Chocolate and Candy! Will it BBQ?
Will it BBQ? Chocolate and Candy!
With Halloween right around the corner we wanted to see what would happen if we took some chocolate and cold smoked it. Once I got to the store though I saw some other candy and decided grab some of that as well!
Chocolate of your choice
Candy of your choice
InstructionsTake whatever Chocolate or other Candy you want to try to add a smoke flavor to and put it in a foil pan. Since the Chocolate and some of the Candies might melt you are better off trying to do a cold smoke. I used the Amaze-N-Tube Smoker and filled it with Hickory Pellets, I then used a propane torch to get them light and put them in our smoker with no heat. I let them sit in the smoker for an hour and kept the smoldering pellets as far away from the candy as possible.
So, Will it BBQ?
Some of you are going to think we are crazy for even trying this but the Reeses Peanutbutter Cups, the Hershey’s with Almonds and the Snickers all came out really tasty! Picked up a good amount of smoke but wasn’t overpowering, similar to what you get with a s’mores if you held your marshmallows over a fire. We also did Peach Rings, Gummy Bears and Candy Corns to see how they would do, really I just wanted some Candy! The peach rings were really good, they tasted a lot like a grilled peach, the Gummy Bears were alot better without the smoke and the candy corns are disgusting no matter what! We also did some gum just to see what would happen, they did not pick up much smoke and the small amount that was picked up did not add anything good to the gum.
Shop Walton’s for Weston 30 in Vertical Smoker
Broil King Baron S440 Gas Grill
H Summer Sausage Seasoning
There is not much to the process. After I combine the meat and spices (I have been using about 2% salt with cure # 2 @ 1 teaspoon per 5lbs of meat) then stuff it into natural hog casings, I put it in the basement to hang for abut 6 weeks. The humidity is low, so it dries out about half it s weight by then, maybe a little bit less.
Then we eat it. I have only had one hollow batch so far and i think that may be the stuffing issue or maybe the very low humidity combined with temps of around 42 degrees. The good batches came out when the humidity was a little higher and the temperature stayed around 58 degrees.
@jonathon thanks man
@lamurscrappy I did not, I put it in the fridge as soon as I water bathed it. The casings were pre stuck
Thanks: I see for hams they call soaking for3-5 days brining and the bacon recipe calls it pickling. Both mean the same? Thanks for the help
@scottwaltner Your meat block and smoking schedule sound fine so it doesn’t appear to be that. You say you water bathed them, was it ice water? Also what @RickHeb said is true, they need to sit out at room temp for an hour after the ice bath and then sit in the cooler overnight befire vacuum packing them.
Last thing, were your fibrous casings pre-stuck? If they werent this very well could happen?
@jonathon I used 15 pounds elk and 5 pounds pork butt. No binder.