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Good weather for a cold smoke

Discussion in 'Other' started by richoso1, Dec 15, 2010.

  1. richoso1

    richoso1 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Here on the West coast/left coast/So Cali, it's drizzling and the ambient temp is 55°. I decided to smoke some peppercorns, garlic cloves with the skin on, coriander seeds, and some salt. I filled 1 1/2 rows with mesquite sawdust in the AMNS, and just let it smoke away. I have found, that for my taste,  more than 2 rows of sawdust gives too heavy a smoke taste, regardless of the type of wood/sawdust I use. Now this has been when I smoke fresh peppers, onions, garlic and cheese. I've uploaded a pic of my morning smoke. It's all good my friend.
  2. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Great day here too, 30º now and tomorrow it is supposed to be 21º for a low and 34º for high...

    Guess you could also cure without refrigeration too. lol
  3. richoso1

    richoso1 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Finished my cold smoke. You can't see a change in anything other than the salt. I found a lone NM peeper in th garde, so I threw it in for pairing it up with a sandwich.

    It's all good my friend.

  4. rw willy

    rw willy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    nice idea.  It 20 here.  This time of year the 'fridge is the back deck.
  5. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks Great Rich!

    How'd those peppercorns turn out?

    Do you dry the garlic after it's smoked?

    Here's the temp on Sunday morning...4°, but we woke up to -8°


  6. richoso1

    richoso1 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    The peppercorns took on a nice smokey flavor, I usually use the garlic and salt in making a salsa, the coriander gets toasted then ground for a rub. I wouldn't be out cold smoking in your backyard, there would be one cold but not smoked oldie looking like a historical monument.

    It's all good my friend.
  7. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    That all look s great Rich. :)
  8. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    That is a great looking smoke Rich. I need to make some time to do that. I love smoked spices
  9. smoking g8tr

    smoking g8tr Newbie

    I never would have thought to smoke spices. Are there any rules of thumb as to which spices are better to smoke than others.

    I will smoke just about anything once, and most things many times over