Product received from Breville in exchange for review | Opinions are my own
I’ve always enjoyed a smokey flavor in my nosh. But after visiting North Carolina for the first time back in 2012 and being introduced to Southern BBQ, I craved it. I craved the warming flavor and the cozy feel that came with it.
But if you’ve ever set a smoker up in your yard, you’re well aware of the time, work, and clean-up involved. Sometimes it just doesn’t seem worth it, especially for me. Since moving to North Carolina, I’ve become a pescetarian. Since smoking fish doesn’t take very long, going through the effort to set up the smoker and bring it to temperature, only to let it run for an hour or two, just doesn’t seem worth it. Nine+ hours for a pork butt? Yes. One to two hours for a fillet of fish? Eh.
This is why I’m so excited about Breville’s Smoking Gun®.
The Smoking Gun® by Breville.
This impressive gadget infuses meats, fish, vegetables, sauces, and beverages with a naturally smokey flavor without heating things up. So if you want to give your chilled appetizers or your Bloody Mary some serious campfire vibes, this is the way to do it.
The complete package includes the battery-operated Smoking Gun®, four AA 1.5 V batteries, a removal burn chamber, removable mesh filters, a detachable silicone hose, and two .5 oz containers of wood chips — Applewood and Hickory.
Ease of use.
I was convinced that a bad ass gadget like this would be complicated, even if just slightly — but it couldn’t be easier!
Here are my thoughts:
The Smoking Gun® is compact. This bad boy is easy to store, which is a huge plus for people like me who have way too many kitchen gadgets to begin with.
Assembly is a cinch. I always recommend reading instructions so that you don’t miss anything important, but you can pretty much figure out how to put this gem together at first glance. It took me about a minute to put it together.
The smoking process takes only a few minutes. Once you’ve ignited the wood chips and can see smoke coming out of the end of the silicone hose, you can direct the smoke where required. I like to trap it in a dish containing whatever I want to infuse, beneath plastic wrap. Once a sufficient amount of smoke has accumulated, you can turn the smoker off and remove the hose. Though this gadget is small, it is mighty. I suggest using it outside, or in a garage with opened windows, at least.
The entire procedure is quick. The time needed to infuse your food or beverage is between 1-3 minutes. That’s it! I thought that seemed like an insufficient amount of time, but sure enough, the cod (pictured above) that I infused for my homemade clam chowder was wonderfully smokey; it tasted as if it had spent hours in an outdoor smoker.
You can also use dried herbs instead of wood chips. This still gives your food a smokey flavor, but with an herbaceous kick. I tried it with shrimp, burning a medley of dried thyme and rosemary, and the flavor carried out fabulously.
I would definitely recommend this product.
If you pine for smokey flavors, the Smoking Gun® is a must-have. It’s just too user-friendly and versatile of a product to not have on hand.
The product comes with nine recipe cards that will ease you into using the product in order to get you comfortable with it’s functionality and adaptability. Between the Smoked Chili Butter, Smoked Bourbon Cherry Ice Cream, and Smoked Pork Ribs With Coleslaw, you’ll feel like a pro in no time and will be coming up with any and every excuse to use this thing.
Convinced? See which local retailers are carrying Breville’s Smoking Gun® here.
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