How to Make Your Own Smoker

by Pre Brands July 19, 2019

How to Make Your Own Smoker

Recipe by Chef Christy Williams (@christinewilliamscooks)

Okay, so you are craving a deep, authentic, smokey flavor on your steak tonight but you don't have a smoker...or any clue how to approach this problem with a positive outcome for your stomach tonight.

Fear not.

The history of smoking has traditionally been to preserve red meat or seafood and kill bacteria. However, the smoke actually brings out more flavor and tenderizes the muscle, making that delicious steak even more enticing while triggering that ancestral smokey smell that we associate with dinner around the fire. 

It's a lot easier than you may expect and you can do it with just a few household items you might already have on hand.

DIY smoker equipment:

  1. Smoking wood chips
  2. Two tin foil basting pans
  3. 2 PreSteaks and your veggie of choice
  4. Water
  5. A wire rack

Step One: Soak wood chips in water for 10–20 minutes. Pro Tip: buy and use smaller wood chips. We used applewood but use whatever flavor you like. 

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    Step Two: Drain soaked wood chips and place them at the bottom of a disposable foil pan. Place the wire rack on top of the wood chips inside the pan.

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    Step Three: Rub 2 Pre steaks with salt and oil. Place on top of the wire rack. 

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    Step Four: Cover steaks with either another foil pan turned upside-down or with tin foil.

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    Step Five: Bake at 300ºF for 15-20 minutes. Use this steak temperature chart to cook to your liking.

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    Step Six: Preheat cast iron pan on the stove to medium high. 

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    Step Seven: When steaks are done baking, place them in the preheated pan and sear on both sides for no more than 2 minutes each side.

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    Step Eight: Let rest for 7 minutes and slice!

    You can smoke other foods like this too, think about different types of meats, veggies, and even salts. Get adventurous and try some herb smoke too!

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