Best Smoker Recipes

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Ever wonder what are the best recipes to try out on your smoker? This post covers the most popular and best smoker recipes from Hey Grill Hey that you’ve just gotta try. Whether you’re a fan of beef, pork, or chicken, this post covers all the meats (and sides!) that lend well to a good smoke.

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Smoker Recipes

Whether you’re cooking on a pellet smoker, an offset smoker, or anything in between, there are a plethora of good meats, veggies, sides, and more to cook on your smoker. The sky is the limit when it comes to the smoked food you can make on your grill, and this roundup of awesome smoker recipes is just a few delicious things for you to try.

If you’re in need of some wood recommendations for these recipes, check out my post on Best Wood For Smoking. This post covers types of wood, flavor, as well as wood pairing for different types of meat and food. Scroll below for the best pellet grill recipes on the web!

Beef Smoker Recipes

Beef tastes simply divine when cooked in a smoker. The slow smoke perfectly compliments beef, and I bet you’ll find that it is just as awesome to enjoy smoked beef brisket as it is to try out a quick smoked steak. Scroll below to check out some favorite beef recipes to cook on the smoker.

Smoked beef brisket sliced and garnished with pickles, a small bowl of BBQ sauce, and sliced peppers.

Texas Style Smoked Beef Brisket

For a classic smoked brisket, this recipe for Texas Style Smoked Beef Brisket with a simple salt and pepper dry rub is a foolproof process for melt-in-your-mouth brisket. It’s the ultimate recipe to make on your smoker once you’re ready for something a bit more advanced.


Sliced smoked tri tip on a wooden cutting board.

Smoked Tri Tip

You truly can’t go wrong with my recipe for Smoked Tri Tip. It’s juicy and bursting with flavor. Once you cook tri tip on your smoker, you may never grill it again!


Sliced prime rib roast smoked to medium rare.

Smoked Prime Rib Roast

If prime rib is on your Christmas menu this year, save this recipe now! This Smoked Prime Rib Roast comes out juicy to boost with a nice, crunchy exterior from the final sear. Say hello to your new favorite roast!


Shredded chuck roast on a wooden cutting board.

Smoked Pulled Beef Chuck Roast

Sunday dinner got you down? This Smoked Pulled Beef is that perfect roast that the whole family can enjoy!


Stacks of peppered beef jerky on a rectangular wooden cutting board.

Peppered Beef Jerky

You can’t go wrong with some good homemade beef jerky, and this recipe for Peppered Beef Jerky is a process for making delicious dried jerky with a spicy peppered bite.


Stack of beef ribs on a wooden cutting board.

Smoked Beef Ribs

These Smoked Beef Ribs are huge bites of beefy goodness that look as impressive as they taste!


A slice of Jack'd up smoked meatloaf on a metal spatula with the remaining meatloaf in the background.

Jack’d Up Smoked Meatloaf

Jack cheese and Jack Daniels whiskey combine to make this Jack’d Up Smoked Meatloaf the tastiest meatloaf you’ll ever have! Stick it in the smoke for an added layer of flavor that can’t be beat.


Stack of burnt ends on a wooden cutting board.

Brisket Burnt Ends

This recipe for Brisket Burnt Ends is like little morsels of BBQ candy. Slow smoked brisket is cooked in a tangy BBQ sauce for a bite sized bit of beef you’ll absolutely love.


Slices of smoked steak cooked to medium rare in a pile.

Smoked Steak

Even if you’re the #1 fan of a good grilled steak, you’ve got to try this process for Smoked Steak. It produces the most amazing juicy steak that is full of flavor and juicy goodness.


Smoked hamburger topped with pickle, tomato, onion, and lettuce on sesame seed bun.

Smoked Hamburgers

The only thing that stands between you and my delicious Smoked Hamburgers is some smoke, ground chuck, and my awesome Beef Dry Rub.


Pork on the Smoker

While you may immediately think of ribs and pulled pork when you think of cooking pork on the smoker, there are plenty of cuts that lend themselves extremely well to the infusion of smoke flavor when cooked on your smoker. The following are top Hey Grill Hey smoked pork recipes we think you’ll love.

3 2 1 Ribs sliced and stacked on a wooden cutting board.

3-2-1 Smoked Ribs

These 3-2-1 Smoked Ribs are the perfect way to get fall-off-the-bone pork ribs. The process is simple: 3 hours of smoking, 2 hours wrapped in a braising liquid, and 1 hour sauced.


Meat shredder claws in shredded pulled pork on a wooden board.

Simple Smoked Pulled Pork

This Smoked Pulled Pork (pork butt/pork shoulder) is the classic way to get a gorgeously delicious and simple pulled pork. If you’ve got a crowd to feed, this is the recipe for you!


Smoked pork loin on a wooden cutting board next to fresh herbs and a knife and fork.

Smoked Pork Loin

If you’re looking for that perfect Sunday roast, look no further than my recipe for Smoked Pork Loin. It’s juicy with lots of flavor and only uses a few key ingredients! Easy and delicious? Sign me up!


Overhead shot of sliced twice smoked ham in a cast iron skillet.


Twice Smoked Ham with a Brown Sugar Honey Glaze

If you’ve ever been on the hunt for the most amazing and sweet ham for all your festive occasions, this Twice Smoked Ham is smoked with a brown sugar honey glaze that combines with the smoke for the most incredible ham you’ll ever have.


Pile of cubed pork belly on a wooden cutting board.

Smoked Pork Belly

Whether you decide to enjoy your pork belly cubed, shredded, sliced, or in a sandwich, my method for making Smoked Pork Belly is one you’ll come back to time and time again.


Cross section of sliced smoked pork chops stacked on top of each other.

Smoked Pork Chops

These Smoked Pork Chops are a great weekday meal when you’re craving good food, but you don’t want a lot of prep time or fuss. These chops are covered in sweet rub before smoked to a perfect juicy finish.


Close up of sliced and stacked bacon wrapped armadillo eggs.

Bacon Wrapped Armadillo Eggs

My Bacon Wrapped Armadillo Eggs are a BBQ lovers dream! Filled jalapenos are wrapped in pork sausage and bacon and slow smoked over oak wood for a smoked recipe unlike any other. You’ll find yourself making excuses to make these every day of the week!


Sliced smoked pork tenderloin next to a whole smoked pork tenderloin on a wooden cutting board.

Smoked Pork Tenderloin

Pork tenderloin is a delicious cut of meat. Make the most of this pork with a good smoke and big flavors. You can also personalize this Smoked Pork Tenderloin recipe with your own favorite rubs and sauces to make it exactly how you prefer.


Al pastor on a round metal dish next to pineapple spears.

Smoked Al Pastor

This Smoked Al Pastor is a rich and savory smoked pork shoulder with an awesome chili marinade. It’s smoky from the grill with gorgeous crispy edges. If you’re a fan of al pastor, you’ll love this great smoky version of a delicious classic.


Stack of homemade smoked bacon slices on peach butcher paper.

Homemade Smoked Bacon

Making your own Homemade Smoked Bacon is a bit of a process, but it’s 100% worth the effort. I’m here to walk you step-by-step through making your own smoked bacon from scratch that is way better than anything you’ll get at the store.


Poultry and Fish on the Smoker

Don’t stop with beef and pork when choosing food to make on your smoker! Chicken, turkey, and fish are especially delicious with a little smoky infusion. Check out our top recipes below!

Smoked whole chicken on a wooden cutting board next to fresh herbs.

Smoked Whole Chicken

Smoked Whole Chicken is much easier than you may think, and you’ll save tons of money when you smoke your own chicken at home and use the leftover meat throughout the week. Try it out today!


Whole fillets of smoked trout on a wooden board surrounded by sliced baguettes, lemon slices, and chopped onions.

Smoked Trout

The secret to this Smoked Trout is in a simple salt and sugar brine that keeps the trout moist while it’s in the smoker.


Crispy smoked chicken wings stacked on a wooden cutting board.

Crispy Smoked Chicken Wings

Whether you’re looking for an awesome snack or you need something to eat during the big game, these Crispy Smoked Chicken Wings satisfy every single time.


Whole smoked duck surrounded by fresh herbs and orange halves.

Smoked Duck

For those of you looking for a delicious way to cook up your duck, this Smoked Duck recipe is basted with orange and maple syrup for a sweet and fresh duck you’ll absolutely love.


Sliced smoked chicken breast on a fork.

Smoked Chicken Breast

This recipe for Smoked Chicken Breast is a foolproof way to make juicy chicken breasts on your favorite smoker. It’s ready in under 90 minutes, making it a relatively quick and easy dinner option for those busy weeknights.


Whole smoked turkey on a serving platter surrounded by fresh apples and herbs.

Smoked Turkey

This recipe for Smoked Turkey is one of Hey Grill Hey’s top recipes around the holidays, and for good reason! Nothing beats a perfectly smoked turkey for Thanksgiving or the December holidays.


Four smoked chicken legs lined up on the grill grates of a pellet smoker.

Smoked Chicken Legs

For a smoker recipe the whole family can enjoy, check out my recipe for Smoked Chicken Legs. These are delicious and fun to eat, and you can mix and match rubs and sauces to make them your very own.


Two smoked salmon filets on a white serving dish.

Smoked Salmon

Nothing, and I mean nothing beats this recipe for Smoked Salmon. It’s covered in a delicious maple orange glaze that makes the salmon taste decadent, sweet, well worth the wait.


Spatchcock smoked chicken covered with cherry chipotle BBQ sauce on a wooden cutting board.

Smoked Spatchcock Chicken

A Smoked Spatchcock Chicken is my favorite way to get maximum favor from my smoker while also achieving a perfectly and evenly cooked whole chicken. The Cherry Chipotle BBQ Sauce is just the magical icing on an already delicious cake.


Smoked chicken thigh on a wooden cutting board.

Smoked Chicken Thighs

These Smoked Chicken Thighs are a great way to enjoy delicious chicken smoked in your own backyard. Seasoned with my signature sweet rub, smoked to perfection, then slathered in whiskey peach BBQ sauce, these chicken thighs can’t be beat!


Side Dishes on the Smoker

It doesn’t end with meat, my friends. No, no. You can cook just about anything in your smoker, and it also saves time and energy to cook your side dishes right alongside your main course. These sides are the cream of the crop here at Hey Grill Hey and right up there with the top smoker recipes around. Check them out!

Wooden bowl of smoked mac and cheese.

Smoked Mac and Cheese

Take that old, boring mac and cheese and kick it up a serious notch with this recipe for Smoked Mac and Cheese. It’s ooey, gooey, and the perfect grown up version of a kid-friendly classic.


Sliced and fluffed smoked baked potato garnished with a pad of butter, salt, and pepper.

Smoked Baked Potatoes

If you’re thinking about making some baked potatoes, do yourself a favor and cook them on the smoker instead. Simple seasoning and smoke are all you need to make a warm and fluffy Smoked Baked Potato with that extra smoky oomph.


Smoked baked beans in a wooden bowl on top of a striped kitchen towel.

Brown Sugar and Bacon Smoked Baked Beans

Whether you’re enjoying a hamburger, some ribs, or chicken, these Smoked Baked Beans are cooked with brown sugar and bacon for the ultimate BBQ side dish. 


Five stacked bacon wrapped onion rings.

Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings

Ready for a quick and easy (not to mention awesome and fun!) side dish? Try these Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings for a BBQ side unlike any other.


Four raspberry cream cheese jalapeno poppers on the grill grates of a pellet smoker.

Raspberry Cream Cheese Jalapeno Poppers

My recipe for Raspberry Cream Cheese Jalapeno Poppers combine sweet and spicy for the ultimate appetizer or game day snack. They’re easy to make and easy to eat, so make sure you make extras because they won’t stick around for long


Stacked chantilly potatoes on top of a wooden spatula.

Smoked Chantilly Potatoes

If you’re feeling decadent or you have a cheat day coming up, these Smoked Chantilly Potatoes are for you. These potatoes are smoked in a pan of cheese and cream making them the most ooey, gooey, tasty potatoes ever.


Bacon wrapped maple glazed carrots lined up on a wooden cutting board.

Bacon Wrapped Maple Glazed Carrots

What’s better than a tasty smoked carrot? A carrot wrapped in bacon and glazed with fresh maple syrup! These Bacon Wrapped Maple Glazed Carrots are beyond good, and can be cooked in your smoker, oven, or grill!


Two smoked sweet potatoes topped with maple cinnamon butter in a metal baking dish.

Smoked Sweet Potatoes

Kick your sweet potatoes up a notch by cooking them on your smoker and topping them with a large dollop of cinnamon maple butter. This recipe for Smoked Sweet Potatoes is the perfect side for holidays and regular weekdays alike.


Four ears of smoked corn on the cob on a gray plate.

Smoked Corn on the Cob

You’ve likely heard about grilling corn on the cob, but you’re in for a treat when you make this Smoked Corn on the Cob. This corn is lightly seasoned with a sweet BBQ rub and slow-smoked for a smoky twist on your favorite summer side.


Did you see your favorite recipe featured in this best smoker recipes roundup? If not, make sure to leave us a comment with your favorite smoked food from Hey Grill Hey and maybe we’ll add it to the list! Be sure to check back often for more delicious recipes from Hey Grill Hey. We post new content every week!



Susie is the BBQ Brain behind the Hey Grill Hey website. Her passion for smoked meats and developing fun, new recipes have landed her on the Food Network, cooking turkeys with Shaq, and on a couple of Guinness World Records. When she’s not grilling, she is hanging out with Todd and their three kids, preferably outdoors!

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  1. David Carter says:

    Thank you for the BEST recipes. Printed them all off. You are my “go-to” person for all my smoking. Thanks for a great job always!!

  2. Joshua mwema says:

    Thanks for this piece of article

  3. Dusty Mack says:

    Thanks for the recipes. Can’t wait to try some.

  4. Larry Couden says:

    Love your recipes. I have not used many though. I will try many of the recipes listed here as soon as the weather warms up!!

  5. Frank says:

    Just ran into your site. I have been smoking & making my own sauces & rubs for several years now. Your smoking recipes, sauce & sweet rub is close to mine. I’ll have to try you version & compare. Look forward to it.