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Maple Pecan Smoked Ice Cream

The best treat to make on a smoker is smoked ice cream, and this maple pecan smoked ice cream is sweet with the most amazing BBQ kick.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Freeze Time4 hours
Total Time5 hours 20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Smoked Ice Cream
Servings: 6 people
Author: Susie Bulloch


Maple Pecan Ice Cream

  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon maple extract
  • 1 cup pecans

Candied Bacon

  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 8 slices bacon


  • Preheat. Preheat your smoker to 225 degrees F with a mild wood like pecan or maple.
  • Make the cream. Combine all ingredients for your ice cream (except the pecans) in a bowl and whisk until the sugars have all dissolved. Pour the ice cream mixture into a 9x13 pan.
  • Smoke. Pour the pecans into a grill basket. Set the pecans and the ice cream mixture into the smoker and close the lid. Smoke for about 45 minutes, or until the pecans are toasty and the ice cream mixture reaches 170 degrees F. You’ll need to check your ice cream temperature often to not exceed 170 degrees F. While you’re checking temperatures, stir the ice cream and pecans to keep everything cooking evenly.
  • Cool. Once the cream mixture has reached 170 degrees F and your pecans are smoked and toasted, remove everything from the grill and allow it to cool completely in the refrigerator.
  • Make the topping. While your ice cream base is cooling, prepare the candied bacon topping. Increase the heat on your grill to 350 degrees F. Arrange the bacon strips on a baking sheet lined with foil. Drizzle the bacon with maple syrup and sprinkle with brown sugar. Place the pan on the preheated grill and cook for about 15-20 minutes, or until bacon is rendered and the brown sugar has melted and becomes shiny. Remove from the grill, cool, and chop. Set aside.
  • Freeze the ice cream. Prepare the ice cream by following the manufacturer’s instructions on your ice cream machine. When it reaches a soft serve consistency, transfer to a freezer-safe container and stir in your smoked pecans (you can shop these as fine as you like or leave them in larger pieces). Chill the ice cream in your freezer until it reaches your desired texture.
  • Enjoy! Serve your smoked maple pecan ice cream topped with candied bacon and enjoy!



Calories: 693kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 457mg | Potassium: 346mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 59g | Vitamin A: 889IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 167mg | Iron: 1mg