- 10-12 ripe Jalapeño peppers
- Sharp knife
- Plastic gloves
- Fire up the smoker with your favorite mild wood chips; coffee, pecan, oak, or hickory chips.
- Wash the peppers.
- Put on some gloves and split the peppers in half with a sharp knife.
- Smoke them in the smoker for about 12 hours
- Add more wood chips when needed to keep the smoke billowing.
- Continue smoking for another 24 hours without adding more wood chips.
- Remove the peppers from the smoker and allow them to come to room temperature. If they are not completely dry, place them on a cookie cooling rack in a baking sheet and place them in the oven until they are completely brittle.
- Store chipotles in a cool, dry place. Place the chipotles in warm water for an hour to re-hydrate them. This makes it easy to dice them up to add them to your favorite recipes.
- You can also grind up the dried chipotles in a spice grinder to make chipotle chili powder to season any dish that needs a little smoke and spicy heat.
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