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Smoking Chillies

 
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My main crop this year has been chillies. I have a small yard / garden at the house I rent, so everything is in containers. So far I have:

1) Chopped chillies and frozen
2) Brine pickled
3) Dried
4) Dried and ground to make chilli powder

What I would really like to do is create a smoked dried chilli like chipotle but  I didn't grow jalapeƱo. Has anyone tried this with other chillies?
 
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if you google " how to make chipotle" smoking and drying the peppers preserves them for long term storage. and a way to have a fantastic variation from fresh peppers.
 
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Edward, I am under the impression that any chili or any pepper can be smoked.

Here are some threads that explain how to smoke peppers:

https://permies.com/t/58286/kitchen/Smok-Hot-Peppers-information-making#494697

https://permies.com/t/50360/Chili-harvest-questions-harvesting-seeking#503601

I hope these offers some assistance.
 
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I have bought smoked peppers besides chipotles- I want to say guajillos? They are just marvelous. I hope you get a great smoky harvest!

(we make our own chili crisp sauce, Lao Gan Ma type stuff, and those guiajillos are an important component, alongside the Chinese dried chilis I use. Highly recommended for that or red chili oil)
 
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Thanks for the links Anne - just the reassurance I was looking for.  Bruce, I did do a bit of searching but I find google so broken these days and that's why I love this place because everyone is so helpful in providing real world experience rather than search engine, ad target content.

Thanks Tereza - I have a ton of Chinese Chillies - I grow them as ornamentals, the bushes are so pretty with so many different colours. I've made something similar to Lao Gan Ma in the past. I've recently discovered Gochuchang and will try and make my own version. I like my chilli sauces to have depth and complexity, not just heat.
 
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Sure, I dry and smoke most any pepper if I have too much to use fresh and plenty already pickled.  I tie them by the stem on long strings, far enough apart so they do not touch, and hang them anywhere convenient in the house.  Jalapenos are actually the hardest to dry without molding.  So, regardless the variety, as they turn red or darken and are at least half dry, I put them on the smoker with some oak and hickory and give them a hot smoke.  That preserves the peppers perfectly, yielding a slightly chewy texture and bringing out the sweetness.  Then, I store them in lidded jars to keep the good, smoky scent.  
 
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im sorry mr Norton , I actually did a bunch a bunch of searching and reading about smoking peppers a couple weeks ago and google got me to some excellent write ups. but I dont remember them verbatim so didn't even want to try. ive never done it ive only smoked fish and meats so didn't think it appropriate for me to tell you how its done.
 
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No worries Bruce! I just get disheartened using google . . . I admire your ninja skills.
 
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Some of what I have read and it might have been in the links I posted, is to smoke the peppers before you dry them.

That might actually work to keep jalapenos from molding.
 
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Anne Miller wrote:Some of what I have read and it might have been in the links I posted, is to smoke the peppers before you dry them.

That might actually work to keep jalapenos from molding.



That is probably a good idea, especially for jalapenos.  I usually just pick a few each day as they are ripe though, and it is easier to dry them to varying degrees, then smoke them in one big batch.
 
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This year I have been smoking jalapenos, serrano, beaver dam, and cayenne peppers.  The flavor is amazing and it is so easy to do.  

We have a pit barrel smoker. When we cook on it I prepare a couple of hanging baskets of hot peppers to go in the smoker after we are done cooking our meal on it.  It takes advantage of the charcoal burning down after the main cooking to smoke the peppers.  The peppers get smoked till the coals are completely spent and cold.  I don't worry if the peppers are fully dry or not because  I  finish drying the peppers  in my dehydrator immediately after they come out of the smoker.   I love finding  easy ways to take advantage of something that I used to view as waste.  

 
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