No this post doesn't belong in the Brown Leaf Forum. I just finished smoking sea salt and peppercorns. I ran across a recipe for smoking your own salts and peppers for a lot less than if you had bought them.
Since I had a Cameron's smoking pan and more than enough wood chips I thought I would give it a go.
I soaked Hickory wood chips ( about 1/2 cup) in cold water for 1/2 hour. I have a bag of European Style Peppercorns from a local spice shop. This blend is about 3 parts Tellicherry black to 1 part Muntoc white.
I made 2 aluminum foil boats, 1 for the pepper, 1 for the salt.
The Chips were loaded in the pan, the foil boats were added with the Peppers and Sea Salt. The smoker was then closed, (almost). I left it open about an inch and put it on the stove at medium heat. At the first sign of smoke I sealed the smoker and turned the heat down to medium low.
The timer was set for 30 minutes. During the process only a slight hint of smoke was coming out of the pan, so I think my heat control was spot on.
After 30 minutes, Heat off, smoker top opened (the house smells great) and the salt a peppers were set to cool for 1 hour.
After cooling I sampled some of the salt and lo and behold it not only picked up the Hickory, but there was also a slight Pepper flavor as well. I have 2 older mills that I'll load with my new creation.
Looking for any other experiences or recipes for smoking your own salt and Pepper.