Makin' Chipotles

Discussion in 'Veggies' started by ak1, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Has anyone tried to make their own chipotle peppers?
     
  2. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    How do you plan to use them? For use in a rub, or in an adobo? Red or green? Just remember, a chipotle is any type of chile pod that has been smoked and dried. Most folks just use jalapeno, but is is not limited to that type of chile.
     
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  3. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I had some green jalapeno's My plan was to make chipotle powder.
     
  4. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You can cut them in half and remove the stem, seeds, and placenta (membrane), then smoke them using a little mesquite for about 3-4 hours. Let them cool and then put them in a dehydrator at around 110°-120° until they are dry. Let them air out for a few days, then you can grind them into a powder. They must really be dry to grind, or the grinder will gum up on you. It takes quite a bit of fresh pods to make a decent amount of powder, This is for green chipotle powder, if you want red, you'll have to wait until the japs are red on the plant before starting out. but have fun.
     
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  5. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I don't have a dehydrator. Can I use the oven, or leave them to air dry?

    Here's a pic of some I threw on the smoker last night while I was making ribs.

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  6. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yes you can use the oven, keep the temp on the low side, and maybe crack the door open if needed, You can let them air dry, but it will take longer. Sounds good.
     
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  7. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thank you.

    Oh, how long should I keep them in the oven?
     
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  8. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    About 4-6 hrs., or until they break or crack in between your fingers.
     
  9. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Will do, thanks.

    BTW, lowest temp on my ovens is 170. Is that ok?
     
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  10. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Let it fly, just don't let them burn.
     
  11. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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    Now AK1 you should do everything that Rich tells you for he is a residant chili Guru here.
     
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  12. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I am definately going to have to try this! I love the smokey flavor you get from chipoltle powder, but for some reason it is hard to find in the stores around here. I have smoked jalapeno's in the past for use in salsa's and BBQ sauces and they always taste great!
     
  13. mco

    mco Smoke Blower

    AK1 if your not in a hurry for them , just sty them together ( make a rista) and let them air dry.
     
  14. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I dried some cayenne peppers last year in the oven and my lowest setting is 170F. I kept the door cracked, it took a long time, I can't remember how long, but I would pick one up and tap it, if I could hear the seeds rattling around then it was dry. I still have a few and they are so pretty! I just bought a dehydrator and have a mix of peppers in it, it is too loud!
     
  15. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    az
    when i make chipotles, after smoking them i make a puree and freeze them in ice cube trays and then seal-a-meal them for future use.
     
  16. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    Is mesquite what they are traditionally smoked with? Once my jalapenos ripen (turn red), I was wanting to make some chipotle powder from them but wasn't sure which wood to smoke with.
     
  17. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    az
    you can use what ever you like........i use pecan cuz it is what i usually have.
     
  18. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    Thanks Rob!
     
  19. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    can someone tell me exactly what the adobo sauce is? i bought a can of chipotles in adobo sauce awhile back for Wutangs sausage recipe

    and i couldn't tell if it was the chipoltle that was hot or the adobo?
     
  20. bratrules

    bratrules Smoking Fanatic

    adobo is a tomato based chili sauce its not spicy on its own cause it uses new Mexico chilies or ancho chilies am going to be make a batch of chipotles this week some time ill post the recipe when i do along with some pics.
     

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