The Smallest Fire I have Ever Made.

Discussion in 'Cheese' started by bbq engineer, Jan 23, 2010.

  1. bbq engineer

    bbq engineer Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have never smoked cheese, but this last weekend I had some free time and decided that I might give it a go. I bought something cheap to experiment with, and I happen to like smoked mozzarella anyway. I don’t have a smoke generator (I plan to build one…stay tuned for that) so I will be using the 2 to three briquette system and see how this goes.

    Here is the victim…

    I put this on a small rack to put in my smoker. I did this so the cheese wouldn’t be sitting on a greasy smoker rack.

    It was about 35° degrees outside, and the smoker had set outside overnight, so it was cold too.

    To make sure that the insulated cabinet didn’t hold heat, I filled the water pan with snow.

    This is the smallest fire I have ever built…three briquettes and a small piece of cherry wood. I alternated small pieces of apple and cherry for the duration of the smoke. I had to refresh the briquettes several times.

    Make no mistake…this small fire produced a good deal of smoke. I was impressed.

    Here is the Mozz sitting in some thin blue…

    This is the final smoked cheese…

    I put the cheese in a food saver bag and vacuum sealed it for a week…This will let the cheese mellow and “absorb” the smoke throughout. I just cut some off and tried it…IT IS FANTASIC! I can’t believe that I have paid top dollar for smoked cheese when it is this easy to make at home. If you haven’t tried to smoke your own, I strongly suggest that you give it a go.
  2. dirt guy

    dirt guy Smoking Fanatic

    Nicely done! Panning up some snow sounds like a great idea to keep the temps right.
  3. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Now that you have this figured out try the mozarella packed in water. You dont have to wait a week to taste and what a fantastic taste. Just leave it out for a couple of hours to get a skin on the outside. You will love it
  4. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks great dana....That size fire is how i smoke my peppers....When i started doing it years ago it really gave me appreciation of how little smoke it takes to get flavor etc....

    Gotta give you some[​IMG]for the snow....[​IMG]
  5. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    No truer words have ever been spoken [​IMG]
  6. the iceman

    the iceman Smoking Fanatic

    When I saw this thread I thought you were using the "Iron Maiden" for the smoke. [​IMG]

    Nice work. [​IMG]
  7. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Great idea on the snow! Maybe I can smoke in the summer after all on the UDS.[​IMG]

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