For all you vegetarians out there, you too can enjoy tasty fares straight out of the smoker! There are several foods that fit the vegetarian diet plan, including cheese, nuts, fruit, and yes, even eggs. You may be asking yourself how it is possible to cook eggs in a smoker; but it is more than just possible, it’s actually quite delicious!
Continue reading to learn some easy tips for making smoked eggs like a pro!
Smoked eggs must go through a three-part process is important in order to get great results. They will be hard-boiled, then dehydrated, and finally, smoked. During the entire process, the egg shell will stay intact, even turning a dark color from the absorption of smoke. One of the most important parts of the whole smoked egg process is selecting a quality product.
Choosing the Eggs
Start the process off right by selecting the right carton of eggs. When buying eggs for the smoker, the general rule of thumb is to stick with small white eggs. Smaller eggs have stronger shells that will stand up to the smoking process. Another rule of thumb is to use eggs that are a few days old because they tend to peel better. If you must use fresh eggs, try steaming them for a few minutes before boiling them, which will make the shell come off easier.
Boiling the Eggs
The key to hard boiling the eggs is to not let the shells crack. Here’s some tips for preventing this from happening: First, add your eggs to the pot. Then add enough water to the pot so that the eggs are covered by 1 inch of water. Then add one tablespoon of white vinegar to the water and turn on the burner. Bring the water to a rapid boil, then cover the pot with a lid and turn the burner off. Let the eggs sit for 10 minutes without lifting the lid. After the 10 minutes are up, transfer your eggs to an ice bath to cool them down. Be sure not to crack the shells while handling the eggs.
Preparing the Eggs
Inspect the eggs to see if any shells are cracked. Set cracked eggs aside for something else; do not use them in the smoker. Place the remaining eggs that you will be using in the refrigerator to sit overnight. The next day, you will need to make a brine for the eggs. Simply mix together 1 cup of salt brine with 1 quart of water to make the brine. Place the eggs in the brine and let them sit for 72 hours.
Smoking the Eggs
Before you can smoke your eggs, you must dehydrate them first. Do this by setting your oven to 140 degrees Fahrenheit and baking the eggs for 4 hours. After you take them out of the oven, you can prepare your smoker. Set the smoker to 195 degrees Fahrenheit. You will smoke the eggs for 5 or 6 hours, turning them every couple of hours throughout. Be sure to monitor the internal temperature of your smoker during the cooking time. If it gets too hot, the eggs will explode.
Storing and Enjoying the Eggs
When the eggs are done smoking, let them cool completely, and then place them in the refrigerator for one day. After 24 hours are up, simply peel one back and enjoy all by itself! Pair your smoked eggs with a charcuterie of smoked cheese and nuts too!