How To Make Smoked Eggs

March 27, 2018

Smoked eggs are so incredibly simple to make! You’ll be cooking and smoking these a dozen at a time for breakfast, snacks, to toss into salads… you name it! This post will teach you the best way to cook smoked eggs, tips for peeling them, and the best info for smoking and serving them!

How to make smoked eggs

How to Smoke Eggs

The first step to making the best smoked eggs is cooking them in the shell. This can be done the traditional way by boiling them, but I’ve never been much of a traditionalist. I’ve found the best method is to bake the eggs directly on the grill grates of my smoker (using indirect heat, of course.) I love the texture of baked eggs, they seem a little bit softer than hard boiled eggs. That will make a big difference once we peel the eggs and get them on the smoker.

To bake these eggs on the smoker, you can place them in the individual wells of a muffin tin or directly on the grill grates. I prefer right on the grates! You will notice small brown spots from where the eggs were touching the grates, but they are harmless and don’t affect the quality of the eggs. I have found the perfect time for eggs cooked in the smoker is 30 minutes at 325 degrees F (make sure your grill is preheated first). Once they are baked, submerge your eggs in ice water to stop the cooking process.

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Smoked Eggs

When the eggs are fully cooled, peel them carefully. My favorite way to ensure an easy peel is to shake each egg gently in a sealed glass jar with about 2 Tablespoons of cool water. The shells should slide right off! Now you’re ready to get smoking!

Smoking Eggs

Reduce the heat in your smoker to low. We’re talking 175-180 degrees F. The lower you can get the temperatures the better. If you’ve got a cold smoker that will let you run it at 150 degrees F or lower, use it! Use whatever flavor of wood you like. I’m smoking on the low smoke setting of my Camp Chef SG pellet grill.

The eggs are a pretty blank canvas and will easily take on the flavors of smoke in a short period of time. If you want a really bold smoke flavor, go with something like mesquite. If you want things a bit more mellow and mild, choose an alder or maple wood. Place the eggs directly on the grill grates again and smoke for at least 30 minutes, or up to an hour. Beyond that, I think the smoke flavor can get acrid and the eggs can over cook. However, I do know people who prefer a really strong smoke flavor and keep theirs on for 2 hours or more, but be aware that this can dry out the exterior of the egg and make them rubbery.

Your eggs will turn yellow. This is TOTALLY NORMAL. How light or dark the yellow color is will indicate how smoky your eggs are. Like I said, I feel like 30 minutes is enough to get a good smoke flavor and the eggs will still be fairly light yellow. The eggs in the picture below smoked for 1 hour and the yellow color is a little darker, almost light brown. Don’t be afraid of the color, it’s just flavor!

Once your eggs are smoked, chill completely and then use them up however you like! My personal preference is to make these Smoked Deviled Eggs, but they are delicious as-is or sprinkled with a little Homemade Sweet BBQ Rub.

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Smoked Eggs Recipe

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How to make smoked eggs
Smoked Eggs
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Cooling time
15 mins
Total Time
1 hr 32 mins
 
Course: Appetizers
Servings: 12 eggs
Author: Susie Bulloch (heygrillhey.com)
Ingredients
  • 12 eggs
Instructions
  1. Preheat your smoker to 325 degrees F using indirect heat.

  2. Place the eggs directly on the grill grates, close the lid, and cook for 30 minutes.

  3. Remove the cooked eggs and place immediately into an ice bath. Chill completely.

  4. Reduce the heat on your smoker to 175 degrees F.

  5. Peel the eggs and return them to the grill. Smoke for at least 30 minutes, or up to 1 hour if you want more smoke flavor.

  6. Eat the eggs as is, season with BBQ seasoning, or make into smoked deviled eggs (link in recipe notes).

Recipe Notes

Smoked Deviled Eggs: https://heygrillhey.com/smoked-deviled-eggs/

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32 thoughts on “How To Make Smoked Eggs

    1. Go out and buy a A-Maze-N Wood Pellet Grill Tube Smoker, and you can cold smoke the hard boiled eggs in you Grill

  1. Put your cooked yolks through a wire mesh bowl seive for a smoother mix. Add a small amount of softened cream cheese for a little stability. Your mix will not be loose and runny.
    These sound really good and I will be making these soon! 🙂

  2. Don’t have 325 on my pitboss 300 or 350 tried 300 for 40 min some were very hard to peel where they ere’s on the grate and kinda rubbery. 350 my next try any idea on time.

  3. I boiled my eggs on the stove like normal then peeled and put in smoker for 1 hour at 150 degrees. Used red oak and white oak as fuel.

    1. Thanks! I was wondering if I could just boil them first & then put them in my stovetop smoker. Sounds like I will try!

  4. Do your smoked eggs have salty taste as is? I’m trying to replicate the smoked eggs my husband brings home from time to time from a place near his work. Right out of the bag these are perfectly salty and smokey! Just wondering if I will need to season them before smoking to obtain that. Maybe dip them in soy sauce??? Thanks for your input!

  5. The one time I tried smoking eggs the white turned out very rubbery. The flavor was great but the texture was not appetizing Any thoughts/ suggestions on that?

  6. Are the eggs to be boiled before smoking, or does smoking them cook them from raw? Sorry if this is a dumb question.

    1. This recipe is specifically written to be used with a smoker. I know there are ways to make your oven into a smoker, but I personally haven’t tried that. You could cook this following the same time and temperature instructions as the written recipe and cook them in your oven.

  7. I have an electric Masterbuilt smoker it only goes up to 275. Any idea how long to cook at a lower temp? Or should I use my egg cooker to cook to a soft boiled egg then add to smoker peeled for second part?

  8. This is a great recipe except for one item…It would be helpful if what size eggs were used. Small eggs will cook quicker and jumbos….I typically use large and I assume this is what was used here because that what I had and used, and they were delicious!

  9. 30 min at 325 did not bake my eggs enough. Going to throw them in for another 10, hopefully that does it. May do 350 or 40 min next time

  10. I’m interested in trying this. I also have a Masterbuilt smoker that maxes out at 275. Would 45 min or so at this temp be sufficient for the baking part? Also, I’m interested in doing a good size batch (1-2 dozen). Due to the eggs being peeled prior to the smoking process, I’m assuming they won’t last as long stored in the fridge. How long can they be safely stored prior to eating?

    1. 45 minutes at 275 should work. I’ve actually never had to store smoked eggs, they disappear almost instantly, but once smoked I think they would last 2-3 days in the fridge if you kept them in an air tight bag.

  11. I make smoked devil eggs but we only smoke the yokes. Then I smash up the yokes add mayonnaise, Dijon mustard and bacon bits. When we go to party’s this is all anyone request we bring. Enjoy

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