So today I had to spend all day at the house waiting on various people. In order to pass the time, I had a smoke-o-rama with the charcoal grill and the recipes from the July CL.
Smokin' is fun! It was super easy too, the recipes I tried all required a minimum of effort. It's harder to read the recipes than it is to actually do the smoking, so don't let the length of the instructions deter you. You just need to plan ahead for the smoking time. Everything came out with great flavor, I will definitely be doing this more! I definitely recommend smoking a bunch of things at a time to save!
Smoky Tomato Salsa - The tomatoes got this nice aroma and were super easy to peel, the jalapeno had grill marks... mmmm. The salsa is tasty, I just did a rough chop of the tomatoes instead of the puree as I like a chunky salsa.
Smoked Trout (for the Apple/Pecan salad recipe) This was easy, I have yet to try it (it's for lunches this week).
Smoked Shrimp (for the Orange/Lime Recipe) Again, easy, I just put the shrimp on foil and left it. The rub goes well with the smoky flavor. I know the orange will really shine on this finished dish!
Smoked Onion Soup Wow, did the house smell good with this one. It may almost be TOO smoky. We'll see. I bought smoked Gruyere because I thought that sounded good with it.
Smoked Roasted Red Pepper I had a GIANT red pepper so I threw it on the grill at the same time as the tomatoes. I turned it 25 minutes later when I added the fish and shrimp and a few more wood chips. AWESOME flavor, perfectly roasted, easy to peel without a zillion little black flakes.
I was actually planning to eat some of this tonight, but then my mom and dad volunteered dinner out. So I am saving it all.