There are not many blogs out there dedicated to cooking on a pellet smoker. I have been cooking, grilling & smoking over 35 yrs now. I recently bought a Traeger Lil Tex Elite pellet smoker & have cooked on it over six yrs. now. I would like to share recipes & info I have gained from cooking on it.
Update 2014: I have plenty of recipes here for the pellet smoker so I am now including other outdoor cooking and some of my indoor cooking too.
Christmas is getting close so I smoked some nuts today to
have for snacks. I found a recipe for chili lime almonds at Katheryn’s Kitchen
blog that sounded good. She did hers in the oven but I adapted it to my smoker
to add some smoke flavor. I had 3 lbs. of almonds and the recipe was for one
pound so I doubled it and did two pounds. I also had a pound of pistachios to
For the pistachios that I have done before I stir in two
tablespoons of melted butter per pound and add seasoning. You could also use
olive oil and your favorite seasoning, my favorite seasoning for them is Penzey’s
sandwich sprinkle. It is salt, garlic, parsley and the Italian seasonings.
I usually smoke the pistachios at 170 deg. for two hours;
they are already roasted so you don’t need much heat. Reading more on smoking
almonds I found for them it is best to smoke at 225 to 250 deg. for 2 to 3
hours when using any surgers in the seasoning mix, marinade. It’s also best to
let the almonds in the marinade for several hours in the fridge before smoking.
To save pellets and time I did the pistachios along with the almonds but just
for an hour and 15 minutes. I did the almonds for 2 hours and 20 minutes.
The pistachios came out great but I didn’t think my almonds
were as chili or lime tasting as I thought they would be. They may be better
done as the recipe in the oven on parchment paper so they set in the marinade
and caramelize. I think I lost a lot of the seasoning and marinade in the
perforated pan I used.
Our daughter is coming from the Chicago area and our son,
wife and the grandson will be here and we are having dinner on Christmas Eve,
holidays are the only time I call it dinner instead of supper. I am smoking
chicken and then shredding it for chicken sandwiches. My sides will be cheesy
scalloped potatoes, green bean casserole and some fresh corn I have vacuum
packed and frozen.
We will start with a late lunch having some appetizers,
shrimp cocktail, and some egg rolls and spring rolls. Then we will work into
having dinner about 5:30. The spring and egg rolls I ordered from a local Philippine
lady who is selling them to help her family back in the Philippines. She lost
her Aunt and Uncle in the recent floods and other family members lost their
home. She delivers them frozen for $8.00 a dozen. I got a doz. of each and will
donate some extra. I will know that the extra will go directly to some who
really need it.
Merry Christmas to all who celebrate it and for
all who don’t; may you have a Happy New Year’s Holiday. Ingredients for the almonds