Our Cast Iron pan on the gas grill with double filet wood chunks flavoring our smoked peaches into the upside down cake!

Our Cast Iron pan on the gas grill with double filet wood chunks flavoring our smoked peaches into the upside down cake!

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Hopefully, you enjoyed our previous segment on adding smoke flavor to seasonal peaches.  We sure have had fun providing you with different techniques to add the natural flavor of wood. Now is the fun part where you take those smoked fruit pieces and turn them into something great.

I’m going to introduce you to a super flavorful and balanced peach cake done in the style of the traditional pineapple upside down cake – only with peaches!  For this recipe you’ll need three peaches but don’t waste the perfect time to do some extras so you can make all our great smoked peach recipes.

 Skillet Cooking

Our cast Iron pan on the grill

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Be sure you follow our posting on how to smoke peaches on a grill with wood or on a traditional smoker.  Our cake recipe starts with 3 tablespoons of butter.  Melt the butter and coat a cast iron skillet with it.  Be sure to get the butter up the sides of the pan as this will be the non-stick guarantee for removing the cake.  Place a ¼ cup of sugar evenly on the bottom of the pan and allow to brown for about 3 minutes.  While the sugar is browning, slice the peach halves into ¾-inch thick slices.  Once the butter/sugar mixture is ready, arrange the peaches around the edge of the pan on top of the sugar.  Then fill the center of the pan with the remaining peach slices.  Cook just for a few minutes until the peaches are sweetened by the butter and sugar mixture.  Remove the skillet from the heat.  Now, time to prepare the cake batter.

 Tasting Notes: Keep in mind, we will be cooking the cake on the grill which means you must use a high heat tolerant cookware.  Cast iron is ideal for this purpose but feel free to use another piece of cookware that will tolerate a grill or smokers heat.

Our upside down cake on the wood fired grill set up for a two zone cooking method.

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 Upside Down Cake Batter

Our dry ingredients ready to become the dough

#ingredients

The cake batter starts with the dry ingredients.  You’ll need a medium bowl for these ingredients.  Start by whisking 1 cup of coarse yellow cornmeal with ¾ cup all-purpose flour.  Keep in mind, you can use polenta if you prefer.  Add 1 teaspoon baking powder, 2 teaspoons chopped fresh lavender or 1-1/2 teaspoons of dried lavender, and 1 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl.  Mix well and set aside.  Next, we’ll work on the wet ingredients for our batter.

It’s important to mix the wet ingredients separate from the dry to ensure each ingredient is mixed well.  Start by getting a large bowl.  Add 6 tablespoons of softened butter and ¾ cup sugar to the bowl.  With a hand mixer, beat the sugar and butter until pale and fluffy.  Get 3 large eggs and add one egg to the batter at a time, beating well after each addition.  The batter will slowly become thinner.  Mix in ½ teaspoon vanilla extract and ½ cup heavy cream.  Now, taking the medium bowl of cornmeal mixture, add ½ the dry cornmeal mixture to the large bowl of wet ingredients.  Be sure to use a low setting on the mixer and scrap down the sides of the bowl to get a complete mix.  With the batter ready, we’ll be adding batter to our cast iron pan loaded with peaches.

A Beautiful Finish

Our upside down cake baking in the cast iron pan on the gas grill

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What’s great about making cakes in a cast iron pan is generally, the batter is dropped into the pan rather than poured.  Using a large spoon, drop the prepared batter over the peaches and spread with a spatula.  Time to add flavor to the entire cake by cooking it on the grill with wood chunks in a smoker box.

Cook until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean; this should be 20-25 minutes with a steady grill temperature of 350°F.  Transfer the skillet to a wire rack and let stand for 10 minutes.  Run a knife or spatula around the edge of the cake and invert onto a serving platter.  Tap the bottom of the skillet to release the cake and remove the skillet slowly.  Let cool slightly, then serve.

Although this is a sweet cake, I like to add a bit of unsweetened freshly whipped heavy cream.  Feel free to change the fruit in the cake to something else that is in season like plums, strawberries, blueberries – you get the picture.  For all you camp cooking lovers, this is one to try at the camp as well.  Just gather some hot coals and place your cast iron near those coals and you’re on your way!

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Dr. Smoke- using our cast iron pan for our smoked peaches!

Dr. Smoke- using our cast iron pan for our smoked peaches!

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Our Cooked Spatcock Chicken with Fresh Curry

Our Cooked Spatchcock Chicken with Fresh Curry

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Spatchcock Chicken– One of the questions I field the most is how do you keep chicken moist when you grill?

Today’s feature is intended to answer that question with both method of preparation to allow the chicken to cook evenly and method of wood firing to get exceptional wood flavoring yet be able to walk away from the grill.  I’ll be offering my version of spatchcock chicken with a curry flavor cooked two-zone set up on a gas grill.  Once you try this method of cooking, you’ll want to grill chicken this way all the time, even during the coldest months of the year.  And it will come out perfectly moist and cooked evenly every time.

Go pick up your ideal whole chicken, preferably fresh, and let’s learn the simplest method of cooking and flavoring whole chicken.

Flatten to Even Cooking

The chicken needs to be flatten, so some knife skills will be required

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Spatchcocking, by definition, is the removal of the backbone in a chicken so you can flatten it for cooking.  This ensures an even cooking of dark and white meat in the bird, while also guaranteeing moisture is maintained.

To start, you’ll need a whole chicken with the organs and neck removed.  Turn the chicken so the breast is down on the cutting board.  Locate the backbone and cut along one side of the bone with kitchen shears.  Then cut along the other side until the entire backbone is removed.  Turn the chicken back around so the breast is facing up.

With the backbone removed, I prepare a sheet pan lined with foil for cooking.  I place the palm of my hand on the breastbone of the chicken and push downward to break the cartilage.  The chicken will now lie completely flat.  I remove the chicken from the cutting board and place on my prepared sheet pan breast side up.  Be sure to wash all cutting tools and boards at this stage to remove any contamination of the raw poultry.  Let’s get ready to make our curry sauce for the spatchcock chicken.

Tasting Notes: If fresh whole chicken is not available, you may substitute frozen whole chicken.  Just be sure it is completely defrosted and pat dried before starting this recipe.

 Curry Sauce & Wood Infusion

Fresh curry from our garden

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Although I’m referring to this as a Curry Chicken recipe, note this is not a recipe that cooks for hours like a traditional Indian Curry.  It is fast but highly flavorful.  It all starts with 1 stick of butter melted in a saucepan over medium heat.  To that I add about 2-3 tablespoons of curry powder.  Then 3 tablespoons of Dijon mustard and 3 tablespoons of honey.  Whisk until well combined ensuring the butter does not separate.  I then remove from the heat and grind fresh black pepper into the mix.  I also have fresh curry on hand that I will be topping my sauced chicken with for added fresh curry flavor.

Time to take our great sauce and begin coating our spatchcocked chicken.  Using a basting brush, add a liberal amount of sauce to the entire chicken, ensuring you get under the wings and legs.  Be sure all crevices are coated.  Then top with fresh curry leaves.  While I’m completing the sauce step, I’ve been preheating my grill to 300°F using burners on only one side of the grill.  On that hot side, I’ve added a smoker box that contains four wood chunks.  I’ve used a combination of hardwoods including cherry, maple and ash.  With the grill hot and the wood chunks smoking, it’s time to grill!

Tasting Notes: Fresh curry can be difficult to find so feel free to eliminate this step if it’s not available.  Remember, when two-zone cooking on a grill, the total number of burners will determine how many to turn on.  If the unit is only a three burner, just turn one burner on.  For a four-burner grill, turn on just two burners.

Ready in a Flash!

With our prepared spatchcock curry chicken readied, the sheet pan is added to the grill and the lid is closed.  I leave this to cook on its own for about an hour before returning to rotate the pan and coat on some additional sauce.  I also change out the wood chunks as you’ll find that they have completely charred, which means they no longer are giving off smoke flavor.  I only add 2 new wood chunks to finish the grilling.  Another 20-30 minutes and this should be cooked to 165°F internal temperature.   I then remove from the grill and begin carving.

Our finished curry chicken from the grill

#currychicken

I remove the leg quarters first, then the wings.  Then I slice the breast meat and serve everything on a platter.  You’ll find a small amount of meat will clings and become pulled chicken.  That’s it!  I like to serve mine with rice using the residual juices as flavor for the rice.  This is absolutely a full proof way to get moist flavorful chicken from the grill in a relatively short period of time.

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Dr. Smoke- our Spachcock Chicken with Fresh Curry from our Garden is a yummy treat!

Dr. Smoke- our Spachcock Chicken with Fresh Curry from our Garden is a yummy treat!

Our photo of the turkey with herbs shows the golden brown from the cooking process. Follow our smoke a turkey instructions in this blog so you can produce great results on your next turkey cook.

Smoke a Turkey with our easy to do tips will result in awesome color and flavor. Give it a try!

HOW TO SMOKE A TURKEY

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There are so many ways to smoke a turkey with the main difference found in the amount of time for both preparation and cooking.  One of the favorite methods is hot smoking whether done on a traditional smoker, charcoal grill, or gas grill.

To smoke a turkey, you’ll need the following supplies:

  • Grill or Smoker plus fuel for the equipment (charcoal, propane)
  • Wood Chunks
  • Meat Thermometer
  • Dry Rub and/or Brine (about 1 cup of dry rub and 2 cups brine)
  • Whole Turkey preferably fresh and less than 18 lbs.
  • Aluminum Pan
  • Aluminum foil and towels or an insulated blanket

Preparations Before You Smoke

The cleaning of the bird is the same as when you do traditional roasting; removal of the giblets and neck, rinsing and drying the bird, and trimming any loose skin.  However, don’t truss or tie the legs as this can make it harder to cook the bird completely through when smoking.  You can use toothpicks to pin the wings in if they seem to be falling away from the bird.  If you elect to brine your turkey, be sure to start this process at least a day ahead of smoking.  Even brined birds will have more flavor if a dry rub is applied. So apply any combination of dry ingredients you prefer to the turkey, being sure to put some of the rubs under as well as on top of the skin.  Refrigerate the rubbed turkey overnight.

Once you’re ready to smoke, remove the turkey from the refrigerator and rub a small amount of oil on the skin, especially the bottom portion that will be touching the grill grates.  This will keep the bird from sticking.  Don’t apply oil to the grates as that will not guarantee the bird won’t stick!  Always place a cold turkey on the grill or smoker as cold will attract more smoke vapor.  Plan about 30 minutes cooking time per pound.

Preparing the Grill or Smoker

Charcoal Grill/Smoker:

Charcoal base with Smokinlicious® wood chunks added

When using a traditional smoker, you can simply place the charcoal and wood chunks, as normally done, for a long smoking event.  Usually, you position unlit charcoal in the firebox. Then lite a chimney starter full of charcoal and pour that next to the unlit charcoal.  Then place a few wood chunks on the lite charcoal and some on the unlit areas so you will have wood flavor infusion during the entire cooking process.  Place a disposable pan under the turkey that contains a few cups of water or mix of water and broth/stock.  This will add moisture to the cooking environment and collect all the turkey drippings if you should want to make gravy.  The goal is to maintain a cooking temperature of 225-275°F, though you can go as high as 300°F if desired.

When using a kettle-style charcoal grill, set up the drip pan and the turkey to one side of the grill, placing the hot coals on the opposite side.  You can also set up some fire bricks in the charcoal area to retain more heat and stabilize the temperature.

Gas/Propane Grill:

Smoke coming from our wood chunks! Using a two zone cooking method

These grills need to be set up using an indirect method of cooking – heat on one side meaning burners on one side lite while the turkey and drip pan goes on the unlit side.  Wood chunks will be placed on the heat shields of the lit burners. These will smolder/burn giving off true wood flavor. Additionally, smoker wood chunks last a lot longer than using wood chips in a smoker box or foil pouch.  Still, maintain a temperature of 250-275°F which can be tricky.  You will have to see how many burners need to stay lit to do this technique. Then check the level of heat those burners need to be set to for that temperature.  Certainly, you can cook at a higher temperature if you like but you may need to replenish the wood chunks as they will likely combust faster.

Don’t Fuss

It’s important that you allow the turkey to cook on its own without fussing with the lid.  Each time you open the lid, you release smoke vapor as well as heat.  If you want the bird to cook in a reasonable amount of time, then leave the lid alone.

Never stuff a turkey that will be smoked as this causes the overall cooking time to extend and produce overcooked meat.  Heat flow is blocked by anything put in the cavity as well so try to avoid stuffing herbs, citrus slices, etc. in there.

Always use a quality digital thermometer.  You’re looking for the breast meat to register 160°F.  You can remove from the grill/smoker at that point.  Remember, if left sitting, the bird will continue to cook from all the radiant heat that has been trapped in the bones and meat.

Final Tips

If you need more than 18 lbs. of turkey, then consider smoking two smaller birds doing the same set up as above, just with two birds on the grill.

Feel free to mix some of your dry rubs with melted butter and a little oil and brush this mixture on the bird during the final hour of cooking.  It will produce a fabulous color to the bird and help crisp the skin.

Remember, turkeys labeled as basted or enhanced contain a salt solution so be sure you season lightly so you don’t end up with a salty outcome.

You do not need to foil or tent the turkey when smoking.  Let the air always circulate for the entire cooking process.

When cooking with charcoal, you will likely need less wood than with the gas/propane grill.

 

I hope I’ve inspired you to try smoke a turkey, so you can see just how unbelievably flavorful and easy this technique is.  Remember to leave a comment and subscribe to our channel.  Bringing you tips, techniques, recipes, and the science behind the fire and flavor – that’s®!

The Culinary Crew wants you to know…

that whether it’s smoking a turkey or any meat/protein food item, our recommendation to “Don’t Peek and Let the Smoker Apparatus Do Its Trick” is very important and can’t be stressed enough!  Be patient and keep the lid on!  You’ll be rewarded with incredible coloring and awesome flavor!  If you’re tempted to look, resist the urge by thinking of this in much the same light as many of us did when we saw that Christmas present under the tree days before Advent, all wrapped up nicely with a tag that beckons- ‘Don’t Open Until Christmas!’ Don’t ruin the joy by spoiling the element of surprise and satisfaction!

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Dr. Smoke- “Smoking a turkey does not have to be limited to an actual smoker unit- remember your gas grill is an oven and can be cooked on it by adding wood chunks to give it extra flavor.”

 

Our Finished Zucchini Rolls, Rolls that are easy to prepare, prepare your appetite for this great vegetable!

Our Finished Zucchini Rolls, Rolls that are easy to prepare, prepare your appetite for this great vegetable recipe!

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Zucchini Rolls– For those of us who love to grow zucchini you know just how heavy a harvest you can end up with.   Then the question is: what to do with all those zucchinis?  Let me offer up a suggestion.  Zucchini ribbon rolls are a super easy way to make a quick appetizer or a great side dish.  In fact, if you don’t need the fanciness of the ribbons, you can modify this recipe which I’ll cover in this posting.  I’ll be taking the zucchini ribbons to the gas grill which I’ve equipped with wood chunks and provide a subtle smokiness to the zucchini before filling with a flavorful ricotta-basil-Parmesan mixture that easily could be smoked as well.  Pick out some of your larger zucchini and get ready to make a super appetizer or side dish with your harvest.

Become a Ribbon Maker

Making the Zucchini Ribbons

As you likely know, zucchini grows on a vine so when you start, you will find an end that has a growth nub and then a rounded bottom.  Both ends need to be trimmed after the entire zucchini has been washed and pat dry.

Although you can make the ribbons on a mandolin, I’ve elected to use a wide vegetable peeler.  I located the flattest portion of the zucchini and begin at the stem top down in one peel.  This will produce a ribbon of about 1-inch in width.  I continue peeling on this side until I begin seeing seeds.  I then rotate the zucchini and begin peeling on the opposite side.  You can produce as many ribbons as the zucchini will make until it begins to reach tender inner flesh that won’t support a single ribbon peel.

With the long ribbons of zucchini made, I lay them out on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.  I then brush each ribbon lightly with olive oil before placing on the grill.  Since my grill is set up for two zone cooking, the zucchini pan will go on the side with no direct heat meaning all burners on that side are off, while my wood chunks are smoking in the smoker box on the direct heat side.  These will only take about 12-15 minutes to flavor with smoke and they do not require any flipping.  Just a quick rotation of the pan about halfway through the cooking process.

Tasting Notes:

Remember, zucchini has a lot of water content which makes it ideal of attracting smoke vapor.  That means, you need to use hardwoods that are more mild or medium in boldness so the intensity of the smoke flavor is pleasant and not bitter.  I like maple, ash, alder, and cherry either alone or in combination.

A Creamy Filling for our Zucchini Rolls

Making the creamy filing

While the zucchini ribbons are cooking with wood flavor, I begin working on the filling for my ribbon rolls.  I start by placing 1 cup of whole milk ricotta cheese in a sieve over a bowl to remove any excess liquid.  Once transferred to a bowl, I work on chopping some fresh basil from my garden, until I end up with about 3 tablespoons worth.  I add that to the ricotta bowl along with 2 tablespoons of chopped garlic.  A drizzle of white truffle oil and some fresh ground pepper go in next.  Finally, about a ¼ cup of grated Parmesan is added and mixed in well.

Tasting Notes:

You can substitute many other fillings for the one I’ve included.  Other ingredients that would work well include goat cheese, chives with some chopped nuts for crunch.  Even a dried fruit like cranberry or golden raisins would be a great addition. 

Time to Roll

Zucchini Ribbons on the grill with wood chunks using a two zone cooking technique

With our filling well mixed, it’s time to return to the grill and remove our ribbons in preparation for filling.  If the ribbons are still oily, simply take a paper towel and wipe the residual oil away.  You don’t want the ribbons too wet or they won’t hold up when placed back on the grill.  Working with a single ribbon at a time, lay a generous dab of the filling in the center of the ribbon and spread to within ½ inch of each end.  Starting on one end, gently roll the zucchini ribbon until you have a small spiraled log.  Place on a parchment lined sheet pan leaving 1-inch spacing between rolls.  Continue with the rest of the ribbons until all are filled.  Then return the pan to the grill just to heat the filling up.

I will tell you that you can grill smoke the ribbons to the consistency you prefer you just need to ensure that they stay flexible enough to roll.  It is sometimes beneficial to dry these out a bit more before grilling so making the ribbons a day ahead of the actual grill-smoking is helpful.  Once tender and warmed inside, remove from the grill and serve.  I prefer to place mine on a base of vodka sauce with some fresh basil leaves.  These are slightly smoky, creamy and easy to eat.  They can be served easily as an appetizer or a side dish to your choice of animal protein.  I like these served with a rich short rib or a nice flaky fish like snapper or sea bass.  Oh, and don’t forget about that leftover zucchini you’ll have after you’ve made the ribbons.  I like to matchstick cut my leftover zucchini and add the remaining cheese filling with a bit of sauce and make this for another side dish or healthy lunch.

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Dr. Smoke- Prepare your appetite for the Ricotta filled, tomato sauced, Zucchini rolls with a touch of wood fired flavor

Getting ready for a Grilling/Roasting Broccoli extravaganza!

Getting ready for a Grilling/Roasting Broccoli extravaganza!

Summary:

Using Smokinlicious® double filet or single filet wood chunks on your gas grill for a grilling/roasting broccoli experience. Grilled Broccoli using broccoli florets adds woodflavoring for broccoli vegan! Call it Roasted broccoli, wood roasted broccoli or smoked fresh broccoli just add it to your roasted broccoli recipes!

Grilling/Roasting Broccoli on the Grill

Ready to add a new flavour twist to your average Broccoli?  Then get your LP/Gas Grill ready and find out how easy this method is using wood chunks for great char flavour.  All you’ll need for this easy cooking experience is:

Equipment/Ingredients:

Preparing the Grill for the Grilling/Roasting Broccoli technique

Adding special wood flavoring to your LP/Gas grill can be so easy by following these simple steps: make sure your grill is clean from significant grease build up.  Remove the grilling grates and determine how much space is between the diffuser and the grilling grate.  The diffuser is the plate covering the units gas burner (do not remove the cover).

Once you have the measurement select the SmokinLicious® wood chunk size that will best fit the area.  Based on your measurement, select either the Single Filet which is ~4 inches or the Double Filet which is ~2 inches.

Wood Preparation

Remove the cooking grates from the grill.  Then strategically place the wood chunks over the heat diffuser.   This is the metal piece covering the actually gas burner(s).   If the SmokinLicious® wood chunks are fresh, then you can add them directly to the unit without pre-soaking them.  If not, you may want to consider a lite soaking of about 15 minutes.

Wood chunks above diffuser

Wood chunks above diffuser

Today, I want my broccoli to just have the natural flavour of the wood so I’m using them un-soaked.  Know that you can add additional flavouring through the soaking process by soaking the wood in a liquid  like wine, beer, or juice.

Then replace the grills back over the SmokinLicious® wood chunks!  Make sure the grates are securely seated back on the unit.  If there is a lot of space on your unit between the diffuser and the grate you may want to consider a SmokinLicious® single filet or block item.

Now light the unit and set to a low heat setting. Bring the unit up to a temperature of about 180 degrees F.  Do not overheat the unit as the goal is to delay ignition of the wood.

Preparing the Broccoli

I slice up the broccoli head into what I call serving slices (you can get to make individual florets or larger sizes, totally up to you) and add them on the grill grates.  Keep in mind, you want to be able to move the finished product from the grill to the serving dish without too much issue.  The actual sizing of the pieces doesn’t matter as all sizes will take in the natural wood flavour.  It’s best to break down the head into florets in order to ensure charring on all portions of the broccoli.

Then I close the cover of the grill for the cooking/smoking process.

Cooking Process

Open the lid of the LP/gas grill after about 4-5 minutes of cook time.  Remember, your heat setting should remain on low.  You should see that the SmokinLicious® “Double” filet wood chunks have ignited!  The burning of the wood will produce heat and smoke within the unit.  Open the lid every 5 minutes or so and move the broccoli florets around to make sure you have an even searing on each piece. 

After 7-10 minutes, the broccoli should be showing a color change due to the wood flavonoids infusion. You should see the charring on the outside of the florets as well as see the smoke being produced by the wood that is burning under the grate. I use these ‘hot” spots to move the food over them which will ensure complete “char” on the outside of each floret.

A great smoky taste to the finished result!

A great smoky taste to the finished result!

Final Product

All that’s left is to move the florets to a serving dish, add  some butter, salt and fresh ground pepper to complete the dish.  Feel free to experiment with different variations on a finish as everything is fair game.  Keep in mind too, that broccoli freezes really well, especially when broken down in to florets.  Be sure to take advantage of the growing season and freeze your finished wood roasted broccoli for use when fresh broccoli is unavailable.

The Culinary Crew wants you to know

that the flavor charm of grilled and roasted broccoli can be extended to an array of great, traditional or family favorite recipes featuring this healthy, tasty vegetable.  There are many, many excellent recipes with broccoli as the main player.  Freeze and save an amount of your grilled, wood-fired broccoli to “flavorize” those broccoli-based soups, casseroles or dips!

Bon Bar B Que!

 

Dr. Smoke-do this great Grilling/Roasting Broccoli techniqueoked beef broth with our simple techniques.

Dr. Smoke-do this great Grilling/Roasting Broccoli technique

 

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Wood Chunks- Double Filet

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Wood flavoured grilled Corn on the Cob Topped with Fresh Parsley

Wood flavoured grilled Corn on the Cob Topped with Fresh Parsley

Have you ever thought of roasting fresh corn on your lp/gas grill and adding wood flavouring?

Our culinary team has produced a two-part video series outlining how we Wood flavoured grilled Corn on the grill!  It is so easy to do, especially this time of year when the corn harvest is abundant!   Add this as a great side to your dinner,  make a wood-fired salsa with the corn, freeze the corn for grilling enjoyment in the middle of the winter season.  Unless you are like us and we ate the full dozen just after the grilling and pictures.

Ingredients:

  • Gas/LP grill
  • 1-2 dozen ears of corn with husks
  • 8-12 double filet Smokinlicious® wood chunks.  (We used Sugar Maple but any species will work- consult the flavour chart)
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1/2 cup of fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 hour of fun grilling time, the noise of the corn popping on the grill is free and will excite your guests!

Video one grill set up

Video two cooking process

BON BAR B Q

The Culinary Team wants you to know …

… that char-grilled corn on the cob has many advantages of adding smoky flavor to your summer and early fall food enjoyment.  Give this simple smoked corn salsa a try.  Slice off the charred kernels of four ears of corn, dice a Spanish onion and a grilled sweet pepper.  Combine the mixture with an 1/8 cup of balsamic vinegar, a teaspoon of olive oil, dash of worcestershire sauce, juice of a lime and a few shots of hot sauce.  It’s that easy and so good! 

SmokinLicious Products Used for the Recipe:

Wood Chunks- Double Filet

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Dr. Smoke- How we Wood flavoured grilled Corn on the cob with a gas grill! Using our best wood chunks for smoking-add this to your smoky corn on the cob recipes!

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Our Smoked Bone Broth starts with Great Beef bones trimmed on the gas grill

Our Smoked Bone Broth starts with Great Beef bones trimmed on the gas grill

SMOKED BONE BROTH FOR HEALTH & FLAVOR Click To Tweet

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Smoked beef bones by using cooking wood chunks over the grill heat shields or gas grill diffusers are easy!  The smoke flavor and slow simmer root vegetables are building flavor profiles for this unique smoked bone broth recipe. Simmering food with aromatic vegetables sometimes lacks taste that smoking wood chunks add. Read how easy it is!

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Know up front, that making broth from bones has been in our human history for a very long time.  It’s not new but I will say that over the past several years, it has gained in popularity for its health benefits and ability to cleanse the body.

Here’s what has been reported to improve when you consume bone broth: ease joint pain, reduce or prevent degenerative joint disease, promote hair and nail growth, enrich the blood, aid in digestion, build muscle, boost the immune system, and improve memory.

Bone broth is all about depth of flavor.  I am going to dig deeper into the flavor option and smoke the bones rather than roast them to bring an umami-type flavor to my broth.  Warning: you will need about 12-14 hours for the entire process so be sure to plan for this timing.

Grill Set Up

The gas grill I’m using is equipped with 4 burners and heat shields over those burners.  I’ll be preheating my grill using all 4 burners then shutting off the two burners on the left side and reduce the heat level to medium-low on the right side.  I add two wood chunks to the heat shields on the lit side of the grill.  Then on to my bones on the left side grill grate, where the burners are turned off.  These will stay on the grill for about 3 hours, with one turning of the bones at the halfway point.  Then off the grill and into a stock pot go my smoked bones for the start of the broth.

Simmering We Go

Our Smoked beef bones in the pot simmering with vegetables!

The extra depth of the smoke flavor will be gently revealed in our broth and does not overpower or obsolete the benefits of the broth.  To start the broth process, place the bones in the pot and fill the stockpot with cold, clean water.  Be sure the water is about four inches above the bones.  Allow the bones and water to come to a rapid boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer.  The bones should simmer for a least 6 hours.  During that time, you can check and skim off any impurities from the top with a spoon.  While they are simmering you can prepare the vegetables, herbs, and spices that will be added to the mix.

Mirepoix and More

Now it’s time to add even more nutritional value to our broth.  Start by selecting the aromatic vegetables for your mirepoix.  I’ve taken leeks, carrot, celery, Napa cabbage, and a few broccoli stems.  To this, I’ve also included about 8 cloves of garlic, thyme, basil leaves, and a ¼ cup cider vinegar.  Place everything in the pot and stir to mix and submerge.  Cover the pot and allow this to simmer for about 8 hours.  Enjoy the great smell that will fill your home!

Strain and Portion

Straining out the cooked vegetables leave a clear brothYou’ve been smelling this awesome bone broth for nearly 14 hours so now it’s time to strain it and prepare to portion it out for future use.

If you’ve used a large stockpot, you may need a couple of additional pots for the straining as the contents get heavy to pour.  Once the clear broth is extracted with all the great nutritional value intact, remove the strainer and feel free to compost your vegetable/herb mixture.  Allow the broth to cool and skim off any settled fat from the top layer.  Then portion out the broth and get ready to enjoy its health benefits anytime.

This can be consumed as it for maximum detox benefit, in soups, or to make sauces – any way you can use broth.  I’m starting off by making a bowl of pho with sprouts, soba noodles, mushrooms, spring onion, and of course, my piping hot, flavorful, smoked bone broth.

Serving our smoked Bone Broth for a very satisfying meal!

Stater Ingredients for Bone Broth

  • 6-8 lbs. of beef bones
  • 1 lb. celery
  • 2 lbs. onion
  • 1 lb. carrot
  • 4-6 bay leaves
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • ¼ bunch fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar

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Our Finished Smoked Beef Riblets with Soy Hoisin marinade!

Our Finished Smoked Beef Riblets with Soy Hoisin marinade!

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One of my favorite cuts of beef to smoke and grill is the beef flank riblet.  This is a cut of beef short rib known as flanken. In the flanken style of short rib, this thin cut, which is about 1/2-inch thick, goes across the bones so that each slice contains a few pieces of bone rather than between the bones as is done in traditional short ribs.

This is a popular way to cut the short ribs if you’re going for a Korean barbecue which we are kind of doing with our marinade that has Asian influences.  I recommend doing about 4 pounds of flanken style short rib though today I’m doing 8 lbs. which means I’m doubling the recipe.  The best part is these ribs don’t take very long to smoke on the grill.

I use a two-zone cooking method that allows this to be a low stress smoking method.  Ask your butcher for a beef flanken rib cut and let’s fire up the grill or smoker for our version of soy and hoisin marinated beef riblets.

It’s All About the Marinade

What I like about these ribs is the butcher does all the work.  They come ready to be marinated – no additional trimming to get them the same size as a good butcher will already know to do that for even cooking time.

our Hoisin Marinade

#Marinade

To make these flanken ribs taste super tender and flavorful, we need to make a marinade that will stay on the ribs for 24 hours.

First, I ready freezer storage bags for the marinating, placing roughly 8 ribs per bag.  You want the marinade to get all around the ribs.   For the marinade combine:

 

 

  • 3/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon peeled, minced fresh ginger root
  • 1/2 cup unseasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

Pour equal amounts of the marinade into each storage bag, expel the extra air from the bags, seal, and refrigerate for 24 hours.

Tasting Notes: This is a basic marinade that has Asian flavors.  It is not spicy so if you do want a bit more heat, think about adding an Asian garlic-chili sauce.  Just reduce the minced garlic to 1 tablespoon and add 2 tablespoons of garlic-chili  sauce or an amount to heat level you want.

Two-Zone Grill Smoking

When you set up a grill or smoker with a two-zone cooking method, you can assure that foods won’t get too smoky or dry out.  While preparing the riblets on the cooking racks, I pre-heat the grill to 350°F by turning on only half the burners.  On those burners, I place a smoker box with oak single filet wood chunks directly on the burner shields.

our two zone cooking set up with our chunks of wood

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I’m going to use a sheet pan set with roasting racks for the rib cooking as these ribs will have a lot of juice from the marinade that I don’t want leaching into the grill area.  This is a way to avoid have lots of grease in the drip catch and grease collection unit of your grill.

I place the ribs on the unlit side of the grill and close the lid.  I’ll let these go about 12 minutes before flipping over.  Another 8-10 minutes and these are done.  Replenish the wood chunks as needed to keep the smoke flavor going.   I’m doing 8 lbs. of ribs so this will be about 5 cooking rotations total.

Tasting Notes: You certainly can cook these directly on the grill grates if you don’t mind a bit of clean up to the grates when your done and the need to empty the dripping collection pan.  Also, charcoal grilling of these ribs is just easy by using the two-zone cooking set up on that grill as well.

Ready in a Flash-Smoked Beef Riblets!

You can gauge the cooking time by looking for browning on the outside of the ribs.  When one side has browned, turn over and allow the other side to color.  Remove the finished ribs to a platter and add some chopped fresh green onion and white sesame seeds.  These are ready to go!

Our finished Smoked Beef Riblets

#beefriblets

If needed to make ahead of time, simply reheat the ribs in a low temperature oven – I like 275°F – in a foil covered pan but add the onion and sesame seeds only when ready to serve.  Whether for summer entertaining, party planning, hors d’oeuvre party, or just to bring back the flavors of outdoor cooking, this is the perfect rib done in a flash!

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A must try is this smoked Beet Hummus!

A must try is this smoked Beet Hummus!

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I’ve got another great recipe for wood fired beets that will provide a quick way to prepare a fabulous beet hummus for guests, bring-a-dish parties, or just as a great snack for your own family.  Wood fired flavor will come from the gas grill equipped with wood chunks using a two-zone cooking method.  The outcome is a full flavor, beautiful beet hummus color to delight all who have the pleasure of partaking in this treat.  Just one good size beet will do the trick but I always do an extra to keep around.

Join me at the grill as we make ricotta and smoked beet hummus.

Beet Preparation

our beets have been washed and clean, wrapped in foil and ready for the grill

#freshbeets

It’s so simple to prepare beets for the grill to roast and smoke.  Simply trim the leaf stalks off and wash the beets well under water.  Pat dry and then wrap in aluminum foil leaving the upper portion of the foil open to allow the smoke vapor in.  That’s it!  I like to put my foil wrapped beets on a ¼ sheet pan to make it easy to add and remove from the grill.  This will be a two-zone grill set up so while I’ve been preparing the beets, I’ve preheated my grill to medium-high using only ½ the burners and added a smoker box with wood chunks to the side that will be hot.  Wait for full temperature and the wood chunks to smoke, and you’re ready to add the beets.

Tasting Notes: It is not necessary to foil wrap the beets but you will need something to put the beets on otherwise you’ll have purple beet juice all over your grill.

Two-Zone Grill Smoking

our foil wrapped beets on the grill with a smoker box added a smoke flavor

#twozonecooking

With the washed fresh beets wrapped in foil, it’s time to let them grill roast as well as smoke.  I’ve placed three hardwood chunks in a metal smoker box to add smoke vapor to the beets.  My beets are placed on the unlit side of the grill while the smoker box is on the hot side.  After about 75 minutes, these are tender and smoky.  Remove them from the grill and allow to cool until they can be handled.  Using a paper towel, begin peeling the skin from the cooked beets.  Using a paper towel will protect your hands from becoming purple from the beet juice, a common problem when working with beets.

Tasting Notes: I’ve elected to use wood chunks as I find the provide for greater smoke vapor and don’t require any additional wood to be added to the smoker box.  You certainly can use wood chips but note, you may need to replenish these during cooking.

A Bright and Flavorful Hummus

putting the smoked beets in the blender and adding ingredients brings out the flavor along with the color

#beethummus

With the beet grilled and smoked, it’s time to add the ingredients for our hummus.  Start by adding one 15-1/2 ounce can of chickpeas that have been rinsed and drained to a food processor bowl.  Then add 1/3 cup of well mixed tahini, ¼ cup fresh lemon juice, ¼ cup ricotta, 1 garlic clove finely grated, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper, and ¼ teaspoon ground coriander to a food processor and process until smooth.  Remember, the smoked beet will add a sweet flavor so adjust seasonings after that step.

 With the other ingredients processed for the beet hummus it’s time to bring in the wood fired beet flavor.  Cut one smoked beet into 8 pieces and add to the processor bowl and process until well combined and smooth.  Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.  Transfer the hummus to a serving dish, sprinkle with fresh mint and a drizzle of olive oil.  Serve with your choice of sides – vegetables, pita wedges, won-ton chips, crostini, crackers – whatever fits your need.  This is easy to keep on hand for when you need a quick cocktail accompaniment or just want a great, healthy snack.  You’ll love the festiveness of the bright purple-pink hue which makes this a stand out dish.

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Dr. Smoke- really smoked beet hummus is delicious!

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RADISH SALAD WITH A WOOD-FIRED FLARE- it will totally change the taste. Try some in a refreshing salad for extra flavor

RADISH SALAD WITH A WOOD-FIRED FLARE- it will totally change the taste. Try some in a refreshing salad for extra flavor

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RADISH SALAD WITH A WOOD-FIRED FLARE- 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

Spring harvested garden radishes in a bowl ready for our RADISH SALAD WITH A WOOD-FIRED FLARE

#radish

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.  Then wash the radishes well in a colander making sure all signs of dirt are removed since these are a root vegetable.  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

Cut radishes in vegetable pan ready for our RADISH SALAD WITH A WOOD-FIRED FLARE

#cutradish

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 for Radish Salad with a Wood-Fired Flare

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 RADISH SALAD WITH A WOOD-FIRED FLARE. 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

Homemade dressing is added to the smoked radishes

#salad

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 for RADISH SALAD WITH A WOOD-FIRED FLARE

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.

Close up of radish salad with beans and parsley leaves

#springsalad

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