Here’s a handy gadget that adds a light smoky presence to all sorts of foods, including mayonnaise, butter, and other delicate ingredients.

This has to be one of the coolest gadgets on the planet. The Smoking Gun from PolyScience allows you to smoke anything from juices to salads—in minutes. All you need to do is just put what you want to smoke into a bowl, insert the rubber hose, cover bowl with plastic wrap, and light the smoker like a pipe. In seconds, smoke gets transported via the tube into the bowl, infusing the essence of apple, cherry, hickory, or mesquite smoke.

• For starters, try adding a whiff to mayo and top chicken bites, or add to a sandwich.

• Add a smoky accent to tomato juice for a sultry Bloody Mary.

• Add a touch of smoke to clarified butter for dipping lobster, or smear smoked butter on corn-on-the-cob or steamed mussels.

• Infuse smoky flavor into chopped chicken liver—the possibilities are endless. About $100.

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