July 18, 2024

I’m a smoker and I like it!

After getting the malfunctioning smoker replaced, we have tried a couple of new things.  One of my favourites being smoked hamburgers.  I am now wondering if smoked hamburgers might be better that BBQed burgers, and hamburgers on the BBQ have always been awesome. We smoke them for 1.5-2 hours at about 250 F.  The four closest to the camera are stuffed with brie, sun-dried tomatoes, caramelized onions, and spinach. What’s not to like about these!

Our first smoking of hamburgers. 1/2 hour from finished.  Four of these are stuffed and the one in the back is just a normal patty.

Another fine thing was the smoked pork chops.  Next time I think we will try the cold smoking method and then grill them or pan sear them.  This first attempt was done with a sweet maple marinade and smoked with maple wood.  They were really tastey, but I discovered our smoker is hotter in some places than in others, so from now on we rotate the racks to ensure we don’t get over cooking in one corner.  Still though.  The smoked pork chop holds a lot of promise.  We will be trying it again for sure.

The smoked pork chop and onion with homemade fries, sauted mushrooms, and 50 year old balsamic drizzled kale. Looks good don’t it?

For lunch today we went for some smoked Camembert cheese.  Holy cow.  Everyone should try this!  We cut the rind off the top of a wheel and cold smoked for 30 minutes and then hot smoked at ~240 F for 40 minutes.  I’d recommend folding the melted cheese a few times during the 40 minutes to help infuse the smoke flavour a little.

Camembert from Costco all ready for smoke.
All melty and absolutely delicious! A new appi we will be returning to. Next time, we’ll try some brown sugar on top maybe.

Next?  Supper!  It’s going to be ribs!  They are smoking right now.  I’m following the 3-2-1 method I found on theblackpeppercorn.com.  I’ll post some pics of the finished product.

By the way, Bradley Smokers was just awesome in dealing with our malfunctioning smoker.  I really can’t say to many good things about this company.  They are very easy to deal with and make it easy to be a proud Bradley Smoker owner.