So many Traeger recipes call for Olive Oil, and for good reason. Olive oil is fantastic for roasting and a great addition to marinades, not to mention the health benefits of reduced blood pressure and lowered risk of cardiovascular disease.
If we are already using it for so many things, we might as well make it taste even better. We all know how to make things taste better in Traeger Nation. We smoke it!
The process is so simple, you might just smack yourself for not thinking of it yourself. (And if you did think of it yourself, you can give yourself a pat on the back for being awesome) Also, we used peppercorns and rosemary to add a little extra something to our olive oil, but feel free to substitute any hardy herb that you prefer. The possibilities are practically endless.
Smoked Rosemary Peppercorn Olive Oil
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Smoke Time: 3-4 hours
Recommended Pellets: Any
2 cups Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Select a high quality oil, it will make such a difference)
2 sprigs rosemary (or another herb of your choosing)
1 Tablespoon whole peppercorns
Start your Traeger on Smoke with the lid open for 5 minutes to establish fire. Leave the setting to Smoke and close the lid.
Pour the Olive Oil into a shallow baking dish and add herbs and peppercorns.
Place the pan directly on the grill grate and smoke for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally. You can smoke longer if the oil hasn't taken on as much smoky flavor as you would like. The oil will begin to darken in color as it smokes.
Remove the pan from your Traeger and allow to cool to room temperature. You can either strain out the herbs and peppercorns or leave them in for a more intense flavor infusion over time. Transfer smoked olive oil to an air tight container.
Add to your favorite Traeger Recipes calling for Olive Oil to give them an extra little hint of that delicious smoky flavor.