Peppers are one of the most underrated yet one of the most delicious ingredients in your kitchen. With their bright colors and flavors, they add a dash of taste and aroma to any dish that they are added to. However, the challenge with peppers is that they are seasonal, and aren’t available all year round. Here, we tell you about a simple and delicious way to make peppers stay good throughout the year. We will tell you how to smoke peppers in different ways.
How to Smoke Peppers
Usually, smoking or slow-cooking processes are reserved for meat-based dishes. Vegetables, like peppers, are soft.
So, you might be wondering how to smoke peppers in a smoker without worrying about getting them burnt. Don’t worry; the process of smoking peppers is quite simple.
When you smoke any meat, all you need to do is add some pepper and other vegetables. The unique taste of this combination will pleasantly surprise you and your guests.
So, let’s keep reading further to know the right way so that they don’t get spoilt.
1. Get the Peppers Ready
If you have been wondering how to smoke jalapeno peppers, you have come to the right place.
The smoking steps that we have mentioned here remain the same for almost all types of peppers including jalapeno, bell peppers, chili peppers, and habaneros peppers. Mostly, all of us use jalapeno and bell peppers for cooking.
You should first know how to get the peppers ready for smoking. Clean the peppers very well by putting them under running water.
We recommend you remove the seeds and veins of the peppers before smoking. However, you may keep them intact if you wish to.
2. Prepare the Smoker
The next step in the smoking process is to get your smoker ready. Peppers can get burnt easily; therefore, you need to smoke them in the right type of smoker.
Any electric or wood smoker that comes with temperature controls would work fine for the process. We recommend you avoid using charcoal smokers if you’re new to using smokers.
If you have enough experience in smoking various dishes, you can use charcoal smokers, but you have to use a thermometer to keep checking the internal temperature of the peppers at regular intervals.
How to Smoke Peppers in a Smoker
Here’s how you can use your smoker to smoke delicious peppers and keep them fresh throughout the year.
If you’re wondering how long to smoke jalapeno peppers or other types of peppers, these steps will give you the answers:
- Set the smoker to a temperature of 200 degrees F. You need to wait patiently until you see this temperature on the smoker.
- If you’re using an offset smoker, you can add wood and start the smoker, before setting it to a temperature between 200 and 225 degree F.
- Place aluminum foils on the surface where you’re cooking, and keep the peppers carefully on them, once the smoker reaches the correct temperature.
- Keep smoking for 2 to 3 hours. Check the peppers at regular intervals. After 2 to 3 hours, the peppers must have turned soft, but they shouldn’t be burnt or wrinkled. This is the right time to take them out of the smoker.
- While most of the jalapeno and other types of peppers take about 2 to 3 hours at 200 degrees F to reach the right smoking consistency, sometimes, it may take slightly longer if the peppers are big or bright green. Keep smoking until you notice that the peppers have turned soft.
- Here’s an important point to note if you’re using wood-based smokers. The type of wood you use can impact the taste of the smoked peppers. According to culinary experts, fruit woods are the best for smoking peppers and all types of vegetables. Applewood, for example, is quite mild and is a great choice for smoking peppers. You can also opt for the classic hickory or oak wood, but the smoked peppers may be slightly bold in texture in these cases.
- Once you have smoked them, please put them in tightly sealed jars or bags. Keep the bags in a dark place. If you plan to smoke in bulk quantities to last throughout the year, put away the sealed bags in the freezer, and use them whenever you want.
How to Smoke Peppers Without a Smoker
If you don’t have a smoker, you can follow these tips:
- You can create a smoker on the top of your stove if you have a large pot, steamer insert, and aluminum foil.
- Keep some aluminum foil as a lining inside the large pot and place some stovetop wood chips over these. You can get ready-made wood chips for stovetop smokers easily in almost all the supermarkets.
- Cover the chips with another layer of aluminum foil. Now, gently place the steamer insert on the foil. Keep the peppers inside the steamer, leaving enough space between them. You can smoke them in batches if your steamer insert is small.
- Cover the pot with tin foil tightly to ensure that flavors don’t escape. Now, close the pot tightly with a lid. Turn the stove on and cook on medium to high flame for 10 minutes before lowering the flame. Cook slowly on low flame for about 30 minutes, and check the status of the peppers regularly. If they have turned soft and nice, you can switch off your stovetop. Allow the pot to remain on the stove for another 10 minutes so that all the flavors seep into the peppers nicely.
You can smoke peppers to be used in different dishes in different formats.
After smoking them, you can also put them in the dehydrator for another 12 hours, so that you can powder them to be used as a flavoring agent in most of your dishes.
Smoking is an excellent way to enjoy peppers throughout the year, so why don’t you try it right now?