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Smoky Tomatoes

  • 4 cups plum tomatoes
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Maple Wood Chips

Cut the tomatoes in half, placing cut side up on the smoker rack. Sprinkle the exposed half with red wine vinegar and salt and pepper. Smoke for 12 minutes on medium/low heat using maple wood chips. Remove from heat and leave lid closed for another 3 minutes. Now the fun begins!

Want a simple appetizer? Just sprinkle the tops with Parmesan cheese and place under broiler to brown. Gourmet pizza? Place smoked tomatoes into a saucepan with 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/4 cup red wine, and 1/4 cup chopped basil leaves. Reduce slightly and you have the beginning of a great pizza. Smoky salsa? Just add chopped onions, jalapeños, cilantro, cucumbers, and before you can pour a margarita you’ve got a great salad.

Try smoking things like garlic, jalapeño peppers, and onions. Then use them in your sauces for a very earthy flavor.