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Recipes Using Liquid Smoke
With liquid smoke, you can attain the smoky barbecue flavor to your food, without actually having to go through the entire procedure. Read the Tastessence article to find out how easy it really is.
Sheetal Mandora
Last Updated: Jul 21, 2017
What is Liquid Smoke?
It is a seasoning ingredient used to replicate the essence of smoked wood in foods, mostly for different cuts of meat. Wood chips or sawdust from hickory is burned, condensed, and passed through water. This captures and dissolves the smoky flavor effects in the solution. There are other woods used in the process like apple, pecan, and mesquite. So, instead of using the natural resources to cook up a barbecue or get the smoky effect, many chefs use liquid smoke. Ingredients will follow as per usual, what the recipes call for, while adding just a hint of smokiness.
Recipes to Make
Liquid smoke is an excellent addition for any dish as it enhances the flavors. Add it in marinades for meat, with soft cheeses, and for hardening any solution. The technique is quite easy, and doesn't take that much of time.
Barbecue-flavored Meatloaf
  • Ground beef, 1 lb.
  • Egg whites, 2
  • Onion, chopped, ¼ cup
  • Celery, chopped, ¼ cup
  • Ketchup, ¼ cup
  • Bread crumbs, ¼ cup
  • Liquid smoke, 1 teaspoon
  • Salt and black pepper, for taste
Preheat the oven at 325ºF. In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together, except for ground beef, using a hand blender. Now add the ground beef, and again mix everything on a low speed. Make sure you don't mix the ingredients too much. Wash your hands properly and shape the mix into a loaf. Take a pan, spray some cooking spray in it, and line it with aluminum foil. Place the meatloaf on it, and bake it in the oven for about an hour. Once the meatloaf is brown and firm from the outside, remove it from the oven. Drain excess fat and drippings from the pan, and let the meatloaf sit for about 10 minutes. Cut into equal slices, and serve with creamy mashed potatoes.
Slow Cooker Beef Burgers
  • Lean beef, boneless, 3 lb.
  • Ketchup, ¾ cups
  • Sugar brown, 2 tablespoons
  • Red wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons
  • Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon
  • Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon
  • Liquid smoke, ¼ teaspoon
  • Garlic clove, crushed, 1
  • Salt and black pepper, for taste
  • French rolls or burger buns
In a slow cooker, place the beef and add the ingredients in, except for the french rolls. Cover the cooker and slow cook the mixture for about 8 hours. Once the beef is cooked, remove it from the cooker, and shred it with a fork. Warm the french rolls in the microwave. Place lettuce leaves, cheddar cheese, shredded beef, tomato slices, pickle, and onion slices on a piece of French roll, and top it off with the other piece. Serve the burgers with French fries and ketchup.
Barbecue-flavored Tofu
  • Extra-firm tofu, 2 packets
  • Ketchup, 12 oz.
  • Chili sauce, ¼ cup
  • Onion, chopped, ¼ cup
  • Brown sugar, 3 tablespoons
  • Molasses, 3 tablespoons
  • Dijon mustard, 2 tablespoons
  • Lemon juice, 1 tablespoon
  • Butter, 1 tablespoon
  • Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon
  • Liquid smoke, 1 tablespoon
  • Garlic powder, 1 tablespoon
  • Chili powder, 1 teaspoon
  • Cayenne powder, ¼ teaspoon
  • Salt and black pepper, for taste
Preheat the oven at 350ºF. Cut the blocks of tofu into bite-size pieces. Grease a baking pan and place the tofu pieces in it. Place the pan in the oven and bake until it turns golden brown for the outside. Till the tofu is cooking, let's prepare the sauce. Take a pan and sauté onion in butter. As the onion start to turn translucent, add the rest of the ingredients. Simmer for at least 10 minutes, and do a taste test. Now add the tofu in with the sauce, and combine everything properly. Once the tofu is properly coated, serve it with steamed rice.
Beef Burger