Smoking your favorite food is an all-day affair, the best excuse to spend some quality time with your family and friends. You can cook some of your favorites or experiment with some new great recipes. It may take some time to prepare, but it is definitely worth it.
When we think about smoked food, usually we envision meat. But, with the right electric smoker, you can cook vegetables too. They are easy to make and delicious.
Here’s the deal:
Smoked vegetables are great for marinara sauce, soups and more. The main thing about cooking vegetables in an electric smoker is that the heat remains low. They will get that wonderful smoky flavor and if you prefer, they can be crispier.
So, use these recipes to get the best possible results and prepare your veggies like a chef.
Remove the top of the onion and leave the bottom intact. Brush with olive oil. You can choose any seasoning you prefer or BBQ dry rub and sprinkle it over the onions.
Smoke it for about three hours at 225 degrees F. Remove from the smoker when it’s done and serve it. Tip: They go great with smoked ribs.
It is best to use 1 ½ small Yukon Gold or fingerling potatoes. Put them in a bowl and add 2 tsp. olive oil. Sprinkle it with some pepper and salt.
Place the potatoes in the smoker and cook for about an hour at 400 degrees F. When it’s done, put them on a plate. Tip: If you are a meat lover too, you can serve them with a smoked turkey.
Use a few pounds of Roma tomatoes, wash them and pat dry. For a better result cut them in half. Brush the with olive oil.
Sprinkle it with some garlic powder (1tsp.) and black pepper. Place them in the smoker and cook for about 3 and a half hours at 400 degrees F. They need more time to smoke, but it is worth it.
Store them in an airtight bag to preserve it for later. Tip: They go great with the smoked brisket.
Clean it with water and remove all the dirt and the stems. For smoking this dish, it is best to use apple wood chips. In a large bowl put the 1 tsp. onion powder, 1 tsp. granulated garlic, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. pepper, 1 tsp. canola oil and 4 cups of mushrooms.
Combine them all together. Put the mushrooms in the smoker and cook them for about 30 minutes at the 350 degrees F. Then turn the temperature up to 450 degrees F and smoke them for another 15 minutes.
Zucchini and squash
Cut 3 yellow squash and 3 zucchinis into the small pieces. Put them in a large bowl. Add cherry tomatoes (2 cups) and one sliced onion.
Cover the bowl with the plastic wrap and let it rest for about two hours. Put the marinated vegetables in the smoker and cook for three hours at 250 degrees F.
Cut off the end of asparagus. Use some olive oil to brush it and sprinkle with some kosher salt. Put the right Bisquettes in the smoker and cook the vegetables for 95 minutes at 225 degrees F.
Tip: It is best to serve them with the roasted garlic and onions.
In a small bowl put the garlic (4 large cloves, minced), basil (2 tbsp. dried), balsamic vinegar (4 tbsp.), salt and pepper. Mix it well and let it rest for about 15 minutes. If you prefer you can remove the skin from the eggplant.
Slice it and place it in a large bowl. Pour the marinade over it. Mix well, so that all pieces are evenly covered.
Put them in the smoker and cook for about an hour and a half at 200 degrees F. After it is done, place it in a bowl and pour some olive oil over it.
Smoke the whole peppers so it can retain more water. After you wash it, cut the stems. Brush them with some olive oil.
For a smoking process, it is best to use Mesquite flavor Bisquettes. Smoke them for 2 hours at 225 degrees F.
They are best when used with the salads, omelets or sandwiches.
First, wash the cabbage. Core it and set aside one leaf. Put the butter inside the core, until it’s full.
Make a little well inside the butter with your finger and pour some white balsamic vinegar. Place that leaf that you set aside, over the top to secure the cabbage. Cook it for 4 and a half hours at 250 degrees F.
Remove the head of the garlic bulb. Put that chopped bulb on the sheet, brush with the olive oil and sprinkle with the salt. After you have done this, wrap it in the foil, and make sure that the oil can’t leak.
Cook it for 2 hours at 170 degrees F. You can serve it immediately or you could store it and preserve for later.
Wash the vegetables first, before you start cooking. If you are using larger vegetables, cut them into smaller pieces and make sure they are similar thickness. This will help to cook them evenly and faster.
It is important to add wood chips or Bisquettes. You will get the manufacturer instruction which type of wood is best to use. Before you put the vegetables on the grate, you should let the smoker to heat up.
Place the vegetables on the rack. Cook them for about 3 to 4 hours. It depends on the size of the veggies how long it will take them to be fully cooked.
Check them several times to determine if they are done. When vegetables are cooked, remove them from the smoker. You can serve them with the meat, or add it in soup, anything you prefer.
You can also store it and preserve it for later.