I have received ‘flak’ from the purists (you know who you are!) when I suggested the average person who didn’t have time, equipment or materials could achieve some decent smoke flavoring on the surface of their meat by using a spray application of liquid smoke. Now I never intended to suggest this was anything like a true smoking process – but a reasonable way to add smoke flavor. After all, using the randomness of smoke particles suspended in hot air or direct application of smoke particles suspended in water – which would you choose in a hurry? I thought so!
My resident cupcake princess suggested I demonstrate various ways to use liquid smoke as a way to explain some reasonable expectation. Guess what I discovered with some online sleuthing? There are plenty of folks (are you one?) who have come up with some amazing ways to use liquid smoke – and I am celebrating one of them this week. I was sent a link to a food blog called “Cupcake Project” where the author, Stef, presents a BBQ flavored cupcake. I’ll use her words to describe it:
My cupcakes get jealous at BBQs – all of that BBQ smoke and sweet corn at meal time and none at dessert. That’s why I created the All American BBQ cupcake. The cupcake is a chocolate cupcake with a secret ingredient – liquid smoke. The liquid smoke gives the chocolate a fantastic smoky smell and taste. The frosting is a sweet corn cream cheese frosting that has just enough corn to scream summer BBQ, but not too much to say, “Ewww, corn frosting!”
Thanks Stef for giving me permission to feature your photo and recipe. Welcome to the Cookout! ~ Barry CB Martin
Welcome to the Cookout! ~ Barry CB Martin