3 Ingredients You Can Smoke for Your Cooking Needs

3 Ingredients You Can Smoke for Your Cooking Needs

Posted on: January 17, 2023

Just as you can smoke meat to give it a delicious, smoky flavor, you can also smoke other ingredients to add flavor to your dishes. Smoked foods are a great addition to any meal and are a perfect way to add flavor and depth of flavor to your dishes. Next time you’re in the mood for smoked food, try smoking one of these three ingredients:


Smoked salt is a great way to add flavor to your food. You can buy smoked salt at the store or make it at home.

To make smoked salt, you will need:

-Sea salt


-Wood of your preference

Many different types of wood can be used for smoking, each imparting its own unique flavor. Mesquite-smoked sea salt is a popular choice for barbeque enthusiasts. Mesquite is a fragrant hardwood that provides an intense, smoky flavor.

You can also experiment with other types of woods in your smoking to see which you like best. Pro-food smokers come with a wide range of woods you can try out. For instance, the Bradley Smoker has 17 different Bradley Bisquettes you can choose from.

To prepare smoked salt, put the salt in a pan or baking tray, and place it on top of the rack inside your smoker. Allow your salt to smoke for an hour before removing it. Keep in mind that smoking salt intensifies its flavor, so you may not need more than an hour. The longer you smoke the salt with wood, the acrider it will become. Start checking the flavor of the salt after an hour to avoid that.

After you’ve smoked your salt, allow it to cool before storing it in an airtight container or jar. There it will continue to absorb the smoke. Some people claim the taste gets better with time. Try it out for yourself and see how it goes!

There are many ways to prepare food with smoked salt. Instead of using regular salt when cooking potatoes, try sprinkling on some smoked salt instead. You can also use it when seasoning fish. It is good for most types of cooking, especially those where you would usually use regular salt.


Smoking sugar is a great way to give it a unique flavor and make it a little more special. It’s not hard to do, but there are a few things you need to know before you get started.

The first thing you need is some sugar. Any type of sugar will work, but brown sugar has a richer flavor. You’ll also need some smoking wood chips. Apple and cherry are good choices for a beginner. You can also go for maple and hickory if you want a different taste.

Once you decide on the wood, prepare your smoker. Cold smoking works best for sugar. High temperatures will melt your sugar, and you don’t want that. Set the temperature on your smoker to between 185 °F and 203 °F (85 °C and 95 °C). This will ensure the sugar doesn’t burn too quickly.

Next, add a layer of sugar on top of the smoke pan and close the smoker. You will need to open the smoker and give it a good stir every 30 minutes or so. This will help the sugar to smoke evenly.

You mustn’t let the sugar burn, so keep an eye on it. As a general rule, two hours is enough for smoking. However, other factors like the type of smoker and sugar you use will also affect the smoking time.

The sugar is ready when it has turned a nice golden brown. You can also test the flavor of the smoked sugar by tasting a pinch. If it tastes smoky enough, then that means you’ve done it correctly!

Take it off the heat and let it cool down before using. You can use your smoked sugar in any recipe that calls for sugar.


Smoked paprika is a type of paprika that has been dried and smoked. It has a smoky, earthy flavor that can be used in many different dishes.

To use smoked paprika in cooking, you first need to prepare it. Here is how to do it:

1. Preheat your smoker to 180 °F (82 °C).

2. Spread paprika onto a perforated sheet or in a smoker pouch.

3. Smoke the paprika for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes to ensure it is cooking evenly.

4. Store smoked paprika in an airtight container at room temperature until you are ready to use it. This will allow it to stay fresh and delicious for as long as possible. Just take out what you need, and the rest will keep for later use! Smoked paprika can also be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Final Thoughts

You can smoke all sorts of ingredients in your kitchen to use in recipes. Have fun with the wood selection, and you just might discover new flavors you didn’t know existed. Happy smoking!

Interested in learning what else you can smoke? Check out the articles below:
Can I Smoke Pre-Cooked Meats?
5 Types of Meat You Didn’t Know You Could Smoke

For more great ideas on how to get the most out of your Bradley Smoker, check out the awesome articles on our Bradley Smoker Food Smoking Blog for more tips & tricks.