Christmas presents....

Discussion in 'Cheese' started by inkjunkie, Dec 13, 2015.

  1. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Going to smoke some Colby/Monterey Jack for a couple of friends. Gonna hit it with some cold Maple smoke in the XL BGE. Already have the Sea Salt & Black Peppercorns smoked, hit them with 24 hours of smoke.
  2. Yes!!! Your on the right track there. What greater gift than something that is hand crafted or processed specifically for the recipients. I hope your friends and family realize just how lucky they are. Merry Christmas!
  3. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sounds like a winner! Have you done maple on cheese before? If so I'd like to hear your thoughts on it I'm planning maple for my next batch of cheese.
  4. smokesontuesday

    smokesontuesday Smoking Fanatic

    Just put in a load of Colby, Pepper Jack, and Extra Sharp Cheddar for the same reason. Thought I'd go all out this year and pretty much everyone on the gift list is getting 1/4 pound of each cheese, 1/4 pound of smoked pecans, a pint of homemade bbq sauce, and 1/4 pound of summer sausage. Now I just need to decide on some crackers to include in the baskets.
  5. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Sure beats giving folks a gift card...Merry Christmas to you and yours...

    I had a sinus infection, on and off for almost my entire 15 years I loved in AZ. This kinda killed off my taste buds. While I can taste the smoke flavor I can't taste the difference between one smoke flavor and another.

    Smoked Pecans....hmmm....the wife really loves Almonds. Perhaps I need to do some reading on smoking nuts...and thanks for the idea....a friend complimented me on my BBQ sauce...I know what I will be giving him for Christmas
  6. smokesontuesday

    smokesontuesday Smoking Fanatic

    I'm not a big fan of smoked almonds (the only smoked nut I'd had before I came here) but my uncle has a pecan grove so I always have pecans around. I had about five pounds that had been in the freezer a couple years so I figured they were something easy to throw in with a batch of cheese one day and if they were nasty then they could be tossed anyway. They're delicious.

    I smoke cheese with a mix of pecan, hickory, and apple so that's what I smoked the pecans with too. Guess I need to branch out and see what different smoke does to them.

    It's gotten to the point now that I have to keep some around because my wife puts them instead of unsmoked pecans in Chex mix.
  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Good Christmas gifts for sure. This is the first year in over a decade that we aren't doing a smoked food gift basket. If I was I'd definitely be adding this recipe.its become one of the most requested for sure. #1 though has always been smoked salmon. These are very addicting and a batch doesn't last long!

    Scarbelly's Sweet Spicy nuts:
  8. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Thanks for the link, subscribed to it so I can give it a try. Ernie has seen smoked nuts in a couple of stores but refuses to pay the ridiculous price they want. Neither one of us is a fish eater, but if given the opportunity to try smoked salmon I would. Thanks again for the link...
  9. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice... I didn't do cheese, but I lightly smoked some pink Himalayan rock salt with apple wood, and more heavily smoked some kosher salt with hickory. Then I mixed the kosher salt with some smoked habanero powder I made a few months back.

    I may have to do some cheese as well, definitely be a hit with the family!
  10. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    I smoked of that very salt for a buddy. I have never had it smoked...
  11. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yeah... the pink salt didn't take on much smoke, but the kosher salt came out great.
  12. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    while back I smoked some seal salt rocks....picked up a lot of color...
  13. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

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