Looking for the best smoker recipes to try out this year? Try these ones on for size, they are delicious, easy, fun best smoker recipes.
Some are of these smoker recipes are classic, others a little unexpected but they are all worth trying this year.
- Top 10 Best Recipes for the Smoker to Try in 2023
- 1 Best Smoker Recipes – Classic Smoked Prime Rib
- 2 Best Recipe for Smoked Pulled Pork Butt
- 3 Best Smoker Recipe – Texas Style BBQ Brisket
- 4 Best Smoker Recipe for Turkey
- 5 Smoked Salmon Recipe
- 6 Best Smoker Recipes for Ribs
- 7 Smoked Corn on the Cob (Corn Ribs)
- 8 Best Smoker Recipes for Sausage
- 9 Smoked Mac and Cheese Recipe
- 10 Smoked Ice Cream!
- FAQ’s About Best Smoker Recipes
- Unique Things to Smoke
- What Can I Smoke in 3 Hours?
- What Can You Smoke in 5 Hours?
- Things You Can Smoke on a Smoker
- What is the Best Meat to Cook in a Smoker?
- What is the Best Food to Cook in a Smoker?
- Things to Smoke Besides Meat
Top 10 Best Recipes for the Smoker to Try in 2023
- A classic choice for any special occasion, prime rib is a surefire hit when cooked in a smoker. Rub the meat with your BBQ rub of choice and smoke at 225 degrees Fahrenheit for about 3-4 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 130F for medium rare.
This Southern staple is a BBQ favourite, and it’s easy to see why. Tender, juicy pulled pork is a blank canvas for all sorts of flavourful sauces and rubs. Smoke a pork shoulder (aka pork butt) at 225 degrees Fahrenheit for about 8 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches at least 190 degrees.
This Texas-style BBQ classic requires a long, slow cook in the smoker to achieve the perfect balance of tenderness and flavour. Coat the brisket in your favourite beef rub (most Texan rubs are simply salt & pepper) and smoke at 225 degrees Fahrenheit for about 12 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches at least 190 degrees.
For a Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter twist, try smoking a whole turkey in your smoker. Brine the bird overnight in a mixture of salt, sugar, and herbs, and smoke at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for about 3 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches at least 165 degrees.
Despite its Holiday association, turkey is a great meat to smoke all year round.
This healthy and flavorful option is perfect for a summertime smoke. Coat your salmon fillets in a mixture of brown sugar, salt, and your favourite herbs, and smoke at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for about 2 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees.
6 Best Smoker Recipes for Ribs
Whether you prefer baby back ribs, spare ribs, or beef short ribs smoking is the way to go for perfectly tender and flavourful meat. BBQ ribs are definitely among the most popular smoker recipes around.
Rub the ribs with your favourite BBQ seasoning, and smoke at 225 degrees Fahrenheit for about 6 hours altogether (wrapping them in foil after 3 hours), until the internal temperature reaches at least 190 degrees.
For a summertime side dish that packs a punch, try smoking corn on the cob. Soak the corn in water for at least an hour, then smoke at 225 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour, or until tender.
Watch our Youtube video to see the process.
Whether you prefer spicy andouille or mild Italian sausage, smoking is a great way to add depth of flavor. Smoke sausages at 225 degrees Fahrenheit for about 2 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches at least 165 degrees.
This creamy, comforting classic gets a smoky twist when cooked in a smoker. Prepare your favorite mac and cheese recipe, then transfer it to a baking dish and smoke at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour, or until hot and bubbly.
Optional – add smoked bacon for extra flavour and smokiness.
10 Smoked Ice Cream!
For a unique and surprising dessert, try smoking ice cream. Smoke your favourite ice cream flavour at 225 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes, or until it is soft and slightly melty. Serve immediately for a truly one-of-a-kind treat.
If you enjoyed this article you might also enjoy this other article of ours; ‘Best Meats to Smoke Guide.’
FAQ’s About Best Smoker Recipes
Unique Things to Smoke
- Smoked Cocktails
- Smoked Ice for Cocktails
- Smoked Sea Salt
- Pellet Grill Pizza
For more ideas you could try our ‘Unique Things to Smoke,’ article.
What Can I Smoke in 3 Hours?
You can smoke smaller meat cuts within 3 hours – for example chicken wings, breasts, drumsticks, individual steaks such as ribeye, sirloin or rump (even tomahawk steaks).
You can smoke a whole chicken in 2-3 hours, various types of sausage in 1-2 hours, tri tip steak in around 2-3 hours (a great and cheaper alternative to beef brisket), as well as hot dogs and hamburgers within 1-2 hours.
Pork tenderloin is an underrated but delicious meat that can be smoked in 1-2 hours also.
Try this article for 3 hour smoker recipes for more on the topic.
What Can You Smoke in 5 Hours?
Babyback ribs, whole chicken, meatloaf, pork tenderloin, pork loin and beef chuck roast can all be smoked within 5 hours.
Obviously small cuts like chicken wings, breasts, thighs, as well as smaller cuts of steak such as ribeye, sirloin, fillet etc can be smoked quickly in about 1-2 hours as well.
You can also smoke a whole salmon in this time scale as well.
Depending on the size of your whole turkey, and the temperature you cook at, it is also possible to smoke turkey within 4-6 hours.
Have a look at this post for more on 5 hour smoker recipes.
There are so many options of things to smoke on your BBQ smoker. Anything you can cook you can also smoke, from vegetables to eggs to any type of meat you can think of.
You can even smoke desserts, cocktails or pizza!
Smoking infuses flavour and any smoked foods taste better for the process of smoking with wood or charcoal.
While the best meat to cook in a smoker is a matter of individual taste, the most popular meats to smoke worldwide are beef brisket, pork shoulder (for pulled pork) and smoked ribs (whether beef short ribs, babyback ribs or spare ribs).
What is the Best Food to Cook in a Smoker?
In terms of the best meats to cook in a smoker, consider those with a high fat content which will slowly break down during the long smoking process, and keep the meat tender and moist.
For example, the most popular and best meats to cook low and slow would be pork shoulder for pulled pork, beef brisket, or pork/beef ribs which need a long time to smoke to break down the fatty connective tissue.
For vegans and vegetarians the best food to cook in a smoker might include potatoes, sweet potatoes, nut roast, or butternut squash and aubergine ‘steaks,’ as well as corn ribs.
Here are some ideas for things to smoke beside meat:
- Halloumi Cheese
- Baked Potatoes
- Sweet Potatoes
- Whole Cabbage Head
- Butternut Squash Steaks
- Cauliflower Steaks
- Aubergine Steaks
- Mac and Cheese