Smoked Potato Chips

I had my Weber Smokey Mountain smoker set up for a cold smoke the other day, making a batch of smoked cheeses. Since I already had everything in place, I decided to throw on a bag of cheap, plain potato chips. In a short time I had a batch of fantastic tasting smoked potato chips! How easy is that?!
Smoked Potato ChipsCold smoking can be a tricky endeavor. The key is to not get above 90 F. Though chips aren’t as picky as cheeses, which of course can melt if you get your temperatures too high, you still don’t want to cook them over high heat or get too much smoke on them.

My cold smoke setup is easy: 4 lit charcoal briquettes topped with a piece of apple wood. Once the wood starts to smoke I put on the chips or cheeses or whatever I am cold smoking. I monitor the temperature in the smoker, making any damper adjustments needed to maintain 90 F. It’s easier to do on a cloudy, cool day. I taste as I go, until I get the amount of smoky flavor I want.

Cold Smoke SetupServe up even more smoky goodness by making some smoked onion dip.

Smoked Potato Chips

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Author: Mike

Ingredients

For cold smoking

  • 4 lit charcoal briquettes
  • 1 small chunk apple wood

For the smoked potato chips

  • 1 bag plain potato chips

Instructions

For cold smoking

  • Place the 4 lit briquettes in the bottom of your smoker.
  • Add the wood chunk.
  • Once the wood is smoking, you can add the potato chips.

For the smoked potato chips

  • Place the chips in an aluminum pan over a cold smoke setup at 90 F.
  • Smoke 20-30 minutes, gently tossing once or twice, until the desired smoke taste is achieved.

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