So I'm sitting at work, bored as usual, and get delivered a jar of Tru Smoked Black Pepper Pickles from my mom. (Bless her :) ) Anyway, I gave them a try, and although not too bad, I thought they needed a little tweaking. There really wasn't as much smoke flavor as I thought they could have. In a search here I found this one
but I would like to smoke the cucumbers prior to pickling as Tru does with theirs. I already have 1/2 dozed tried and tested awesome pickling recipes, that would not be an issue. But when it comes to smoking..... I'm thinking maybe a 2~3 hour cold smoke, probably hickory and mesquite mix, I have a feeling that the juice will pull the heavy smoke flavor down quite a bit. As far as pickling the first batch, just dill & garlic cloves I think to start.
Option B would be to take some dills and cold smoke them whole as nepas did, but I would like them whole so they wouldn't dry out and put them back in the juice. Or would this be a non-issue
Any thoughts or ideas? When I get started I'll post the progress. I can't wait for bloody mary's with one of these