Smoked Cocoa Nib Ice Cream

One of the benefits of working in a woodshop is having unbridled access to hardwood sawdust. And if you read the last two words of that sentence and instantly knew where I was going with this: give your self a firm pat on the back. That's right: smoking. Hardwood sawdust is ideal for smoking as it requires no pre-soaking. Check out Alton Brown's do-it-yourself smoker for more info.

This is just a quick smoke. One change of sawdust should do it. But, I guess you could cheat and just use liquid smoke if the weather isn't cooperating (say maybe some sort of wintry mix, perhaps?).

2 cups crème anglaise
1/2 cup cocoa nibs
2 tbsp bourbon

Set up you smoker with hardwood sawdust (maple in my case). Smoke the cocoa nibs in a cheesecloth pouch for one change of sawdust. This should take about an hour or so. Mix with crème anglaise and bourbon and place in the freezer. Stir every one in a while and refreeze until desired consistency is reached.