I thought that if I could smoke Cheese 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 or cost if you don’t own a smoker. What?!?!? What do you mean I can smoke peppers if I don’t own a smoker…………Just follow These Instructions and you can smoke them – I recommend 2 hours tops for peppers – then roast and use them or roast and freeze them or dry them and use later – all instructions are in this post.
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 In a deydrator according to the instructions or you can put them in the oven, at lowest setting and propping the door open to reach 140F consistently (you will need an oven thermometer) for 12 – 24 hours based on size. You want a leathery – not brittle – feel.
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 or a mason jar for a long time. To rehydrate, snap off the top and get rid of seeds inside then put in a cup of chicken/beef/vegetable broth or water and let it simmer in a pan on the stove for about 20 minutes then use as you wish.