I thought that if I could smoke tomatoes I could smoke some chile peppers and sure enough, I did! It was sooooo easy too! You can smoke all sorts of peppers with very little work.
Here’s all you need:
Handful of chile peppers or other peppers from the garden or grocery store. You can use hot or sweet peppers easily.
Food grade gloves/eye protection
The peppers must be free of bruising or insect bites. They should be firm and not soft.
Put on your gloves and wash the peppers. In the meantime, turn on your smoker adding wood chips if you like. Pecan wood is especially good for this. Dry off the peppers and place them on the highest rack of your smoker.
You can smoke your peppers for 2 or 4 hours.
I left mine for 4 hours and then transferred them to the dehydrator for 6 more hours, at least in my dehydrator.
You can finish off the peppers by dehydrating (described below) or you can peel them after smoking them and freeze them or roast them in the oven.
You will have to watch the peppers in your dehydrator and whenever they look dark red (for red chile peppers) or black (for green peppers) and there is no moisture left in, they are finished!
You can store them in a Ziploc bag for a long time. Just for kicks, I threw on a regular green pepper and used it in the same way. I plan to re-hydrate them in either water or olive oil.
Isn’t this a great little recipe?!?! What would you use them with? I’m always looking for new ideas!