TO SMOKE THE BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND BACON:
- 1 butternut squash, about 2-3 lbs, skin removed and cut into cubes
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground pepper
- 4 pieces of bacon
FOR THE SOUP:
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 medium apple, peeled, core removed, and cut into cubes
- 1 garlic clove, diced
- 4-5 cups chicken stock, smoked or regular stock
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Salt and fresh ground pepper
- Crumbled smoked bacon
- Fried Sage see notes
- ½ teaspoon Crème fraîche (or sour cream) (per bowl)
TO SMOKE THE BUTTERNUT SQUASH:
- Prepare smoker to 225 degrees.
- Cut the squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Peel the skin of the squash with a vegetable slicer and then cut into cubes. Toss with extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper, just to coat.
- Place on a baking sheet with foil liner. Place on smoker for up to 3 hours, or until you see some caramelization and the pieces are fork tender.
- While the squash is smoking add the bacon and cook for 45 minutes – 1 hour (or until it is nice and crispy).
FOR THE BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP:
- In a large pot over medium heat, add olive oil, butter, onions and apple cubes. Cook until the onions and apples are soft but not caramelized (about 5 minutes). Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
- Add 4 cups of broth, smoked butternut squash cubes, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Continue cooking over medium heat and bring to a simmer (about 15 minutes).
- Puree soup with a hand immersion blender (or countertop blender in small batches) until smooth and creamy. If soup is too thick, add more broth until it reaches desired consistency.
- Serve in bowls with a dollop of crème fraîche and top with fried sage and smoked bacon crumbles.
Propane Smoker Safety
- Read and follow the manufacturer’s instruction manual
- Position your smoker in a safe location, at least 5 feet from the house and clear of any outdoor decorations and/or furniture.
- Check your tank and hoses for leaks
- Follow proper ignition practices
- Be present and check your smoker often
- Be aware of Fire knowledge & safety, make sure to have an extinguisher on hand!
- Be aware of smoke and the harm it can cause
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