Although perfect smoking in a wood fired pizza oven requires many years of expertise, patience and practice will soon allow you to reap the benefits of delicious wood-smoked food. We recommend hot smoking in our Fuego wood-fired ovens, thanks to the heat retention that our special fire-clay and insulation materials give you every time. Here’s our step-by-step guide to hot smoking in your wood fired oven and our secret smoking tips.
Follow the instructions on How to light a Fuego wood fired pizza oven and get your oven up to a high temperature of around 400-450°C using kiln dried wood that has a moisture content of less than 20%. Spread your embers to one side and allow your oven’s temperature to drop down to 110-150°C ready for smoking. By doing this you’ll never need to ask yourself why is my grill smoking so much?
Why not use the residual embers and heat after a barbecue or pizza party to smoke your favourite foods?
Whilst your outdoor wood oven is cooling down in temperature, you can prepare the foods you are going to smoke with your favourite seasonings, rubs, spices and herbs and place in a heat proof casserole dish or tray.
Using your metal peel or spade, move the hot embers to the back or to one side of the oven. The embers should not have a flame. We recommend using hardwood BBQ smoking chips which have been pre-soaked in water for 30 minutes prior to using. You don’t need a smoking tray or smoking lighter fluid, simply place the wood chips for smoking on your embers and they will slowly start to give off smoke.
The choice of hardwood varieties available these days and the combination of flavours you can make are literally endless. We recommend that you experiment with hearty flavoured woods like oak and hickory and blend them with fruiter or milder style woods such as apple or pecan for a balanced smoked flavour. Here’s our favourite choice of wood chips for smoking and flavours, perfect to cook in a wood fired pizza oven.
A popular hardwood, strong but not overpowering, perfect with Salmon or smoking a raw ham.
The most famous hardwood for smoking, infuses a hearty flavour into meats and is perfect for smoking ribs and pork shoulders.
Subtle, sweet flavours, perfect with pork dishes.
A light flavour wood, ideal with fish and poultry.
Traditionally used with poultry, fish or seafood.
Sweet and mild flavours, similar to hickory but not as strong.
Now that your wood-fired oven is ready for smoking, simply but your heat resistant casserole dish or tray beside the embers, close the door and let the smoke, flavour your foods and do its magic! Cooking times will depend on the type of food you are smoking and its size. Make sure you keep an eye on it, occasionally turning the dish with the help of your metal peel. Once your food is ready, you will be able to see a delicious smoked outer layer where all the wood flavours have blended with your chosen rub, seasoning or marinade.
Smoked foods can be served hot or cold. There is nothing better than a slow-roasted piece of pork shoulder, smoked for the last hour in your choice of hardwoods and placed in the centre of the table for your guests to help themselves or why not try as piece of hot-smoked Scottish salmon served with brown bread, pickles and sour cream. The options are endless!
“Our Fuego wood oven has transformed our restaurant! As a piece of kit, it is extremely versatile and controllable, allowing us to roast all of our meats and vegetables in the wood burning oven as well as using it as a charcoal grill during service. The flavour of everything coming out of the Fuego clay pizza oven is incredible due to the amazing smoky, charred tones added to the smell and taste of everything that’s cooked in it. It is not expensive to run as all the kiln-dried wood we use heats the wood fired pizza oven pretty quickly and it retains its temperature really well, only needing to add logs to the fire a few times over the course of service.”
“We wanted a traditional wood oven that ticked lots of boxes, for us it had to be made of brick for the authentic feel, have amazing functionality and great quality. Our Fuego clay pizza oven ticks them all. Our pizza nights are such a fantastic feature for the guests that stay in our holiday cottages and it’s a great way of bringing friends and family together for making those special memories. Highly recommended”
“The traditional methods used within its construction and the unrivalled ability to retain heat have thoroughly impressed us. It has been a welcome addition to our BBQ and live music events. We cannot recommend the Fuego brand enough and it has been extremely popular with our chefs and customers alike.”