Bourbon Barrel Smoked Pepper

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Bourbon Barrel Smoked Pepper

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A spicy favorite in Mexican, Latin American and Tex-Mex cuisines are smoked chile peppers – most notably "Morita" Chipotles, premium "Meco" Chipotles and the hard to find Pasilla de Oaxaca Chiles – and these have long been coveted for the deep rich smoky flavor they provide. In recent years, there has been an explosion in the amount of quality smoked salts available – usually cold smoked over alder, apple, cherry, hickory or mesquite wood. And since we started our company one of our best sellers has been our Smoked Paprika.

The Hunt for a Great Smoked Pepper 
Struck by these smoky flavors and inspired by several of our customers who asked us to source a top grade smoked pepper, we went searching for a high quality pepper to fit this bill. We tried numerous smoked black peppercorns and none of these were smoky or flavorful enough. Until we came across this one. We were hooked on the aroma alone as soon as we opened the sample. Tasting it just sent us aver the edge.

This smoked black pepper is sure to become a fast rising star in your kitchen and you’ll certainly be able to impress your friends and family as well. Maybe even better, you'll be able to tell a great story about this Bourbon Barrel Smoked Black Pepper. And who doesn't love a good story?

Uncovering the Secret
The key to a good smoked chile or salt is the slow, cold smoked process, and naturally a good black pepper would need to be done the same way. Smaller ingredients like a medium or coarse grain of pepper are usually too fragile to be smoked over heat. We’ve also found suppliers who smoked whole peppercorns but they just didn’t quite pick up enough smoky flavor.

We found this artisan supplier in the bluegrass state of Kentucky who has perfected this cold smoking method. He slow smokes cracked black peppercorns from the wood of aged Kentucky bourbon barrels. The result is a robust, intoxicating aroma with wonderful hints of smoke and oaky flavor in addition to the gentle heat that black pepper provides.

Where to Use
We’ve found ourselves using this zesty smoked cracked black pepper just about everywhere we love pepper - burritos, grilled chicken, corn on the cob, eggs, mac and cheese, pepper steak, salads, tacos, tostadas, and quesadillas.

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