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Traeger's Spicy Buffalo Chicken Thighs

Posted by Susie B. on March 12, 2014


Spicy Buffalo Chicken Thighs

When it comes to quick weeknight meals, or simple-to-prepare dinners for guests we almost always use chicken thighs as our go-to. They are so much more flavorful and tender than a breast, cook super quickly, and are typically very affordable. These tasty Buffalo Chicken Thighs get their flavor inspiration from the classic hot wing, but we turned up the tastiness by sprinkling them with Traeger's Pork & Poultry rub before grilling. Serve them with crisp veggies and rice for a tasty dinner, or (our favorite) throw them on a toasted bun with ranch and bleu cheese for a quick and delicious lunch. No matter how you enjoy them, don't forget the celery and carrot sticks!


Spicy Buffalo Chicken Thighs

 

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12-15 minutes
Serves: 4-6 people
Recommended Pellets: Oak, Hickory, Cherry, Pecan

INGREDIENTS:

4-6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 cup Buffalo wing sauce
4 Tablespoons butter
Traeger's Pork & Poultry Seasoning or Cajun Shake
Bleu cheese crumbles (optional)
Ranch dressing (optional)

PREPARATION:

Start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open for 4-5 minutes to establish the fire. Close the lid, turn the temperature up to High and allow the grill to preheat for 10-15 minutes.

Generously seaon the chicken thighs with your desired Traeger seasoning and place directly on the grill grate. Cook for 8-10 minutes, flipping once.

In a small saucepan, cook the wing sauce and the butter over medium heat stirring occasionally.

Dip the cooked chicken thighs into the wing sauce and butter mixture, turning to coat both sides evenly. 

Traeger's Spicy Buffalo Chicken Thighs

Return the sauced chicken thighs to the grill and cook for an additional 4-5 minutes or until the internal temperature reads 175 degrees on a meat thermometer.

Traeger's Spicy Buffalo Chicken Thighs

Sprinkle with the Bleu cheese and drizzle with the ranch dressing (optional). We like to serve ours as sliders on toasted buns with all the fixings. Enjoy!

Traeger's Spicy Buffalo Chicken Thighs

Click below for a printable version of this recipe:

Spicy Buffalo Chicken Thighs.docx (11.89 kb)

Guinness-Braised Corned Beef and Irish Veggies

Posted by Mary M. on March 11, 2014

Guinness-Braised Corned Beef and Irish Veggies

It only seems right that if you're going to make corned beef in honor of St. Patrick's Day that you should braise it in one of the prides of Ireland: GUINNESS. You end up with that depth of flavor from the hours of braising as well as a slight bitterness from the beer, balanced by an unnoticed touch of sweetness from a wee bit of brown sugar. Of course we've got to smoke it first to get that rustic taste of Irish countryside woodsiness.

Corned beef has become more of an Irish-American dish but we still love it! Just make sure that you discard that overly-salty pre-packaged brine and soak the brisket for a day or two to draw some of that salt out before you start cooking.

GUINNESS-BRAISED CORNED BEEF AND IRISH VEGS

PREP TIME: A day or two of soaking of using a pre-brined brisket
COOK TIME: 7 to 8 hours
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Hickory or Mesquite
SERVES: 6 to 8

INGREDIENTS

1 3 1/2 to 4 lb corned beef brisket flat, with fat cap at least 1/4-inch thick
12 oz. Guinness beer (or other dark beer)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon pickling spice or pickling package from corned beef
1/2 onion
4 garlic cloves, minced or smashed
3 to 4 carrots, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch slices
1 lb. small red potatoes, washed and cut in half and cut into 3/4-inch slices
1/2 head cabbage cut into wedges
1 teaspoon dried thyme or a few sprigs of fresh thyme
Fresh chopped parsley for garnish

PREPARATION

If you're using a pre-brined corned beef brisket you'll want to take the brisket out of the salt solution a day or two before cooking and soak it in water to help draw out some of that salt. Otherwise you risk having some overly salty meat.

Start the Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until fire is established (4 to 5 minutes).

Place the corned beef brisket, fat side up on the grill and smoke on the Smoke setting for 3 hours.

After 3 hours, turn the heat up to 250 degrees F. Place the corned beef in a dutch oven or large pot and add in the brown sugar, pickling spice, onion and garlic cloves.

Pour in the Guinness.

Cover the pan tightly and let it braise for about 4 to 5 hours or until tender. Turn the brisket over halfway through. About an hour before the brisket is done, add in the chopped carrots, cabbage, potatoes and thyme and cook covered for 30 minutes to an hour or until the vegetables are fork-tender.

Guinness-Braised Corned Beef and Irish Veggies

If the vegetables are done before the brisket, remove the vegetables so that both are perfectly cooked.

Allow the meat to rest for at least 10 minutes before you slice and serve with those incredible veggies.

Guinness-Braised Corned Beef and Irish Veggies

PRINTABLE RECIPE:

Guinness-Braised Corned Beef Recipe.docx (11.30 kb)

Double-Decker Pulled Pork Nachos with Smoked Cheese

Posted by Mary M. on March 10, 2014

Double-Decker Pulled Pork Nachos with Smoked Cheese

We're not exactly flummoxed when it comes to deciding what to do with leftover pulled pork. (Eat it, duh) The options are only limited by your pork imagination. But it's always nice to have a few new ideas to keep dinner, or snack time interesting.

Since pork, cheese and salt go so well together, it seemed only natural to make some pulled pork nachos. When brainstorming how to add more smoke flavor into the dish we had a "hand-on-forehead" moment when we realized - of course! Do what a Traeger does best - smoke the cheese! Just make sure you take advantage of those cold days for your cheese smoking.

Try it out and let us know - what do you like to make with your leftover pulled pork?

DOUBLE-DECKER PULLED PORK NACHOS with SMOKED CHEESE

PREP TIME: about 1 hour to smoke the cheeses
COOK TIME: 10 minutes
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Apple, Cherry or Alder
SERVES: 4

INGREDIENTS

1 block pepper jack cheese or mozzarella cheese, frozen
1 block sharp cheddar cheese, frozen
Tortilla chips
Leftover pulled pork (2 cups or so)
Traeger BBQ Sauce or BBQ Spicy Sauce
Favorite nacho toppings: olives, jalapenos or pickled jalapenos, cotija cheese, cilantro, sour cream, etc.

PREPARATION

Smoking the Cheese: Start your Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes).

Make sure you smoke the cheese on a cold day or else it will be too warm and the cheese will melt. We suggest you freeze the cheese overnight to ensure that it holds together. Place the cheese on a rack on top of a tray filled with ice. (You may want to cut the cheese into smaller portions, maybe 2 or 3 chunks, to help it smoke quicker.)

Smoke the cheeses for 45 to 60 minutes, depending on how much smoke taste you want.

Shred the cheeses, about 1 cup of each, and set aside.

Turn the heat on the Traeger up to 350 degrees F and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.

Lay out your tortilla chips on a large baking sheet and top evenly with the shredded smoked cheeses.

Place the baking sheet on the Traeger grill grate and cook for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and deliciously bubbly.

Remove the pan from the Traeger and start to assemble those double-decker nachos.

If your pulled pork isn't warm, heat it up in the microwave and mix it with enough Traeger BBQ sauce to coat the meat but not make it soupy.

Assemble the nachos with a layer of cheesy chips on the bottom, some pulled pork, and more cheesy chips on top.

Finish it off with your favorite nacho toppings and feast away!

Double-Decker Pulled Pork Nachos with Smoked Cheese

Double-Decker Pulled Pork Nachos with Smoked Cheese

PRINTABLE RECIPE:

Pulled Pork Nachos Recipe.docx (12.59 kb)

Luck of the Irish: Chimichurri Smoked Rib-Eyes and Twice Baked Herb Potatoes

Posted by Mary M. on March 10, 2014

Luck of the Irish: Chimichurri Smoked Rib-Eyes and Twice Baked Herb Potatoes

We're going green and throwing both Argentina and Ireland a little love with this dish. Well, we can only claim Ireland because the dish is green, but it still sounds like a yummy St. Patrick's Day meal that is bound to bring you the luck-o-the-green, not to mention a very full and happy stomach!

We took a few liberties with our incredible Smoked Rib-eye recipe and even amped it up by topping them with a zesty chimichurri. Combo that with some green Twice Baked Herb Potatoes and even a side of Parmesan Roasted Asparagus (if you like) and we can almost guarantee you good luck. Or at least protection from being pinched because if you aren't green on the outside, you'll certainly be green on the inside.

CHIMICHURRI SMOKED RIB EYE WITH HERB BUTTER TWICE BAKED POTATOES

PREP TIME: 5 minutes
COOK TIME: 2 hours 20 minutes
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Hickory or Mesquite
SERVES: 2 to 4 (depending on how big your rib-eyes are)

INGREDIENTS

2 rib-eye steaks
Traeger Prime Rib Rub

Twice Baked Potatoes:
2 large potatoes, like russets
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup milk or half and half
1 tablespoon chives, chopped
1 green onion, chopped
2 tablespoons parsley, roughly chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
2 to 4 drops green food coloring (optional)
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Chopped chives, for garnish

Chimichurri:
1 cup italian parsley, packed
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar
3 to 4 garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper

Optional Parmesan Roasted Asparagus side:
1 asparagus bunch, washed stalk ends trimmed
2 garlic cloves, minced
Olive oil
1/4 cup shredded parmesan
Salt and pepper to taste

PREPARATION

Start the Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Preheat the Traeger to High heat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.

Place the washed potatoes on the grill and cook for about an hour or until squeezably soft.

Remove the potatoes from the grill and turn the heat down to Smoke.

Season the rib-eyes generously on both sides with the Prime Rib Rub. After the Traeger has cooled, place the steaks on the grill grate and smoke for 1 hour.

While the steaks are smoking let the potatoes cool for about 5 minutes before handling and make the butter sauce for the potatoes.

Combine the milk, chives, green onions, parsley, salt and pepper and blend together using an immersion blender or regular blender.

If you want a more vibrant green color, add in a couple drops of green food coloring.

Add in the melted butter and keep warm the herb butter mixture warm while you prepare the potatoes. (Throw the mixture into the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute before you mix it with the potatoes.)

Cut the potatoes in half and scoop out the middle, leaving a 1/4-inch shell.

Mix together the insides of the potatoes with the green herb butter.

Scoop the potato mixture back into the hollowed potato shells and top each potato half with a couple tablespoons of the shredded cheddar cheese.

Also, if you want some more tasty green in the meal prep some parmesan-roasted asparagus to serve on the side. While the steaks are smoking drizzle them with the olive oil and toss them with minced garlic, salt and pepper and parmesan cheese.

After the steaks have smoked for an hour, momentarily remove the steaks to a platter and set the temperature of your Traeger to 450 degrees F (High) and preheat along with a cast iron grill pan on the grill grate.

Once the Traeger has preheated put the steaks in the cast iron pan (to get that good sear) and arrange the potatoes and asparagus around the pan on the grill grate.

Flip the steaks once and allow them to cook for about 6 to 8 minutes per side, or until done to your liking (135 degrees F for medium-rare). Cook the asparagus and the potatoes for about 15 to 20 minutes.

While everything is cooking, make the chimichurri by blending together all of the chimichurri ingredients. Season it to your liking, adding more salt or red pepper flakes to taste.

Luck of the Irish: Chimichurri Smoked Rib-Eyes and Twice Baked Herb Potatoes

Luck of the Irish: Chimichurri Smoked Rib-Eyes and Twice Baked Herb Potatoes

Transfer the steaks, asparagus and potatoes to a platter. Let the meat rest for 3 minutes before serving. Top the rib-eyes with some chimichurri and enjoy your green dish of good luck!

Luck of the Irish: Chimichurri Smoked Rib-Eyes and Twice Baked Herb Potatoes

PRINTABLE RECIPE:

Chimichurri Rib Eyes Recipe.docx (13.49 kb)

(Healthy) Traeger Tailgating: Smoked Guacamole with Pomegranate Seeds

Posted by Susie B. on March 9, 2014

(Healthy) Traeger Tailgating: Smoked Guacamole with Pomegranate Seeds

We know it's not the New Year anymore, but many members of Traeger Nation are still requesting recipes for healthy ways to use your Traeger. This recipe for Grilled Guacamole with Pomegranate seeds is low in calories, high in fiber and antioxodants, and absolutely delicious! Serve with multigrain chips to round out the healthy snack experience. Your friends and family will devour it all without having to worry about their waist lines.

 

Grilled Guacamole with Pomegranate Seeds

 

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Serves: 2-4 as an appetizer
Recommended Pellets: Hickory or Oak

INGREDIENTS:
2 ripe avocados, peeled and halved
1/4 yellow onion, cut in strips
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1/2 jalapeno, ribs and seeds removed, finely diced
Juice of 1/2 a lime or more to taste
Salt and Pepper to taste
1/4 cup of pomegranate seeds (approximately 1/2 of a medium pomegranate)

PREPARATION:
Start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4-5 minutes). Place the avocado halves on the grill grate along with the sliced onion (we used a Frogmat) to prevent the onions from falling through the grate, but you could also use Traeger's Grilling Basket). Smoke the avocados and onions for 15-30 minutes depending on how much smoke flavor you like.

Transfer the avocados to a large bowl and mash with the back side of a fork.

Finely dice the smoked onions and add to the avocado mixture. Add the rest of the ingredients, reserving a few pomegranate seeds to use as a garnish.

Gently spoon the guacamole into your serving bowl and sprinkle with the reserved pomegranate seeds. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

(Healthy) Traeger Tailgating: Smoked Guacamole with Pomegranate Seeds

Philly Cheesesteak Rolls Wrapped in Peppered Bacon

Posted by Mary M. on March 8, 2014

Philly Cheese Steak Rolls Wrapped in Peppered Bacon

You don't have to tell us - we know that #67 on your bucket list is to "Reinvent the philly steak and cheese sandwich". (And #68 is "Eat as much of the aforementioned reinvented philly steak and cheese as possible".) Well, we have the power to turn both of those "to-do's" into "to-dones".

We pounded out and seasoned a quality piece of eye of round and then stuffed it with smoked peppers, onions and mushrooms and only the gooey-est of provolone cheeses. And then we may or may not have wrapped it with a thick slice of smoked peppered bacon. And by "may" we  mean, we totally did. And it was a celestial experience.

PHILLY CHEESE ROLL-UP WRAPPED IN PEPPERED BACON

PREP TIME: 10 to 15 minutes
COOK TIME: 1 hour 30 minutes
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Any
SERVES: 6 to 8

INGREDIENTS

1 red bell pepper, washed and sliced into strips
1 green bell pepper, washed and sliced into strips
1 onion, sliced in rings or half moons
2 portobello mushrooms, wiped clean and sliced into strips
16 1/2-inch slices of eye of round, pounded thin
Traeger Veggie Shake
16 slices provolone
Traeger Prime Rib Rub
16 slices peppered bacon
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons honey
1/2 jalapeno, diced (optional)
A squeeze of mustard
Hoagie rolls and favorite sandwich condiments, for serving (optional)

PREPARATION

Start the Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Place the pepper slices, onions and portobellos on a baking sheet or grill pan and smoke on the Traeger for 30 minutes.

After they've smoked, season the vegetables generously with the Veggie Shake. Turn the heat up to High and cook the vegetables for about 10 minutes or until they've slightly softened.

Meanwhile, season the eye of round slices generously on both sides with the Prime Rib Rub.

Remove the veggies and turn the heat down to 250 degrees F.

Start assembling your roll-ups. Lay one piece of beef out and top with a slice of provolone cheese and a few peppers, onions and mushrooms and roll up tight.

Wrap each philly roll with a slice of peppered bacon.

Place the rolls on the grill grate and cook for 40 to 45 minutes.

Meanwhile make a glaze by whisking together the Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, honey, diced jalapeno and a squeeze of mustard. After the philly rolls have cooked for the 40 to 45 minutes, brush them with the glaze and turn the heat up to High.

Cook the philly rolls for another 5 to 10 minutes or until the bacons starts to tighten and crisp.

Philly Cheese Steak Rolls Wrapped in Peppered Bacon

Remove the philly rolls from the Traeger and serve either all by themselves or inside a hoagie roll with a swipe of mayonnaise and a squirt of mustard.

Philly Cheese Steak Rolls Wrapped in Peppered Bacon

Philly Cheese Steak Rolls Wrapped in Peppered Bacon

PRINTABLE RECIPE:

Philly Cheese Roll Wrapped in Bacon Recipe.docx (12.57 kb)

Bacon-Draped Injected Pork Loin Roast

Posted by Mary M. on March 7, 2014

Bacon-Draped Injected Pork Loin Roast

Why inject your meat? Um, because it makes some awesomely sumptuous eats! It's a technique that not only adds flavor, but also keeps the meat moist during long smokes. Some of the best competition barbecue teams use injectors, or basically really big food-grade syringes to inject flavorful liquids deep into the muscle fibers to keep the meat juicy and make sure every bite is equally as savory. Plus with a recipe like this one, we guarantee satisfaction by wrapping that injected loin with salty, smoked and cured pork belly, otherwise known as bacon.

We took this recipe straight from our From Pulled Pork to Peach Pie cookbook.

BACON-DRAPED INJECTED PORK LOIN ROAST

PELLETS: Hickory
PREP TIME: 15 min.
COOK TIME: 3 hours to 4 hours
SERVES: 6

INGREDIENTS

For the injection sauce:
1 cup apple juice
1/4 cup water
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

For the pork:
1 3-pound center-cut pork loin
Traeger Sweet Rub, or your favorite barbecue rub
8 to 10 slices bacon

PREPARATION

Make the injection sauce: Combine the apple juice, water, salt, and Worcestershire in a water glass and stir to dissolve the salt crystals.

Plunge the injector into the sauce and retract the needle to draw up the liquid. Liberally inject the meat.

Season the meat all over with the Traeger Sweet Rub.

At this point, you can wrap the meat tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate until the next day, or you can smoke it right away. (Bring the meat to room temperature if it’s been refrigerated.)

When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Set the temperature to 225 degrees F and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes. If you own a 3-position controller, leave it on the Smoke setting. You may have to add 30 minutes to an hour to the cook time.

Remove the plastic wrap from the pork loin and drape the loin with the bacon slices.

Put the roast directly on the grill grate and smoke for 3 to 4 hours, or until the internal temperature of the meat is at least 145 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer.

If the bacon isn't as crisp as you like it, simply throw it under your oven's broiler for a few minutes and it will be nice and toasty.

Transfer the pork to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes before carving and serving. (What you do with the bacon is up to you.) You should see a beautiful rim of pink, called a smoke ring, around the periphery of the meat.

Bacon-Draped Injected Pork Loin Roast

Bacon-Draped Injected Pork Loin Roast

PRINTABLE RECIPE:

Bacon Draped Pork Recipe.docx (12.47 kb)

Smoke-Roasted Chicken with Herbed Butter & Roasted Potatoes

Posted by Mary M. on March 7, 2014

Smoke-Roasted Chicken with Herbed Butter & Roasted Potatoes

Chicken on the Traeger is almost guaranteed to be fall-apart juicy and tender with that perfect cracklin' skin but sometimes they always don't have as much flavor as you'd like. We have a solution that starts with crafting your own seasoned butter loaded with fresh herbs and a bit of lemony tang.

Our next step is the fool-proof part. Smear that butter all over the chicken - and by "all over" we mean aaaaaall over. By rubbing the scrumptious herb butter not only top of the chicken (to get that crispy, golden skin) but also under the skin, you end up with a bird that is off-the-charts loaded with flavor and ridiculously moist. And when we pair it with equally golden and crispy garlicky potatoes, you just might write this on your "last meal" list.

SMOKE-ROASTED CHICKEN WITH HERBED BUTTER

& ROASTED POTATOES

PREP TIME: 15 minutes
COOK TIME: 1 hour 15 minutes
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Any
SERVES: 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS

8 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1 scallion, white and green parts finely minced
1 clove garlic, finely minced
2 tablespoons minced fresh herbs, such as thyme, rosemary, oregano, basil, sage, or parsley, plus extra sprigs for roasting
2-1/2 teaspoons Traeger Chicken Rub, or your favorite all-purpose rub, plus more for seasoning chicken
A few drops of fresh lemon juice
1 4- to 4-1/2 pound chicken

For the potatoes:
3 lbs. small red potatoes, washed and quartered
3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons parsley, minced

PREPARATION

In a small bowl, combine the butter, scallion, garlic, minced fresh herbs, 1-1/2 teaspoon of the rub, and the lemon juice and blend well with a wooden spoon.

Remove any giblets from the cavity of the chicken. Wash the chicken inside and out with cold running water. Dry thoroughly with paper towels. Sprinkle a generous amount of the Chicken Rub into the cavity of the chicken.

Gently loosen the skin around the chicken breast so that you can slide in a few tablespoons of the herb butter.

Massage the butter around so that it's close evenly distributed over the entire breast. Feel free to add more herb butter if you think it needs more. (You'll probably end up using about half of the butter under the skin and about half on top.)

Smear the outside of the chicken with the remaining herb butter.

 

Tuck the chicken wings behind the back. Tie the legs together with butcher’s string. Sprinkle the outside of the chicken with more of the Chicken Rub.

When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Set the temperature to 400 degrees F and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes. Oil the grill grate with vegetable oil.

Slip a few sprigs of fresh herbs (see list of options above) into the cavity as well. (You could also slip in a quartered lemon.) Place the chicken on the grill grate, breast-side up, and close the lid.

While the chicken is cooking, prep the potatoes. Toss the quartered red potatoes with the olive oil, minced garlic, kosher salt and pepper.

Spread the potatoes out on a baking sheet and put on the Traeger after the chicken has been cooking for about 45 minutes.

Smoke-Roasted Chicken with Herbed Butter & Roasted Potatoes

Cook the potatoes until they are brown and crispy, flipping them over a couple of times during cooking.

After the chicken has cooked for 1 hour, lift the lid. If the chicken is browning too quickly, cover the breast and legs with aluminum foil. Close the lid and continue to roast the chicken until an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a thigh registers a temperature of 165 degrees F, 15 to 20 minutes more.

Smoke-Roasted Chicken with Herbed Butter & Roasted Potatoes

The potatoes and the chicken should be done about the same time, but don't hesitate to remove either if they've finished cooking before the other.

Remove the chicken to a platter and allow to rest for 3 minutes. Untie the legs and carve. Toss the potatoes with the chopped parsley and serve up those beautiful golden offerings.

PRINTABLE RECIPE:

Smoke Roasted Herb Butter Chicken Recipe.docx (13.34 kb)

How to Smoke Different Types Of Mushrooms

Posted by Mary M. on March 7, 2014

How to Smoke Different Types Of Mushrooms

Mushrooms are earthy and rustic yet also surprisingly delicate little fungi. Or perhaps we should call them "sensitive". They act like little sponges that take so easily to the infusion of flavors like marinades and particularly smoke. One of the best features is that they have a meaty texture that makes them marvelous to use both as an accompanying side or even the main part of the meal - as a meat substitute, if you will. Now don't get angry quite yet. We're not preaching vegetarianism. We're just saying they make for some pretty darn delicious smoked eats!

Here are a few simple, but essential tips to ensure that you end up with tender mushrooms with that perfect woodsy kiss of smoke.

How to Smoke Different Types Of Mushrooms

1. CLEAN YOUR FUNGI

Nobody wants to encounter a mouthful of grit when you take that first bite of mushroom. Wash your mushrooms just before you're going to use them, but don't rush to stick them under water. Use a wet paper towel or cloth to gently wipe off the mushrooms. However, the tiny mushrooms are too delicate to wipe clean, so feel free to rinse those under water.

2. REMOVE THE STEMS

For most mushrooms, except the smaller varieties like straw mushrooms, you should remove the stems and use them for a broth or something else like that. The stems have a harder, denser texture.

3. MARINATE? SURE, WHY NOT?

The smoke flavor is definitely delicious by itself but mushrooms so effortlessly absorb the flavors imparted by marinating. Just be careful not to marinate them for too long. Mushrooms are little yummy sponges and only need 4 to 6 hours for the larger ones, like portobello, and 1 or 2 hours for the smaller button and shiitake-sized mushrooms. And because you aren't working with any bacteria-ridden raw meat, you can even use the marinade later to brush on the mushrooms for that extra kick of bold freshness after they've been smoked.

4. SMOKE ON THE GRILL GRATE OR ON A PAN

The large mushrooms like portobellos can be smoked directly the grate. For smaller mushrooms that will fall through the grate or fall apart during the transfer you'll need to either smoke them on skewers, use a baking pan or even better, use a grilling basket. The more surface area directly exposed to the smoke, the better.

5. DON'T OVERSMOKE THE MUSHROOMS

Mushrooms don't take very long to smoke. The biggest mushrooms, portobellos, will be perfectly smoked in about 30 to 45 minutes. Medium-sized mushrooms like porcini, oyster or larger button mushrooms need 15 to 20 minutes. The smaller kinds like cremini and baby bellas will be done after about 10 minutes of smoking time. Of course, don't just take our word for it. Test it for yourself! Taste one after it has smoked for the recommended time and go from there.

6. ENJOY THEM WARM

Like everything else, food tastes different, and in more cases better, when it's warm. It's as simple as that. So snatch them up while they're still steaming.

Spicy Asian Brussel Sprouts with a Sweet Chili Glaze

Posted by Susie B. on March 6, 2014

Spicy Asian Brussel Sprouts with a Sweet Chili Glaze

Asian-inspired side dishes can be hard to come by, but with Traeger's Asian BBQ Rub you can make pretty much any veggie a delectable treat with an Eastern influence. We love the smoky, earthy flavor that brussel sprouts take on when they are roasted over our Traeger's wood fire, top them with a sweet Thai chili glaze and you've got a side dish you might prefer over the main course.

 

Spicy Asian Brussel Sprouts with a Sweet Chili Glaze

 

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10-12 minutes
Serves: 4
Recommended Pellets: Oak, Hickory, Pecan

Ingredients:

2 cups brussel sprouts, halved
2 Tablespoons Canola or Vegetable Oil
1 Tablespoon Traeger's Asian BBQ Rub
1/4 cup Thai Chili Sauce

Preparation:

Start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open for 4-5 minutes to establish the fire. Close the lid and turn the temperature setting up to 350 degrees, allow the grill to preheat for 10-15 minutes.

Spread the halved brussel sprouts in a single layer on a lined cookie sheet. Drizzle with the oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle the brussle sprouts evenly with Traeger's Asian BBQ Rub and put the cookie sheet on the grill. Close the lid and cook for 7-8 minutes.

Toss the brussel sprouts  in the Thai Chili Sauce and return to the grill for an additional 3-4 minutes, or until the sprouts are crisp-tender.

Spicy Asian Brussel Sprouts with a Sweet Chili Glaze

Serve immediately.

Spicy Asian Brussel Sprouts with a Sweet Chili Glaze

Click below for a printable version of this recipe:

Spicy Asian Brussel Sprouts with a Sweet Chili Glaze.docx (11.85 kb)


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