Wednesday, June 21, 2006

How to Smoke Corn and Potatoes

Q: I am new to the smoking process and am planning to smoke some ribs this weekend. What I am wondering is it possible to do the whole meal on the smoker. Can I Smoke Corn on the Cob and say potatoes with the ribs? If so can you give any instructions or recipees that may enhance this.

A: You can absolutely do potatoes as well as corn on the cob in the smoker with the ribs..

Potatoes.. wash well and brush on some vegetable oil or olive oil. Sprinkle on some kosher salt and place in the smoker for about 1.5 hours

Corn on the Cob.. pull back the husks and remove the silk (leave the husks intact) soak the corn in cool water for a couple of hours. Remove the corn from the water and brush on some vegetable oil or olive oil, sprinkle with a little kosher salt and/or cajun seasoning (to taste) and pull the husks back up around the corn.

Place in the smoker for 1.5 hours.

Alternate methods for the corn..

1. Take the husk off instead of leaving it on and let it get smoke flavored (be sure to baste with butter or an herb butter about 4 times during the cook.

2. Use chopped green onions instead of the salt/cajun seasoning.

3. About half way through the cook.. open the husk a little and put a tablespoon or so of jalapeno butter up under there and replace husk.

Jalapeno butter is simply pureed jalapeno peppers mixed with butter and you just have to do that to taste.. if you get it too hot just add more butter to the mix or if it isn't hot enough just add a little more jalapeno.

4. Remove husks, make the jalapeno butter from above method, baste the corn with the jalapeno butter 4 or 5 times during smoking.

As you can see, there are really no rules so if it sounds good then you should try it. chances are it will be delicious.

Baked beans.. you did not ask for this but I am throwing this in (man this email is making me hungry!)

Make beans as usual but place them in the smoker under the ribs or whatever you are smoking. The delicious juices will drip into the beans and oh what flavor! Set aside a little of the meat, chop it up a little and mix it with the beans for an even more delicious treat.

Since both corn and potatoes are going to require about 1.5 hours, simply place them in about 1.5 hours before the ribs are due to be finished.

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