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Old 06-26-2011, 08:41 AM   #1
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Using Liquid Smoke

Have you used liquid smoke before? I'm looking for some tips. We really enjoy baby back ribs here, but I don't have a smoker (and probably won't for a while as it's down our list of purchase priorities right now). I make mine by doing a dry rub, steaming in the oven, then doing a mop as they grill over flame. I'm wondering if I could get some smoke flavor in with using liquid smoke.

And I'm not talking about using it just for BBQ... I'm sure it has it's place in other things as well. I have known for a while that it's an all-natural ingredient, but just have not had the time to really explore the uses for it. I remember someone putting it in potato salad (??) or some such dish. I've also heard that it is VERY strong and a little goes a long way.

So, any tips for using this ingredient? Thanks!!

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Old 06-26-2011, 08:42 AM   #2
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I started using it recently. It's good in braising liquid. The members here told me not to use too much.
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Old 06-26-2011, 09:33 AM   #3
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Back in "the day", I used liquid smoke when grilling some ribs and even got a smoke ring. I mixed some with water in a pie tin and set it directly on a burner with the ribs grilled indirect. I've used a few drops when concocting BBQ sauce, also, to tame down the vinegar. I used to have a recipe around here somewhere using liquid smoke and sardines for a cracker dip, but I can't remember the other ingredients. I'm sure I could hunt it up.
I use it very sparingly. I'm on my second bottle in 25 years, lol.
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Old 06-26-2011, 09:36 AM   #4
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I put a tablespoon in marinade for pork. It has a great smoky flavor. A tablespoon may sound like a lot but most of it remains behind in the marinade.

For your ribs, add it to the ribs during the steaming process.
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Old 06-26-2011, 09:57 AM   #5
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Pop a beef brisket into your crock pot. Pour a cup of coffee in there if you have one handy, if not, just add enough water to cover the meat. Add a couple generous splashes of liquid smoke. Cook for 8-hours on low.

Remove the meat and scrape the fat off. Shred it.

We fry some corn tortillas quickly in hot oil (so that they are still pliable and yet have a bit of crunch to them) and sprinkle them with salt. Top with meat, cheese and lettuce. Add a bit of finely diced onion if you're feeling really wild; this is definitely one of those dishes where less is more.
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Old 06-26-2011, 10:47 AM   #6
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Around here it's used as an insecticide....As a Cattle Spray, A Sheep Dip, In the misting systems of Hog Parlors, and Dairy Barns (Except in the Milking Shed) and in Chicken Houses. I've sprayed it on dogs to prevent fleas and ticks for an entire year!!!
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Old 06-26-2011, 11:02 AM   #7
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I'll have to keep that flea & tick preventative in mind...

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Old 06-26-2011, 11:09 AM   #8
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Around here it's used as an insecticide....As a Cattle Spray, A Sheep Dip, In the misting systems of Hog Parlors, and Dairy Barns (Except in the Milking Shed) and in Chicken Houses. I've sprayed it on dogs to prevent fleas and ticks for an entire year!!!

So you're saying I could repel annoying insects AND smell good at the same time. It's a combination bug spray and cologne! I sense a business opportunity here.
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I've got a bottle that is 105 years old this year. Yup, 105... and the stuff still smells and looks useable! :)

Splash some in your ground beef for burgers, tacos, meatloaves.....
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AND smell good at the same time
Maybe as a perfume in the old Combat Zone........
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