Cold smoked salsa

Discussion in 'Side Items' started by wutang, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. wutang

    wutang Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Since I had to smoker going at low temps the other day for a cheese smoke, I thought I would try something different. I cold smoked the veggies for making salsa.

    Here is a few tomatoes, onion, garlic, orange bell pepper and a couple jalapenos.

    Cold smoked at temps in the 80's with apple wood while the cheese was in the smoker for about 1 1/2 hours.

    Diced everything up and added the juice of a lime and some fresh chopped cilantro. I did not smoke the lime or cilantro because I wanted those flavors to be veryfresh/crisp in the salsa.

    The salsa did not immediately have a strong smoke flavor, but after a few days in the fridge it was more noticeable. All in all this is something I would do again if I was cold smoking something else, but probably wouldn't set up to cold smoke just for salsa alone. Maybe I am just lazy. [​IMG]
  2. azrocker

    azrocker Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    What a unique concept. I might have to take that on with my big kahuna. Maybe some mesquite throw in some chipoltes? Very interesting concept!
  3. smoke freak

    smoke freak StickBurners

    Your salsa ingrediants dont need cold smoked. They can take a hot smoke for a short whle and they will take on more smokey flavor. Just dont over cook them. If you do just puree them and have a nice smokey sauce...
  4. cruizer

    cruizer Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Great idea! I think I would keep the holes plugged in the bottom of the pan to save the juices. Unless they were dripping on my butt. [​IMG]
  5. fired up

    fired up Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Great idea!
  6. teacup13

    teacup13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    i just cold smoked some habaneros - 130*F for 3 hours... cherry/alder wood mix..

    no immediate color change but you can taste the mild smoke flavors.. this will definately make some interesting hot sauce


  7. wutang

    wutang Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    You are right that they didn't NEED cold smoked-but I was smoking some cheese and I was gonna make salsa it seemed like something worth trying.

    Sounds pretty good to me. I like the idea.

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