Actually I had very little to do with the outcome, as the procedure is as simple as can be. Simply season the meat, put the wood chips in the pan, place the drip pan & rack in the pan, place the meat or vegetables in on the rack, put the pan over medium heat and set the kitchen timer.
The stovetop smokers have been out for years and years but I never felt the need for one as my dad had perfected his method of smoking salmon and other foods in his large outdoor smoker.
But this is a entirely different creature! No brining necessary, unless you want to.
I chose to smoke two pork tenderloins ~ the results were the most juicy and succulent pork I have ever prepared (or eaten!)
The results were OUTSTANDING, honestly some of the best pork I have ever eaten, and the best part is it took so little effort!
Surprisingly the smoke flavor penetrated every morsel of meat but did not overwhelm ~ of course you could increase the amount of wood chips used if you like a more pronounced smoke flavor. However, I prefer just a mild hint of smoke for delicately flavored meats.
In the past I have made Asian tea-smoked chicken, and a few other things using my trusty wok as a smoker, but this is FAR simpler and actually foolproof if you follow the simple instructions.
I served one loin with Dijon-Green Peppercorn sauce (first time for that particular recipe; and another keeper ~ it's creamy and mild and just slightly pungent, didn't overpower the delicate flavor of the meat. It would be divine with beef tenderloin, steaks, simply prepared chicken or fish, as well.
I'm going to add a spicy Orange-Ginger glaze to the other for dinner this evening.
I was a bit apprehensive that smoke aroma would fill the kitchen area, but it did not! Just a faint hint of something cooking, actually it was difficult to detect that there was and smoking going on at all. The key is to use the unit over medium heat only ~ and it worked perfectly.
Emeril also makes a stovetop smoker, but it is considerably heavier than the version I have.
I chose this one, manufactured by Cameron and available at several places. I purchased mine at amazon.com, as it was the best price point I found:
Large version (15 x 11 x 3.5 inches) ~ Qualifies for FREE Super Saver Shipping.
Cameron Cookware Stainless Steel Stovetop Smoker
or the Smaller version (11 x 7 x 3 inches):
Cameron Cookware Gourmet Mini Smoker
The large version comes with 4 generous sample tubs of woodchips so you can try which ones you prefer, and begin smoking right away. There is a helpful cook booklet enclosed and further instructions for using the pan to smoke larger cuts of meat and poultry (by tenting with foil, rather than using the flat lid), the pans can also be used as steamers.
I recommend this method of cooking, and anticipate using the smoker frequently for all kinds of meats and vegetables. There are a couple of smoked tomato recipes I've been wanting to try ~ one is for a smoked relish/salsa, and the other uses smoked tomatoes in a lovely soup. I'll be sharing those and others in upcoming posts.
The recipe and instructions for the Smoked Pork Tenderloin and the Dijon-Green Peppercorn sauce will be up on my recipe blog a little later today if you would like them.