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Smoking some home grown, without Zig Zag

Discussion in 'Other' started by richoso1, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. richoso1

    richoso1 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I didn’t have much fresh chile (peppers) left on the plants, so I decided to cold smoke them using the AMNS in the Weber 22.5 inch grill.   I had a mix of Chichimeca jalapenos, NM Sandia, Big Jim, Espanola, and a very few serranos.


    I had the bottom and top vents wide open on the Weber. I loaded four rows with mesquite for a true flavor, and I lit both the end rows. By the amount of smoke coming out, the AMNS was getting plenty of air, so I put the cover on and it let it smoke it’s lid off.


    I let the chiles smoke until the sawdust was completely smoldered, then I let the chiles cool a little before putting them in the dehydrator. The combination of the AMNS and the Weber is a great balance of comfort and ease. I think I’ll write a book entitled “ Cold Smoking for Dummies”.


    I use an American Harvest FD-75 dehydrator, not the greatest, but it works for me. I first start drying them at145°, and after a few hours I drop the temp to 115°.   It’s a slow process, but tine is on my side. That’s what I tell Gloria… but she may think differently.


    My spice grinder will be in for some deep heat treatment in a few days... but that may be another post.









  2. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Legendary Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks good Rich. Gotta love the AMNS. 
  3. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    Rich that's looks great, when you said serrano I started drooling, thats' my favorite pepper, that's what I grew up on. [​IMG]
  4. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Well your peppers look good and the more and more you guys use that thing (AMNS) I'm might just have to go and order one.
  5. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    *[​IMG]*  I just finished off the last of my chili sauce made from Espanola's today.. *cry* Those look great Rich!!

    I smoked them in high heat with an onion, then pealed them and tossed it into a blender with some chicken stock, EVOO, cillantro, and salt to taste. Gave it all a whirl and then froze it into 1/2 lb. blocks for vacuum packing. Really good ontop of scrambled eggs.... mmmmmmm.
  6. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    looks good rich....something about chilis on a grill that makes me smile!
  7. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Man oh man those look good. I may have to run back to Vallarta market and grab another bag so I can do this.
  8. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks awesome Rich! I need to get cracking on my last bit of peppers. I was just reading in one of my cookbooks to do a cold smoke then roast them to blacken them and then pull the skins off. I might try that!
  9. smoking g8tr

    smoking g8tr Newbie

    Okay, I have a looked on the wiki dealing with acronyms and didn't see AMNS. It is all over this forum and I still have no idea what that is. Since you have and use one, maybe you could shed some light???
  10. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sorry Smoing g8tr... lol.. AMNS is short for A-Maze-N-Smoker. It is a sawdust smoker made, marketed, and sold by our very own Todd Johnson. Many of us have bought them to use either as a cold smoker or to suppliment a gas or electric smoker.
  11. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Nice job Rich!

    Looks Great!

    I'm not even big on peppers, and I still love this thread!


  12. you need a colt 45 and 2 zigzags. looks like fun, I like the process.
  13. old timer

    old timer Newbie

    That looks good. Grat pics. I am trying to get to were I feel comfortable smoking whatever I have laying around. Sweet thread!
  14. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    SOOOO are they done, are they done yet, are they done yet