How to Use Liquid Smoke on Steaks

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How to Use Liquid Smoke on Steaks
Liquid Smoke can be used when cooking steaks or any other meats. (grill steak image by Dumitrescu Ciprian from

Liquid smoke is a very popular flavour and colour enhancer used in cooking steak and other meats. Liquid smoke is created by smouldering hardwoods in a controlled environment, then passing the smoke through a cooling system which causes the smoke to liquefy. In addition to enhancing flavour, liquid smoke can extend the shelf life of many foods by acting as a natural bactericide. Applying liquid smoke to steaks is a very common practice, is very simple and can intensely enhance the flavour of the meat.

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Things you need

  • Liquid smoke
  • Steaks
  • Basting brush
  • Glass baking dish
  • Cling film

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  1. 1

    Place the steaks into a glass baking dish.

  2. 2

    Pour 118ml of any flavour liquid smoke over the steaks.

  3. 3

    Turn the steaks once to ensure the liquid smoke covers them.

  4. 4

    Cover the glass baking dish with cling film.

  5. 5

    Place the steaks into the refrigerator and chill overnight. The steaks will be seasoned and ready to cook the following day.

  1. 1

    Begin cooking the steaks any way you like. Liquid smoke can be used on the grill, stove, oven or any other method you choose.

  2. 2

    While cooking, apply a small amount of liquid smoke to both sides of the steak using a basting brush.

  3. 3

    Brush the steaks with liquid smoke as many times as you like. Liquid smoke has a powerful and, when overused, overpowering flavour. Apply a small amount of liquid smoke at first then apply more to taste.

Tips and warnings

  • Liquid smoke can be found in many different flavours of "smoke" such as hickory, apple, pecan and more. Sample these flavours on different types of meat to find your favourites.

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