I smoked some jalapenoes last summer (or was it early fall?). I didn't dry my peppers. I just put them in the smoker, and smoked them for a couple hours at about 250*F. I stored my Chipotles in the refrigerator until they were used up, which took a couple of months, as my family doesn't really do the hot stuff. By the time the last pepper was used, it had dried out in the refrigerator.
I'm thinking about smoking some Ancho chiles this year, and use those for some chili.
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