Ice Cream! Will it BBQ?

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    Smoked Ice Cream

    Will it BBQ? Ice Cream!

    In this segment we pose the question and the answer to Will it BBQ? So much more than just hamburgers, hot dogs, and other meats can be BBQ'd, Grilled, or Smoked. And, this is where we try out unique ideas for cooking on a grill or smoker. This week we are BBQ'ing Ice Creamand letting you know if it will BBQ or not!!

    Smoked Vanilla Ice Cream

    Prep Time

    5 Minutes

    Cook Time

    5 Minutes


    Ice Cream of your choice
    Smoke Chips or Hickory Smoke Powder

    Utensils Needed

    Smoking cabinet
    Flip Professional Smoke Box


    Austin and I have been working our way through some suggestions from our Meatgistics and Youtube viewers and today we decided it was time to try Smoking Ice Cream!

    We cold smoked the ice cream in a Weston 36" Vertical Smoker with the Cameron’s Flip Professional Smoke Box with Pecan Wood Chips. We tried two different Ice Creams, Artisan Vanilla Bean and a Peanut Butter & Candy one.

    We wanted to make sure we did not oversmoke them so we did it for just 5-10 minutes to see what taste that would give us. We set the Smoke Box all the way on the bottom shelf and the Ice Cream on the top shelf to make sure that it was as far away from a potential heat source as possible. We also made sure to do it on a cold day to try to prevent as much melting as we could.

    Once we were done with testing the actual smoked Ice Cream we added some hickory smoke powder to the left overs that we hadn’t smoked to see what that would give us!

    Watch the Video to found out how it went!

    So, Will it BBQ?

    This was the best “experiment” we have tried yet! It was amazing, the Vanilla was a little bit better since it really allowed the smoked flavor to shine through but both were very good. The Hickory Smoke Powder was a great and easy way to add smoke flavor without having to set up the smoker!

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    I am about to try a bit different method of doing smoked ice cream, but this might interest you for any liquid you try to smoke… I am using my smoke daddy cold smoker powered by an aquarium pump… I have attached a piece of tubing to the output of the smoker and attached an aquarium airstone to the end of the tubing… The airstone will be placed in the bottom of a container of ice cream mix (not yet frozen)… I have not determined length of smoke or type of wood to use… but after smoking I’ll pour the mixture into the ice cream freezer, agitate and chill till ready…

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    @raider2119 Oh wow, you are going to an entire new level of this! The only advice I would give is to stay with a milder smoke, I’d stick to the fruitwood/pecan side of the spectrum, Hickory or Mesquite might have a little too strong a flavor to them. Just my opinion but I think it is good advice. Make sure you take and post some pics!

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    Hey guys, took me a little while to get everything together (actually means it took a while till I cleared enough out of the freezer so the GF will let me put new stuff in)… but I’m going to be trying the IC smoking method detailed above…

    Im going with just straight vanilla right now as a baseline, and will do small batches (have to read the IC maker instructions, want to just do a pint each), with apple, alder, cherry and maple… see what each one tastes like…

    I’ve got a couple of questions for you guys…
    While I’ll be using the cold smoker, it’s still going to be warm to hot smoke that I’m going to infuse into the liquid dairy mix… so… what are your thoughts on the following:

    1. should I make a small worm out of copper tubing and set it in an ice bath to chill the smoke before it is introduced to the batch?
    2. should I use a bit of #1 cure in the batch since it does contain dairy products and they will probably get fairly warm…

    Thanks guys!

  • @raider2119 I would think you shouldn’t have to worry as long as you stay under 2 hours smoke and Do a fast chill when done.

  • Walton's Employee

    @raider2119 I’d say before you go and make something to chill the smoke I’d try it first just with the smoke source as far away as possible and see what happens, if you have problems then try to create something? Unless of course you want to create something, then by all means tinker away!

    As for the cure, I would say no, don’t add any sure cure to it. It’s not designed for use with dairy products and I don’t think it is going to give you much protection and it could throw off your process.

    Making small batches at first is the right way to go, I imagine this process is going to take some experimenting to get right but when you do I am willing to bet it will be amazing!

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    A recipe that i have says to soak the hog casings in white vinegar and water. My question is, “what does the vinegar do for the casing?”

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    @parksider Thanks. I did all that. I stuffed them tight twisted the tops down tight and secured them with twist ties. I’m going out right now to try again. Thanks for the tips!

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    Sitting at the beach on vacation my mind has time to wander…when you’re done stuffing give them a good twist to compact the meat. I’ve also give up on string tying I use zip ties and yes I wash them most of the time. We have zip tie loops that we’ll zip tie to the casings, makes hanging so much easier then just reuse the loops. That should help with the shrinkage issue.

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    You may not have stuffed them enough. Sometimes it hard to stuff the larger casings and if it’s not tight the may cause the shrinking during the cooling process. Those cases are extremely durable don’t be afraid to stuff them.

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