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Tomato sauce

Discussion in 'Veggies' started by bradger, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. bradger

    bradger Meat Mopper

    Every now and then i make my own tomato sauce, this morning while i was making my breakfast an idea popped into my head (funny how that can happen). Next time i make my sauce why not try to give it a smokey flavor.
    I was thinking of smoking the tomatoes. i usually use cherry.
    So i decided to come here, because i figure someone here (probably Chilli) at some point has tried this, and i was wondering how feasible it is.
    I more than likely will try this since i have a few days off of work. unless i get a lot of negative results. If i do i will post results.
  2. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I've not made any sauce, but I've smoked mater's for various reasons.
    I'll be :emoji_eye:
  3. JJS

    JJS Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I have tried (and failed) to smoke tomatoes for the same reason you are looking to do as well as salsa. I came to the conclusion that the best way (haven’t tried yet) would probably be to take the skin off, get them to the consistency you are looking for, throw them in a pot in the smoker and stir occasionally until to the smoke level you are looking for.

    I may try cutting some in half and cold smoking them to see how that turns out this weekend.

    Word of advice, tomatoes make a damn mess of the smoker if you are not careful, use a baking sheet that you don’t care about to put them on.
  4. bradger

    bradger Meat Mopper

    I was thinking of cold smoking and cutting in them in half.
  5. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I was thinking about the same.
    Roma's, blanched, skinned and seeded.
    Cold smoked on a jerky rack over cookie tray or disposable pan.

    Easier to put a little liquid smoke in the sauce.
    Yeah, call me a blasphemous heretic.
  6. zwiller

    zwiller Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Never smoked them but one time had a bumper crop and roasted the heck out of them on the grill before canning. Insanely good. Skins were totally charred. You might have better luck dehydrating if you want to smoke them.
  7. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yeap, dehydrate them while you're smoking them, they'll take on the smoke the more they dry.
  8. S-met

    S-met Smoke Blower

    I smoke tomatillos for salsa verde somewhat regularly with great success. Tomatoes shouldn't be too different. Cherry tomatoes tend to have thicker skins as do roma. You may need to cut them in half first. Though eggplant does fine whole smoked. I'd also consider smoking on a tray to catch the juices if I cut them in half.

    I'm just heading to work, but can probably post a q-view later this evening.
  9. smokerjim

    smokerjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I think if I was going to try it I would go ahead and make sauce put in pot and cook down in smoker stirring once in a while, same order as dutches baked beans, I think you'll be able to control how much smoke you want. then if you need to cook it down more you could move it to the stove.
  10. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Cherry Tomatoes would be a PITA, but Peeling is the key. The skins are there to Protect the fruit. It is pretty impervious to everything, including heat. Look at your salad, the skin let's the Dressing run off like they were covered in Rain-X! Any temp above 250 works but hotter the better. The smoker temp dehydrates the Tomatoes concentrating both smoke and the tomato flavors. A bit of Salt, accelerates the water loss too. Cherry Tomatoes are tasty but a bit watery with too little meat to make a sauce without a long cook and A LOT of them. Roma or Paste Tomatoes are a first choice but this time of year, anything I have gets sauced out...JJ
  11. bradger

    bradger Meat Mopper

    Here we go. DSCF3336.JPG
  12. bradger

    bradger Meat Mopper

    Sorry I lost the picture of them just out of smoker.
    fresh herbs I used. DSCF3341.JPG lightly sauteed
    DSCF3342.JPG the adding the tomatoes
    DSCF3343.JPG after mixing with boat motor DSCF3344.JPG finished DSCF3345.JPG and on my lunchthis DSCF3351.JPG This came out very well, i think the key was letting the tomatoes sit since taking out of smoker on Friday.
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2019 at 11:53 AM
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  13. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    So how long and at what temp did you smoke the tomatoes?
    What wood(s) did you use for smoke?
    How was the end result, was there a good smoky flavor in the finished sauce?
  14. bradger

    bradger Meat Mopper

    cold smoke for about 4 used hickory pellets in the maze smoker. it had a decent smoke flavor.
    it might work for your salsa.

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  16. Cabo

    Cabo Fire Starter

    I smoke them quite often. Just cut them in half and smoke at 250 for about an hour or until they are getting really soft. Never done cherry ones though, usually larger ones.
    We use them for salsa, chili, or just eat them on their own as a side dish.
  17. bradger

    bradger Meat Mopper

    you should try the cherry, i think they picked up the smoke better. They way I use the maze is once it starts smoking heavily I turn the burner off i had it sitting on.
  18. indaswamp

    indaswamp Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've made smokey tomato sauce before, but I smoked the garlic and onions-not the tomatoes. The onions and garlic are drier and take the smoke better....
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