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Mesquite Smoked Salt

Pepper Monkey BBQPepper Monkey BBQ Posts: 652
edited 3:39PM in EggHead Forum
We've talked about smoking salt for a very long time. Every time we are in a spice store and see alder, hickory or mesquite smoked salt we talk about it again ... but this time we did it!

First crafted three salt 'trays' out of pan splatter screens. Had to cut the handle off so it wouldn't melt. Using these 'tray's allows for the salt to smoke on the top and bottom of the salt pile and the course salt seemed to smoke all the way through.

Used three different types of sea salt to see which came out best. The course stuff certainly seems like the route to take.

Filled the egg with charcoal and mesquite, also put a drip pan full of water and mesquite on top of my pizza stone that I was using for the indirect cook. I'd read on a blog that having extra moisture would allow the smoke to bond to the salt more. Not sure if it helped, but it worked! Smoked it at 190 degrees for 24 hours. Salt came out good and smokey and is now sealed up in glass jars.
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PIcture hanging wire and the screen. Ready to cut the handle off.

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You can see the picture hanging wire wrapped around the wire frame. Was not sure if it would spread out once I wacked the handle off so this was preventative.

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Seemed to work! One down, two to go!

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Three screens, three different sea salts.

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Egg full of mesquite and a drip pan full of water and wood chips.

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Adjustable rig with three levels of salt. I rotated them at the 12 hour (half way) point.

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CyberQ set up to ensure I'd stay at 190 overnight.

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Unsmoked salt next to the smoked salt. Success!

Comments

  • smoky bsmoky b Posts: 648
    very cool! i've been wanting to try it too.
  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 8,286
    Great use of the screens. a few months ago I did 3 layers of hickory salt, but I had to stir it every 4-6 hours for 36 hours. The screens would have made the project less trouble.

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  • The screens worked pretty well. I think my biggest lesson learned on this batch was that I should have gone heavier on the smoke. I was a bit light with it because it was mesquite, but more would have been better.

    Joel
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