These days, there are so many smoked appetizers to choose from! If you are a fan of that robust, smokey flavor, we have just the party appetizer list for you!
From watermelon to cream cheese to “Texas Twinkies,” it’s a free-for-all in the “what can I throw on the smoker next” world of cooking!
We always believe that appetizers must be unique to set up the pace for later lunch and dinner.
Therefore, we are here with a delicious “smoky” flavor to jazz up the simple appetizers.
We use the smoky flavor by using either liquid smoke in the recipe or the traditional grill like an outdoor grill that slowly penetrates the smoky flavor into the ingredient to make a masterpiece of a dish.
We have the best of 13 smoked appetizers to wow your guests and be perfect for any holiday or a BBQ party.
These recipes are easy to make, and most of them need your time to cook on the grill.
Let’s cook up some smoked appetizers:
The Smoked Jalapenos Poppers are the classic and a family favorite finger food, especially for Memorial Day, BBQ parties, and game days.
We love how the spicy jalapenos mingle with the creamy sour cream, cheese, and grated cheeses.
They are wrapped with bacon to give an extra kick of meatiness and have the additional flavor of smokiness from it.
It is so easy to make in the smoker and grill.
The smoke from the grill gives a good char over these with balanced smokiness in flavor.
Smoked Baked Potatoes are a spin on the whole loaded potatoes but with a twist of delicious smoky flavor.
All you need is three ingredients to make these potatoes: potatoes, beef rub, and olive oil.
Smoke the potatoes with the seasonings and top them up with your favorite toppings like cheese, sour cream, chives, and butter.
No doubt they will become a family favorite appetizer and snack of all time.
Smoked Salmon Appetizers are little bites of cucumber topped with smoked salmon and cream cheese flavored with lemon and dill.
They are such elegant and fancy-looking one-bite appetizers that take 10 to 15 minutes to make.
It is absolutely divine and so light on the palate.
Flavor-wise, they are fresh, creamy, and smoky because of the smoked salmon we are using.
It is also a great idea for using up leftover smoked fish.
We have tried it with veggie sticks and tortilla chips.
Plus, since it is so easy to make, you can effortlessly make these appetizers in large batches.
There has been a trend of smoking many things like veggies to intensify the flavors, but have you ever thought of smoking cream cheese?
Well, this person, Derrick Riches, has done it flawlessly.
He poured the BBQ rub over the cream cheese and smoked it until it was a little browned.
You will be surprised how this appetizer will become your favorite at the table, and people might be asking you for the recipe.
It is undoubtedly the most effortless appetizer on this list.
If you are looking for a perfect dip with veggies and crackers, try the Smoked Mahi Mahi Dip.
It is light, smoky, and fresh for the summer and holidays.
You do not need to smoke the Mahi-mahi for this dip, you can use a few drops of liquid smoke to have that delicious smoky BBQ favorite, and it is easy to make.
We also like to use it over crackers, cucumber, and even veggie sticks.
Making meatballs is not that hard and is one of the classics.
But have you ever thought of adding liquid smoke to them?
Yes, you can do it, which elevates the taste so much.
We tried making these one-bite meatballs as an appetizer, and they are so good and unique.
Smoky flavor plays well with the sweet and tangy BBQ sauce for extra intense flavor.
Armadillo eggs are one of our favorites.
They are spicy from the jalapenos, meaty from the sausages, and gooey from the cheese in the middle.
But one thing that we love about this recipe is how slowly it smokes and cooks.
The grilling process brings out the best flavors and slowly penetrates the smoky flavoring, bringing the flavors together.
And the portion is perfect for the appetizers and a crowd-pleaser as well.
These Smoked Pork Belly Burnt Ends are so finger-licking good in every way.
They can be eaten in a sandwich or alone, and they are so juicy and tender that you can never have enough of them.
The secret of making the best-smoked pork belly burnt ends is ending them in perfect bite sizes, flavoring them, and, of course, the slow smoking process and the blast of heat at the end.
Queso dips are a must to have an appetizer for BBQ parties and game days.
This Smoked Queso Dip is simple yet a crowd-pleaser, especially when you have brisket leftovers.
All you have to do is put every ingredient together, like shredded brisket, cheese, tomatoes, onions, and peppers, and smoke until melty and smoky. It was so delicious!
The crispy, buffalo-style chicken wings are so finger-licking good.
The trick for the crispy wings to dehydrate them in the fridge overnight, smoke on low, then turn the heat up high on the grill or broiler.
We love this recipe because of the flaky skin over the wings that gets penetrated by the rich flavor of the buffalo sauce and the smoke from the grill.
These wings are a multi-step, multi-day process, so only invite your nearest and dearest for these delectable wingers!
11. Carrot Bacon
Carrot Bacon is one of the trendiest recipes you will find all over TikTok.
Many people have tried it and found it a delicious recipe.
It is primarily a great appetizer idea for your party’s vegan and vegetarian friends.
The secret to getting that smoky bacon flavor is the liquid smoke and seasoning.
Mix a handful of ingredients and marinate the carrot then cut into thin ribbon with a vegetable peeler or mandolin slicer.
Then bake them until crispy, just like a slice of bacon.
They are the perfect appetizer for everyone and can be served with dips.
12. Smoked Clams
Smoked Clams with garlic butter is yet another fancy appetizer that you can make easily in large batches.
This dish is new, smoky, tasteful, and very savory.
The clams are grilled until opened and then drenched in garlic butter to have that delicious kick of garlic that plays along with the smoky clams.
We also like a little squeeze of lemon for extra fresh flavor.
This recipe is perfect for trying if you love seafood, especially on a sunny day at the grill.
Smoked Cheesy Caramelized Onion Dip is a perfect combination of jam-like sweet onions, creamy, savory cheese, chives, and a little sour flavoring from the sour cream and red wine vinegar.
You can serve it with a cracker, tortilla chips, and veggies.
We use the leftover dip as a spread for sandwiches and fill the centers of the meatballs for an extra delicious kick.
Indeed, the possibilities of cooking with this delightful dip are endless!
The bottom line
Appetizers are one of the essential parts of a big family dinner, game night, game day (funny how those are completely different things), and most foodie events!
It sparks up the appetite for the main course while being so satisfying on its own.
We love the concept of appetizers so much that it made us really want to round up these smoky appetizer recipes.
These recipes are straightforward to make, simple, and are real crowd-pleasers.
Plus, the smoky flavor makes every bite memorable.
You will find them finished within a few seconds of serving.
Here are even more smoked foods for you to choose from!
- Smoked Jalapeno Poppers
- Smoked Baked Potatoes
- Smoked Salmon Appetizer
- Smoked Cream Cheese
- Smoked Mahi Mahi Dip
- Smoky Meatballs
- Smoked Armadillo Eggs
- Smoked Pork Belly Burnt Ends
- Smoked Queso Dip
- Smoked Chicken Wings
- Carrot Bacon
- Smoked Clams
- Smoked Caramelized Onion Dip
- Skim through our Smoked Appetizers list.
- Select the recipe you’re looking for.
- Prep the ingredients as instructed.
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