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Homemade liquid smoke

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theefrodofan:
Has anyone made homemade liquid smoke using the "brewing" method of making a tea from partially smoked wood chips and then reducing that liquid? It sounds much easier than the condensation method that I've read about. I'd just buy it but I live in Congo and am almost out of the bottle we brought with us.

Salmonsmoker:
I've never made liquid smoke, but general knowledge makes me think that the condensation method will produce a much "cleaner" liquid containing more smoke flavors and  aromatics by leaving behind a lot of the harsher flavor and aroma compounds. The brewing method( I'm a long time home brewer) is going to retain those harsher compounds and then concentrate them when you reduce the liquid. If you did decide to try both methods, I for one would be interested in the results of your test.

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