Really. Smoked honey.
I'd seen a recipe for a smoked honey ice cream, and had to try it. Had to.
But first that required smoked honey. I had no idea where to obtain it, so I figured I would make it. And I did. And it is AWESOME, especially on salmon. Or on toasted paleo betty bread. Or in smoked honey ice cream (more on that soon!).
I scoured the web for a recipe, but had very little luck in finding what I was looking for, so I cobbled together some tidbits from a few apiculture (that would be the fancy term for bee-keeping, and I'm feeling all fancy, so there's your word of the day!) sites and gave it a whirl.
I started with 3 cups of honey in a glass pie pan, and set it on the grill with a low fire built on the other side for indirect heat. I figure cold-smoking is the way to go, but until I get myself set up with that, this will do nicely!
I kept the wood burning slowly, and smoked the honey for about 3 hours, with the temp hovering right around 220F.
I'll confess, I should have checked the honey earlier, but a phone conversation distracted me for about 40 minutes, and when I checked the fire and the honey, it had taken on a richer, darker amber hue, and the temp in the grill had climbed a bit higher than I would have liked.
The honey was also, at this point, ridiculously thick.
I can't say it's a bad thing.
I really wanted a stronger smoky flavor, so I cheated, and used about a teaspoon of liquid smoke, and a half teaspoon of salt to help bring out the flavors.
Seriously, this stuff is delicious. Chris has used it on salmon several times now, and drizzled over grilled chicken. I still think it steals the show in the smoked honey ice cream, and absolutely love it on any sort of paleo bread. It's not for everyone, though…I know a certain set of parental units who still have their jar of smoked honey sitting on the kitchen counter, virtually untouched. but I won't mention any names *coughs coughs*.
So, do you really have to smoke your honey? Uhhhh….Nope. You can certainly make do with warming the honey in a microwaveable container and adding liquid smoke to taste. But..that kind of feels like cheating, and takes away the fun of fiddling with the fire and tending to the goods (which I'll admit is one of the best parts of smoking anything!).
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go find something to smother with this good stuff. Cause, yum.