Decided to try making some of my own chili powder(or chilpow as it's known in my house) and was very happy with the results. Here's kind of a play by play with pictures.
I forgot to take a picture of everything whole, but these are the peppers I used(anaheim, poblano, serrano, red and green jalapeno and some garlic cloves). All cost about $3. Cut in half and seeded and I sprinkled with just a pinch of black pepper
Just got into the smoker, using the soldering iron & tin can method and cold smoked for about 2 hours.
TBS! sorry about the picture quality, and there should be a thermo where there hole on the right is stuffed with aluminum foil, but it got a little water logged the other day and I'ts drying out inside(someone forgot to put the cover on)
The peppers didn't take on much color during smoking, but they had to have taken on a good amount of smoke because they smelled awesome! This picture is after drying in the oven for about 11 hours overnight at about 140 degrees. The whole house had a light smokey peppery smell and everyone was angry when they woke up hungry the next morning haha.
Finished product, powderfied in coffee grinder, just a little bit of garlic ground up in the pepper mix, the rest of the garlic was ground up and kept in another shaker. I forgot that picture, but it looks pretty much the same except a lighter color.
Both garlic and peppers tasted great! Not a lot of heat b/c of the blend of peppers I used but good flavor and a hint of smoke. Garlic powder was nice and smokey. It's definitely more fun and more rewarding to make all your own stuff. Will be doing another batch soon with much more heat, cant wait! Also thanks JlRodriguez for the Idea!