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Discussion in 'Fruit, Nuts & Vegetables' started by patcap, Aug 20, 2009.

  1. Here's my 2nd official smoke. This time I am smoking eggs again, hopefully better than last time, but I am also smoking some peppers. Not ABT's, but the whole peppers. I have some habeneros and some jalapenos. I really like to make my own pepper vinegar, so I decided to try it with the peppers smoked. Just put them on about 25 minutes ago, so we'll see how it turns out.
     
  2. got14u

    got14u Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    good luck with your smoke. I will be checking back in to see some more. I would like to hear what you do with or how you make your vinegar
     
  3. Well, after an hour it looked like the peppers were done, so i pulled them off.



    Making the vinegar is easy. If you don't want to smoke the peppers it's even easier. buy whatever peppers you want to use and make sure they're clean. If you want you could cut them in half, but I just leave them whole. Get a mason jar and make sure it's good and clean. put the peppers in the jar. Heat up your plain white vinegar. You don't have to boil it, just make sure it's hot. Pour the vinegar in the jar and seal it with the lid. Let it cool and put it up. Now its just a waiting game. I would wait a few days at least to let the pepper flavor infuse in the vinegar. The longer it sits the better it gets!!!! I use the vinegar in gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, spaghetti, chili, etc... When the vinegar runs out you can just heat up some more and fill it back up.

    If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.
     
  4. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The Vinegar sounds interesting, I may try to make some...[​IMG]
     
  5. It's a staple here in Southern Louisiana, kinda like tobasco and roux!! LOL
     
  6. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Do you just put the peppers in whole or do you make them like a mash?

    I would love a good recipe for making my own Hot Sauce without tomatoes just Peppers & Spices & Vinegar...
     
  7. I just put them in whole. It's more about the flavored vinegar than about the peppers themselves. I don't know a whole lot about making hot sauce. I know the tobasco brand is fairly simple in process. You mash it up, add vinegar, and put it in white oak barrels topped with salt for a few years until it ferments.
     
  8. Okay, I put the peppers in the jars, heated up the vinegar, poured it in the jars and sealed them. Now it's "hurry up and wait".
     
  9. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    When you are all done do you just throw your peppers away?
    Hope you make them into some form of sauce of salsa, no reason to toss perfectly good smoked peppers.
     
  10. I just leave them in the jar and keep refilling it with warm vinegar. I keep them until the acidity of the vinegar finally dissolves them. I've had them last for years in the cabinet.

    Keep in mind guys that this is the first time I've smoked the peppers first, this is completely experimental. For all I know the vinegar will taste like sheep dung, so try this version at your own risk until I can get the final result. To be on the safe side, just put them in the vinegar raw for the time being!!!!
     
  11. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That looks really good and easy. Matbe I might just try that but it's gonna be hard not to try to make salsa like Rivet.
     
  12. I hear ya!! I think you'll like it especially once it ages. Patients is the key with this. You have to let it sit before it gets really good. I made it once before with habeneros and I was surprised to find that the peppers gave the vinegar a slightly sweet taste. Don't get me wrong the heat was there, but not as much as I would have thought.[​IMG]
     
  13. Patcap just wondering what kind of smoker you are using? Can't really tell by the pic...
     
  14. My smoker is custom built. Here's a photo.
     
  15. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice smoker...[​IMG]

    I guess I will try the vinegar with raw peppers and wait to see how the smoked ones worked from your experiment...[​IMG]
     
  16. Thank You. I'll let you know how it turns out as soon as I do. If the bell peppers I smoked the same day are any indication, the vinegar will be outstanding!!
     
  17. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hey thanks Mballi, and you're right Pat....smoking them does make them "sweeter" and mellows out the heat.

    For my salsa I steep the peppers in apple cider vinegar for a month which then I use -peppers and vinegar- in the making of the salsa.
     
  18. Oh, I never thought about using apple cider vinegar!!!! Maybe I'll try that next time.....YUM!!
     
  19. I just tried my pepper vinegar and I was really happy with the way it turned out. I broke it open a little early, but it seems that the smoking of the peppers helped the flavor infuse in the vinegar more quickly and really brought out the sweetness. I would recommend smoking the peppers first!
     
  20. the iceman

    the iceman Smoking Fanatic

    That sounds fantastic. [​IMG] I've bookmarked this one.

    A question for you Patcap, once done, do you refigerate it or just leave it on the shelf?
     

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