Smoked salt is an aromatic salt smoked with any number of select bark free woods for up to 14 days. Depending on which kind of wood is used for smoking impacts the flavor, whether it be subtle, bold or even sweet. The most common choices are alder wood, apple wood, hickory, mesquite, and oak. Infused smoked salts like smoked bacon chipotle sea salt are very popular because of the dynamic flavor profiles.
Smoked salt is used to enhance the inherent flavors of a dish while also imparting a smoky taste. It is suitable for vegetarians, often acting as a replacement for bacon crumble. Smoked salt differs from smoke-flavored salt as the latter contains a smoke flavored additive and is not classified as a natural salt product.
There are four main U.S. sources for natural smoked salt: Sea Salt Superstore, a Washington State specialty salt manufacturer produces the Caravel Gourmet product line that include alderwood, applewood, cherrywood and smoked bacon sea salts products. SaltWorks, Inc., a Washington manufacturer of hickory, alder wood, applewood, and mesquite smoked sea salt; Smokehouse Salt Company, a Texas manufacturer of hickory and mesquite smoked sea salt; and Smokehouse Spices, a New York based manufacturer of assorted smoked spices, including mesquite, hickory, and fruit wood smoked salts. Each company distributes retail product via websites and physical distribution channels.
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