Liquid Smoke for Cooking

There are a lot of recipes that include Liquid Smoke on the ingredient list.This raises the question.

Should i use Liquid Smoke for cooking meals?

There are a lot of different oppinions to this below i have listed informations about Liquid Smoke that means i will describe both the good and the bad, as well as i can. That way you will be able to make up your own mind.

I will furthermore write on how you use it and where you can buy it if you diside to do so.


Is Liquid Smoke safe?

There are a lot of tests testing a lot of different parts of the smoking.

Liquid smoke is made by passing wood smoke through a chamber where the vapor is captured and condensed. Along with authentic smoke flavor, the resulting liquid also contains polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which can be carcinogenic.

The recommended daily upper safety limit for these carcinogens is 47. Hickory smoke flavoring has only 0.8 per teaspoon, so we’d have to drink three bottles a day to bump up against the limit. And mesquite liquid smoke has only 1.1.

It turns out that most of the carcinogens in smoke are fat soluble, so when we make a water-based solution, like liquid smoke, we capture the smoke flavor compounds without capturing most of the smoke cancer compounds. The only time we need to really worry is when eating smoked foods—foods directly exposed to actual smoke. For example, smoked ham has 21.3 per serving, and smoked turkey breast has 26.7 per serving.

Conclusion: Although I wouldn’t drink the stuff, I don’t think the occasional use of liquid smoke to prepare a special recipe is anything to be concerned about. So you should consider Liquid Smoke to be safe. If you want to read more on this you can read a long article on it HERE or you can watch the video below.

Although I wouldn’t drink the stuff, I don’t think the occasional use of liquid smoke to prepare a special recipe is anything to be concerned about.

I have found a short video for you that goes into more into the chemical aspect of things if that is what interest you.

is liquid smoke safe in pregnancy

I all honesty i havent been able to find any direct tests or advices on if you should eat dishes that have been prepared with Liguid Smoke when you are pregnant. But i would say that most companies would be fast to put up warnings on their products. But i cant find anything either for or against it. So i would say that use a bit of commen sense and dont eat to much of it.

Liquid Smoke ingredients, what´s in it?

Every brand of liquid smoke contains different types of ingredients. Some of the companies dont really feel like share this with the public. But i have listet some of the ones that do share there ingredients below.

Wrights Liquid Smoke:

Wright's  Liquid Smoke: Applewood is a mixture of liquid smoke, apple flavor and maple flavor.

Colgin’s Natural Liquid Smoke ingredients products?

How do they make Liquid Smoke?

The process behind the making of liquid smoke is one you may recognize: condensation! Here’s how one brand, Wright’s Liquid Smoke, describes it on their company’s FAQ page:

It is made from hickory, applewood or mesquite wood that is burned inside a chamber. As the smoke rises it is captured in a condenser and it cools. The cooled smoke forms water droplets (condensation). These droplets are then collected and filtered twice.

I have also found a small old video showing how liquid smoke is made.

How to use Liquid smoke

You generally dont have to use that much when adding liquid smoke to your food. If you use to much the taste can become overpowered and shift over into a bad taste.

So my advice would be that you start by adding what you se i the recipe or on the bottle to begin with, or maybe even slightly less. Also if it is specified in the recip what brand it is you need to consider if the brand you are using are of the same consentration.

Again rather a little to little liquid smoke then to much and ruin the dish.

Is Liquid Smoke Kosher?

Yes, some of the products that you can buy are kosher and they openly advertise it as being so. One of those brands are Wright” and the even went so far as to get certified on the matter.

Is Liquid Smoke gluten free?

Yes, all products i have been able to check is Gluten Free

Can i get organic liquid smoke?

There are a few products that say they are all natural like this Hickory Liquid Smoke.

But it all depends on how you will call something organic, cause you have to go through some kind of process to make and capture the smoke. Besides that it will be hard for to dealers to promise that the wood burned in the making of the smoke is pure organic.

My conclusion would be that No i dont think that you will get pure organic product, unless you create it yourself.

Is Liquid Smoke Vegan?

Yes, again there are some brands that a vegan approved, one of those are Mex-Al.

Where to buy Liquid Smoke?

where to buy  for cooking

How to make your own Liquid Smoke

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What is the nutrition in Liquid Smoke?


This is the Nutrion Facts of Colgins Liquid Smoke.


As you can se this dont really show much of you are the
type of person that counts the calories in your diet.

What can i use instead of liquid smoke

There are a few ways that you can substitute the smoke. You can either use Chipotle Powder, it ads a bit of heat and smokey flavour. Depending on what dish you are cooking you can also use some smokey sausage or ham, to some of the good flavour in. Again depending on what you like you couls simply leave it all out.

Liquid Smoke allergy.

I have hear that you can be allergy to liquid smoke but i haven’t been able to found out exatly what it is that people allergic to in the product. But my advice would be that you remember to check the label. Not all products are pure condensationed smoke and water. So check the ingredients to see if there should be something that you could be allergic to.

If you your self are allergic or know of anyone please write below in the comments so i can add the information here so others can have benifits you your knowledge.

How to store your Liquid Smoke.

So do you need to keep your liquid smoke refrigerated or can you just store it out of the fridge in the closet or where you want to?
Well the answer is no you dont need to keep your precious liquid smoke in the refrigerator. You can just have it onthe shelves with all the other great spices you use to cook with.