in all the other aromatics. First, add the smoked radish wedges followed by the scallions, beans, olives and remaining 1-1/2 cups of parsley and toss well to combine.
  8. For a vegetarian take, add hard-boiled egg or tofu. We’ve even added seasonal strawberry and grapes, as fruits add a nice sweet level that works very well. Take advantage of seasonal radish’s high nutritional value, and put your take on this great recipe.
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Showing the different stages of color and flavor for smoking clams over the grill. Add a little chunk of wood! The taste is amazing

Showing the different stages of color and flavor for smoking clams over the grill. Add a little chunk of wood! The taste is amazing

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Clams are at peak season and the perfect time to add some wood flavoring to this hot season favorite.  We’ll show you how on a charcoal grill then use our golden, crispy clam meat in a super light and flavorful dish we call ‘Wood Fired Clams in Orzo with Dijon Caper Sauce’.  The best part, you can use fresh clams that you remove the meat from or simply buy clam meat from the store’s seafood department or in cans in most grocery stores.   A simple, delicious and oh, so flavorful dish that will be a hit with everyone who tries it.

 Cooking with Ease on the Charcoal Grill with Wood

As we will only be using the clam meat, I’ll be setting up my charcoal grill with a sauté pan.  First, light a chimney starter full of charcoal.  Add the hot coals from the starter to one side of the grill and then add some unlit charcoal to the other side.  Add one chunk of SmokinLicious® wood – I’m using cherry – to the hot coals.  Line the sauté pan with parchment paper and put 2 cups of clam meat in the pan.  Drizzle oil, plain or flavored, to the clam meat and then place the pan on the grill.

Wood Flavors Add Crisping

As the wood smolders and releases its flavonoids you’ll see the clam meat change color and crisp up.  The grill will steam out the water in the clams and produce a unique flavor that only hardwood can give.  The total cook time will be less than 20 minutes.  About half way through, you will need to stir the clam meat to ensure that every piece gets browned.  Keep in mind, all charcoal grills vary in the heat output so monitor closely after 12 minutes.  Once cooked, remove from heat and transfer to a bowl.

Recipe Ingredients

It’s time to take the flavorful wood-fired clam meat and make something special!  For our Wood-Fired Clams in Orzo with Dijon Caper Sauce, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 2 cups wood-fired clam meat
  • 1-1/2 cups peas, fully cooked
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups heavy cream or crème fresh
  • 3-1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup capers, reserving 2 tablespoons caper juice
  • 12 ounces orzo
  • Fresh parsley, roughly chopped

In addition to the ingredient list, you’ll also need a sauté pan or saucepan, and a pasta cooker.

Getting Things Started on the Stove

Add the 2 tablespoons of butter to a medium-high heat pan and melt completed.  Add the minced shallot.  Allow the shallot to cook until translucent.  While this is cooking, place a stock pot with water on high heat and allow to boil.  This pot will be for cooking the orzo.  I prefer to use a pasta basket for cooking pasta especially smaller cuts, so they are easy to unload from the water.

Creating the Sauce

Once the shallots are translucent, it’s time to add the 2 cups of heavy cream.  Allow the cream to come to a boil then reduce the heat to low and cook until the cream thickens stirring occasionally.  This should take about 10 minutes.  During that time, my orzo water is ready so I add my basket with the 12 ounces of orzo to the boiling water.  The orzo should be done just about the same time as the cream thickens.

With our cream shallot mixture thickened up, it’s time to add the key flavor ingredients. Remove the thickened cream from the heat and add the capers with 2 tablespoons of reserved caper juice.  Then in goes the 3-1/2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard.  With the sauce finished, it’s time to remove the orzo from the boiling water and pour into a serving dish.  Drizzle some olive oil and combine to keep the orzo from sticking together.  Just a few additional ingredients, and this dish will be ready!

Bring on the Clams!

With the orzo cooked and placed in a serving bowl, it’s time to add the final ingredients to bring this recipe together.  First, 1-1/2 cups of cooked peas are added to the orzo, then the 2 cups of wood-fired clam meat.  Now, pour in the Dijon caper sauce and combine everything.  I’ve rough chopped some fresh parsley and will top off the finished dish with this.  Here’s a tip, the orzo will absorb the sauce relatively fast so I pour about ¾ of the sauce in and let the dish sit for a few minutes.  Then pour in the rest of the sauce and top with the fresh parsley.

Layers of Flavor in One Bite

We started with clam meat that was kissed by cherry wood smoke to add a crisp, highly flavorful protein to our dish.  A creamy Dijon caper sauce bound the additional ingredients of peas, orzo, and fresh parsley.  Although I prefer this dish warm, I can’t say that it isn’t great cold as well.  As with all our recipes, you can swap out ingredients for others that are your favorites.  Wood Fired Clams in Orzo with Dijon Caper Sauce –  a simple yet highly flavorful dish that will soon become one of your favorites.

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The process of smoking strawberries for your summer cocktail is very easy. Merely cut your strawberries and place them on your grill to enhance their flavor than process into flavorful drink.

The process of smoking strawberries for your summer cocktail is very easy. Merely cut your strawberries and place them on your grill to enhance their flavor than process into flavorful drink.

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If you enjoy fruity drinks or smoothies, then the Smoked Strawberry Aqua Fresca is perfect!  Using seasonal fresh strawberries will bring this to the ultimate flavor height but any store purchased variety will work as well.  This is the perfect cocktail for a summer event or as a non-alcoholic refresher on an exceptionally warm summer day.  Get ready as we tell you how to do the smoking technique then construct this fabulous drink.

Strawberries Love Smoke

Start with strawberries that are at their peak.  Gently wash them and then trim the stem end.  I cut smaller strawberries in half and larger in quarters to ensure the smoke vapor can penetrate easily but you certainly can leave them whole.  In addition to the strawberries – at least one quart to produce enough liquid for a few drinks – you’ll need the following ingredients and materials

Ingredients & Materials:

  • 4 tablespoons sugar – reserve some extra in case you want to make this sweeter
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of fine or coarse sea salt
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Handful of fresh basil or mint
  • Ice cubes
  • Blender
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mortar & pestle (optional)
  • Sheet pan lined with parchment paper
  • 2 double filet wood chunks from SmokinLicious®

 While you are getting the strawberries ready you can have your grill warming up.  Set all burners to medium-low and close the lid.

Gas Grilling With Wood Chunks

Cooking with wood chunks can be done on the LP Gas Grill by using the heat shields or diffusers, whose purpose is to ensure even heat output over the grill grate.  By keeping a medium-low heat on the burner containing 2 wood chunks from SmokinLicious®I’m using 1 ash and 1 cherry – you won’t get the wood erupting in flames but rather a slow combustion that releases plenty of wood-fired flavor.  While the wood heats up, I combine my strawberries with 2 tablespoons of sugar, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, and a pinch of sea salt.

Get Ready For Juicy Bubbles

When you smoke strawberries on the grill, all the locked in pectin water will be released by the heat.  That’s why it’s so important that you line your sheet pan with parchment paper so you don’t end up with a hard to clean mess.

After mixing in the vanilla extract, sugar, and salt it’s time to spread the strawberries onto the lined sheet pan and place on the grill.  Once the pan is in place, turn off all the burners except for the one that has the wood chunks on the diffuser. Cooking time will be about 40 minutes with a grill heat of 300°F maintained with the lid closed and 1 burner lit.

Taste Is The Sweet Aroma

Whenever I smoke fresh strawberries, it brings the memory of my Mom making strawberry jam.  As the strawberries react to the smoke vapor, you will see the pectin release and a beautiful, thick glaze will form around them.  This is the stuff that will make an exceptional aqua fresca so be sure you don’t lose any when removing the pan from the heat.  You’ll see the finished strawberries take on a much darker coloring and reduce size slightly from the water loss.  Now get ready for the fun part – getting our drink together.

Strawberry Base

To start our drink creation, you will need a blender and I prefer a mortar and pestle for combining citrus and fresh herbs.  Add the smoked strawberries to the blender and the remaining sugar. You can add the lime juice and fresh basil or mint right to the blender or add to a pestle and combine with the mortar. Once combined, add to the blender. Process the mixture.  Add a few ice cubes and process again until a smooth mixture is revealed.  You may add lime juice, sugar and ice as you see fit at this point – the recommended amounts are merely a guide.

Creating the Ultimate Aqua Fresca

With our strawberry mixture completed, it’s time to combine everything into a refreshing drink or cocktail.  If making a cocktail, select your spirit of choice.  I recommend tequila, vodka, or rum.  Add some ice cubes to a glass.  If making the alcoholic version, add an ounce of alcohol to the glass. Pour in the strawberry mixture and stir.  Add a sprig of basil or mint to the glass and serve.

If you are a frozen drink person, add more ice during the blending stage to thicken this up and make a milkshake like consistency.  This is so refreshing and so fitting for the warmer months.  Enjoy the Smoked Strawberry Aqua Fresca your way as you stay cool this summer season!

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Dr Smoke- “This summer don’t limit your smoking/grilling activities to meat and potatoes, try FRUIT, for a tasty twist.”

GRILLING A BEER-CAN CHICKEN

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What says “grill master” more than grilling a whole chicken sitting on top of a can of beer that is infusing flavor and moisture into your bird? Beer-can chicken is often overlooked on the menu, but it’s a fun and proven way to grill a tasty whole chicken. Grab a whole chicken from the grocery store and beer or even some root beer or soda and get that thing on the grill for a guaranteed successful meal. This is an easy method for grilling a flavorful and tender chicken that keeps all eyes on the grill, and provides that “wow” factor for any cookout you host.

Sure, it’s called “beer-can chicken,” but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to use beer. There are tons of flavorful canned beverages out there, if you are so inclined to something else. Any soda will make your chicken pop, or even an empty can with a little water and garlic. Beers like imperial stouts, pilsners, or lagers are great, but some other fun ideas include orange soda, cola, or root beer. Regardless, pick your favorite beer or soda. The first key to sitting your bird on top of a can is to make sure you start with room temperature beer or soda. You want that liquid to steam and if you start off with a cold beverage, it just might not get hot enough. Second, don’t use a full can. It takes a lot of heat to get that liquid to steam, so empty at least half the can prior to inserting it into the cavity of the chicken.

Two Recipe Choices:

For those of you who choose not to grill with beer, the first recipe choice offered here is a BBQ root beer chicken. This flavorful bird has a classic BBQ dry rub on the outside and root-beer-infused sweet flavor and moisture on the inside. The bird is brushed with any BBQ sauce you like toward the end of the cooking. After cleaning out the chicken, mix these dry ingredients together and heavily apply this simple BBQ dry rub all over the bird.

1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon chili powder

Place the chicken on top of a can of root beer and grill as instructed below. If root beer isn’t your thing, orange soda can be substituted in this recipe.

The second recipe is more of a classic beer-can chicken that has a spicy dry rub applied to the outside. A classic pilsner or lager is used to provide moisture and flavor to the bird. The ingredients for the spicy dry rub recipe are as follows:

1 tablespoon kosher salt
5 tablespoons black pepper
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon oregano
2 teaspoons thyme
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes

Clean out the bird and heavily apply the dry rub all over the outside. For an extra pop, a poultry butter injection inside the bird is fantastic. Most grocery stores sell a food injection needle set. Melt some butter and inject it into the thickest part of the breast and into the legs and thighs. The buttery flavor can’t be beat.

Now that you have applied your dry rub to the chicken, set up the grill for indirect heat. For indirect heat, place charcoal on half the grill and cook the bird on the other half, above an aluminum tin to catch drippings. Grilling the chicken at a more moderate temperature reduces the chance of scorching the bird on the outside and undercooking the inside. On a gas grill, ignite the burners on only one side to medium high heat. You want the grill to be at about 400-425 degrees for grilling a beer-can chicken.

It’s easiest to insert the can into the bird right at the grill to avoid it tipping over inside the house. The legs of the chicken extend down toward the grill and the can is inserted into the cavity between the drumsticks. After the grill is pre-heated, set the chicken, neatly propped up on top of the can, on the indirect heat side of the grill and close the grill dome. After about 45 minutes, check the internal temperature of the bird. The chicken will be done when the internal temperature is 165˚F. It should take about 1 to 1-1/2 hours to fully cook the bird, depending on your grill temperature.

Once your chicken reaches 165 degrees, you’ll need to remove the can and the chicken from the grill. Take some extra care to safely remove the bird from the grill. Use grill tongs placed in the neck cavity to secure the bird from the top while carefully holding the bottom of the can with some oven mitts or pot holders. The can will be hot and you can burn yourself and you don’t want to spill any liquid from the can. Get a solid grip on the can with your oven mitt / pot holder and slowly pull the chicken off the can with your tongs, then place it on a plate or cutting board. Leave the can on or near the grill and allow it to cool. Bring the bird inside for a quick 10-minute rest followed by carving.

Beer-can chicken is a fun way to grill an entire chicken. The method places the bird in an ideal position for grilling, while providing a flavorful, inventive moisture source underneath. Try experimenting with any soda or beer you might like. You’re guaranteed a juicy chicken with a unique grilled flavor.

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Smoking fruit for cocktails adds a unique taste. Try Kiwi to develop something unique and refreshing for your next outdoor picnic.

Smoking fruit for cocktails adds a unique taste. Try Kiwi to develop something unique and refreshing for your next indoor or outdoor party.

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SMOKED KIWI CAIPIROSKA

The warmer season means we all look for new cocktails to serve and enjoy during the longer days of sunlight.  For those of you who are a fan of the fruity cocktail, why not take a less traditional approach and bring a new flavor level in.

Kiwifruit Gets A Smoky Start

Caipiroska is a popular drink in South America consisting mostly of vodka, sugar, and lime.  I thought I’d give you a less traditional recipe featuring kiwifruit.  Start the ultimate caipiroska by introducing a depth of flavor by smoking the kiwifruit.  We show you how in our previous posting.  Next, we’ll balance out the bolder smoke with an assortment of sweet and fresh ingredients.  Let’s get the list together.

Gather These Ingredients:

  • 2 cups smoked kiwifruit, peeled and diced
  • 12 mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 3 limes
  • 2 cups high quality vodka
  • 2 cups tonic water, seltzer, or coconut flavored sparkling water
  • Ice cubes
  • Mortar and pestle
  • 1 kiwifruit peeled and thinly sliced for garnish

Muddle For Ultimate Aromatics

Taking a teaspoon of sugar, 2 mint leaves, and 1/3 cup diced smoked kiwifruit, I add this to a mortar and pestle.  Next, squeeze in ½ lime juice, then muddle the ingredients together until a chunky mixture is revealed.  This is the part that allows you to experience all the aromatics of the fresh ingredients coming together.  Gives you an idea what your taste buds are in store for!

Time for the Pour

With the key ingredients muddled in harmony, it’s time to bring everything to the glass.  First, I pour my kiwi-mint-lime mixture into a serving glass.  I then add 3-4 ice cubes.  You will most definitely smell the minty fruit combination without picking up the hint of smoke.  That flavor will come when the drink passes over the taste buds.

Vodka Makes It Adult

The final steps to our Smoked Kiwifruit Caipiroska – adding a quality vodka.  This will be equal parts vodka and carbonated water, whether you use straight seltzer, tonic, or even coconut water.  You certainly can experiment with the water you like best.  There are no rules when it comes to cocktails.   I like to give my caipiroska a little stir just to combine things a bit more.

Lay Back and Enjoy

Using simple seasonal ingredients of kiwifruit, previously smoked using SmokinLicious® alder wood and a hand held food smoker, fresh mint, and lime, we’ve given a twist to the traditional caipiroska.  Muddled together for incredible flavors and aromatics, premium vodka and your favorite sparkling water are added.  Finish the beautiful glass off with a sliced kiwifruit and you’re ready for fun entertaining or a kick back afternoon or evening.

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The major steps of smoking spring onion and then adding to a pancake to make a unique combination

Smoking of Spring onions brings a new flavor when you add to a pancake!

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A SAVORY TAKE ON THE PANCAKE BY ADDING A SMOKY SPRING ONION FLAVOR

Spring onion is now in season and ready for all your great recipes calling for green onion or chives.  Today, we’re going to bring an extra flavor level to this favorite seasonal onion by smoking it first and then incorporating it into a savory “pancake” recipe.

The Stronger Onion Cousin

Spring onion has a very distinct, stronger flavor than traditional yellow and Vidalia onions and with the added boldness of smoke vapor, you want to be sure to use these in dishes that balance the bold flavorings.   First up, grab a nice vibrant green bunch of fresh spring onion as we prepare to smoke these over charcoal and smoker wood.

To The Kettle Grill We Go

Although you can use an LP/Gas Grill or even an electric grill for this, I pulled out my charcoal kettle grill.  This one is a Stok™ which will allow me to use the vegetable basket insert for the onions.  I light a chimney starter full of charcoal and when hot, pour into the center of my grill.  I may be using the grill for additional food items, so I’m putting 2 Wild Cherry Double Filet Wood Chunks for smoking from SmokinLicious® on the hot coals to add a nice light smoking wood flavor.  Once my temperature is steady, I close the intake damper to 1/3 open position, as I won’t need a lot of heat to cook my spring onions.  My upper vent or flue is always left open ½ way so there’s no chance of over smoking.

Bringing In The Wood Char Flavor

With the coals hot, the smoking wood smoldering, and the outtake vent set at ½ open, we are ready to add our bunch of spring onions.  With a simple wash and pat dry, I don’t trim these until after they are cooked and I’m ready for a recipe.  To keep the heat evenly spread on the onions, I use a vegetable pan.  A nice feature of the Stok™ grill is the fact that the pan inserts directly into the existing grill grate.  Their special grill insert system keeps foods directly over an even heat if using a direct method of cooking.  Nothing could be simpler!

Just A Little To Great Flavor

With a temperature around 300° F, these spring onions won’t take long to cook, just about 8 minutes.  I only turn them one time and as soon as tender, transfer to a plate for use in a recipe.  For me, that will be a savory spring onion pancake.  Remember, these spring onions are perfect for a variety of recipes: cut up on a salad, included in a soup recipe, even as an ingredient in a pesto.  Up next, I’ll give you a recipe start with my Smoked Savory Spring Onion Pancake.

Ingredients

We are now ready to start our Savory Smoked Spring Onion Pancake recipe!  Gather the following ingredients:

  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 8 oz. flour – I’m using almond flour for a buttery note
  • 3-4 slices of precooked bacon chopped
  • 1 bunch of smoked spring onions finely sliced
  • 6 ounces of vegetable stock or broth
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon mint, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Fresh pepper
  • Oil for pan frying, about 1-2 tablespoons depending on the oil selected

A Simple Mixing Will Do

In a medium bowl, add the flour, salt and pepper.  Make a small well in the middle and add the 2 eggs, slightly beaten, and combine with the dry ingredients.  Add the vegetable stock mixing well.  Finally, add the chopped bacon, red pepper flakes, chopped mint, and sliced smoked spring onion, mixing until just combined.  There you have your savory pancake batter for 4 good size pancakes.

Time To Make the Pancakes!

Time to take these awesome blended ingredients and make some pancakes!  Using a high heat oil, place a tablespoon of oil into a skillet.  You can decide how large a pancake you want to make with that pan.  Want a thinner pancake?  Use a crêpe pan.  I’ll be making four pancakes so I’m in an 8” pan.  Pour ¼ of the batter into a medium high heat pan that has been coated with the oil.  Allow the batter to bind and brown.  You’ll see tiny bubbles form just as you do with regular pancakes.

Marrying the Flavors in a Crispy Browned Finish

Once the pancake browns on one side, it’s time to carefully flip it to brown the other side.  All those flavors blend and balance each other out so you don’t just taste the heat from the red pepper flakes or the smoke from the spring onion.  It’s just a wonderful marriage of complimenting ingredients coming to life in your mouth.  Now, here you can decide if you want to keep the pancake in the traditional round shape, cut into wedges, and serve.  Or, you can roll it and cut it into slices like you would with a jellyroll.  Either way, you’re in for a great treat.  I like to top my savory pancake with sour cream with a tap more of red pepper flake or even a hot and spicy sauce.  The options are endless.  If using a smaller skillet, you’ll make about 4 pancakes.  Visit the market today while spring onion are in season and get smoking and cooking your own version of the Savory Smoked Spring Onion Pancake!

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This simple but delicious recipe combines smoked bananas with chocolate and crushed nuts

Finished smoked banana bites (combining smoked bananas with chocolate and crushed nuts)

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SMOKED BANANA DOUBLE BITES

If you joined us for our series on smoking banana, now it’s time to learn just what you can do with this flavorful fruit.  This recipe for Smoked Banana Double Bites makes for a perfect snack, kid loving dessert, or even a sweet party item.  Gather together the following:

Ingredients:

You’ll also need a saucepan for melting the chocolate or a microwave safe bowl, popsicle sticks or similar disposable handle for inserting in the banana segments, and a small cake spatula for spreading the chocolate.  I would also keep on hand some hot water in case the chocolate should seize or harden on you.  If that occurs, simply add 1 teaspoon of hot water at a time, mixing well, until you restore the smooth consistency.

Preparing:

It’s important that you get the other ingredients ready prior to melting the chocolate as you want to prevent the chocolate from hardening.  Take your 4 ounces of slivered almonds and add to a storage bag.  I am old school so I will crush my almonds using a canned good.  You can use a kitchen mallet or rolling pin, whatever is the easiest for you.  Be sure you just crush the almonds – don’t make almond dust or flour!  Then prepare a sheet pan with wax paper and get your popsicle or other wood stick ready for putting the Smoked Banana Double Bites together.  I named this recipe after the average bites it takes to get one of these little flavor explosions into your tummy.

Melt the Chocolate:

Once the other ingredients are at the ready and your sheet pan with wax paper is set, it’s time to melt the semi-sweet chocolate.  You can do this a couple of way.  In a double boiler which is the preferred method, in a saucepan set to a low temperature, or in a microwave.  Your choice just be sure you get a consistency that is not too thin or thick so the banana will coat easily.  I add 2 tablespoons of butter to the chocolate to produce a shiny result.  Melt until just smooth being careful not to go beyond that stage or the chocolate will harden.  If you do go too far, simply add 1 teaspoon of hot water to the mix to thin and recover it.

Assembling the Bites:

With the chocolate melted we are now ready for assembly of our Smoked Banana Double Bites!  Taking your popsicle stick or similar wooden item, insert into the center of a banana segment.  Remember, I had cut my bananas into 2-inch segments when I did the smoking process.  Now dip into the melted chocolate and begin to spread into an even layer using a small cake spatula.  Just get the top and sides coated so they can roll in the next two ingredients.  Again, if your chocolate should seize or harden on you, simply add 1 teaspoon of hot water to bring it back.

With our banana segment covered in chocolate, we are now ready for “the roll”.  First, place some crushed slivered almond on a piece of wax paper.  Then roll the chocolate covered banana into the almonds being careful not to press down.  Just allow the almonds to stick on their own.  Next, a trip to the shredded coconut.  You can put the coconut on a wax sheet as well or leave in a small container that can accommodate the size of your banana.  Let the coconut fill in all the spaces between the almonds then lay on a sheet pan covered with wax paper.  These will need to harden a bit in the refrigerator.

The Yummy, Creamy, Chocolate Finish:

So here we are.  The finale!  After taking our bananas to a smoky place using SmokinLicious® Minuto® Wood Chips for smoking, we gave them a bath in luscious dark chocolate.  Then the roll – into crushed almond and shredded coconut – 2 fantastic flavor pairings for banana.  Then off to the sheet pan covered with wax paper to set everything up in the refrigerator.  You just need about 45 minutes of setting time then it’s off to the party, or for a snack or that great dessert.  Don’t forget to put your own spin on this recipe by swapping the dark chocolate for white, the almonds for pistachio or pine nuts.  Always keep the holidays in mind too.  Use pastel dyes for the coconut or white chocolate for a great Easter dessert, green and red dyes for Christmas, and blue for Hanukah.   Make this great, simple recipe your own.  You can even do whole bananas, set them up, and then slice them over ice cream or pound cake with a hit of fresh cream.  Get your imagination going and expand on the great use of smoked banana.

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look at the great juices on this perfectly smoked brisket done with red oak

The perfect smoked brisket with red oak wood chunks

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Smoking a Beef Brisket

We receive a lot of questions about preparing and smoking a beef brisket on different equipment. There is no question, that people in North America love their beef and anyone who has sampled prime BBQ knows that brisket has a truly unique flavor that puts this food experience on many people’s bucket list.  Let me share some of the key tips we offer as well as some of the interesting questions posed regarding this infamous meat.

What’s With All The Names?

Whole packer, Flat, Point, Deckle, Burnt Ends.  These are likely names you’ve heard or seen float around.  Let’s start with what brisket is – pectoral muscles (there are two) of the animal.  They get a lot of work, bearing more than half the animal’s weight, which causes them to get tough. Thus, the reason for a low temperature, long cook time to get this cut of meat tender. Oh, and yes, you can use a slow cooker but that just isn’t BBQ!

When purchased, a whole packer often called Texas Style Brisket will weigh 9-16 lbs.  Let’s be clear – the whole packer contains two muscles; the flat and the point.  So, there are really 3 cuts offered in most butcher shops: a whole packer brisket (which includes the next two cuts), a flat (1st cut), and a point (the 2nd cut or deckle).   These 3 cuts are not the same and will require some changes in cooking.  Also, don’t confuse corned beef.  Yes, it is brisket but it is a preserved cut that should not be used for barbecue!

Don’t you need all the fat left on to make it tender?

When brisket is sold whole, it will contain a fat cap side that can be up to an inch of fat.  This requires trimming!  Fat is oil and meat is essentially loaded with water, so the two do not readily mix.  However, fat can add a flavorful component to dishes especially when cooked over or with hardwood.  Therefore, I recommend you trim all the outer fat layer to ⅛” or at the most ¼”.  Regarding the fat cap, my preference is to remove it, but if you want to add some extra flavonoids to your cooking environment, you can always cook the fat cap separate from the meat, allowing it to drip into the water pan and add flavor to the condensation/steam that develops.

If you elect to cook with the fat cap intact, cook the meat with the fat cap down so it renders into the water pan, or coals depending on what equipment you’re cooking on.

There is silverskin so trim any that you see, much like you do with ribs, as this is stiff connective tissue.  Remember, the fat needs to be trimmed for flavor to penetrate the meat.  Too much fat, and nothing will get through to the meat!

Size: Can I cut it up to reduce the cooking time?

Sometimes I think the biggest obstacle to a successful brisket is the thinking that you must keep this cut of meat as one large piece (if purchased as the packer cut).  Generally, you end up with a dry thinner portion and undercooked thicker portion given the long cook time.  Why not try cutting this so you have two more equal thicknesses to deal with?  That is, instead of attempting the whole packer, purchase the flat and point separately.  It’s always a good rule of thumb that if you don’t possess great butchering skills, have the butcher do the cutting for you.

Always Foil?  

Known as the “Texas Crutch”, this is a technique of wrapping the meat in heavy duty foil with 1-2 ounces of liquid.  The purpose?  Aiding tenderization of a muscle meat and speeding the cooking process.  You will compromise some of the crisping of the bark (outside of the brisket) with this method but not the flavor.

Brisket = All Nighter?

Not necessarily.  Although you need to plan 45-60 minutes per pound at an average temperature of 225° F, and that the meat will likely stall around 150° F (when connective tissue and internal fats liquefy), the average full smoker/grill time will be 12-14 hours.  You can do a partial smoke on the grill/smoker and then move to the conventional oven.  Here’s how – Smoke until the internal temperature is close to 130° F or when the meat stalls at about 150° F, ensuring great wood-fired flavor.  Now, you can move that beautiful meat to the oven.  Set is still for a low temperature oven say 200 to 225° F.  I recommend tenting the pan.  Keep in mind, you won’t get a crunchy bark but you will get the peace of mind of a flavorful meat and the ability to enjoy family and friends.  If you need the oven for other food items at a higher temperature, just pull the meat, tent it well and allow it to sit untouched until you’re ready to carve.

Rub/Brine/Injection?  What do I do?

Food is personal so experiment and find what works for you and the people that you serve.  Plus, no one said salt and pepper can’t be your rub so don’t feel pulled to have to add a ton of ingredients for a rub.  The key is to marinate the meat with whatever seasoning/rub you choose for at least 6 hours or overnight to ensure that some of the water is rendered out and tenderizing begins.  Plus, cold meat will attract smoke vapor. Also, beef does not like sweet so any combination of ingredients you use for a rub, include only a small quantity of sugar.

You can consider injecting the meat with a brine to breakdown the intramuscular fat.  The application of salt allows the muscle of the meat to retain moisture and gives the final product greater flavor.  Always cook it fat cap side down to the heat.  This allows the fat to act as an insulator and keep more moisture in the meat so you don’t have a dry meat result.

Final Tips:

Purchase only USDA Choice or Prime beef.  Start with 4-6 ounces of wood and add more every 30 minutes for the first 2-3 hours.  If you notice a considerable color difference between the top and bottom of the meat, go ahead and turn it.  If you plan to foil, do this at 150° F.  Shoot for a finished internal temperature of about 200° F.  At that point, let the meat sit in the foil for up to 2 hours on the closed cooker or move to a cooler.  If you prefer a crisper bark, you can unwrap the meat from the foil following the 2 hour rest and broil for a few minutes on each side or put on a hot grill.  It just takes a few minutes on each side.  Always slice the meat with the fat side up, across the grain, preferably with the flat and point separated first.  Add any sauce or mop after the slicing.

Now, go get your beef!

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The Yummy Ingredients to Make a Perfect Smoked Pear Bellini

The Yummy Ingredients to Make a Perfect Smoked Pear Bellini

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THE SMOKED PEAR BELLINI COCKTAIL

Taking the popular Bellini cocktail featuring Prosecco to a new level, this recipe features smoked pear.  Once you’ve followed our segment on smoking fresh pears, you’ll be ready to try this distinct cocktail.  Be warned, this is not for the light, fruity drinker as this has a strong, smoky undertone giving it more of a savory flavor.

Ingredient List:

Here’s what you will need for Smoked Pear Bellini:

Making Simple Syrup to Sweeten Things Up:

The first step to a balanced Bellini is to make the simple syrup which will provide the sweet flavor to the smoky undertone.  Place a saucepan over medium-high heat and add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar.  I am using organic sugar which will give a yellow-amber hue to the finished syrup.  Be sure to keep stirring the mixture until a low boil occurs.  The sugar will be completely dissolved at that point.  Remove from the heat and pour into a measuring cup for ease in adding to the blender.  The simple syrup must cool complete prior to using in the fruit puree.

Making Smoked Pear Puree

Now it’s time to take the previously smoked pears and begin preparing for the blender.  Although the skin of the pear is high in nutrient value, when smoked with the skin on, the skin can become quite dense.  I will be removing most of the skin for this reason since we want a smooth puree.  Using a paring knife, I remove the skin of each pear half and then cut into small cubes.  I add these cubes to my blender.  Be sure there are no hidden seeds.  You will see the golden hue to the pear meat which resulted from the smoking process. If using a lower power blender, you may need to do this step in two parts to ensure a full puree.

Starting with the blender set to a low setting, begin blending the cut pears, slowing increasing the speed to a medium setting.   Beginning adding the simple syrup in a steady stream until completely combined.  Increase the blender speed to medium-high and blend until the pear puree appears fine and smooth, with no evidence of chunks.

Constructing the Smoked Pear Bellini

I like to pour the pureed pear mixture into a serving pitcher to make it easier to make each drink serving.  Get a bottle of Prosecco that has previously been chilled already.  Add about a 1/3 of a glass of smoke pear puree to each serving glass and top with chilled Prosecco.  Then skewer a sliced smoke pear and rosemary sprig to each glass.  Serve while still chilled.

Saluté

Using seasonal pears, in this case Bosc variety, we bring a smoky version to the standard Bellini featuring Prosecco sparkling wine.  With a simple puree of previously smoked pears, the addition of simple syrup, and a blending of the two with Prosecco, the result is a distinct, savory version of the Pear Bellini cocktail.  Enjoy the Smoked Pear Bellini cocktail and don’t be afraid to add your own special additions like pomegranate, cranberry or even a bit of vodka for those who like a strong fruity cocktail.  Cheers!

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