How to Smoke Vegetables
Smoking vegetables is a great way to bring out their natural flavors, and easily add them to an outdoor cookout or evening meal. Here are a few tips for smoking your favorite vegetables outdoors.
Ingredients and Equipment
- Your favorite vegetables: Popular choices for smoking are broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, and sweet potatoes.
- Smoke fuel: Think wood chips, such as peach, cherry, or hickory.
- Smoker or charcoal grill: You can also use a gas grill, but a charcoal grill helps add great smokey flavor.
- Smoking accessories: Things like aluminum foil to wrap the vegetables, and a thermometer to check the temperature of your smoker.
- Wash the vegetables: Make sure they are washed and dried, and cut into small uniform pieces if needed.
- Soak the wood chips: Soaking the chips helps create more smoke. Soak for at least an hour prior to smoking.
- Prepare the smoker: Place the soaked wood chips on the charcoal, then light the fire. The temperature should stay between 225-275 degrees. Use a thermometer to check and adjust the temperature.
- Arrange the vegetables: Place the vegetables in the smoker then close the lid. Check the temperature every 30 minutes and adjust if needed.
- Monitor: Pay close attention to the temperature and smoke level in the smoker. Add more wood chips if needed.
- Check the vegetables: Depending on the vegetables you are cooking, they should be done smoking somewhere between 30 minutes and 2 hours.
- Enjoy: Smoking vegetables is a great way to bring out natural flavor, add a great smokiness, and easily add to any meal.