Helpful Kitchen Tips from Kitchen Conservatory

Tips for Best Results with a Stovetop Smoker

Using the Stovetop Smoker 

To prepare the smoker, line the drip pan with aluminum foil, which will make clean-up a breeze.

 

Place no more than 2 tablespoons of smoking dust powder (only the dust will work in the stovetop smoker) in the bottom of the smoker. DO NOT MOISTEN THE DUST!

Place the rack on top of lined drip pan and place items to be smoked on rack.

Insert probe thermometer into meat.

 

Cover with lid and place on the stovetop on high heat until you see wisps of smoke.

Turn heat down to low and start timing.

 

The smoker cooks slower on electric stove-tops. When using an electric stove-top the cooking time will need to be increased by 5 minutes. The stovetop smoker does not work on electric smooth-top stoves.

 

type of meat

minutes smoking
on the stovetop

minutes resting
off the heat

chicken breast

20

10-20

pork chops thick

20

10-20

pork chops thin

10

10

flank steak

10-15

10-15

strip steaks

10 rare/20 well

10-20

pork tenderloin

20

10-20

salmon fillets

10

10

shrimp

2

5

 

meat

smoking time
on stove-top

Temperature
of the oven

smoking time
in oven

picnic or butt roast

10 

300° 

4 hours

pork ribs

10

250° 

2 hours

beef ribs

10

350° 

2 hours

 

Wood flavor - use for:

 

  • Alder (mild) - seafood, poultry
  • Apple (fruity, sweet) - pork, poultry, fish, lamb, game
  • Cherry (rich and fruity) - duck, poultry, game
  • Corncob (slightly sweet) - poultry, pork, shellfish, vegetables
  • Hickory (strong, hearty) - bacon, pork ribs, turkey, chicken, fish, beef
  • Maple (mildly smoky and sweet) - poultry, ham, game meats, cheese, vegetables
  • Mesquite (Southwestern) - chile peppers, tomatoes, onions (for a smoky salsa), meats, fish, poultry. (Be careful - it can turn bitter during long cooking.)
  • Oak (slightly milder than hickory) - beef, cheese, vegetables, fish, shellfish, poultry, lamb, pork
  • Oak, Bourbon-Soaked – beef, pork, poultry
  • Pecan (mellow) - cheese, vegetables, fish, pork, game, lamb

 

 


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