Our Traditional Smoking Process
"At Black Mountains Smokery we use modern machinery relying on old fashioned methods."
- Jonathan Carthew, Black Mountains Smokery
We source fabulous fresh foods, sustainably produced from selected quality UK suppliers only. Every product is cured prior to smoking using dry salt or a special brine or marinade solution to aid preservation and enhance flavour.
We use modern kilns which are better at maintaining an even temperature than an open fire. This helps to maintain consistency and to ensure that each product is perfectly cooked. Modern custom-made kilns are used to either hot or cold smoke the various produce. Smouldering oak chips provide the smoke. Cold smoking involves a remote smoke source. The cold smoke is slowly drawn through the kiln over the food by the chimney with an internal fan evenly distributing the smoke for consistency of product. Hot smoking involves a proximate smoke source and high temperatures so that the foods are roasted in the hot oak smoke.
Smoking and curing of food is a traditional craft. The quality of the smoked product depends upon care taken at each stage of the process from sourcing & selection of materials through preparation and smoking to delivery.
The skill of the smoker is crucial. The fine texture & taste of the end product depends on the timings and temperatures, which in turn can depend even on the weather!
We only use Welsh Oak shavings from Cadw or other local furniture makers in our kilns. We never use wood pellets or commercial wood chips as they are often not sustainably produced.
Using the artisan wood shavings means that our smokers need to be highly skilled in order to produce a consistent product. We are able to use different consistencies of wood shavings for each product and each kiln.
Our Bespoke Oak Platters are made from offcuts of the same Welsh oak. Each one is unique, with beautiful grains and knots.