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First time cauliflower smoke!

Discussion in 'Veggies' started by dj mishima, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. dj mishima

    dj mishima Meat Mopper

    I simply cut a cauliflower head into eighths.  I then drizzled some EVOO and sprinkled with salt & pepper.  I really wanted to add some fresh squeezed lemon juice to it.  This was good roasted in the oven when I had done it in the past.  I figured it would be just as good in the smoker.  However, I didn't have a lemon and I didn't want to run to the store just for that.  So this is about as KISS as it gets.

    Into the MES at 250F with my AMPNS & pitmaster pellets.

    After 2 hours it wasn't tender, so I kept going.

    Here it is at 3 hours.  It's still a bit tough.  I thought it took on enough smoke though, so I took it out.

    I stopped taking pictures after that.  I just poured a bit of hot water in the bottom of the tray.  Then tightly wrapped in foil and tossed into 350F oven to steam until fork tender.  I checked it every 15 minutes with a fork and was done at 30 minutes.

    At this point, you can chop into smaller pieces and serve as is, covered in cheese, drizzled with fresh lemon juice, or even blended into a smoked cauliflower puree(mashed potato substitute.)
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Dj..... looks good to me..... How was the smokey taste ???   Is it good in cauliflower ???    Dave
  3. Great idea! How was the taste? 
  4. dj mishima

    dj mishima Meat Mopper

    If anyone has had oven roasted cauliflower, you have an idea of what to expect.  It is way better than straight up steaming or boiling.  It sort of concentrates the cauliflower taste and brings a hint of sweetness to it.  After smoking it, it is awesome(if you like cauliflower.)  The smoke taste isn't overwhelming, just kind of gives it a "bbq" flavor.

    Someone(I am not sure if I agree with them) called it the "smoked brisket of vegetables." http://projects.washingtonpost.com/recipes/2012/04/25/whole-oak-smoked-cauliflower-chile-arbol/

    I might try to clone this dish someday:


    It looks fairly easy for do.  

    Okay, now that I just found out there is a cookbook with that recipe in it, I can follow it instead of approximating it :)  Thank you local library!
  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    We do this all the time and it is one of our favorite side dishes. We also like to mash the cauliflower up and serve like mashed potatoes or add to sauces and soup.
  6. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That does sound good to me!  Keeping this in mind!

  7. Looks great and now I'm going to have to do some! Wonder if you can do Broccoli? We like them mixed with some cheese sauce.
  8. frosty

    frosty Master of the Pit

    Sounds like a great idea, and since the wife doesn't like cauliflower, more for me!

    Thanks for the idea.
  9. crvtt

    crvtt Smoke Blower

    Great idea, cauliflower is going in along with a chicken now for tomorrow night's dinner!  Thanks
  10. dgilley

    dgilley Fire Starter

    We love it in the oven with some EVOO, garlic powder and salt.  Can't wait to try it on the smoker.

    Thanks.  I'm always looking for great ideas for side dishes.
  11. stevemax

    stevemax Fire Starter

    Ummm. I guess! Lol it can't be bad! Anything smoked is good.
  12. crvtt

    crvtt Smoke Blower

    Well, I made smoke cauliflower yesterday.  Olive oil, salt, pepper, some cajun rub on half of it too.  Smoked for 2.5 hours.  Really disliked it, just didn't like the smoke with the cauliflower. 
  13. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Morning.... I have found light flavored, delicate foods can't handle much seasonings or smoke...  On the other end of the spectrum, bold flavored foods can handle lots of smoke and seasonings....   Bold flavor example: Lamb can handle about any potent seasoning and it seems to be improved....  Delicate flavor example: Pasta basically has no flavor and is totally transformed into what ever you put on it... It is a carrier for seasonings....  Cauliflower, for me, falls into the delicate flavor category...   I really like it steamed lightly with butter and salt so I can still taste it... even better is to bake it at a higher temp to caramelize that flavor...   I like the idea of some smoke on it.... So, next time I make cauliflower, I will sprinkle it with some smoked sea salt I made a month ago or so....   A  hint of smoke should be good.... 

    If you are not sure as to how any food will handle smoke or seasonings, go light on both for the first try....   

    One more example: Mesquite, I like the flavor but I can take only about 15-20 minutes of mesquite smoke on stuff....  

    Don't give up after your first try.....  

  14. crvtt

    crvtt Smoke Blower

    Maybe it was the smoke.  I used mostly mesquite.   I cooked it along with a chicken.
  15. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I think you got it figured....  That would not be good in my book.... OK, I know you Texans like your mesquite...  Don't flog me..... 
  16. dj mishima

    dj mishima Meat Mopper

    I used the AMPNS for smoke with Pitmaster's Choice(Hickory/Cherry/Maple blend) pellets.  I haven't used mesquite yet, but have heard it can be overpowering sometimes.
  17. crvtt

    crvtt Smoke Blower

    So far so good with mesquite for me.  I really like it on chicken and beef.  I've always used mesquite along with hickory.   Just picked up some cherry to try next. 
  18. bbqnuts

    bbqnuts Fire Starter

    The family loves grilled cauliflower.  I'll have to try starting it in the smoker for some extra flavor then finishing on the grill.
  19. I am new to smoking.  Just got a Cajun Injector Smoker.  I was looking for some menus and found this site.  You have several posts here and thought you might be able to answer my questions.  I am sorry if I am wrong,  First question - what is a AMPNS?

    Second question - why don't most recipes give smoking temp and times?
  20. dj mishima

    dj mishima Meat Mopper

    Oops, I guess I've been using the wrong acronym. It's actually AMNPS. It is a smoke generator made by one of the forum sponsors. Here is where you can get one:

    I'm not sure where you are getting the recipes without temp and cook time. But, if you look around the forum, you should learn everything you need to know.

    If you haven't done so yet, introduce yourself in the new member section.