Today I’m talking about one of my favorite kitchen tools for the summer- a stovetop smoker. If you have access to cooking in the outdoors and can do a real smoker all the better, but a stovetop smoker is a great alternative for those of us with less space!
Just a few weeks ago I was talking about BBQs as Memorial Day was coming up- and now it’s almost Fourth of July! I’m sure many of you will be attending cookouts this weekend and next, and using a smoker with plant-based foods brings them to a whole new level.
A nice thing to know about a stovetop smoker- it doesn’t produce a lot of smoke outside the pan. When I first got mine, I did not have a fan over my stove, and I was fine with just the window open- I’ve never set off the smoke detector. The most smoke I ever see is a very light wisp coming out the end- no need to be worried. They’re also small- you can easily bring one with you to a friend or family member’s shindig.
The smoker basically looks like a big rectangular pan with a cover that slides over it. You put a spoonful of wood shavings at the bottom, the tray over it, and the rack on top, where you put all your veggies. Very easy to use!
I love smoked tempeh smothered in BBQ sauce. You can make your own sauce or use store bought- it’s all good. The one pictured is made in the slow cooker with a bit too much bourbon. For the tempeh, you’ll want to steam it before smoking. You can do so in a steamer or in the microwave, with water or veggie broth- just don’t go too crazy with added flavors- you want the smokey taste to shine through.
I love, love, love to add a few ears of corn to the smoker, too- I toss it in the microwave (husks still on) for a couple of minutes first, shuck it, and then put it into the smoker. I tried asparagus as well- tasty, but the smoking process doesn’t work so well there. It’s great with sturdier veggies, though!
Get the recipe for Smoked BBQ Tempeh here!
Interesting note- former I Eat Plants coluninst JL wrote on her blog about her attempts to like tempeh more. Maybe she should try this method! Speaking of JL- don’t forget that she has a book event next month. It is really cool that she has a book coming out, and I hope you’ll all go out to her class!