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Traeger Smoked Garlic

Traeger Smoked Garlic is super simple and it is one of those things you can toss on the Traeger whenever you fire it up and keep some in the fridge to use whenever the need strikes. The wood fire flavor of the pellet grill really shines when featured with roasted garlic.

Traeger Smoked Garlic

Traeger Smoked Garlic

A whole clove of garlic is slow-roasted and smoked, then you easily spoon or squeeze out the result. It comes out like a delicious garlic paste which is super easy to spread over toasted slices of baguette or mix into whatever you like.

If you have never slow-roasted a whole garlic bunch before then you are in for a treat! Even better smoked on the Traeger, you can use this to spread on meats like pork or chicken or serve it as an appetizer.

Essentially, the garlic cooks in its own casing. You cut the top off so it is easy to push or squeeze out the garlic. All you need is a bit of olive oil to drizzle over, but also keep a bit of the olive oil aside to put the garlic into at the end. Whisk it together briefly with a fork and you end up with an amazing garlic and olive oil spread.

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Traeger Smoked Garlic

Smoked Garlic shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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  • Head garlic
  • Olive Oil

Try our Smoked Confit Garlic too!

Traeger Smoked Garlic

How to make Smoked Garlic

If you have roasted garlic before, then chances are you wrapped it in foil then set it in the oven. When doing it on the Traeger, be sure to leave the top of the foil open. That way you can make sure to get more smoke infused into the garlic.

Or just skip the foil, like we did.

If you don’t have a Traeger, you can use any pellet smoker. If you don’t have a pellet grill a regular grill works fine too. You just don’t want to set the garlic over direct heat or else it might burn, and there isn’t a lot that is worse than burnt garlic!

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.



Fire up your smoker and preheat it to 225°F.



While the smoker is preheating, prep your garlic by lopping off the head so that all of the garlic bulbs are exposed. Place into a garlic baking dish or a foil boat and drizzle with olive oil. Just keep it uncovered (for now).



Put the dish into the smoker and let it smoke for 45 minutes.

Turn the heat up on the smoker to about 325°F. If you’re using a garlic roaster with a lid, you can cover it now to speed up the process. If not, uncovered is fine too. Continue cooking at 325°F until the garlic is golden brown and soft.



Remove from the smoker and let cool for a bit on the counter before enjoying your favorite dishes!

Try this in our Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes!

Traeger Smoked Garlic

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What’s the best type of garlic to use?

Pictured here in this post, you’ll mostly just see the run-of-the-mill garlic that you can find in any US grocery store. It is cheap, widely available, and what we use most of the time when we make smoked garlic.

However, if you can find elephant garlic, it is pretty incredible. Elephant garlic is actually closer to a leek than actual garlic, but as the name suggests, they are often used interchangeably.

Taken raw, elephant garlic does have a much milder flavor than typical garlic cloves. However, smoking and roasting it will concentrate the garlic flavor more too.

Can this be made in advance?

Yes! This can actually be made up and kept for up to a week, so feel free to whip up a batch next time you’ve got your smoker fired up.

What’s the best way to store smoke garlic?

The very best way to store this is whatever is most convenient for you. If you use a garlic roaster, store it in that in your fridge. If you use a foil boat, you can wrap it up in the foil. Have a freezer baggie hanging around? Toss it in there. Want to make a garlic paste? Squeeze out all the garlic from the bulb, mash it up, and store it in a little jar or container.

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Traeger Smoked Garlic

How can you use smoked garlic?

You can spread smoked garlic on just about everything. Heck, I would even consider using it as toothpaste if I didn’t have to worry about having garlic breath.

Add it to your Italian Bread with Cheese. Throw a few cloves into your next batch of Spaghetti and Meat Sauce or Clam Linguine. Use in our Roasted Garlic Cream Sauce too.

Feeling some potatoes? Use some of these roasted garlic cloves in our Garlic Gruyere Potato Gratin!

Traeger Smoked Garlic
Yield: 12 servings

Traeger Smoked Garlic

Traeger Smoked Roasted Garlic

This simple roasted garlic is cooked on the Traeger pellet grill for one of the best and easiest kitchen staples you never knew you needed in your life.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 large head garlic
  • 1/8 cup olive oil


  1. Cut the top off of the garlic head, place onto a grill-safe surface, and drizzle with olive oil.
  2. Preheat your grill to 225° according to factory instructions, and place the garlic inside.
  3. Cook for about 45 minutes at 225°F. Turn up the heat to 325°F and continue roasting until the garlic is golden brown and soft.
  4. Remove, use, and store any leftovers in the fridge for up to a week.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 19Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.

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