Smoked Salt with dried ground Jalopenos

Discussion in 'Sauces, Rubs & Marinades' started by scarbelly, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have been thinking about doing this for a while now and finally got some time to give it a try.  I got some jalopenos and let them turn red and sat them in the window to dry out. We get a lot of sun in the kitchen window so in about a week they were completely dehydrated. 

    I was smoking some mozzarella for guests coming tomorrow and decided to throw in a pan of Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt.  I have tried both the Morton's and the Diamond and I think the Diamond dissolves better.  I also threw about 6 of the dried jalopenos on top of the salt to see if they might pick up any smoke- they did not. Next time I will smoke them first then dehydrate.

    I left the salt and peppers in for about 3 hours. The salt took on a great smokey fragrance which is what I was hoping for.  I cut the peppers into small pieces, removed the seeds and ground them in my spice grinder. A word of caution here. Wait for a minute or so before opening the grinder - if you open right away, you are going to be breathing jalopeno dust. I thankfully remembered reading this somewhere and avoided that mistake. 

    Once ground, I mixed the pepper with an equal amount of the salt. Test run on some tomato slices was mighty tasty. Not too much heat and the smokey salt is awesome.

    Almost forgot to take a pic of he japs and salt after smoking 

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    Here is the ground mixed smoked jalopeno salt in a ramekin ready for me to put into a shaker

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    Thanks for looking 
     
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great idea! I'm still wanting to smoke some salt & adding japs to it would really suit our taste buds!
     
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    This has to go on the to do list...This going on your Spicy Nuts? [​IMG]...JJ
     
  4. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Jalapeno Salt?

    Now that's on my bucket list!

    Great Job Scar!

    Todd
     
  5. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    No - those get Chipotle and Garlic.  This might get a run in some Bloody Mary's and on some Huevos Rancheros 
     
  6. boykjo

    boykjo SAUSAGE MAKER Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    awesome gary....... [​IMG]

    joe
     
  7. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Gary this is a cool idea  or a hot idea
     
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2011
  8. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    What an Awesome idea!!!

    See what a retired brain can do after it has time to rest !!!!

    Great post Scar !!!

    Bear
     
  9. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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    Awesome again Gary
     
  10. kydave

    kydave Smoke Blower

    Sweet...

    I mean Salty...

    I, I, I mean peppery, no smoky. 

    Wait I got it... GREAT!

    Will definitely give this a go! And gives me idea... smoked garlic, dried and powdered. Oh yeah!
     

  11. now thats an idea I can get on board with, nice work!
     
  12. big twig

    big twig Smoking Fanatic

    Now that's some salt I would use all of the time, great idea!
     
  13. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I think I will try that. I still have Japs growing on the vine here as well as some serranos...I wonder if I could smoke then and then let them dry out ?  

    Sure looks good and I like hot stuff.
     
  14. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That is exactly what I am going to do with the next batch. I doubt that they will take on much smoke since they will be dehydrated in the end. The salt provides a nice smokey flavor to the mix
     
  15. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member


    I'm going to give it a try too this weekend. Might try cutting them in half and devein and de-seed them so more surface area is exposed to the smoke. I can just imagine the flavor. Makes one want to get creative with other types of peppers or veggies too.
     
  16. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    az
    that's my kinda salt! i dry and smoke mine at the same time........i just put them in the vertical with amzn smoker and i just let them go for about 24 hrs or until they dry out.
     
  17. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member


    Good Idea..no, Great Idea !
     
  18. beanyray

    beanyray Fire Starter

    Great idea! I may try this next year with cayenne out of the garden.
     
  19. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have smoked both salt and jalapenos, but never together. I have never ground the jalapeno yet ether. I have got to give that a try.
     

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