Smoked Apple Cider

Cuisinart original

Smoking cider in a pellet grill adds nuance to traditional apple cider and elevates the depth of spiciness.


Makes 2 quarts 


10 Large apples, halved 

1 Orange, halved 

4 Cinnamon sticks 

1 Nutmeg, whole 

1 teaspoon Whole allspice 

1 teaspoon Whole cloves 

½ cup Brown sugar, packed 

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  1. Preheat pellet grill 275°F 
  2. Smoke apples and orange halves for 1 hour 
  3. Adjust heat to 400°F 
  4. In a large pot or dutch oven add apples and oranges  
  5. Add spices and brown sugar 
  6. Cover with water by at least 2-inches 
  7. Bring to a boil and let boil for 2 minutes 
  8. Reduce heat to 275°F and simmer for approximately 2 hours until apples are completely soft 
  9. Remove orange halves and squeeze out juice 
  10. Use spatula or spoon to roughly mash ingredients 
  11. Continue to simmer for another hour, stirring occasionally 
  12. Remove any large visible spices  
  13. Place1 cup at a time of cider solids into a fine mesh strainer and, using a rubber spatula, press solids through strainer. 
  14. Discard any large spices and residual solids as you go 
  15. Use a hand mixer or whisk to blend the cider and serve warm 
  16. A fresh cinnamon stick makes a nice garnish 

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