Chances are you buffed your smoking skills over the past few months, mastering pulled pork, ribs, turkey, and maybe even brisket or home-cured bacon. Are you ready to take your smoking skills to the next level? There are many foods (not all of them proteins) that are revelatory when infused with the complex flavors of wood smoke. Below are foods you may never have dreamed you could smoke—but you’ll sure be glad you did!
Unexpected Recipes You Can Smoke
1. Ice Cream
Ice cream might seem like the last food you’d smoke, but wood smoke gives it a haunting quality. Sure, you could smoke the cream before churning homemade ice cream, but there’s a far easier way to do it: Use a charcoal grill, smoker, or a handheld smoking device, like a Smoking Gun, to smoke your favorite commercial ice cream. Smoked ice cream has long been a hit at Barbecue University®—there are so many ways to use it. On apple crisp, with pumpkin pie, or one of our favorites—Smoked Ice Cream with Rum Raisin Sauce. Perfect after a holiday meal.
Deviled eggs have long been a staple at American barbecues, and we love them. But Steven discovered that grilled and smoked eggs are common currency on the world’s barbecue trail. Wood smoke takes “the incredible, edible egg” in amazing gustatory directions. Whether you eat a smoked hard-cooked egg plain with a bit of coarse salt, turn it into a luscious egg salad, use it in potato salad, or dice it and serve with Smoked Salmon, you’ll never look back. (Pro Tip: For an egg that resembles a Chinese tea-dyed egg, roll a hard-cooked egg gently under your palm to produce multiple cracks. Then place it on the smoker. Peel before using, of course.)
Barbecue you can drink? Yes, wood smoke can turn a cocktail you’ve sipped a hundred times into a beverage that will fill you with wonder. Everything from a Bloody Mary to a Manhattan can be transformed. A hand-held smoker is useful for infusing spirits with the flavor of wood smoke, but Bacon Bourbon doesn’t require a smoker at all. The smoky flavor comes from the bacon. This infusion makes a great holiday gift, especially if you use the recipient’s favorite bourbon.
Wood smoke has been called the umami of barbecue, and it is wondrous when applied to desserts like cheesecake and flan. The former (served with caramel sauce) wowed the crew of Project Smoke while filming in Tucsan, Arizona. It’s astonishingly good. The latter will make your guests swoon.
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