Smoked Chocolate Brownie with Orange Syrup

Recipe By Lukas Armstrong – Golden Ticket Winner – BBQ category in WFCA

Lukas Armstrong has been competing in up to 20 barbeque competitions a year since he first started in 2015, producing delicious food from pork ribs and brisket time and time again. He competed in both Sydney and Melbourne this year at the World Food Championships – Australia and wowed the judges of Le Cordon Bleu Australia  with his amazing skills and ribs.

He won the Golden Ticket to World Food Championships USA – World’s no.1 Food Sports Competition and won the 1st place in BBQ Brisket Category in the opening rounds. 

Here’s one of his brownie recipes that could wow you and your guests this Christmas!  

Smoked Chocolate Brownie with Orange Syrup Recipe By Lukas

Ingredients – Orange Syrup  

( star making this first it takes time ) 

  • 8 Oranges 
  • 1/3 cup white sugar 
  • ¼ water ( just in case it gets too thick) 

I start by halving the oranges and squeezing all the juice into a small pot ( I use a normal sieve to catch bits of pip or stray orange )

Add in the sugar and let simmer until it’s a nice thin syrup consistency, don’t try and rush it or the syrup with become bitter and thicken too much when it cools now if it does get too thick just add a little bit of water to thin it out. 

I use the stovetop for this if you tried to do this in the smoker it would take far too long and I feel it would become overly smoky which we don’t want!

While the syrup is reducing start on the brownie. But before we do that get you, Smoker, up to temp and running 

I use my Traeger Ironwood 885 for this, it is such an easy grill to use and the brownie always turns out awesome in it.

Ingredients – Smoked triple chocolate brownie

( I normally make this for catering and demos so I don’t make it too thick so it cooks quick, normally I use a full-size gastro pan so that size or anything smaller will work perfectly)

  • 2 Cups white sugar 
  • 1 Cup Plain Flour 
  • ½ Cup self-raising flour 
  • 1 Cup Powdered sugar 
  • 1 & 1/3 Cup Cocoa Powder ( I use Cadbury brand) 
  • ½ Cup Dark chocolate melts ( Cadburys )
  • ½ Cup White chocolate Melts ( Cadburys ) 
  • 2 teaspoons salt 
  • 4 Large Eggs 
  • 1 Cup Olive oil 
  • ¼ Cup Water 
  • 2 Tablespoons Vanilla ( feel free to use more than I normally do, I use Heilala Vanilla Extract with Seeds )

I start by Sifting and combining all the dry ingredients ( minus the chocolate melts) to remove any clumps ( be careful with the cocoa powder it can be messy )

In a separate bowl I combine all the wet ingredients I use a spatula for this I find it easier to work with.

Carefully add the dry ingredients to the wet mix at the same time I add in the white and dark chocolate melts and give it all a good mix till combined.

Add your mixture into your pan of choice, I don’t normally oil the side if it’s a foil pan but if it’s an older well used baking pan I will
Flatten and smooth the top and you are ready to cook.

I normally run the Traeger Ironwood 885 at 275*f because it’s a large brownie I like to take my time with it and make sure it’s cooked all the through and so the side did get crisp ( although I think these are the best parts)

So at 275*f, I will rotate it every 30 minutes so the cooks nice and even after about 1 hour I will use a metal skewer and probe the middle and side to see how it’s cooking.

Good indication it is not ready is the skewer will come out dirty, once your brownie is cooked perfectly the skewer should come out clean
Then the hard part is waiting for it to cool enough in the pan so you can flip it out on to cake rake to cool down completely.

Once it has cooled I drizzle on the now-cooled orange syrup slice and enjoy it with friend and family.

If you want to impress your friends add a nice little scoop of vanilla bean ice cream to the top.