I love Love LOVE food cooked in smokers. Usually this is a labor of love and the ultimate test of patience. Real heavy duty smokers can cost thousands of dollars and most people will not be investing in them any time soon. So I am constantly in search for cheaper and quicker alternatives.
Last year I blogged about a small smoker box I bought from William Sonoma that goes on your BBQ grill. While it works great, I was disappointed that it was too small and can only hold a couple of burgers at a time. But beggars can’t be chooser, right? It would be great, if there was easier and better way to do this – one that can be implemented indoors even in the winter months, I thought.
Then a couple of weeks ago, I was watching Chopped All Stars Finale and Marcus Samuelson used a stove top smoker. Ted Allen commented on how this is a great product with authentic results and really inexpensive. So, of course, I had to check it out. I looked it up on the internet and found that there are couple of popular brands out there that cost around $50. Not bad, huh?!
I picked up Cameron brand from Bed Bath and Beyond in Norwalk for just about $48. What I really liked about this product was that it functions on your stove top as well as on the BBQ grill outside. It comes with a couple of boxes of wood chips to get you started. A guide book is enclosed in the package to give you the basics of types and wood chips to use, the cooking times and even some recipes.
Keeping in mind the smoke and mess that is created when cooking outdoors on a BBQ, I was fascinated at how light and easy to handle this stove top smoker is. When using on stove top, the handles stay cool to the touch which makes life really easy. And the best part …. clean-up afterwards was a breeze.
So far I have tried making burgers and chicken with Indian spices on it. It is amazing how much flavor the smoking process adds to the food. Cook time was no more than 20-30 minutes for each…which makes weeknight dinners a snap but the results are so phenomenal that people would think you have slaved for hours.