Best Smoker Recipes

Best Smoker Recipes: Top 9 Exciting Dishes

Last Updated on August 21, 2022

There are few pleasures in life that can compare to the delicious taste of well-smoked meat, but who said you have to limit your smoking repertoire to meat dishes alone?

We have scoured hundreds of smoker recipes out there looking for unusual and exciting ones that will expand your culinary horizons and surprise your guests.

In this article, we list 9 of the best smoker recipes, including fish, fruit, and even cake! Trust us, you’ll want to try them all!

Bacon Explosion

smoked baconNo matter who you are, you can’t hear the phrase “bacon explosion” and not get excited. For this mouth-watering creation, you’ll need a lot of bacon, a lot of sausage meat (your choice of hot, sweet, or whatever else you like), and enough seasoning rub to coat it all. 

You first need to make a lattice out of bacon and rub in some seasoning. Next, spread the sausage meat in a layer over the bacon lattice and add more seasoning. Then roll it all up so that the sausage meat is completely wrapped in bacon.

Then smoke it and add on your choice of sauce when it’s almost done. Trust us, you have never eaten something this delicious before! Full Recipe from Cuts and Crumbles

Smoked Pineapple

smoked pineappleWhen you say “smoker”, people’s minds usually go to meat. That’s reasonable enough (just look at the first recipe on this list!) but it’s way more than that, how about surprising your friends with smoked fruit or cake?

Pineapple is very sugary and when you cook it for a long time on a nice, low heat in a smoker, that sugar caramelizes and the flavor is incredible. You can eat it as it is, or use it in sauces and coleslaws. You can even use the juice to make the most amazing margarita you’ve ever tasted!
Full Recipe from Cooking with Janica

Smoked Cake

smoked cakeHere’s another one that might not have been what you were thinking of when you searched for smoker recipes. However, even if you’ve eaten a smoked cake before, we bet your guests haven’t, and they’re going to love this one. 

The sweetness from the chocolate and marshmallow mixes so very well with the smoky taste. You could also try smoking any kind of cake you like if you’re interested in experimenting. Full Recipe from Desert Recteq

Sweet And Sticky Char-siu (Chinese BBQ Pork)

smoked Chinese porkWe’re back onto slightly more traditional smoker territory with this one: it’s pork. The important thing with this recipe is the glaze. You can buy char siu sauce in jars if you want, but they don’t taste as good as the one you’ll make yourself. 

There are countless different recipes for char siu sauce available, but the one in this recipe is a pretty good one. Most of what you need should be available in any good food store, but some of the ingredients might need you to take a trip to an Asian grocery store. 

Cooking the pork in a smoker will add that smokey taste that you just can’t get any other way. However, if you don’t have a smoker and don’t want to be left out of the fun, you can use an oven instead. Full Recipe from Legacy of Taste

Brown Sugar Smoked Salmon

home smoked salmonWe’ve smoked meat, fruit, and cake. Now it’s the fish’s turn! This is a very simple recipe. Aside from the salmon itself, all you need for the rub are salt, pepper, dried dill weed, and some brown sugar.

It’s best to use wood with a subtle flavor for this dish – the authors of the recipe suggest pecan, oak, or cherry. This simplicity lets the salmon shine through while complementing it with great flavors. It’s so tasty and simple that you’ll be sure to want to make it again soon! Full Recipe from Yaykosher

Sweet and Spicy Coffee Rubbed Smoked Chicken

smoked chickenEveryone can appreciate a great roast chicken, but here’s one for the coffee lovers – a chicken rubbed in coffee! Coarsely ground coffee beans mixed with cayenne powder (adjust to how spicy you like it) and brown sugar are the stars of the recipe. 

Combined with the other ingredients in the rub, they produce a flavor that’s like nothing you’ve ever tried before. The skin of the chicken will end up extra-crispy and delicious since you’ll leave the water pan dry. Full Recipe from Cooking with Janica

Texas Style Smoked Beef Brisket 

smoked brisketBeef brisket is a classic when it comes to smoker recipes, but there’s very little that’s better than doing a classic well. The result is tender, delicious and, of course, smoky! It’s injected with garlic butter for a rich, garlicky taste throughout.

It’s also seasoned with an amazing paprika-garlic rub and then basted with apple juice and apple cider vinegar. Slice it thinly once it’s done and serve it with your sides of choice. Full Recipe from Hey Grill Hey

Smoked Tacos Al Pastor

(Video below showing recipe on PK Grill and smoker)

Tacos al pastor, in case you don’t know, is an amazing style of a taco from Mexico City. The Spanish “al pastor” literally means “shepherd style” but if you’re thinking lamb, you’re on the wrong track. The meat here is pork and “shepherd style” refers to the way it’s cooked.

The flavors in this home recreation of tacos al pastor are a delicious combination of smoked pork shoulder, chipotle, pasilla-ancho, and guajillo, fresh pineapple, onion, garlic, and lime. The meat is marinated overnight before smoking and smoked low and slow. 

It’ll take no effort to shred it to put in the taco shells when you’re done. Full Recipe from O So Delicioso

Homemade Chorizo

home made smoked ChorizoChorizo is a type of Spanish sausage heavily seasoned with paprika and salt, and sometimes with herbs and other ingredients.

You can buy chorizo in a store, but where’s the fun in that? Anyone who has a smoker owes it to themselves to make their own chorizo at least once.

This one takes a while to complete because you need to marinate the meat to let the flavors really sink in before you smoke it, but the wait is worth it. 

Once you’ve made the chorizo, it’s great fried in a red wine and honey sauce, on pizza, or even in a hot dog bun. Full Recipe from the things well made

Video: Tacos Al Pastor showing on PK Grill and Smoker.


Whatever your tastes, there’s something here for you! So go on, fire up your smoker, and get creative with all the marvelous dishes you can produce.

If you don’t have a smoker, these recipes can be achieved in a regular oven, but you may want to invest in one for family get-togethers and backyard bonanzas, they really are a must-have!

Have you got a favorite smoked recipe that’s rather special you’d like to share? then please contact us and we will include it here. We welcome all your comments, questions, and concerns as they will help make things better for you and others.

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