Smoking tray for cocktails and food

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Project by jfk4032 posted 11-30-2020 01:20 PM 971 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I saw one of these cocktail smokers for the first time this Summer. It was a heavy ceramic plate with a solid glass cloche over top that had a hole at the top for a big cork. When filled up with a half dozen cocktails it is very heavy and everything with the setup was breakable if dropped. After round one of drinks and working on followup rounds, I thought that could be dangerous!

I did some researching on line for several of the components. First was the smoking unit itself, which is easy enough to track down. Next I wanted an acrylic cloche that had a rubber valve built in. The only units that had the valve were shorter cloches that could only hold a single tall tumbler or two smaller ones. The taller acrylic cloches didn’t have built in rubber valves. So, I wound up buying both and drilled a hole into the taller cloche while using the rubber valve from the smaller unit. There must be a source to buy just the rubber valves, but I couldn’t find one. If anyone has a good source for widgets like this, please let me know.

I designed the overall shape I wanted to house a 12” diameter cloche with handles on two sides and an underside ring that served as a lift off of the ground. This makes it easier to grab the handles when the tray is sitting on a flat table.

I glued up a bunch of thin scraps with a nice plank of canarywood as the showpiece in the center and proceeded to cut out the tray on my CNC. I rounded over the edges on my router table and then sanded to 220 and applied a single coat of Odie’s Oil for the finish.

We’ve used it for smoking whiskey drinks for the most part but you could use if for others as well. I also used it to smoke salmon and other seafood recently and it tasted amazing. I’ve seen these smokers on those Iron Chef cooking shows, so this unit can be used for food as well as cocktails.

This setup is much less fragile (haven’t had a real drop with it yet!) and weighs substantially less than the setup I originally got my inspiration from. It’s gotten a lot of use and has made several road trips since I made it a few months ago.

If anyone gets some inspiration to make one, please PM with some pictures when you’re done. Enjoy!

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#1 posted 12-05-2020 01:50 PM

Very cool. I didn’t even know there was such a thing, thanks for the knowledge

-- Cherish wily thoughts and keep a tight grip on your booze

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