posted March 27, 2018
How To Make Smoked Eggs
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 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.
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!
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.
Smoked Eggs Recipe
- 12 eggs
- Preheat your smoker to 325 degrees F using indirect heat.
- Place the eggs directly on the grill grates, close the lid, and cook for 30 minutes.
- Remove the cooked eggs and place immediately into an ice bath. Chill completely.
- Reduce the heat on your smoker to 175 degrees F.
- 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.
- Eat the eggs as is, season with BBQ seasoning, or make into smoked deviled eggs (link in recipe notes).
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