Thu 24 May 2018
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SMOKED STRAWBERRY MARINADE
Smoking on a Gas Grill or Charcoal Grill and using smoking wood chunks brings out the power of strawberries for this special smoked strawberry marinade. Smoked fruit by using Single filet® and a mild hardwood species like ash, alder, maple or cherry will have you adding this to your smoked strawberries marinade recipes.
If you’re like me, you love strawberries for the incredible juice they contain. One of my favorite ways to capture the essence of that juice is to smoke the strawberries on a grill. Not only do you end up with phenomenal smoked strawberries but the juice the grilling/smoking process renders is a must-have ingredient for so many recipes. I took a batch of the smoked juices and made a fabulous marinade for fish, chicken, turkey, pork, lamb, and goat.
The Simple Grilling Method
Whether you elect to use a standard gas grill or a charcoal grill, you’ll want to use wood chunks from SmokinLicious® to bring clean smoke flavors to the strawberries. You can visit our previous articles on smoking on a gas or charcoal grill in Dr. Smoke’s Tips and Technique.
For me, I’m using a gas grill equipped with single filet wood chunks. I prefer to use more mild hardwoods when smoking fruits like Ash, Alder, Cherry, and Maple.
I simply lay out my fresh strawberries on a sheet pan or disposable foil tray after cleaning and trimming the stems. I place the pan on the unlit side of my grill using a medium heat setting on the burners that are on the opposite side. It will take less than 30 minutes to bring the strawberries to the smoky side. After the strawberries are tenderly smoked and the juices have rendered, I carefully remove the tray and all the strawberries to cool slightly. I then transfer the juice to a bowl to be used in my marinade.
The Smoked Strawberry Marinade Recipe
This marinade is so simple yet really packs great flavor. Of course, the longer you marinate your protein, the better the outcome. For one cup of marinade you’ll need:
- 1 cup of smoked strawberry juice
- Juice of 2 limes
- 2 tablespoons blueberry balsamic vinegar or similar fruity flavor
- ¼ cup Cajun seasoning
- 1 tablespoon ground chipotle pepper
In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients. Select your protein: I recommend chicken, turkey, pork, lamb, or goat. Place the protein in the bowl and coat completely with marinade. Place the marinated protein in a resealable food storage bag, pouring the remaining marinade into the bag, and seal tightly. Refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours but preferably overnight
Our pork roast and smoked strawberry marinade
Now you can choose the cooking method to bring all the flavors together. Grill, oven roasting or even smoking. Once you’ve selected your cooking method, remove the marinated meat from the bag and cook until done. Remember, the marinade has been used on raw meat so you cannot reuse it as it will contain some bacteria.