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Smoke ‘Em if You’ve Got ‘Em

November 26th, 2013

Yesterday, Mr Chiots finally rolled the new smoker out of the garage. It’s quite a beauty, looks like an outhouse, but that’s OK, maybe that will keep people from stealing our bacon. ¬†After setting it in place, we immediately built a fire, attached the tube from the old grill left by the previous owners and it was filled with smoke. Into it went all the bacons, a few petite picnic hams, jowl bacon, Canadian bacon and the ham hocks.
Smoking pork 1
Smoking pork 2
We’ve been wanting to build a smoker for a LONG time, but we never really had much to smoke, that’s not the case any more! Yesterday we put about 100 lbs of meat in there and started using trimmings from our apple tree to give it a sweet smoky flavor.
Smoking pork 3
In the future I’m definitely going to try smoking peppers, cheeses and other goodies. This should be a fun thing to experiment with. Perhaps I’ll even try to make my own smoked sea salt and peppercorns.

Do you enjoy smoked, meats, cheese, peppers or spices?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.