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Oct 7, 2011 07:35 AM

Smoked Salt?

Help! I'm preparing a recipe for Smoky Braised Pork Shoulder that calls for 4 tsp smoked salt. Can't find it in any store...can I just use koher salt? It also calls for smoke paprika, cumin, cinnamon cracked pepper & cocoa powder...oh and I need this for noon today. Help!

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  1. A drop or two of liquid smoke would probably take care of that part of the essence.
    A few years back at a huge Asian grocery store I bought some smoked salt from China, I didn't think much of it at the time, but when I opened it and smelled it it smelled like burning railroad ties so I tossed it. Liquid smoke would be way better than that, i think.

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    1. re: EWSflash

      FYI- The liquid smoke worked perfectly with the Kosher salt and the roast was terrific. My entire house smelled so good while it was in the oven, sort of chocolate and smokey. Thanks so much for all your help! This site is great!

      1. re: DCinNorCal

        Yeah, this site is great, all right.

    2. This may be a little late for you, but Trader Joe's has smoked salt in a grinder. I think I paid $1.99 or $2.99. You can also get it at Williams Sonoma and many gourmet shops. I haven't seen it in supermarkets though.

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      1. re: iluvcookies

        Thanks, I'l pick some up at TJ's for "next time." I got some liquid smoke and added it to the kosher salt and the other spices. It's in the oven and smelling great!

      2. For the future, since you most likely solved this dilemma already, if you grill, you can smoke your own salt, use about two cups of soaked wood chips on the grill (on the coals) or in a wok, 2 cups of kosher salt in aluminum pan, cover and let smoke for 1/2 to 1 hour or so. Keeps indefinitely in a covered container.

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            1. re: bushwickgirl

              I use a mix of salt, pepper and garlic powder. After grilling out I just put it on the grill off to the side, throw a handfull of chips on the coals, close the vents, take it off in the morning.
              I use it on about everything.

              1. re: bushwickgirl

                I know this is an old thread, but I was wondering if you have made this yourself? Does it taste as good as the stuff you buy in the stores?

                I bought some fantastic smoked red pepper sea salt at The Spanish Table that I have been putting in everything (even bread!) and just love it. It's not horribly expensive, but I was thinking of making some for holiday gifts--pretty easy to figure out the ingredients (salt, red chili pepper). I have never smoked anything and am happy to try if it turns out well most of the time.

                1. re: sandiasingh

                  I smoke salt and sugar in my smoker every time I have a leftover rack available. Way better than store bought.

                  1. re: JMF

                    Great. I will give it a shot then.

                    One question: sugar? How does one use smoked sugar?

                    1. re: sandiasingh

                      Hot chocolate and coffee are great. I also use to make syrups, and deserts. Broiled apples and pears with caramelized smoked sugar on top, with a tiny bit of smoked salt, over vanilla ice cream.

                      Place a large coffee filter or one paper towel on smoker rack and lay down 1/4-1/2 inch of salt/sugar.

                      1. re: JMF

                        Oh boy oh boy, JMF! Can't wait to try this. Sometimes I think I've done everything and somebody comes along with an awesome idea like this. Thank you!

                        1. re: JMF

                          JMF, one more question. What kind of wood chips do you use to smoke salt and sugar?

                          1. re: sandiasingh

                            It doesn't really matter. I've done apple, hickory, cherry, and pecan. Since the salt and sugar are only used in small amounts it only adds a nice hint of smoke, not enough to actually tell which wood. Also, I like to get the salt and sugar as smoky as possible. So I may run it through the smoker several times when I am smoking various meats. So they may have a blend of smoke on them.

                            1. re: JMF

                              Good answer. I will pass that on to our grillmeister. Thank you.

                2. Dairyland makes a pretty decent smoked salt. I put it in my salt grinder. I like their smoked pepper as well, except some may not like the pre-ground.


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