Smoked Recipes to Take Your Backyard Cookouts Up a Level
You can save your tea bags for a steaming mug in the morning, but using jasmine tea leaves as part of the marinade for this smoked salmon recipe adds delicious, slightly fragrant flavors. To ensure the delicate flavors don’t get lost in the smoking process, add an extra sprinkle of tea leaves on top of your fillet as it goes on the grill (that's right, grill. You don't need a smoker). A drizzle of honey just before serving really makes the combination of sweet and smoky prominent in each bite.
Smoked Cochinita Pibil
Originating in the Yucatán Peninsula, cochinita pibil is a traditional Mexican dish with tender, slow-roasted pork. The pork shoulder gets wrapped in banana leaves before smoking on the grill for four hours, and the result is the best smoked pulled pork recipe you’ll ever taste. You can serve it with tortillas and a few favorite toppers, but it’s also irresistible eaten with a fork all by itself.
Plank-Smoked Peaches and Goat Cheese
Grill-Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Slow cooker pulled pork is good, but this smoked pulled pork recipe may well become your favorite. It takes about teh same amount of time as a slow cooker—a five-pound boneless pork shoulder roast smokes for about five to six hours—but the smoky flavor and tender, melt-in-your-mouth meat is so worth the wait. Once it’s ready, keep the toppings to a minimum to let the flavor shine.
Smoked ice cubes sound impossible to make without a ton of special equipment (and maybe a magic wand), but they’re actually a cinch. The ice will obviously melt after being on the grill for 30 minutes, but the water takes on a slightly smoky flavor that can be refrozen it into cubes. Combine them with smoked sugar, smoked lemons, cognac, and orange liqueur, and the result is a cocktail that screams summer.
Smoked Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and cheese is already pretty versatile—after all, you can make it on the stove, bake it in the oven, pressure cook it, and slow cook it throughout the day. Now, you can add the grill to the list of places you can cook mac and cheese. To add a touch of grilled flavor to your noodles and cheese, smoke them on a plank while you grill chicken on the side for some extra protein.
Plank-Smoked Chicken with Grilled Corn Relish
We usually think of plank-smoking seafood or other more delicate foods, but if you’ve never tried plank-smoked chicken, this recipe will show you the light. Rubbing a little hot pepper sauce on your chicken before hitting the grill gives it some kick, and the longer cook time allows the smoky flavor to develop throughout. Plus, while this smoked chicken recipe is cooking, you can get a head start on stirring together a grilled corn relish to serve on the side.
Smoked St. Louis-Style Ribs with Two Sauces
Depending on how you like your smoked ribs, you can choose between a sweet and sticky grape jelly glaze or smoked tomato barbecue sauce. Both of them are lip-smacking good when their flavors combine with the sweet and spicy dry rub. You can serve other options at your cookout, but this smoked ribs recipe will be the first to disappear.
Double-Smoked Salmon with Horseradish Cream
This double-smoked salmon recipe features salmon fillets that are stuffed with fresh dill and slices of store-bought smoked salmon to deliver a double-dose of the classic flavors from the grill. With all that smoke, it’s best to keep your other toppings simple and just serve homemade horseradish cream.
Plank-Smoked Portobello Mushrooms
Portobello mushrooms already have a rich, meaty flavor, and plank-smoking them further enhances it. To make your mushrooms into a meal, stuff them with a tasty combo of spinach, bread crumbs, mushroom stems, and white cheddar cheese. Once they’re done cooking, there’s no fancy presentation needed—in fact, you can serve them right on the same grilling plank.
Smoked Bacon Rye Sour
With just four ingredients, this smoked cocktail recipe still manages to hit sweet, salty, and smoky notes. Ice cubes and lemon halves from the grill bring the smoky flavor, while rye whiskey infused with bacon brings the salt. Add a dash of maple syrup to your cocktail shaker, and voila, each sip is just a little bit sweet, too.
Plank-Smoked Salmon with Grilled Pepper Relish
Sure, you can get a head start on smoked salmon recipes by picking up a package at the store, but nothing compares to plank-smoking salmon yourself. This dish keeps it pretty simple by adding flavor to your fish with a five-ingredient marinade. Once you’ve smoked a batch of fillets, you can take this recipe one step further by making your own salmon cakes (and they’ll be much tastier with home-smoked fish, we promise!).
Without a doubt, summer is the season of the tomato, and if you’re looking for a new way to use up the surplus from your garden, fire up the grill. Smoking tomato slices on a plank is a deliciously simple way to give them even more flavor (the only prep they need is a sprinkle of salt). Once they’re soft and just a little brown, toss them into salads, stir into pasta, or serve them alongside your favorite grilled meat.
Smoky Lamb Gyros
To make gyros that can rival your favorite Mediterranean restaurant, starting with your own smoked lamb recipe is key. This dish uses a blend of eight dried herbs and spices to guarantee that every bite is flavor-packed. Once the lamb is smoked and sliced, you can build your own loaded gyro with sweet onion, chopped tomato, feta cheese, and homemade tzatziki sauce.
Smoked Fish Dip
Your best party dip ever comes from the grill! While a smoked dip doesn't sound like the most natural of smoked food ideas, it actually gets its smoky flavor from smoked fish, one of our favorites. After smoking a few mullet fillets, flake them into smaller pieces and mix with cream cheese, mustard, crushed red pepper, and a few other ingredients for the tastiest party dip you’ve ever spread on a cracker.
Smoked Turkey with Apple Stuffing
This smoked turkey recipe belongs on your Thanksgiving dinner table! Of course, we’ll understand if you can’t wait that long to try it. While we usually crave smoked turkey recipes at the holidays, there’s no reason why you can’t cap off an out-of-this-world summer barbecue with a whole smoked turkey. For less of a Thanksgiving-dinner-feel, skip the apple stuffing on the side (or make it anyway, and enjoy a twist on turkey day whenever you want).
Tacos de Barbacoa
Watch out, ground beef—this smoked beef barbacoa is about to take over taco night. Part of what sets it a above plainer smoked meat recipes is the spice rub. A blend of herbs and spices (including cinnamon, chili powder, and cloves) gives each bite plenty of flavor without overpowering the smoky notes from the grill. Careful, you're drooling.