Build Your Own Stovetop Smoker

Building Your Own Stovetop Smoker

Making a stovetop smoker is super easy and affordable, this is an old restaurant tip that blew me away the first time I saw someone smoke tomatoes this way.
Here’s how….

If you have a restaurant supply store close by your very lucky but  if you don’t there are some great ones online. is the one I use.

This is what you will need.

  • 1- 6” Deep ½ Size Stainless Steel Hotel Pan 11.99
  • 1- 4” deep ½ Size Perforated Steam Table/Hotel Pan 10.49
  • 1-½ Size Solid Steam Table/ Hotel Pan Cover 5.99

That’s 28.47 on average for a Stovetop Steamer that has thicker stainless steel then the sets you can buy for three times as much.

The Chips

I use about 6 oz of chips.
I experiment with all kinds of wood chips and chunks  but my favorite are the fruit wood chip and hickory.
I soak my chips in cold water for about 30 minutes if I’m doing a lot of smoking but if I’m just going to smoke a few rounds of stuff I put them in dry.  It’s a big debate,  people are really into it.  Play around with it and see what you like best.

Setting up the Smoker

  • In the 6” hotel pan layer the bottom with foil for easy clean up.
  • Place 6 oz of chips in an even layer in the center of the of  foil.
  • Spray the 4” deep perforated hotel pan with cooking spray to prevent sticking.
  • Slide  into the 6” ½ pan.
  • Layer what you would like to steam in an even layer.
  • Place on lid leaving a small corner gap to check for smoke.
  • Turn on medium, never cook on high!!
  • When you see that the chips are starting to smoke place the lid on tightly.  Careful it’s hot!!
  • Start timing now.
  • After your veggies are ready, turn off heat and carefully remove lid.  I would wear a long oven mitt. Steam burns hurt, trust me.. I’ll never be a hand or arm model after my days in the Blue Sage Kitchen.
  • Carefully remove the veggies with tongs and let the smoker cool down before trying to disassemble it.  Sometimes the pans stick together,  just take a metal spoon and pry it apart.

How long to Smoke?

That all depends on the chips and how full your smoker is.  
  • Green vegetables for about 15 minutes.
  • Corn and tomatoes for about 25-30 minutes
  • Tofu for about 15 minutes.

What to Smoke

(Here’s a list of my favorites)
  • Corn on the cob
  • Extra Firm Tofu, use cooking spray
  • Whole peeled tomatoes
  • Whole peeled peaches
  • Brussels Sprouts!!  Cut in ½ first.. So good!
  • Asparagus
  • Cauliflower
  • Butternut squash, peel first!
  • Portobellos!!!
  • Peppers and chiles
  • potatoes
  • SEA SALT!!!  Put in foil pan in an even layer and set in smoker. Smoke for about 30 minutes, until golden in color.  Wait until its totally cool before putting in jars! Makes a great great gift!


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