How to Smoke Salt (Super Easy To Do At Home!)

Virtually every dish or recipe calls for salt!

It’s great in savory dishes, as well as sweet! I mean who doesn’t love salted caramel or salty fries!

So where does smoked salt come into play?

There’s nothing wrong with common everyday kosher salt, iodized table salt, or coarse salt.

However smoked salt can give your dishes that delicious smokey taste, without having to grill up for your smoker!

Here is the salt we smoked on the left and pink Himalayan salt on the right

Get Creative and Make Your Smoked Salt

Smoked salt isn’t that difficult nor expensive to make at home. There’s no real ‘secret’ ingredient for smoking salt, and literally, anyone can make it as long as they have a smoker.

You can use any type of smoker too!

Going out and purchasing a small amount of smoked salt can easily set you back about ten bucks. And an assortment of salts that have been smoked and labeled as ‘gourmet’ can cost way more than that.

Which is a little ridiculous considering that you can make it at home for much less than that.

Another reason that you should make smoked salts at home is that they also make for great personalized and thoughtful gifts. Much like how homemade infused oils are enjoyed by many.

With smoked salts, you can easily make a truly one-of-a-kind batch for your friends and loved ones, and store them in pretty little glass jars to give away.

And if you’re not giving them away and just making a batch for yourself, it’s a good idea to store the salt in an airtight container. This is to ensure that you truly lock in all of that smoky flavor.

Salt we smoked at home using hickory wood chips

How Can You Use Smoked Salt?

There’s nothing like the taste of smoked food. There’s a reason why people love smoked goods so much. For example, there’s smoked salmon, smoked cheese, smoked meats, and the list goes on.

However, buying specifically smoked foods can get expensive. And smoking food at home isn’t the easiest task.

Another great thing about using a smoked type of salt is that it’s completely vegan. Most vegans and vegetarians don’t typically get to enjoy smoked foods.

Try sprinkling it on or in:

What Type of Salt Should You Use?

There’s no hard or fast rule as to what type of salt you should use to smoke.

While we certainly have a few that we’d recommend over others, our biggest tip is to not use salt that’s too fine. The larger and coarser it is, the better!

Here’s a list of salts we’d best recommend for smoking:

  • Flake Salt — like Morton kosher salt
  • Coarse Sea Salt
  • Celtic Sea Salt
  • Vampire Salt
  • Jacobsen Salt

And if you’re ever in doubt, then just go with any sort of flakey salt.

The salt we use at home, pink Himalayan salt and hickory smoked salt

What Wood Chips Should You Use to Smoke Salt?

Using different types of hardwood chips is where you can truly experiment and personalize the salt that you smoke.

And unlike the limitations that come with choosing what kind of wood you use to smoke brisket, there’s no specific rule here.

You can choose whatever flavor you’d like since salt is much more neutral than types of meats.

Of course, we’d personally recommend that you try one of these:

  • Applewood chips
  • Cherry wood chips
  • Oakwood chips
  • Mesquite wood chips

But feel free to experiment and make lots of different batches!

The great thing about experimenting with different wood chip combos with salts is that it’s not so bad if the flavor doesn’t come out tasting right.

Since salt is so cheap, you don’t have to worry about ‘spoiling’ a batch.

Our final tip in regards to wood chips is that you should soak the chips in water before you smoke them. This helps them from burning up too early.

What You’ll Need and the Method for Smoking Salt

The ingredients you’ll need includes:

  • Your favorite salt you’ve chosen to smoke
  • Your desired type of wood chips
  • A tiny bit of water

The tools and equipment you’ll need includes:

  • One big bowl
  • A cold smoker
  • Parchment paper
  • A glass container (for storing the salt)

The Steps for Smoking Salt

  1. You’ll want to make sure that the inside of your bowl is a little wet with water. Then pour your salt into the bowl and toss it around so that it absorbs some of that water. But you don’t want the salt to be floating in the water or anything like that.


  2. After that, start up your cold smoker. Next, lay the parchment paper in the smoker, and place the damp salt on top of the sheet.

  3. Leave it to smoke for about 2.5 hours. Make sure that you check on the smoking situation every hour. And don’t forget to shuffle the salt a little bit with a wooden spatula. This will make sure that the smoke flavor isn’t being distributed unevenly.

  4. After that, just pour the salt into your glass jar, and it’s ready for keeping or gifting!

Smoked Salt Recipe

Smoked Salt

Super simple smoked salt recipe that will yield you declious salt you can use on any dishes or gift to friends and fmaily
Cook Time2 hrs 20 mins
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: condiment
Cuisine: Barbecue
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 2kcal
Author: Charlie
Cost: 3

Equipment

  • Smoker

Ingredients

  • 1 cup salt
  • wood chips

Instructions

  • You'll want to make sure that the inside of your bowl is a little wet with water. Then pour your salt into the bowl and toss it around so that it absorbs some of that water. But you don't want the salt to be floating in the water
  • After that, start up your cold smoker. Next, lay the parchment paper in the smoker, and place the damp salt on top of the sheet.
  • Leave it to smoke for about 2.5 hours. Make sure that you check on the smoking situation every hour. And don't forget to shuffle the salt a little bit with a wooden spatula. This will make sure that the smoke flavor isn't being distributed unevenly.
  • After that, just pour the salt into your glass jar, and it's ready for keeping or gifting!

And that’s it! We know food tastes waaaaay better with salt. But once you try this smoked salt your going to be making this for everyone you know!


Smoke On!

Charlie

Author: Charlie Reeves
Hi, I’m Charlie, I am head taste tester at Simply Meat Smoking! I love it grilling, smoking, and getting out in the yard with the kids! The family also love to test all my recipes (especially my EXTRA CRISPY pulled pork, smoky pork loin, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill)

You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling adventures with you!

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