Friday, April 29, 2022

Sensational Smoking Recipes

Our smoking recipes are perfect to make on your pellet, gas, charcoal, or electric smoker. 
Whether it’s your first time smoking food or you’re a BBQ enthusiast, we have 20 easy and fabulous smoker recipes that will be the hit of your summer cookouts!

Smoked beef ribs and smoked baked potato
If you enjoy hosting barbecue cookouts and summer parties for your friends and family, you probably love using your grill as much as we love using ours.

Grilled foods are delicious, but are honestly no match for the incredible flavor you can get when you use a smoker!!

If you have never tried cooking on a Traeger or other brand of smoker, it’s very simple; much easier than you might think.

Actually, preparing smoked foods isn’t much different than preparing grilling recipes.

meat on the smoker

Smoking Recipes

Below are links to 20 of our favorite recipes to make on a smoker. There are a LOT of smoked meat recipes - beef dishes, chicken, turkey, and pork.

We also have fish and seafood dishes, and plenty of smoked side dish recipes, too.

When you see a smoker recipe you want to make, click on the link attached to the title of the recipe. From there, you will be taken directly to the original post, where you can view, print, and bookmark the recipe, or Pin it for later.

Beef ribs on the smoker

Smoking vs Grilling

The biggest difference between smoking and grilling is that typically, the food takes longer to cook.

Rather than sitting on top of a flame, smoked foods are cooked with indirect heat and flavored with smoke from different types of wood chips or pellets.

You can buy a standalone smoker but there are also combination grill and smoker units available.

We use a Traeger grill/smoker combo unit. Combo grill/smokers tend to be more expensive up front, but are a value compared to the cost of purchasing a grill and smoker separately.

No matter what type of smoker you own, our smoker recipes will be your go-to for delicious meals all year long!

chicken wings on the smoker

Smoked Meat Recipes

Most of us know that smoked meats are fantastic recipes to make for a summer cookout or 4th of July feast. But, did you know that dishes like smoked prime rib, steak, pork roast, and turkey are also very popular entrees for holidays?

We love making these recipes for our Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and even New Year’s Eve celebrations!

Smoke your holiday dinner - We promise it will impress your guests, and the meal will taste fabulous, too!

stacked beef ribs

Smoked short ribs are flavorful and melt-in-your-mouth tender, and they have a gorgeous outer bark that’s packed with flavor! Check out our video and recipe tips for the best smoked ribs ever!

pork chops on a resting tray

Easy Smoked Pork Chops
Three ingredients are all you need for a mouthwatering main dish that’s ready in about an hour!

sliced chuck roast on a cutting board

Smoked Chuck Roast
Smoked chuck roast is melt in your mouth delicious! Coat it in a simple dry rub and use your favorite wood pellets to infuse it with flavor.

smoked pork butt, half pulled half whole

Smoked Pork Butt
This is the perfect smoking recipe for potluck dinners or even barbecues. It's sensational straight out of the smoker served on buns. But, try it in stuffed baked potatoes or for pulled pork macaroni and cheese. SO scrumptious!

sliced tri tip

Smoked Tri Tip
Smoked tri tip is flavorful, juicy, and so tender, it will melt in your mouth. Use this recipe to make beef tip roast on any type of smoker!

smoked meatloaf sliced

Skip the greasy pan and smoke a meatloaf - it has the most incredible flavor of any meatloaf you’ll ever eat! It’s perfectly juicy inside, with a crispy exterior and a sweet and smoky flavor. YUM!

smoked pork tenderloin

You haven’t tasted the best pork tenderloin until you’ve cooked it on a smoker. Our recipe explains how to smoke pork to perfection, and just wait until you try the mouthwatering whiskey glaze!! 

Smoked Poultry

smoked chicken wings in a basket

Smoking recipes don’t get much easier than wings. Just massage in a simple spice rub and that’s it - the smoker does the rest of the work! This recipe is great for game day snacking, or take them for tailgate party food!

whole smoked turkey on a platter

Your family will be SO impressed when you pull a Traeger turkey off the smoker on Thanksgiving. You will be amazed at how succulent and juicy the meat is from your smoked bird!!

whole smoked chicken on resting mat

This is hands-down one of the easiest ways to cook a whole bird! Rub on a blend of spices, let it marinate overnight, then fire up your Traeger. This smoker recipe is perfect for a flavorful meal in about an hour!

whole turkey leg

The next time you’re craving one of those huge state fair turkey legs, save your money. They’re SO much easier to make on a smoker than you may think. Plus, this is a budget friendly smoking recipe!

smoked chicken thighs on a tray

Dark meat chicken is fabulous for anyone on a keto or low carb diet, and honestly, it isn’t as unhealthy as you might think. Plus, it’s ultra juicy and tastes sensational on a sandwich!

Smoked Seafood

Smoked salmon on a fork

Have you avoided cooking salmon on a grill or smoker because you think it'll be too dry? Trust us, if you follow our tips and recipe for salmon, it comes out moist and full of flavor!!

smoked shrimp on a plate

Smoked shrimp are tender, juicy, and seasoned with a zesty spice blend. Make these for a party appetizer or an easy weeknight dinner!

lemon pepper smoked

This hot smoked salmon has a tangy lemon pepper glaze that absolutely melts in your mouth! This is one of our favorite smoker recipes to make for an easy appetizer for New Year's Eve.

Smoked Side Dishes

Smoking recipes are sensational for more than main dishes. From crispy smoked bacon for breakfast to veggies and potato dishes, you can’t go wrong with these dishes. If your smoker is large enough, smoke everything for your meal at the same time!!
red potatoes in a pan

When you want the perfect side for a summer BBQ, you can’t go wrong with smoked potatoes. We butter them up and add fresh herbs for an easy side, but they’re perfect for making potato salad, too!

corn on the cob on a cloth napkin

We love sweet corn SO much that we cook it on the cob every way imaginable - from oven roasting to air frying. This is hands down, the best corn recipe we have on our site!!

split smoked baked potato with sour cream

No more heating up your kitchen while you bake the perfect potato. Kick back with a drink and let your smoker do its thing, then load that fluffy potato up with your favorite fixins!

smoked baked beans in a cast iron skillet

The secret to tender baked beans is to cook them low and slow, which is why this smoker recipe is so fabulous. The smoky flavor makes them utterly addictive!

There you have it - our entire collection of smoking recipes!! We’re always smoking up new food creations, so if there’s something specific you’d like a recipe for, leave us a comment below!


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Originally published April 2022

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