This is a delightful way to smoke food without having to break out the smoker. I used a wok, smoker wood chips and a steamer. That’s right, I smoked fish in a wok. First you will need some great wood chips. At The Common Chef, we like Baxter’s Original Premium Smoker Wood. It’s all dried naturally, meaning that it is not processed. It retains all of the natural sugars this way. If you want great smoked flavor, go with Baxter’s Original.
What you will need:
1 lb. of bacon
Jalapenos – I like a lot of hot flavors
Half of a large onion
As much garlic as you want
And your creative touch
I’ve always loved using my bamboo steamer and in this case I thought it would be great to steam bacon, apples and salmon together. So I wrapped the entire wok with tinfoil and put pecan flavored wood chips in the bottom of the wok with about a cup of water. Then put the steamer over the top of the wok. Turn the heat up and the chips will start to smoke the food while it steams. The flavor is amazing and the kitchen will smell awesome.
I smoked/steamed the food for about 15 minutes and then I finished the bacon in the broiler for about 5 minutes to crisp it up and seal in the smoked flavor.
Just cut up the apples and put it all in the steamer.
For a side dish, and this one of my new favorite things to make, I made a wonderful diced potato with onion, garlic and jalapeno. Dice up the potatoes fairly small because you want them to cook and crisp within 15 minutes under the broiler. Also dice up onions, garlic and jalapenos. Mix them all together in a bowl, add some olive oil and your favorite salty seasoning. I used Cajun salt and some pepper and also added some hot pepper vinegar. You do want to use a lot of olive oil or pepper sauce, just enough to coat everything in the bowl with a light glaze. The reason for this is because you want them to crisp up, if you add too much wet to it, then they’ll stay soggy. After you’ve coated the mixture spread it out over a cookie sheet and broil on high for 15 minutes. It is the absolute perfect side for a multitude of dishes.
I hope you try this and let me know what you think.