Cherry Wood Smoked Marcona Almonds
Smoke several cans of those great Marcona Almonds with a little cherry wood for 20 minutes at 190º F. Then turn off the smoker and leave them in for another hour. They are addicting! Give away some for a midsummer gift.
You can spread them out on your seafood grill or punch holes in a disposable aluminum rectangle pan. We have smoked nuts with both
and they turn out fabulous.
Having a few warm nuts right out of your smoker is one of life's small pleasures!
Mixing Meats in your SmokinTex
We get a lot of questions about mixing products you are smoking so here are a few of our do's and don't's and maybes.
Fish and Anything:
We don't really like mixing fish with anything else. You can mix different types of fish but not with other kinds of meat.
Pork and Beef or Chicken:
We like the pork on top and the beef or chicken on the lower shelves. Our taste testers like that pork dripping flavor on everything; but if you put your ribs or pork butts to one side and the beef or chicken on the other side you can minimize the pork drippings effect on the lower shelved product if that's what you want.
The different temperatures and time of the product then come into play. First, if you open the door add 30 minutes
to the cooking time.
Cook at the higher recommended temperature:
For example, the chicken is recommended at 225º F so if you put the chicken in at the beginning set your temp at 225º F until the chicken is done. When you remove the chicken set the temp to the recommended temp for the brisket or pork for the remainder of the cook cycle.
The other way is to put your least time product in at the end of the cooking cycle. For example, if you had brisket in for say a 14-hour cooking cycle at 190º - 200º F and you wanted to have your chicken or ribs ready at the same time simply put the chicken or ribs in so that they will be in there for the last part of the cooking cycle. Remember to add about 20 minutes when you open the door. Don't add wood because it's dangerous and you'll still get that smoky flavor we all love using what wood you put in initially.
Always reserve the top shelves for your veggies. We always time their entry into the smoker so they are done at the same time as the meat. For example, if we did our 14-hour brisket and wanted to make some of those fabulous smoked baked potatoes, we'd put them in the smoker on the top shelf 4 to 5 hours before our brisket was done. Same with corn in the husk, smoked tomatoes, squash and almost any other veggie.
Always smoke alone, no mixing.Meat:
Pork on top shelves and move product to one side or the other to minimize flavor transfer -- if you want to minimize it -- but we like that pork taste.Poultry:
Always on lower shelves with mixed product.Veggies:
Always on upper shelves.
Enjoy your smoker! Experiment and find what's best for you and share your successes with your fellow SmokinTex
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