Smoked Brown Sugar: Intoxicating Sweet Smoke

salmon brown sugar 4Those smoke-crazy folks over at The Smoked Olive are at it again. This time, they’re not smoking olive oil, but brown sugar. And the results are sweet, smoky, and well, completely intriguing to foodies who like to play in the kitchen.

You may recall that sometime ago, our editors reviewed The Smoked Olive’s line of smoked olive oils (check out our review). Their smoked brown sugar, which comes in three flavors—smoked brown sugar, whiskey smoked brown sugar, and chili smoked brown sugar—offers sweetness with smoky notes that’ll get your creative juices flowing in the kitchen and on the barbecue.

smoked brown sugarSmoked Brown Sugar– Dark Horse Foods has taken good quality brown sugar and slowly smoked it. Open the 8-ounce,  re-sealable bag and you’re enveloped by the sweet smell of wood fire. You could use this smoked brown sugar in sweet or savory dishes, including as a marinade for salmon, beef or pork or sweeten roasted veggies with it. You could even add it to cookie dough or cake batter for a sweet, smoky surprise. Smoky peanut butter cookies sound intriguing.

We used it, mixed with butter, atop salmon fillets and the smoked brown sugar added an addictive sweet, smoky flavor and a lovely bronze sheen.

Whiskey Smoked Brown Sugar– For even more flavor with lovely drumbeats of whiskey, this Whiskey Smoked Brown Sugar would be the perfect addition to a dessert like poached pears or bread pudding or savory dishes like meat or vegetables. I added a couple of teaspoons to my morning coffee and, while the Whiskey Smoked Brown Sugar contains no alcohol, it offered a lilt of whiskey flavor. Good morning!

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Whiskey Smoked Brown Sugar added to coffee provides a depth of flavor.

whiskey smoked brown sugar

Chili Smoked Brown Sugar– Chili heads will like the Chili Smoked Brown Sugar. It’s just right for adding a bit of sweet heat to ribs, steaks, chicken or to baked beans or squash. You can even add it to butter for a chili brown sugar spread for corned bread.

All of The Smoked Olive’s smoked brown sugars come in 8 ounce packages for $14. While this may seem a bit pricy, a little of this product goes a long way and adds big flavor.smpepperbrsug

Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor

RFT co-founder Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. An award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook, Bobbie is editor-in-chief at

2 thoughts on “Smoked Brown Sugar: Intoxicating Sweet Smoke

  1. Charlotte Wark

    I would like to make Giadas candied carrots. I can’t find smoked brown sugar. Can I buy it from you?

    1. Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT EditorBobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor Post author

      Hi Charlotte,
      No, I’m afraid we don’t sell product at We just write about products, recipes, and great food and places you should know about. However, you can purchase smoked brown sugar from the folks at The Smoked Olive. Cut and paste this address into your browser and it should take you to The Smoked Olive’s page for smoked brown sugar. Good luck. And let us know how those carrots turn out. Cheers! — Bobbie, RFT Editor

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