After smoking every meat I could practically get my hands on I became curious as to how something sweet would taste with a smoked flavor. Some of my friends had baked pies and crumbles on a smoker and those turned out very well.
Being fascinated with making jams (and loving how easy it was) and the ability to control exactly what goes into them, I made a few varieties in 2019 including strawberry, mango, and guava. None required any additional pectin (a common thickening agent), instead relying on the natural pectin within the fruit and lemon juice to aid as a thickening agent.
- 3 pounds fresh strawberries
- 3 kiwis
- 3 cups of white sugar
- Juice of one lemon
- 3 sprigs of mint
- Fill cold smoker with wood, I used a mixture of Cherry/Hickory and Maple wood chips. The cold smoker I bought is an amazing product that can add a smokey flavor to anything you wish to smoke, once lit it puts out smoke for up to 12 hours! You can purchase here.
- In a large tray pour in 3 cups of sugar spreading throughout the tray – during the smoking process, you will need to stir often.
- I smoked the sugar for about 3 hours until the sugar had slighted changed color.
- It’s important to smoke sugar at outside temps below 70 degrees or it could melt. Note cold smoking does not add any heat to the smoking process.
- Once this is complete the normal jam making process can start
- Wash and Chop Strawberries and Kiwi’s and blend, combine the juice of one lemon and then mix in smoked sugar
- Heat in a non-reactive pan, stainless is ideal.
- Add in mint and cook, stirring a frequently to avoid sticking
- Get the temperature of the mixture to between 215 degrees and 220 degrees, this will take 30 to 40 minutes
- Remove mint
- Once the foam disappears to reveal a jamminess quality you can tell that it’s done
The smoke flavor takes this jam in new and wonderful direction. It’s not overpowering, it’s subtle and the smoke flavor hits you afterward. It doesn’t take away from the fruit flavor, and the after-notes are an unexpected twist. It replaces the usual fruit acid/zing endnote with a smokey diversion. It’s definitely worth trying!