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Fail with asparagus

Discussion in 'Veggies' started by Smoketastic RN, Mar 10, 2018.

  1. 20180310_185717.jpg Tried Jeff’s smoked balsamic asparagus and what ever happened was not pleasant. Maybe to much balsamic? After an hour smoke at 230, they were still to firm, another 15 minutes didn’t help. Tried to grill them to save some but just didn’t work. Any advice would be appreciated.
  2. SonnyE

    SonnyE Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    How do they taste?

    Looks like some of my first tries.
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  3. myownidaho

    myownidaho Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Did you trim the asparagus? I typically snap the ends off, which breaks them where the woody part ends. It’s up to a 30-40% loss but it guarantees it won’t be tough.
  4. Yes cut off the ends, they were “woody” the entire length after cooking.
  5. daveomak

    daveomak Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    They look good to me.... I'd eat 'em....
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  6. Very strong balsamic vinegar taste and woody, not necessarily hard just not completely done. Tough but chewable (not ideal) is an apt description, not pleasant to eat and sadly we didn’t,
  7. myownidaho

    myownidaho Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I would cut down on the vinegar and adjust the cooking temp, or time. Thickness of the asparagus will also make a difference. When I grill them, I like the pencil thin ones. A longer cook may be better with thicker spears that won’t dry out as quickly?
  8. I’ll definitely try that next time, thanks for the suggestions.
  9. I like to smoke bacon wrapped bundles of asparagus in a teriyaki sauce.

    I add the sauce after the bacon asparagus bunde have cooked half way, and I poured off any collected water.

    The recipe works with baby bok choy as well.