How To Cold Smoke With Smoke Chief Cold Smoke Generator!! Now have you ever walked past an item in a store and thought I must have that??? At some point, I blinked, and an accident happened. I have no idea how the Smoke Chief jumped in my cart!!
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Yup, this Smoke Chief Cold Smoke Generator jumped right in my cart. And then what happened? A second one for my mom for Mother’s Day also jumped in. (Yes, I earned bonus good son points this year) Now I sit here and wonder how I smoked or grilled without it! Let me preface this by saying I AM NO PROFESSIONAL, I am a homegrown, self-taught, Google-searching, and recipe-modifying guy!
Now I have been dying to try cold smoking for years!! While I love my smoker, if you trying to smoke cheese in a hot smoker, it doesn’t always turn out perfect. Also, it can be hard to slow-cook meat with heat with a regular smoker. If you can’t find this in a store near you, have no fear; Amazon will save the day! Plus, when you order with Amazon Prime, the UPS man is at your door, making all your smoking dreams come true! (Don’t have Prime?? You NEED easy online shopping!!)
What Can You Cold Smoke With Smoke Chief:
What To use with Cold Smoker Generator
Seasoning– The night before smoking or a couple of hours before seasoning your meat, rub it down if needed. Now I choose not to season my cheese, but I dry rub or brine my meat and allow it to chill before smoking. Overnight rubs and brines work best, allowing the meat to absorb the flavor more. Be sure to check out the list of -> Best Grilling Seasonings.
Pick Out Your Pellets– These help season the food while the cold smoker is going. I like to use a fruity, typically apple, but I also love the Jack Daniels flavoring.
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Get Your Food Ready– Allow your item to set out at room temperature a bit to warm up and rest at room temperature. This allows it to take the seasoning and the smoke flavoring better.
How to use your cold smoker
Attach the Smoker Chief-> I love that it can easily attach to your grill, The Egg, a regular smoker, and other grilling machines. This comes with instructions for mounting to a number of different things.
Set-Up Your Cooking-> Place your items on the top rack of the grill. Then fill your Smoke Chief up with pellets. Now be careful not to overfill, as you need to be able to push the plunger down to lock it into place. Plugin the Smoke Chief and let the smoke rip!
Monitor Your Smoker-> I set the alarm to run out every 25-30 minutes and peek at it. (Let’s face it’s also to take more pictures to put on Instagram, don’t forget to follow me-> here) Then about every 20 minutes, you will need to push down the plunger to move the pellets. Also, as they burn, they must be refilled as you smoke.
If It Stops Smoking-> Use the straight rod to clean out the Smoker Chief, this will move any pellet dust out of the way and allow the smoke to start to billow again.
Cook Your Food-> If you plan to cook the food, turn the far burner low. This will allow the meat to cook at a slow pace. This slow-smoking process adds a lot of flavor to your meat. Be sure to use a meat thermometer to test the temperature of your meat before consuming it for food safety.
ENJOY!!! Yes, this is the most important part!!! These are some ribs we cold-smoked!
Tips For Storing Your Cold Smoke Generator:
Allow to cool down properly after each use (mine normally sets for at least an hour while we eat and visit)
Remove the plunger and flip everything upside down over a trash can to shake and pat out all the pellet dust. Next, wash the plunger and allow it to dry completely.
Use the rod to clean that line out of pellet dust. Then wash it and allow it to dry completely before storing it.
Store in an airtight container so no moisture gets in it.
I store mine in a container with the pellets so everything is in one spot.