Eggs are good for us. There is no doubt about that. They make a great snack and are really handy to have hard boiled in the fridge for those desperate times, but have you tried smoked eggs?
However, when we think of eggs, most of us don’t get too excited. They are usually fairly flavourless and the only way to combat that is to drench them in salt or curry powder.
Don’t worry though, I have a couple of tricks up my sleeve. Smoked eggs. It is the simple way to add a tonne of flavour to your eggs. You can even grill em! I think you get the most authentic flavour when use the best charcoal smoker!
To be honest, it’s actually a lot easier than you think, let me explain how to smoke or grill eggs.
Charlies Hot Tip
Cooking time does differ depending on how hot your embers are. So for a faster cook get your eggs buried first thing in the morning while the embers are still hot!
I have put two methods below on how to smoke eggs, try both and let me know which one you love more! FYI the second one is my fav!
- Put your eggs into a pot and let them boil for around 12 minutes or until hard boiled.
- Remove from the pot and let cool, then peel.
- Set up your smoker as per your instruction manual and preheat to 220°F.
- Place eggs in the smoker and smoke for 10 – 15 minutes.
- You can keep them in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Another method you can try is cooking the eggs in the grill. This is a good method for baked eggs as well.
- Grab a muffin tin and crack them inside, you will need to leave them for around 35 minutes at around 330 degrees F.
- I do recommend submerging them in cold water to stop the cooking process after you have removed them. Once the eggs are finally cooked and cooled you are ready to go get smoking!
- Now you need to reduce the temperature to around 170 -180 degrees F. As you know eggs take on any flavour, so I recommend using a hickory or cherry wood as they both go well together.
- Now, place your eggs straight onto the grates and let them smoke for 30 – 35 minutes, you can go up to 50 minutes but I don’t enjoy the taste or texture after that. You might find the eggs go a bit rubbery after 40 minutes.
You will notice that your eggs start to turn a little bit yellow, this is normal so don’t worry 🙂 The colour will indicate how much smoke flavour they have taken on.
Once your eggs are completely cooled use them how you please! One of my favourite ways is in a potato salad! Whenever I make this for a BBQ, I have people lining up to know mu secret!
Charlies Hot Tip
If you want to give smoked eggs a proper go, you will need to get a smoker. Personally I think that pellet smokers are the best for this recipe, so I have put together a guide to Best Pellet Smokers of 2019, all have been personally tested by me (and tasted).
How Long To Boil An Egg
Boiling an egg is a simple task. However, there is a lot of debate over boiling times and when to place your eggs in the water.
Personally, I think that the eggs should be placed in cold water, so the eggs are covered by about 1 inch of water.
Set the cooked to medium high heat and once the water has reached a steady simmer, start your timer.
You want to maintain a steady simmer on your eggs, you don’t want a rough boil. This can crack your eggs and leave you with a right rubbery mess.
Your egg white is cooked and solid, however the yolk is very running. Perfect for dipping buttery toast ‘soldiers’ into. To eat eggs this way it is best to sit them in an egg cup and slice open with the side of a tea spoon.
As well as a cooked egg white, the yolk is solid. It should be moist but dense. Served best as above or cut in half on a salad.
Both the white and the yolk are completely solid. The yolk will be light yellow and crumbly. These work best as a snack on the run or in devilled eggs. Recipe Below.
How To Cook An Egg On the Grill
- You can also grill eggs, personally, I love eggs cooked on the grill when we are out camping. Its a nice change to hard boiled eggs or fried eggs.
- Place your grill grate over your heat source. I find a gentle campfire is perfect for this.
- Place the raw eggs on the grill grate (shell still on).
- Cook the eggs for around 3 minutes per egg side.
How To Cook An Egg On Fire Embers
In the morning if you still have embers going from the fire, a nice easy breakfast is to cook your eggs buried in the embers. To ember roast eggs all you need to do is:
- Simply bury your raw eggs in the hottest part of the embers.
- You can always use the spin test to test when your eggs are cooked to your preference.
- Peel & eat. My favourite way to eat them is sliced on some fire toasted crusty toast.
Devilled Smoked Eggs Recipe
- Salt & pepper
- Minced parsley or your favourite fresh herb
- 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
- 2 – 2 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 6 large eggs
- Bowl of ice water
- Dinner fork
- Medium saucepan & lid
- Mixing bowl
- Sealable plastic bag
- Sharp knife
- Remove the egg yolks by gently squeezing. The yolks should pop out easily in one piece.
- Transfer yolks into a bowl and the whites on a platter with the cut side facing up.
- Mash your yolks with a fork until completely crumbled.
- Mix in 2 tablespoons of the mayonnaise and mustard into the crumbled yolks. Mix and mash until you are left with a smooth paste. If the mixture feels too stiff add more mayonnaise and mix one teaspoon at a time until you are happy with the texture.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Using a spatula scoop the mixture into a piping bag (or plastic bag). Use a 1/2 inch round tip (or cut bag to a 1/2 inch tip in the bottom corner)
- Pipe the mixture into the cup section of each egg white. You want to place enough in each cup to be left with a little mound bulging out.
- Sprinkle with a good dusting a paprika, and fresh herbs. I also like to re-season with salt & Pepper.
See, eggs can be exciting and very, very tasty. I love leaving a bowl of smoked eggs in the refrigerator, they are the perfect snack.
Do you have another way to jazz up eggs? Let me know in the comments below.
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