15 Genius Ways to Make Smokey Foods Without a Smoker
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15 Genius Ways to Make Smokey Foods Without a Smoker

Believe it or not, hacking smokey-tasting food of all kinds is totally possible without shelling out big bucks for new equipment. And this collection of 15 smoldering recipes is here to show you how it’s done. Instead of tending to a fire for hours, get ready to reach for a few pantry staples — think chipotles, smoked salts, liquid smoke and so much more — to whip up some crowd-pleasing eats. You’ll be able to infuse dishes from dinner to dessert with that irresistible, cooked-over-a-fire flavor in no time at all!

1. Scandinavian Seafood Stew: Smoked shrimp impart a ton of depth into every bite of this elegant seafood stew. The mix of mussels and a flavorful broth will make you feel like you’re enjoying a bowlful by the seashore. (via XO Amys)

2. Barbecue and Paprika Chicken With Gremolata: Rubbed with barbecue spices and smoked paprika, these oven-roasted pieces of chicken deliver a hint of welcome woody flavor to your plate. (via Anina’s Recipes)

3. “Bacon” and Eggs Oatmeal: A mere sprinkle of smoked paprika and pepper transforms chicken skin into crisp, bacon-esque slices in just minutes. (via I Will Not Eat Oysters)

4. Cuban Grilled Cheese Sandwich: Up the smoked flavor quotient by using smoked deli meats along with smoked Swiss cheese in this delicious twist on the Cuban sandwich. (via Drool-Worthy)

5. Garlicky Oven-Roasted Vegetables: Smokey chickpeas and cauliflower tangle with artichokes and arugula to create this perfect-for-spring dish. (via Collecting Memories)

6. One-Pot Smokey Turkey Chili: A trifecta of smoked produce — jalapeños (aka chipotles), garlic and tomatoes — gives this chili such a wonderful depth of flavor. (via Chic Eats)

7. Pecan Praline With Smoked Sea Salt: A generous sprinkle of smoked sea salt means these candied pecans work well in both sweet and savory applications. (via Bake Bellissima)

8. Harissa and Maple Roasted Carrots: These carrots feature a wonderful juxtaposition of sweet and smokey courtesy of maple syrup and spicy harissa. (via Sweet Cayenne)

9. Slow Cooker Brisket Tacos: Liquid smoke makes every shred of this tender beef taste like it spent hours cooking over a fire. Toss it into your slow cooker before heading to the office for an easy way to celebrate Taco Tuesday. (via The Spice Kit Recipes)

10. Grilled Rosemary and Garlic Salmon: Grill this salmon over charcoal to up the smokey flavor experience even more. (via Fake Food Free)

11. Smokey Garlic Roasted Chickpeas: Munch on these crunchy chickpeas as a protein-packed alternative to barbecue-flavored potato chips. (via Vegan Does It)

12. Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich With Fried Pickles and Chipotle BBQ Aioli: Adding a few canned chipotles to the creamy mix of mayo and bottled BBQ sauce is an easy way to spice things up before tossing everything together with this melt-in-your-mouth pork. (via Drool-Worthy)

13. Blistered Shishito Peppers: Two ingredients — smokey chorizo and peppers — is all it takes to make this outstanding appetizer. (via Chic Eats)

14. Homemade Turkey Pastrami: Make your own lunch meat with this easy recipe; it’s Whole30-compatible to boot. (via Where the Cookies Are)

15. Grilled Corn With Smokey Peach Butter: It doesn’t get much more summery than this combo of grilling, corn and peaches. (via Five + Spice)

Have you ever used ingredient swaps to fake smoked food taste? Share your tips and tricks with us below!