This is by far my favorite giveaway I’ve ever been a part of.
I’ve secretly always wanted a smoker. Such unique flavors and no real way to get that without very specific culinary equipment. But the smokers I have always come across are so large, bulky and intimidating. Including those that my Step Dad seemed to fashion on a regular basis out of abandoned aluminum items such as non-working refrigerators and ancient gym lockers.
I didn’t really want one of those eyesore monstrosities just hanging around my back yard. Clearly there was some adolescent trauma involved in my hesitation to purchase a smoker.
And then I get an email from those wonderful people over at Big Kitchen, with tales of a stovetop smoker that I can store in my pantry. They even wanted to give it to me, and give one to you. Of course, I said something along the lines of Hell Yes.
This is a fantastic option for those of you who want those great flavors of smoke without a gigantic metal object taking up residence in a remote corner of your yard.
And if you win, you can walk around your kitchen thinking, “I wonder if I can smoke that?” as you slowly realize what it must be like to live in Snoop Dogs head. Sort of.
As a girl who is constantly striving to fit into skinny jeans, I also feel compelled to point out that this little sucker crams an enormous amount of flavor into any food without adding a single calorie. And in most instances, it removes calories by rendering fat from meat. So much win.
It’s also simple to use.
Step 1: Place the base of the smoker on top of a stove burner, and add a few table spoons of woodchips in the middle of the base of the smoker
Step 2: add the drip try right on top of the pile of wood chips.
Step 3: Spray the wire rack with cooking spray and add to the top of the drip tray. Add the food to the wire rack.
Step 4: Slide the lid onto the smoker leaving a small vent. Turn the burner to medium heat (don’t turn it too high).
Step 5: once you start to see the first slight whips of smoke (about 2 minutes) use oven mitts to close the lid and start the cooking time.
A few things to remember while smoking food indoors:
- Be realistic about the fact that you are using a smoker indoors, the smell will invade your house. But it seemed to dissipate in a few hours. Run your hood fan on high while smoking.
- This gets blazing hot. Keep the hands of tiny humans far far away from this thing.
- Although this stovetop smoker was a bit smaller than I had expected, the instructions show you how to easily modify the unit to accommodate larger items, like a turkey. You can smoke a TURKEY in this thing! (Get ready for a very smoky Thanksgiving)
- You can even use this on your regular grill alongside your burgers and hot dogs.
Smoked Olive Oil & Rosemary Shrimp
¼ cup olive oil
1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
pinch of salt
½ tsp pepper
14 large raw shrimp, peeled
7, 6 inch wood skewers
2tbs Alder wood chips
In a bowl combine the olive oil, rosemary, salt and pepper. Add the shrimp and allow to marinate for 5 minutes Remove from marinade and add two shrimp to each skewer.
Smoke over alder wood chips using the above instructions for 15 minutes.
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Contest closes Thursday, August 30th. Winner will be chosen using a random number generator.
We have a winner! Congrats to Meredith #59!