These Easy Smoker Recipes will keep your smoker running non-stop. From seafood and fish to traditional low-and-slow barbecue, you’ll find something for everyone here in my collection of recipes for smokers.
Easy Smoker Recipes
Whether you are new to smoking food or an old pro, you’ll find a ton of great home-tested and family-approved recipes here in my easy smoker recipe collection.
What type of smoker do I use?
We use two Traeger wood-pellet grills for our grilling and smoking. You can use whatever brand you’d like to make these recipes, just adjust according to the manufacturer directions of your particular brand and model.
What’s the difference between smoking and grilling?
It seems obvious, but it is not JUST the smoke. That is the main element, of course. You can’t smoke without it (get that liquid smoke away from me please and thank you), but there are some clever workarounds that let you smoke on a grill that is NOT technically a smoker.
The other difference is temperature. Typically when you smoke something you are doing so for relatively long periods of time at lower temperatures.
Can I substitute X for Y?
Maybe? Unless specified in the post, substitutions haven’t been tested so you are on your own there. If you DO make substitutions, make sure to do so intelligently.
Subbing yellow mustard for brown? Probably fine.
Subbing in a different brand of rub? LIVE YOUR LIFE.
Red wine vinegar for apple cider vinegar? Mayyyyybe, but you’re starting to find the line.
What are my favorite smoked recipes?
This is like asking me what kid is my favorite. The answer there is the one who is annoying me the least that day. The answer here is similar. My favorite smoked recipes undoubtedly is one that my husband cooks FOR me. Food always tastes better when it isn’t you cooking it. Here are a handful I’d put out for any guests, and proudly.
These are the ultimate wing. The best of the best, and will go down in history as my all-time favorite appetizer. Quote me on it. They are SO GOOD. Smoked and Fried wings are my perfect match, and you have to try these at least once in your life, I feel that strongly about them.
These easy beef and mushroom biscuit pockets use leftover roast beef or steak and turn it into a delicious, portable meal that your whole family will love! Make this in the oven if you don't want to fire up the wood-pellet grill!
My Traeger Grilled Buffalo Chicken Legs are a delicious and more economical way to enjoy buffalo chicken without sacrificing any of the flavors of their buffalo wing relatives. Cooking these over wood fire gives it a hint of smoke too, which amplifies the whole buffalo experience.
Get the taste of a buffalo chicken wing without all the mess. This Traeger Grilled Cholula Buffalo Chicken Recipe is made with a homemade Cholula buffalo sauce that is one of my favorite buffalo sauces! Toss these on your grill and periodically brush them with more buffalo sauce for a tender, juicy, and epically flavored chicken breasts.
This Traeger Buffalo Chicken Flatbread is so easy to make on the grill, and bursting with flavor. Tender chunks of chicken, a buffalo sauce that carries a nice kick, and lots of melted cheese cover these pre-made mini Pita breads and seriously pushes the "easy button" on dinner.
This Traeger Cheeseburger Meatloaf is tender, juicy, and a little smokey, and even better the next day. This is the kind of meatloaf recipe that you should double so you can have leftover meatloaf sandwiches the next day. Or just leave it single if you don't have a giant family like mine because this recipe makes two loafs!
Try my Honey Balsamic Traeger Grilled Chicken Legs and prepare to love them. With the right amount of sweet from the honey and tang from the vinegar, these are bursting with flavor! Cooking them on the Traeger just adds a whole new level of awesome.
My Traeger Smoked Beef Roast is BBQ Beef, but like on overdrive. This starts out on your wood-fired grill or smoker, and smokes on low heat for 6 hours, and then gets a slow beer braise on the stovetop until that roast is fork-tender and shreddable.
These Traeger Smoked Italian Meatballs are smoked for about an hour, and then finished off at 325 until they are done. Packed with Italian flavor, these are great on their own as appetizers, in a meatball sub, or in some smoked meatball marinara.
Traeger Smoked Salsa Verde is a simple grilled salsa that has a touch of smoke, a bit of heat, and heaps of fresh flavor. Lime juice adds a touch of acidity to this flavorful salsa, which whips up in under an hour.
Traeger Smoked Spicy Candied Bacon is the easiest crowd-pleaser you are ever going to make. Much easier than pan-fried bacon, on any day of the week, this one is special enough for a Sunday full of company or a housefull of football fans invading your house for a game.
Easy Wood-Pellet Traeger Grilled Shrimp Scampi cooks in about 10 minutes, and is the best scampi I've ever had. Don't heat up your house this summer when you can fire up your grill and get that kiss of wood-fired flavor on this classic dish.
Traeger Grilled Shrimp Tacos are a quick and easy weeknight meal! Taco seasoning can sub in for Chili Margarita seasoning if you aren't on the Spiceologist train yet, but I highly recommend getting some!