Why order take outs when you can make almost anything you want with a smoker at home?
Not only will it save you a lot of money, but think about it, it will be super fun! You get to be the master chef for as many recipes as you want!
Some people, when they think ‘smokers’, they only think ‘meat’. While it is true that the best smokers deliver delicious meats, however, in this article you’ll also find that smokers can offer other heavenly dishes as well!
We will show you 7 different varieties of recipes you can make with your smoker at home.
Let’s get started!
1. Spiced and Smoked Meatloaf
Meatloaf tastes extraordinary when it is smoked and that is why it is a popular dish when it comes to smoking. This is also the reason why it is included on this list.
But the recipe for this particular one is not like any ordinary recipes. It has a spicy taste to it.
To prepare this one, you will require:
- Ground beef (preferably 2lbs)
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup of panko bread crumbs
- 2 cloves of minced garlic
- Half an onion
- 1 tablespoon of sauce (preferably Worcestershire)
- 2 tablespoons of whiskey (preferably Jack Daniels)
- ¼ cup of milk
- 6 strips of cheese
- 1 tablespoon of your preferred steak rub
To prepare the sauce:
- One-quarter of whiskey (preferably Jack Daniels)
- 2 teaspoons of red pepper that has been crushed
- ⅓ cup of brown sugar
- ½ cup of ketchup
- 1 tablespoon of steak rub
- Heat your smoker beforehand and set it to about 225 degree F so that it won’t be direct cooking.
- Mix these items in a bowl: ground beef, onion, sauce, whiskey, milk, bread crumbs, eggs, and garlic. With your hands, slowly and gently mix all the ingredients.
- Take some of the mixtures and spread it in the bottom of the basket. Then, put the cheese and pepper on the meat, while making sure they won’t fall off the sides of the meat. After this, pour all the remaining mixed ingredients on top of the pepper and cheese to cover it completely so that the cheese won’t leak.
- Mix the sauce ingredients in a bowl and pour it over the meat.
- Close the smoker’s lid and cook for about 4 hours until the heat has dropped to 165 degrees F. then take it out and wait for it to cool down a little before serving.
This dish is best smoked with oak or hickory wood.
2. Smoked Chicken Wings
Chicken wings are the perfect starters! But how about smoked chicken wings? Yes! They are pretty delicious once you get a taste of them!
Of course, most of the time, chicken wings are deep-fried and, no doubt, they’re yummy.
But if you want to get a whole different taste of chicken wings, you will love when you smoke some.
The recipe for this dish is very simple. The same way you prepare wings for usual frying, you also do the same here; except there are a few additional things you need to follow.
Below are the instructions on how you’ll get the best smoked chicken wings.
- Chicken wings
- Your preferred dry ingredients for the rub
- Prepare your raw chicken wings, cut them up, and rinse them in running water.
- After washing the wings, get rid of the moisture by dabbing them dry with a paper towel.
- Mix all your favorite dry ingredients together.
- Apply the oil all over the surface of the wings first. Then, mix the oil and the dry ingredients to form a rub (keep in mind that you can use whatever you want for the rub). Apply the rub all over the chicken wings, making sure they are completely covered in it.
- Keep the wings in an airtight container or in a zipper plastic bag. Refrigerate them for a few hours until the rub has sunk in.
- Preheat your smoker. Remove the wings and place them on the smoking grill. Smoke for about 2-3 hours and set the temperature to about 225-250 degrees F.
- Keep checking on the heat every now and then.
- Your chicken should be ready within the given period. Take them out and wait for them to cool down.
3. Smoked Pork Butts
This one right here is a very juicy and easy-to-prepare dish. It’s also very delicious and that’s why it is on this list.
It just takes a little bit of time to prepare, but you don’t really need a lot of ingredients except for a few seasonings!
If you want to try and make this tasty dish now, follow the complete instructions below.
- 2x fresh pork butts
- 1 ½ cup of brown sugar (divide equally for each pork butt)
- 1 cup of kosher salt (½ for each pork butt)
To prepare the special rub:
- 2 tablespoons of cumin
- 2 tablespoons of lemon pepper
- ¼ of mild chili powder
- 3 cups of brown sugar
- Seasoned salt
- 2 tablespoons of crushed pepper flakes
- Ready 2 zipper plastic bags and pour 3 cups of warm water in each. Add the kosher salt and sugar (divided amount) into the bags. Secure them and shake till they have dissolved. Put in each pork butt inside the two bags and pour water till it covers the meat.
- Leave it for one night in the refrigerator.
- After 8 hours or in the morning, preheat your smoker. For the best smokey flavor, we recommend using mesquite chips.
- Mix all the ingredients for the rub in a bowl. Leave aside only the lemon pepper and the salt.
- Keep the pork butts on separate baking sheets and then sprinkle them with the seasoned salt. Then, spread the rub all over the meat as well, making sure it’s well-covered in the rub. Along with this, sprinkle the lemon pepper.
- Put the meat in the smoker and leave it for 5-6 hours.
- When the smoking is done, wrap the pork butts with a couple of aluminum foils and place them in a roasting pan, baking at 300 degrees. Do this for 3 hours.
- Remove the aluminum foil when done and then start to broil it for 10 minutes. Make sure you don’t burn the brown sugar. So, you have to keep watch.
- If you see that the shell is crispy, remove it and wait for it to cool before serving.
4. Smoked Salmon
Smoked salmon can be a really great meal to enjoy if the smoking is done carefully and patiently. Preparing the salmon for smoking is like creating a piece of art.
Selecting the right salmon for smoking is also a critical step you will need to consider. We shall provide you tips for that in a minute.
For now, let’s see how to prepare an amazing dish of smoked salmon.
- Salmon fillet (boneless)
- Medium Apple and Cherry wood chips (equal amount)
- Wash the boneless salmon fillet with water and then dry it with some paper towels.
- If some bones are available, remove them.
- Slice the salmon into pieces. Don’t make them too big because then, smoking them will take longer time. For the fillet, make sure you slice thicker and smaller bits.
- Then, spread your favorite seasonings along with salt and pepper all over the meat.
- Keep the meat inside a container and put in in the fridge. Let it sit there for a night or two.
- Next, get a few skewers ready. Pierce through 3-4 pieces with each and hang them on two opposite raised bars. Place a dripping pan under the hanging fish.
- Dry the fish for 10-12 hours by using a fan.
- When dry, place the meat on the smoker’s grill. Remember to keep the thinner fillets above.
- Place a drip pan and start smoking. Leave it for 5-6 hours.
- Take it out of the smoker and wait till it cools down before serving.
Choose one that still has the skin on because this will prevent the meat from sticking on the grills when smoked.
5. Smoked MAC & CHEESE
The first on the list that’s not meat is this delicious-looking smoked mac and cheese! Yes, slow-cooking mac and cheese can give it a whole different smokey taste! Moreover, it’s pretty easy to make.
If you have never tried this, we recommend that you should. There’s a surprise waiting ahead of you!
To get this juicy, creamy and smoky mac and cheese, just follow the simple instructions below.
- 1 package of macaroni (about 16-ounce)
- 3 cups of milk
- 1 package of cut cream cheese (8-ounce)
- 1 block of shredded sharp cheddar cheese (8-ounce)
- ½ tbs of black pepper
- 1 tbs of salt
- 1 wedge of shredded parmesan cheese (4-ounce)
- 1 block of shredded Gouda cheese (8-ounce)
- ¼ cup of flour
- ¼ cup of butter
- Cook the macaroni as you normally would, following the given directions.
- Melt the butter in a saucepan and add some flour into it. Continuously stir it for two minutes. Next, add the milk and wait for it to boil. Turn off the stove and add salt, cream cheese, and pepper. Stir until it’s smooth.
- Heat the smoker beforehand at 300 degrees F. Cover your roasting pan with a coat of cooking spray.
- Mix the all the cheeses, sauce and finally, the macaroni. Pour the concoction into the aluminum roasting pan. Close it with an aluminum foil and smoke it for about 45 minutes.
- When done, open the foil and sprinkle the leftover cheese. Continue smoking for 15 minutes more.
And there you have it! Your smoky mac and cheese.
6. Smoked Grilled Vegetables
Smoked vegetables… Healthy and delicious… Now, who wouldn’t want that? But, if smoked veggies aren’t your thing, do check out our article on the Best Meats to Smoke.
- 1 medium squash
- 1 cup of mushrooms that are cut into half
- 2 tbs of vegetable oil
- 2tbs of chicken seasoning
- 1 each of green, red, and yellow bell pepper (cut into small pieces)
- 1 small-cut ear fresh corn
- 1 wedge-cut red onion
- Pecan wood chips for burning
- Prepare the pecan wood chips by soaking them and leave them for one hour (covered). Later, drain them and place them in the wood chip bowl. Keep the bowl inside the smoker and close it. Preheat the smoker then.
- Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Add the vegetables along with a small amount of oil. After you are done with the mix, we recommend you tie them up together by piercing through each piece with a string (in the form of a wreath). Otherwise, you can just keep the preparations in a rack and slide it inside the smoker.
- Wait for the smoker’s temperature to lower down, or turn the heat down to medium and then start smoking your vegetables. Leave it for about 15 minutes.
- Keep a check on the vegetables. When they have become tender, your vegetable dish is ready to eat.
7. Smoked Cherry Cobbler Dessert
Now, it’s time to include some dessert – Cherry Cobbler Dessert!
Yes, it already sounds delicious and this recipe is not hard at all. There are only a few things you will need.
If you want to give it a try, read on!
- Filling (cherry pie)
- Cake mix
- Ice cream
- Tin foil
- Lay two tin foil sheets down.
- Based on your preference, add as much cherry pie filling as you want.
- Add ½ cup of the cake mix on top.
- Cut pieces of butter and put it on top of the mix.
- Gently take the ends of the foil upwards and carefully wrap it around the mixture.
- Smoke the mixture and wait till a maximum of 15 minutes.
- Your cherry pie is now ready to be eaten with cold ice-cream.
And so, there you have it! Those are the 7 different recipes for grill smoking that you can try with your very own smoker at home. The best and healthiest foods are always homemade!
If you’re still not comfortable with using a smoker grill, do check out our article on How to Use a Smoker Grill.
Well, we really hope you enjoyed our article today and we also wish to see you again some other time.
Until then, good luck!