Every summer for the past few years, I’ve thought about buying a smoker for the back yard. It seems like it would be so much fun! But every year, summer ends and I’m still smoker-less. I’ve experimented with smoking things using my gas grill, but it’s just not the same.
Which is why I was so excited to see “Smoker Bags” at my last trip to Fresh Market. These bags promise smoked meats and vegetables right from your oven. It sounded too good to be true, but for $2.99 I couldn’t resist.
I made a quick garlicky BBQ rub for some pork loin chops, diced some potatoes, and let the bag work it’s magic. I have to admit, I was very impressed with the results. As promised, everything was infused with a subtle hickory flavor — enough to be detectable, but definitely not overpowering. The meat was juicy and tender and reminded me a lot of ribs (minus the fat)!