Smoke Yourself Silly with Homemade Smoked Foods and a DIY Smoker


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Photo: Declan McCullagh

Photo: Declan McCullagh

Smoked anything is so dang delicious but so hard to make. Right? Wrong! With a little DIY action and some smokey know-how, you can make your very own smoker and start feasting on homemade trout, almonds, ribs, oysters, and almost anything else that would do well with a flavor blast reminiscent of a campfire. And with tailgating season in front of us, it’s time to get going. So say goodbye to bottled liquid smoke and say hello to all the hungry people with empty plates.

Smoking Outdoors

You can buy a smoker for your backyard or easily fashion your BBQ or grill into one. Or, you can follow the sage advice of Food Network personality and resident geek, Alton Brown who shows us how to create a beauty of a smoker using easily accessible materials from a hardware store and spend only $47.32 to do it. The terracotta is a nice touch. Check this out:

Seems totally easy, right?

Smoking In The Oven

Now we turn to famous food activist and culinary-everyman, Mark Bittman. In an episode of The Minimalist, Bittman’s New York Times video series, he shows us how you can create a large tented pan to slide in your oven. He uses ribs as his nom du jour, but with the newfound know-how of smoking, you can now use any hunk of meat or fish. Check out what Bittman has to say:

Smoking On The Stovetop

Looking for less of a commitment than a 3 hour cook time? Perhaps you only want to do a small slab of fish, a couple of chicken legs or a couple cups of almonds. A stove-top smoker might be more your speed. If you have a wok and some tin foil, you’re already halfway there. Check out this Chow Tip from the series that brings you handy short videos on cooking:

It’s almost too easy.

Recipes for Smoked Foods

Smoked chicken, turkey, beef, pork and salmon are probably what you think of when you fantasize about smoked foods. But now that you are on your way to a DIY Smoking Spectacular, here are some recipes that aren’t the typical go-to’s to help get your tastes budding and your creative juices flowing.

Smoked Oysters with Olive Relish

If you don't do them raw (which you totally should), try them smoked. Photo: by charles Masters

Photo: by charles Masters

Oysters are a treat in any season. If you don’t eat them raw (which you totally should), try them smoked. Adding layers of flavor with the smoke and olive relish is like a complex symphony for your mouth.

Recipe for Smoked Oysters with Olive Relish

Smoked Almonds

Starting with raw almonds ensures a blank canvas for you to impart your smokiness. Photo:


Having homemade smoked almonds at your next cocktail party will ensure your speedy induction into the host hall of fame.

Recipe for Smoked Almonds

Smoked Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers

Why can't superbowl parties happen every weekend? Photo:


Cheese + bacon + spice + smoked = crazy delicious. Why can’t superbowl parties happen every weekend?

Recipe for Smoked Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers

Smoked Cheese

A smoked cheese offers a stronger, meatier taste to your meal. Photo:


A smoked cheese add a stronger, meatier taste to any meal. Whether it be cheddar, gouda, mozzarella or provolone, any mild to strong cheese will take on whole new meaning from getting a quick cold smoke.

Instructions on how to smoke cheeses

Smoked Trout

Salmon usually gets the smoke love but trout is an excellent deviation. Photo:


Salmon usually gets the smoke love but trout is an excellent deviation. And because Alton Brown has treated us well so far, here’s a goodie from the nerd himself.

Recipe for Smoked Trout. And for more fish smoking tips, has so got you covered.

What Are You Smoking?

Or even better, what are some of your favorite smoked foods? We heard something interesting about smoked cocktails. Who’s got the skinny on those?

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  • omg, i want the summer back just to eat that!

  • A recipe I tried this summer is rosemary smoked mussels on the BBQ … amazingly delicious! Super simple, you just take your mussels, wrap in heavy duty tin foil (in a basket shape so the juices don’t leak. Then throw tons of Rosemary directly in the fire of your BBQ, put the mussels in, cover and smoke em out for 5 minutes. If the mussels are open, it is done. Yum! Try it next summer ……….