Why ready made smoked foods?

Smoking meats and vegetables isn't easy. Not everyone has the time, the gear, or the expertise. And not every pit-master always gets the best results.

We love smoking and wowing people, bringing an all-natural backyard smoke-up to your table in mere minutes!

We love the amazement when people realise they can have naturally smoked foods without the preparation, smoking, pulling or slicing!

Flexitarians, Vegetarians and Vegans will love our delicious plant-based products.


Our Story

Darling Fresh Smoke Haus is owned and run by Jeff and Karen Schultheiss out of Toowoomba on the Queensland Darling Downs under Safe Food Queensland Accreditation 115896003.

"We’re big on delivering fantastic products that are wholesome and natural. With a Food Tech background, we've worked out a way to deliver easy and delicious smoked meal solutions without artificial colours, flavours, preservatives, nitrates, nitrites, thickeners, gums, or acidity regulators! We dont need them to make things work or taste good."

Darling Fresh Smoke Haus was conceived when a friend of Jeff’s brought over a plate of his smoked products, in that moment his life was forever changed. Jeff ordered a smoker, and from that time on has worked towards bringing that delicious smoked goodness to as many people as possible. 

Jeff's Passion for Food

Jeff grew up with a love of food helping his Dad in the family food company on weekends and in school holidays. Born in Switzerland and raised in his Family’s food processing plant in Sydney, he completed a Food Tech degree in 2000, did some cool stuff for Darrell Lea Chocolates, and then went on to work for Arnotts Biscuits in Brisbane. 

In 2005 Jeff returned to the family food business in Sydney, helping build the team and its remarkable growth trajectory. 

In 2011 he moved to Toowoomba, making ice-creams and then ready to eat salads, until 2019 when he started Darling Fresh Consulting to help deliver capability improvements to the Australian Food and Ag Industry.

Now in 2021 Jeff and his wife Karen have launched Darling Fresh Smoke Haus, to continue their love of feeding people. They can't wait for you to try it!

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Our Process

Having grown up in a food business, and having worked for and consulted with many other food businesses, Jeff naturally went to work on systemising the smoking process and ironing out the variables. 

"We knew we didn’t want people to choke-on-the-smoke, preferring a subtle smoke that blends seamlessly with our all natural spices to deliver genuine flavour"

Most commercial ‘smoked’ products use liquid smoke, colours, flavours, preservatives, nitrates, nitrites, thickeners, gums, and acidity regulators. 

It was important that our products didn't contain any of these, so we developed a unique process to ensure you get backyard smoker action in minutes!

Our products and processes are externally audited and accredited under our Safe Food Queensland Meat Processor license #115896003

After a crazy amount of R&D and tasting in an offset smoker on ironbark, Jeff teamed up with a local commercial butcher and utilised a commercial smoker with delicious beechwood chips to reliably deliver tasty, honest products.

A unique combination of processes see the locally sourced produce injected with preservative free apple-juice and covered with in-house prepared rubs/spices/sauces, before wood-smoking. The products are then sliced/pulled/sauced and vacuum packed for a food-safety sous-vide stage before cooling and packing.

"With a way of smoking with real wood smoke, and reliably delivering consistent, honest and convenient products ready to serve in minutes, we started market testing. The more people tried it and loved it, the more confident we became."

The Team has developed some innovatively delicious plant based products, giving the flexitarian-vegetarian-vegan diets some serious smoked options!