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Broccoli Salad with Smokehouse Flavoring: Colgin’s Liquid Smoke

Updated on January 6, 2018
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Colgin's--Good in So Many Recipes

If you’ve read my previous hubs on smoked turkey you know that though I’m careful about what we eat, I’m also very fond of smoked flavoring. This weekend I used an old favorite that I've come to take for granted when cooking.

Broccoli, that mysterious vegetable many young and old people avoid, does not get much better than in the recipe below. Once you and your family give it a try, it will be at the top of their list whether it's picnic time or for holiday meals.

Because “too much of even a good thing can be a bad thing” is a truth about smoked foods that we take to heart, we do limit the amount of meat that we smoke and eat. We keep it to a minimum, and we try to use only high-quality ingredients in the recipes.

Colgin's can meet the need when any recipe calls for extra flavor. Conveniently bottled, Colgin's interesting website explains that just a splash is needed in the recipes, but I don’t think that’s quite enough to do the job in the recipe below. To each his own, right?

Colgin's Works Hard in Various Recipes!

I love the Colgin's smoked flavors and find how many recipes their products can be used in to be amazing. For instance, while it works well with any meat there are some people who like it in their breakfast eggs. However, a very little of that goes a long way with me in spite of the fact that I like the smoked flavoring so much.

Both baked beans and a good ole' pot of simmerin' southern beans benefit from the flavorings offered in the little bottles of liquid smoke. Roasted vegetables are enhanced by this hearty flavor, and there are even chocolate recipes that use it!

My most surprising smoked food recipe gets loads of high compliments when I serve it. I'm careful not over power the salad with smokey flavor so people generally pause to think before asking about the taste that is so subtle. On learning the secret, they usually ask for the recipe. The Colgin's website does have one broccoli salad recipe, but we like mine better.

While it’s true that you can dash the flavoring into any broccoli salad to improve it, here is my recipe using Colgin's Liquid Smoke for you to serve next time you have a crowd to feed. This just might dazzle your broccoli salad connoisseurs and bring you the pats on the back it brings me:

Recipe Music :-)

As you read through the recipe, listen to the great orchestral theme song below. You may find it familiar, and if so, you will probably enjoy listening to it even more than those who are not. Either way, its inspiring theme will get you ready for your next BBQ!

Nostalgic Tune for Recipe Background Music:

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
Yields: 8 Servings

Smokehouse Broccoli Salad Using Colgin's Liquid Smoke

  • 6 Cups Broccoli, Chopped into Small Pieces
  • 1/2 Cup Bacon Bits, Precooked
  • 1/2 Cup White Onion, Finely Diced
  • 1 Cup Raisins
  • 1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1 Cup Walnuts, Chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar, Never use White Vinegar
  • 1 Cup Mayonaise
  • 1/2 Teaspoon White Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 Teaspoon Colgin's Liquid Smoke, Amount may vary according to your taste


  1. Mix the first 7 ingredients together in an extra-large mixing bowl.
  2. Pour the apple cider vinegar over all and mix well again.
  3. Thoroughly blend the mayonnaise into the mixed fruits and vegetables.
  4. Sprinkle the sugar over all and stir it in.
  5. Sprinkle the sunflower seeds over all.
  6. Sprinkle the liquid smoke over all.
  7. Thoroughly mix all ingredients together again. Salad should be well mixed.
  8. Let the salad sit in refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or overnight.

This broccoli salad is a super recipe to make a day ahead, saving important time on the day of a big event. Refrigerate for storage, of course, and serve in a clear glass bowl for a very pretty presentation. I have also served individual portions on lettuce leaves in smaller settings, making a luncheon seem like a really special occasion. Immediately refrigerate any leftovers for safekeeping.

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  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    4 years ago from the short journey


    Thanks much for stopping in to check out this product and recipe. Hope you get to try both soon since you like smoked foods. I needed to revamp the hub and this gave me a good chance to do so. :)

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    4 years ago

    Never heard of Colgin's liquid smoke but I do love smoked food, so this sounds yummy. Will be looking for it. Thanks for the recipe.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    4 years ago from the short journey

    Peggy W:

    Thanks much for checking out this recipe. I've not made it in a while but we love it for spring/summer meals because it works so well when picnicking with a crowd.

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    Peggy Woods 

    4 years ago from Houston, Texas

    I love broccoli and love it raw in salads. I must admit I would never have thought to add some smoke flavoring to it but now I am looking forward to trying your recipe. Thanks!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from the short journey


    No one is gladder than me--it was embarrassing!

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    Theresa Ast 

    6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    Well I, many of us I am sure, are glad you did. :)

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks much, phdast7, for letting me know you enjoyed this hub! When I set out to rework it this morning I was shocked to see what bad shape it was in! I knew I needed to set it up in the recipe format capsules, but I did not know that I had left the opening text in such bad shape the last time I worked on it. Must have saved the wrong versions of the work I was trying to do… No excuse is good enough. :) I'm thankful for that edit button! Oh, I updated links in this hub, as well, and that's part of the reason I shared it today.

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    Theresa Ast 

    6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    RT - Just in time for Thanksgiving. I love broccoli, love broccoli salad, and love smoked beef and chicken. You obviously designed this recipe just for me and my family. :) I can't wait. :) Theresa

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks! Hope you enjoy the Colgin's.

    Yum is right, burgers and potatoes with smoke flavoring can't be beat. :)

  • RentedMule profile image


    7 years ago from Lexington Kentucky

    Great Hub! I love smoke flavoring, and can't find the brand oI used to buy any longer. I enjoy smoked flavoring in potato dishes, and burgers.YUM!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey

    It is one of those veggies that needs a little help, isn't it?

    Thanks kindly for stopping in with your comment.

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    Lynn S. Murphy 

    7 years ago

    Sounds delicious and I'll be trying your recipe!!! I neeeeeeeeeeeed a new way to cook broccoli. Voted up!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey

    H, Thanks mcuh for being the first to comment on my new hub! It would be great to read about some of your recipes.

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    Brenda Barnes 

    7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    I use smoke flavoring in gravies, soups, tofu dishes and many more foods. Thank you for more ideas.


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