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Smoking paprika powder

M3 Pete

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I know that "real" smoked paprika is made from fresh chilis dried for days in a smoker. But can you "smoke" store-bought paprika powder?
 

SherryT

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I was wondering the same thing!

I'm almost out of smoked pap, but I have a HUGE container of sweet pap, so I thought I'd toss about a half-cup onto a small tray (same for kosher salt as well) when I smoke my canadian bacon tomorrow and see how it turns out.
 

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You sure can and it is super easy.
Pour it on a tray or baking sheet and smoke it the same way you would smoke salt. Which is at low temps cold smoking would be even better but low temps will work, Smoke it for an hour than pull it out to stir it up than do the same until you get it to the desired smokiness. The place it in the oven with the oven turned off until it's cool I leave it overnight to make sure I don't end up with a moisture problem.
 

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Sure can. I use a coffee filter to put it in and cold smoke it. Comes out great.
I like that idea.

I always just put it on a sheet pan.Will have to give the coffee filter a go.
 

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You sure can and it is super easy.
The place it in the oven with the oven turned off until it's cool I leave it overnight to make sure I don't end up with a moisture problem.
forktender forktender

When you say that you put it into the oven. Does that mean you simply transfer the pan with the paprika from the smoker directly to the oven just to let it cool off with the door closed?

No Heat involved regarding the oven. Right?

Thanks,

John
 

Steve H

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Not sure what you mean by this,

John
You use a coffee filter to hold the paprika while you cold smoke it. When it is done. I just leave it in a dry place over night to make sure that if it collected any moisture it should dry out.
 

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Never thought of this ... great info ... I have huge containers of sweet, but can always only find tiny ones smoked.
 

Steve H

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Never thought of this ... great info ... I have huge containers of sweet, but can always only find tiny ones smoked.
And considering the cost of smoked paprika. You can't loose. When I do this. I also do other spices like Cayenne, kosher salt, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper. I'm going to try doing the Lowery seasoned salt next. That should be interesting.
 

M3 Pete

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For coffee filters, the basket ones would be best. We use cone filters and they don't work so well. I may pick up a cheap package of basket filters.
 

Steve H

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Yes, the basket ones are best. I got them at the Dollar store.
 

Steve H

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I am trying to cold smoke some paprika roughly how long do I let it smoke for,
I go a hour. Stirring every 15 minutes. Make sure you let it set on your counter for a hour or 2 afterwards, stirring once in awhile to make sure any moisture is gone.
 

Jersey Jimbo

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ok thanks I have been smoking it for about 2 hours i stirred it about every 20 so I will pull it now thanks for the advise
 

Steve H

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Looks really good. What type of smoke did you use?
 

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