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Smoked Roma tomatoes?

Discussion in 'Veggies' started by greendrake, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. greendrake

    greendrake Smoke Blower

    My cousin works for a food distributor and just dropped off a flat of roma tomatoes for me to smoke up. Anyone ever smoke maters? I figure I could quarter them, take out the innards and smoke them until just about dry or do I dry them out altogether?
  2. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

  3. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Now thats yet another reason I love this place. Show me another smoking website where someone would even think about smoking tomatoes. Great idea. But what are you gonna do with dried smoked tomatoes?? How about stuff a pork loin with some of them.[​IMG]
  4. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    I'm thinking low and slow like cheese.[​IMG]
  5. street guy

    street guy Newbie

    I cold smoked some once. I smoked them till the skins stated to break. Used them to make barbuq sauce. They take on alot of flavor.
  6. athabaskar

    athabaskar Smoking Fanatic

    You can go right down the center of each one with a corer, like an apple corer. Once the centers are out the seeds and juice comes out leaving just the meat. Quarter that and then smoke them gently. You can use them for anything from salads to tomato sauce. Don't worry about losing the juice, as roma juice is not all that great anyway. It is a meaty tomato. If you need more liquid in a recipe add canned tomato sauce.

    I wouldn't core any other variety tomato, but commercial roma is a different breed altogether. Try some. I think you'll be happy with it.
  7. How about coring them out and stuffing them with cheese and some peppers? Even leaving the seeds and slicing halfway through and stuffing that sounds good.
  8. meat hunter

    meat hunter Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    If you want some great tomato soup, make it with a few smoke tomato's. Very very good.
  9. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    smoked caprese salad.........you betcha!!
  10. john3198

    john3198 Smoking Fanatic

    What temperature, how long, and what wood?
  11. b8h8r

    b8h8r Smoke Blower

    I just did some last week......did them like a chili. Cold smoked for a 3 hours or so whole, then cut & seeded and used as normal.
  12. wutang

    wutang Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

  13. john3198

    john3198 Smoking Fanatic

    Apparently smoked tomatos are more prevelent than I realized. Google it and you will get lots of stuff - especially dressings. Lagasse and Flay on FN have about a dozen reciepes using smoked tomatoes in everything from vinagrete, creamy dressings, salsas, and soups.

    Gonn try this today.
  14. john3198

    john3198 Smoking Fanatic

    I tried some last night. Intersting. Cut a few Romas in half and tossed with EVOO, S&P. Put them cut side up (wanted to keep the juices) on a veggie tray and onto the grill. Forget about them an had them on about 1 1/2 hours over Hickory at 225-250.

    Results: very nice smokey flavor, but a bit too much. Covered up the tomoato. They were pretty well cooked through. Next smoke I will pull some at 30 min to test. Probably enough.
  15. greendrake

    greendrake Smoke Blower

    Is it possible to preserve them in any way? I guess I would have to put them in a jar with EVOO or something. It is quite a bit so I have room to play with some ideas. A full case of them. I will have to experiment this weekend with your ideas.
  16. john3198

    john3198 Smoking Fanatic

    Don't see why you could not water bath can them. We canned lots of tomatos both raw and cooked in salsa's, etc.
  17. striper

    striper Meat Mopper

    I'm thinking that if you drop them into boiling water (blanch)for 15-20 seconds, then into cold water you could then peel them quickly and easily. Then into the smoker should give them a great flavor fairly quickly. Then use them in just about anything.
  18. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    for sure, I smoke tomatoes alot with some jalapenos, habaneros, onions, corn, etc. I cut the tomatoes in half smoke them skin side down. Then toss the whole mix of smoked peppers, tomatoes, etc. in a food processor with some cilantro, and pulse. makes a nice smoked salsa.
  19. greendrake

    greendrake Smoke Blower

    Can I clean out the seeds and membrane and smoke the outer tomato then freeze them?