Smoking dried red peppers

Discussion in 'Veggies' started by bluewhisper, Oct 19, 2016.

  1. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    This is my second time smoking dried red peppers. This isn't smoking with heat to cook, nor quite cold smoking. The peppers come out crispy but not toasted.

    First, the smoker awaits with a new heat deflector duct. That's HVAC duct, drilled for ventilation and heat distribution. It just slips right in.

    The peppers on the left were from a Mexican store; they must have been weighed out from a bigger bag because the individual bags had nothing on them but weight and price in marking pen. The peppers on the right were from a Burmese store. They're a little bit larger and a darker red, and much hotter.

    I started a fire of chunky mesquite with a stick of maple. I was shooting for more smoke than heat.

    This is the kind of thick white plume I avoid for smoking meat, but for this job I wanted a strong, tangy, heavy smoke flavor to stand up to the pepper heat. BTW this was handy for keeping the flies away.

    I let the peppers smoke for about 45 minutes, which left them crisp but not toasted (much).

    Here's the final result, after breaking the pods open to spill the seeds (they went to a bird feeder mix) and running them through a blender and a coarse sieve. The sieve lets the powder through but captures most of the seed and coarse flake.

    The powder makes a smoked paprika with a kick. I used some of the coarse to flavor a bottle of vinegar, turning it dark red like tomato juice.

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  2. I grow my own peppers, dehydrate them then pulverize them.  I also "strain" mine to separate the powder from the chips and seeds.  I'll put the chips back into the blender to see what else I can get out of them.

    I'm still searching how to smoke them (better).

    I have my last pickings of peppers ready to go, but not a smoke scheduled.  I may have to use the gas grill instead of firing up the WSM.
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2016
  3. redheelerdog

    redheelerdog Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Nice peppers, and nice smoke pics, I love that kind of stuff. Good job.
  4. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great idea and quview. Points!

  5. rlj3rd

    rlj3rd Fire Starter

    A trio I smoke, Pasilla. Jalapeno, and Fresno's. I smoke them for an hour to two, then dry them in a dehydrator, blend them and finish them in a burr mill grinder. Makes for a wicked chili powder.

    Last edited: Oct 25, 2016
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  6. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    This is from a few years ago, fresh Indiana habaneros on the old New Braunfels direct I used to have.

  7. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I did it again, pretty much the same thing. Here are some pics of other parts of the process.

    The 1960s blender on the patio workbench ...

    ... and what it does

    Sifting the peppers through a coarse sieve

  8. meateater22

    meateater22 Newbie

    I'm using oven to make my own dry pepper. I have my own peppers, homegrown 100% free of any chemicals and poison. Done the same with tomato. cut it on quarters put them on trays and keep it all day outside and use sun to dry them out. awesome you should try it guys ( sun-dried tomato). perfect for pizza salads and soups.
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2017
  9. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Sounds real good!

    Since I see this is your first post.

    Would  you swing by "Roll Call" & introduce yourself.

    Then we can all welcome you to SMF!

  10. ab canuck

    ab canuck Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Wow looks good, I never thought of doing that with peppers. We don't get a great asst. of peppers here. Seasonal we get a few of the southern ones but not always...
  11. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  12. droppens

    droppens Newbie

    Hit the jackpott on this thread! Amazing tips, pics and I can't wait to get my own peppars done! thank you for sharing guys! :) 


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