How To Make Smoked Eggs

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Smoked eggs are incredibly simple to make. Once you get the hand of the process, you’ll be cooking and smoking these a dozen at a time for breakfast, snacks, salads, and everything in between. 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.

Smoked whole eggs and two smoked egg halves on a platter with text overlay - How to Make Smoked Eggs.

Can You Smoke Eggs?

You can indeed smoke eggs, my friends!

If you’re a fan of hard-boiled eggs, you MUST try smoked eggs. They have a smooth texture and taste incredible in a variety of foods.

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.

One dozen eggs on a smoker.

Smoked Eggs

These smoked eggs are cooked completely on the smoker, but you can split the process up and begin by boiling them first prior to cooking them on the smoker.

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). 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.

Smoked eggs in an ice bath.

How to Smoke Eggs

Here’s how to smoke eggs. The process is easy, and all you need is a dozen eggs, wood, and the smoker of your choice.

  1. Cook the eggs. Preheat the smoker to 325 degrees F. Place the eggs directly on the grill grates. You will notice small brown spots from where the eggs were touching the grates. 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.
  2. Cool and peel. Once they are baked, submerge your eggs in ice water to stop the cooking process. 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!
  3. Smoke the 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 smoked these eggs on the low smoke setting of my Camp Chef SG pellet grill.  Place the eggs directly on the grill grates again and smoke for at least 30 minutes, or up to an hour.
  4. Enjoy. Remove the eggs and enjoy however you like. You can slice them and eat them with salt and pepper like a traditional hard-boiled egg, or chop them up into a salad. They’ll add the most amazing flavor to an egg salad, too!

Peeled eggs on the grill grates of a smoker.

How Long to Smoke Eggs

Smoking eggs is s 2-step process. Begin by cooking the eggs in the shell on the smoker for 30 minutes. Remove, chill, and peel, then return the eggs to the smoker for another 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on how much smoke flavor you want to impart on your eggs.

In total, it will take 1 to 1 1/2 hours to fully cook and smoke eggs.

Beyond that, I think the smoke flavor can get acrid and the eggs can overcook. 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.

Quick note: 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!

Smoked whole eggs and two smoked egg halves on a platter.

More Smoked Eggs Recipes

Now that you know how easy (and delicious!) it is to cook eggs on the smoker, check out these other tasty smoked eggs recipes from Hey Grill Hey.

Smoked Eggs Recipe

Once your eggs are smoked and fully chilled, you can enjoy them however you like! My personal preference is to make them into Smoked Deviled Eggs, but they are delicious as-is or sprinkled with a little Homemade Sweet Rub. You can also purchase Sweet Rub from the Hey Grill Hey Store and have it delivered straight to your door.

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Smoked Eggs

By: Susie Bulloch (heygrillhey.com)
4.19 from 11 votes
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!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 30 minutes
Cooling Time15 minutes
Total Time2 hours
Servings12 eggs

Ingredients
 

  • 12 eggs

Instructions
 

  • Preheat. Fire up the smoker and preheat to 325 degrees F.
  • Smoke. Place the eggs directly on the grill grates, close the lid, and cook for 30 minutes.
  • Chill. Remove the cooked eggs and place immediately into an ice bath. Chill completely.
  • Peel and reduce temperature. Peel the eggs and reduce the heat on your smoker to 175 degrees F.
  • Finish smoking. Return the cooled and peeled eggs to the grill. Smoke for at least 30 minutes, or up to 1 hour if you want more smoke flavor.
  • Enjoy. Eat the eggs as is, season with BBQ seasoning, or make into smoked deviled eggs (link in recipe notes).

Nutrition

Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 61mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 238IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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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. Sean Rodgers says:

    This method does not work. I performed the initial cook @ 325 for the complete halfhour & put them in the icebath. Upon attempting to peel the eggs, they were still runny & nowhere near cooked.

    1. Hey Grill Hey says:

      I’m sorry to hear about your experience. It’s possible your grill temp is off. Make sure you check your overall temp with a reliable thermometer. This method always works for us, but you can also just hard-boil the eggs before peeling and smoking if you still have trouble.

  2. Poolman says:

    325 is too hot, my eggs burned and exploded.

  3. Rick Hughes says:

    Going to try this with some duck eggs …. have to take a guess at extar ‘first cook’ time as they are much larger than Hens eggs, and have huge yolks.

    1. Craig Wire says:

      Please let me know how they turn out. My wife and I love duck eggs, and recently found a place to buy them.

  4. Chris Powell says:

    Try in egg salad sandwiches!!!! Add some smoked paprika and Kinders smoked garlic and bam!!!!!!

  5. Cheryl Kraft says:

    I find my eggs softer and retain more smoke flavor if I cook them low and slow. 125 for 5 hrs when I am cooking something else. Then I make a Mayo, egg yolk and bbq sauce deviled egg mixture for the centers. The low temp also helped a with them being too firm

    1. Joel says:

      Your smoker can be set to run at 125? what kind of smoker do you use?

  6. Jeb says:

    I tried smoking the eggs the baking way on a Treager smoker at 225 degrees, they exploded!!! The eggs were fresh. What happened, and has anyone else had this happen???

    1. Zach says:

      Yeah my eggs kept exploding too! I tried farm fresh right from the chicken and The grocery store eggs

    2. Rick says:

      Put a hole in the end with a pin … same way some people do for boiled eggs