Cashews! Will It BBQ?
Will it BBQ? Cashews!
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 Cashews and letting you know if it will BBQ or not!
InstructionsPlace cashews in a bowl and coat evenly with olive oil, or oil of your choice. Now sprinkle on your seasoning of choice. We decided to try Salt and Vinegar Wingshake and the Cajun Rub. Now lay them out on a single level of a Non-Stick Mesh Basket, or another non-stick surface, and place in your smoking chamber as far from the smoke as possible. We wanted to have the Cashews retain as much of the creaminess as possible so we decided to cold smoke these. We used the Flip Professional Smoke Box and some Hickory Wood Chips to provide smoke but add as little heat as possible.
So, Will it BBQ?
This would be a definite yes. The two different flavors offered wildly different tastes but both were delicious. The Salt and Vinegar ones had more upfront taste and they had a nice caramelized style coating on them from what little heat did get to them. The Cajun ones didn’t have a strong taste at first but had a very pleasant warmth to them that worked well with the smoke and the creaminess of the cashews. Since we did this a week ago I have already made a large batch of this at my house and my wife and I love them!
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@jonathon are the non-stick baskets available at Walton’s? Looks like they would be good for cold smoking cheese.
Here is a link to a website that has a handy Excel spreadsheet. It is, as it says a free non-commercial site.
As for Waltons dropping the ball, I vote they are doing a great job.
I think for all of us there are general guidelines, but unless you have a temperature and humidity controlled environment, both for the preparation, cooking (if you cook them) smoking, hanging etc, the results are bound to vary from batch to batch.
Personally, I am searching how to get my home made smoked and dry cured pepperoni to the exact texture and firmness of Margarita pepperoni from the store.
Through trial and error I have the flavor where I want it, but not the texture or firmness. I know time, temperature and humidity are all crucial, but the best I can do is in the basement and then subject to the environment that is there.
I figure as long as I am not killing anyone or making anyone sick I am making progress. Thanks Waltons for all of the great information so far.
Having said that, it would be nice to have your chart in an Excel spreadsheet.
Thanks Jonathon! One question tho! You eluded to 178 being high for a temp! Don’t you guys recommend setting the temp at 175 during the final stage to completion to internal temp? Three degrees shouldn’t make that much difference should it??
Sounds reasonable. Thanks for your input. Pulling the meat at 152 will make a big difference I bet! Thanks again.
@Kinger Thanks for the information. Your process, other than going to 178, is on in my mind. The only thing I do differently is an ice bath for 20 minutes. Showering for 10 minutes, if you are running a cycle and a fan in your smoker can work, but I still think an ice bath would bring it down faster and more. Last time I did thick summer sausage it was down to 110 in 20 minutes, I also tried showering it at 2 minutes on 2 minutes off for 20 minutes and it was only down to 136 (ish) but i did not have a fan running on them.
One more thing you might want to try, if you are stalled towards the end you can finish them up by putting them in a vacuum bag (I have done then hot, right from the smoker, some condensation in the bag but it still gets a good vac) and get some water going at around 165, it should get up to temp in under an hour depending on the thickness.
@Newbe There might be some breaking down of the meat but this shouldnt cause you too many issues. I have bought pork butts fresh, then froze them then processed and froze the product again. The taste might not be the BEST possible but it certainly wont be bad.
@vjbutler no problem let us know