Let’s go boy scout crazy! Let’s build the perfect stove top smoker out of ordinary, every day household items. No campfires. No expensive specialty kitchen equipment. Just you, me, a pan and a plan.
This is how we’ll do it. First, I’ll give you a recipe for success. Then, I’ll provide as much details as I can about what I used so you can build your own. Cast iron type cookware will work best here. The rest is up to you!
Behold! A real DIY, how to build a stove top smoker. Wanna try it for yourself? How about my Queen of the Tearling Stove Top Smoked Salmon?
- 1/2 - 3/4 cup of mesquite wood chips, soaked in water for at least 2 hours
- A dutch oven pan with a tall lid
- A baker's cooling rack large enough to rest on the edges of the dutch oven
- Enough Aluminum Foil to wrap around the dutch oven
- Working with the dutch oven, tear off a sheet of aluminum foil large enough to wrap around the whole dutch oven. Nestle the aluminum foil on the inside of the bottom of the pan, sides stretch outward to wrap around the lid. This helps trap the smoke inside the pan.
- Next, drain the mesquite chips and spread over one half of the bottom of the pan.
- Set the baker's rack on top of the pan.
- Over a medium flame, heat the pan until the chips begin to smoke.
- Add meat, fish or veg to the pan, top with the lid and wrap the whole shebang in the excess foil and you're ready to start smoking!
- I built my stove top smoker out of pots and pans acquired over the years. This will give you some ideas and starting points.
- Wood chips - Weber 17103 Mesquite Wood Chips
- Dutch oven base - Le Creuset Signature Flame 3.5 qt Cocotte
- Lid - Le Creuset 10¼ inch Skillet in Dune
- Baker's Cooling Rack - Paderno World Cuisine 8 5/8 Inch Chromed Round Cooling Rack