Hickory Smoked Salt

smoked salt

I ran across smoked salt the other day and I thought, “Eight dollars for salt?”. Ok, it’s special sea salt from Maine. It’s slowly smoked so the flavors infuse etc etc. Still just sounds like salt that’s been put in a smoker to me. Unfortunately I don’t have a setup to do cold smoking, and my hot smoking setup is just a grill and a smoke box. So I improvised a little mini smoker from an old tea tin, some aluminum foil, and my camping stove.

smoked salt

smoked salt

The brown bits are the smokey

So the results are just so so. You can see in the above picture that some of the salt is still white. That stuff barely has any smokey to it. The dark bits on the other hand are pretty smokey. I have a few other ideas that I’d like to try out before I settle on the best method. I can’t imagine that anyone else will try to make this contraption so I’ll just quickly review what I did.

Drill holes in the top of a tea tin. Heat it up really hot to burn of any paint / chemicals that might be on it. Wrap 1/2 cup of salt in cheese cloth. Place wood chips (soaked) into the tin and put the lid on. Add Make a little volcano of tin foil around the top of the tin and put the cheese cloth wrapped salt into the volcano. Fire up the stove and let it smoke for a while. I think I smoked mine for 20 minutes.

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