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posted March 23, 2021

Smoked Scotch Eggs

These Smoked Scotch Eggs are the most amazing BBQ breakfast. Perfectly cooked eggs are wrapped in breakfast sausage before getting  tossed on the smoker and finished with a BBQ sauce glaze. 

Cross-section of a sliced smoked scotch egg. Text overlay reads: Smoked Scotch Eggs.

What are Scotch Eggs?

Traditionally, Scotch eggs are a soft or hard boiled egg, wrapped in sausage, then coated in a bread crumb mixture before being deep fried. 

Scotch eggs come from England with no definitive proof of their origination, though they have likely been around since the early 19th century. Scotch eggs are traditionally a picnic or party food. You can get them in many sizes (with different eggs in the interior), and they can be served in a variety of ways. 

If you’re a traditionalist, by all means, continue to enjoy your Scotch eggs the traditional way. For those of you on this page, I’m betting you’re a BBQ lover just like me, and you’re up for turning any recipe into a BBQ sensation. 

Eight eggs in a metal bowl full of water.

BBQ Scotch Eggs

This recipe for Scotch eggs take the traditional recipe and changes it up a bit to give it a smoky, BBQ twist. Perfectly cooked hard boiled eggs with a rich and creamy yolk get wrapped in sausage and bathed in smoke. The crown on top is a thin layer of BBQ sauce to make everything a little more sweet, bright, and tangy.

These are awesome as part of a breakfast or brunch spread or next to the jalapeno poppers as an appetizer at a party. My favorite way to eat them is quartered and stacked onto my Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits with lots of butter and a little extra drizzle of BBQ sauce. Get creative with yours and enjoy them anytime, however you please!

Breakfast sausage on parchment paper in various stages of being wrapped around eggs.

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How to Make Smoked Scotch Eggs

Let’s talk about making these bad boys, shall we? 

  1. Cook the eggs. Place the eggs in a pot of cool water. Bring the water to a boil, gently swirl the eggs, and turn off the heat. Cover the pot with a lid and let the eggs sit for 5 minutes. Prepare a large bowl with ice water. Once the 5 minutes are up, transfer the eggs to the water bath and cool for 5-7 minutes. Peel the shells.
  2. Wrap ’em up. Wrap the boiled eggs in 6 equal portions of breakfast sausage. Use your hands to evenly cover the eggs in the sausage. Next, season the sausage on all sides with sweet rub. This rub can be made from scratch using my recipe for Best Sweet Rub, or you can purchase it directly from our store.
  3. Smoke. With your preferred smoker (I love my Camp Chef SmokePro) preheated to degrees 225 degrees F, place the Scotch eggs directly on the grill. Close the lid, and smoke for 1 hour.
  4. Get saucy. During the last 10 minutes of smoking, baste the Scotch eggs with your favorite BBQ sauce. I used my Everything Sauce in this recipe, and I think my Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce would taste amazing as well!
  5. Dig in. Remove from the smoker and enjoy immediately!

Done and done, my friends. Last up, make sure you check out the next section for a few tips before diving into making these eggs!

Red basting brush brushing BBQ sauce on a smoked scotch egg.

Tips for Making Smoked Scotch Eggs

Ready to try your hand at some smoked Scotch eggs? Here’s a few tips to keep in mind before you begin.

  • Pick your egg doneness. We like jammy egg yolks. I’d classify the eggs in this recipe as “medium” boiled. If you prefer a hard boiled egg, leave the eggs in the boiling water for 12 minutes.
  • Swap the sausages. Regular pork breakfast sausage is amazing on these Scotch eggs, but I also think they’d be KILLER with some maple or sage pork sausage. Heck, maybe even try some spicy Italian pork sausage, or even some pork bratwurst sausage!
  • Eat warm. These bad boys are not great to freeze and reheat. They’re honestly not that great cold or as leftovers the next day either. What I’m trying to say is cook however many you’ll need, but don’t go nuts and cook a million Scotch eggs unless you have a million guests.

Get to it, friends! And be sure to leave a comment letting us know how you liked your BBQ Scotch eggs!

Overhead view of sliced scotch eggs on a wooden cutting board.

More BBQ Eggs Recipes

Raise your tongs if you love BBQ for breakfast! If you’re in my camp, then try out these other BBQ eggs recipes from Hey Grill Hey:

Smoked Scotch Eggs Recipe

Cross-section of a sliced smoked scotch egg.

Smoked Scotch Eggs

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time : 30 mins
Cook Time : 1 hr 15 mins
Total Time : 1 hr 45 mins
Servings : 6 people
Calories : 321kcal

Ingredients
 

Instructions

  • Preheat the smoker. Preheat your favorite smoker to 225 degrees F. I recommend apple, cherry, maple, alder, or pecan for this recipe.
  • Boil the eggs. Place eggs in a pan of cold water. Place on the stove and turn the burner up to high. Once the pan comes up to a boil, gently swirl the eggs in the pan, turn off the heat, cover the pan with a lid and set a timer for 5 minutes. Prep a large bowl with cold ice water.
  • Cool and peel the eggs. Once your timer goes off, immediately transfer the eggs to the ice bath. Let them cool for 5-7 more minutes before peeling the shells away under running water.
  • Wrap the eggs in sausage. Divide the breakfast sausage into 6 equal portions. Use your hands to roll the portions into balls and then press them flat into disks. Wrap each dish around one of the cooked and peeled eggs. Repeat until all of the eggs are covered with sausage.
  • Season the sausage and smoke the scotch eggs. Season the sausage on all sides with Sweet Rub and place directly on the grill grates. Close the lid and smoke for 1 hour.
  • Add BBQ sauce. During the last 10 minutes of smoking, brush the Scotch eggs with BBQ sauce.
  • Enjoy immediately. Remove the finished Scotch eggs from the smoker and serve warm. We like eating ours over crispy hash browns!

Nutrition

Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 218mg | Sodium: 666mg | Potassium: 293mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 386IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 3mg
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