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30 Smoker Recipes

30 Smoker Recipes

Whether you’re barbecuing some ribs or preparing an apple crisp, using a smoker is the way to go. 

Even cream cheese, which you can top with bacon, fruit compote and eat with crackers. 

Using a smoker gives your food flavor like none other. 

We’ve created a list of 30 delicious smoker recipes that we think you will love.

2. Smoked Cheddar Bacon-Stuffed Burgers

These burgers are next-level good. Bacon, cheddar, and beef combined with the rich flavor from a pellet grill make this burger to die for. 

This is one of the best smoker recipes, in our opinion.

Cheeses like cheddar, American, or Colby jack compliment this burger well. 

Combine that with your toppings like a fresh raw onion or tomato, and you get the perfect burger.

This is one of our favorite pellet grill recipes, but you can use an electric smoker as well.  

Here’s the recipe.

3. Low-and-Slow Barbecued Pulled Pork

This low-and-slow cooked pork recipe is the perfect smoked meat recipe. 

It’s great for cookouts or get-togethers because it’s sure to be a popular dish.

You can brine your pork overnight to help your meat hold moisture, or you can dry rub your pork to give it a nice, crispy bark that’s packed full of flavor. 

Either way, it’s going to be delicious.

Here’s the recipe.

4. Smoked Pig Shots

This is one of those smoked recipes that may sound crazy but has an amazing result. 

These smoked pig “shots” are the perfect finger food. 

All you need to make this recipe for your smoker is bacon, cream, and cheddar cheese, sausages, jalapenos if you like the heat, and the ingredients to make your glaze. It doesn’t get easier, or tastier, than this. 

Here’s the recipe.

5. Smoked Beer Can Turkey

When we think of smoked meat, we don’t usually consider turkey. 

And when we think of beer-can meat, we usually only think of chicken. But this recipe has us re-considering it all. 

This rich, flavorful turkey is the perfect twist on a typical Thanksgiving delicacy and will leave you throwing your holiday turkey into the smoker instead of the oven.  

A quick tip: add spices to the beer can before putting it in the turkey to give it extra flavor.

Here’s the recipe.

Here are some tips for storing and reheating your smoked turkey.

6. Smoked Hot Sausage Beer Cheese Dip

This isn’t one of your typical smoker ideas, but it’s genius. 

Whether you’re looking for an appetizer or a fun, easy meal, this recipe should be your new go-to. 

Here’s the recipe.

7. Smoked Meatloaf

This isn’t your standard run-of-the-mill meatloaf recipe. 

While your ingredients are similar to your classic meatloaf, the flavor couldn’t be more different, but in the best way possible. 

A quick tip: when the meatloaf is almost finished, pull it out and add your favorite glaze before putting it back in the smoker to add an extra layer of flavor. 

Here’s the recipe.

8. Smoked Chicken Salad

This smoker recipe is a flavorful twist on a popular classic. 

The smoky flavor of the chicken in this recipe adds an extra layer of deliciousness to your chicken salad. 

Eat it on its own, with crackers, or on a sandwich. You won’t be disappointed either way. 

Here’s the recipe.

9. Lemon-Brined Smoked Chickens

There aren’t many combinations that are better than lemon and chicken, but adding smokiness to that combo? Absolutely to die for. 

This recipe also calls for a little bit of hot sauce, which doesn’t add a lot of spice, but it adds a vinegar flavor that accentuates the lemon even more.

Here’s the recipe.

10. Smoked Chicken Wings

Here’s the perfect party food. Pair these wings with your favorite sauce, or you can eat them plain. 

Either way, you will not be disappointed.

Here’s the recipe.

11. Smoked Pork Chops

These tender, juicy pork chops are amazing. Whether you’re using blade chops, rib chops, or loin chops, you’re going to be satisfied with this recipe. 

A quick tip: cut your chops to be about 2 inches thick so they can retain as much moisture as possible. 

Here’s the recipe.

12. Smoked Chuck Roast

When we think of a chuck roast, we usually think of a crockpot or slow cooker. Well, in this case, the slow cooker is your smoker. 

You can either smoke your chuck roast in brine in an aluminum pan, or you can use aluminum foil and a dry rub to get a crisp, flavorful crust.

Either way, this will make your mouth water. 

Here’s the recipe.

13. Smoked Boston Butt

Cooking your Boston butt slowly in a pellet smoker is the best way to get juicy, tender meat. 

A quick tip: use yellow mustard as a binder to help adhere your seasonings to your Boston butt. 

Here’s the recipe.

14. Smoked Pulled Pork Butt

Smoked pulled pork butt is one of the easiest and most versatile smoker recipes out there. 

You can use pulled pork butt in so many dishes, like sandwiches, tacos, burritos, baked potatoes, and so much more. It’s also delicious on its own. 

Here’s the recipe

15. Smoked Pork Belly Burnt Ends

These pork belly burnt ends are addictive. They are the perfect combination of sweet, salty, smoky, and crispy.

They’re also just as good the next day. 

A quick tip: slightly freeze your pork belly before it goes in the smoker so that it retains more moisture. 

Here’s the recipe.

16. Smoked Prime Rib

Prime rib is a delicacy in and of itself, but combine it with slow cooking on a smoker, and you will be in heaven. 

Since this is a more expensive cut of meat, this recipe recommends that you use high-quality wood pellets and a high-quality meat thermometer to ensure that you don’t ruin your dish.

Here’s the recipe.

17. Smoked Pork Shoulder

Pork shoulder and pork butt both make great pork roasts, but this smoked pork shoulder recipe has to be our favorite for a tender, juicy barbecue pulled pork. 

Here’s the recipe.

18. Whole Smoked Chickens

These honey garlic chickens smoked over apple or oak pellets are delicious. 

You can serve these whole chickens with your favorite sides, or you can shred these chickens to make a perfect addition to salads, sandwiches, wraps, and more. 

Here’s the recipe.

19. Smoked Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts

These bacon-wrapped chicken breasts are one of the quickest meals on our list. They only need to brine for 2 hours and go on the smoker for 3 hours. 

They make for a delicious, kid-friendly smoker dinner that the whole family will enjoy.

Here’s the recipe.

20. Smoked Pork Tenderloin with Blackberry Bourbon Sauce

Instead of cutting up your pork tenderloin into chops to smoke, try smoking the entire tenderloin instead. 

This smoked pork tenderloin is accented by a sweet but tangy blackberry bourbon glaze that will make your mouth water. 

Here’s the recipe.

21. Smoked Cream Cheese

We’ll be honest, when we first saw that smoked cream cheese was a thing, we thought it was going to melt and be a disaster for the smoker. 

But boy, we were wrong. Smoked cream cheese is a delicacy!

You can serve this smoked cream cheese as a topping for meats, mixed in with bacon or salmon, or do like we did, and just eat it with chips or on crackers. 

A quick tip: put your cream cheese in a tin foil “boat” so that the cheese doesn’t melt and make a mess in your smoker. 

Here’s the recipe.

22. Smoked Baby Back Ribs

This recipe calls for you to use a gas grill. To create the smoky flavor, put wood chips inside of tin foil and poke holes in the foil.

These ribs are slow-cooked using indirect heat, so they are falling off the bone when they’re done. 

Here’s the recipe.

23. Smoked Venison

This recipe is by far our favorite wild game recipe. It uses dry red wine to compliment the taste of the venison perfectly. 

A quick tip: trim any silver linings and fat off of the meat to help avoid a gamey taste. 

Here’s the recipe.

24. Smoked Sriracha

Smoking isn’t just for meat! This to-die-for sriracha is the perfect smoked hot sauce recipe. 

Smoking your peppers and tomatoes for this recipe takes the flavor to a whole new level. 

Here’s the recipe.

25. Smoked Sweet Potatoes

This side dish will look fantastic on your Thanksgiving dinner table (maybe set beside that smoked beer can turkey from earlier). 

It’s not just good for fall, though. This smoked sweet potato recipe combines sweetness and smokiness in a way that makes our mouths water. 

You can top your potatoes with the classic sweet potato toppings, like butter, cinnamon, and marshmallows. Or you can kick it up a notch and top it with smoked candied bacon or burnt ends. Either way, you will be coming back for more. 

Here’s the recipe

26. Smoked Turkey Breast

Whether you prefer white meat, are cooking for a small group, or don’t feel like making a whole turkey, this smoked turkey breast recipe is perfect for you. 

This recipe suggests that you soak your turkey breast in a cranberry-apple juice marinade up to overnight. 

The marinade combined with the smoky flavor from the grill is the perfect flavor profile for fall. 

Here’s the recipe.

27. Smoked Seasoned Shrimp Skewers

These smoked shrimp skewers are the perfect quick and easy addition to your meal. 

You can combine the shrimp with your choice of vegetables and fruits to make this dish go great with whatever meal you choose. 

A quick tip: if you’re using wooden skewers, soak them in water before smoking so that the skewers won’t burn. 

Here’s the recipe.

28. Smoked Salmon

Smoked salmon is a classic smoker meal. This recipe is a simple way to make the most flavorful hot-smoked salmon. 

All you need to do is soak your salmon overnight in a brine made up of water, salt, brown sugar, onion powder, and garlic powder. 

After it’s soaked for at least overnight and up to 24 hours, throw it on the smoker, and you’ll be all set.

Here’s the recipe

And here’s how to freeze it.

29. Smoked Apple Crisp

Smokers aren’t just for entrees. We found that smoked desserts are a popular and very tasty dish. 

This dessert is the perfect fall dish, with a rich and sweet apple filling, crispy oatmeal topping, and a warm smoky flavor. 

This smoked apple crisp calls for an offset smoker, but an electric smoker or pellet smoker will work too. 

Here’s the recipe.

30. Smoked Tofu

We couldn’t complete our list without including a vegan option. 

This recipe is super simple. All you need is the tofu of your choice, olive oil, and a steak seasoning blend. 

Here’s the recipe.

The bottom line

The flavor and aroma of smoked food is almost primal, bringing out the ancestral spirit of piney wood and flames of our food-loving souls. 

While that might be a bit over the top, think about these words the next time you get a whiff of the BBQ smoker at the next house over and tell me how you feel then.

30 EPIC Ways To Cook In A Smoker

30 EPIC Ways To Cook In A Smoker

Light that flame in your heart when you take a look at our list of 30 Smoker Recipes when you need inspiration. The smoker isn’t just for meat anymore.


  • Smoked Brisket
  • Smoked Cheddar Bacon-Stuffed Burgers
  • Low-and-Slow Barbecued Pulled Pork
  • Smoked Pig Shots
  • Smoked Beer Can Turkey
  • Smoked Hot Sausage Beer Cheese Dip
  • Smoked Meatloaf
  • Smoked Chicken Salad
  • Lemon-Brined Smoked Chickens
  • Smoked Chicken Wings
  • Smoked Pork Chops
  • Smoked Chuck Roast
  • Smoked Boston Butt
  • Smoked Pulled Pork Butt
  • Smoked Pork Belly Burnt Ends
  • Smoked Prime Rib
  • Smoked Pork Shoulder
  • Whole Smoked Chickens
  • Smoked Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts
  • Smoked Pork Tenderloin with Blackberry Bourbon Sauce
  • Smoked Cream Cheese
  • Smoked Baby Back Ribs
  • Smoked Venison
  • Smoked Sriracha
  • Smoked Sweet Potatoes
  • Smoked Turkey Breast
  • Smoked Seasoned Shrimp Skewers
  • Smoked Salmon
  • Smoked Apple Crisp
  • Smoked Tofu


  1. Prep your smoker for deliciousness.
  2. Choose a few of these recipes to make and share.
  3. Enjoy your new favorite smoker recipes!

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