I made a pie today that is to DIE for! Russ made the original suggestion and I invented the recipe. I took pics of the pie and will send. This pie is a Grand Champion if I ever tasted one! Here `tis:
Smokey Pecan Pie
1 1/4 c. pecan halves
3/4 c. LIGHT corn syrup
1/4 c. REAL maple syrup
1/2 c. light brown sugar
4 tbs. melted REAL butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. fresh grated orange zest
Single crust pastry for a 9 inch pie.
Preheat the smoker to 225 with 1 oz. wood (I used hickory, cuz I had meat in there, too.) Punch holes in an aluminum pie plate and add the pecans. Smoke for 1/2 hour on the top shelf. Set aside to cool.
Beat the remaining ingredients, except the crust, until light and luscious. Preheat the oven to 425. Add the pecans to the egg mixture and pour into the crust. Bake for 15 minutes, then turn down the heat to 350 and bake for 15-20 minutes more. The middle should still be slightly wiggly. Cool on a rack. We had very thin, rich, slices with unsweetened whipped cream. Outstanding!