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30 Must-Try Meat Smoker Recipes

Get ready to fire up the smoker for these mouthwatering meat smoker recipes! Whether you’re a novice smoker or a skilled pitmaster, there’s something for everyone in this tantalizing round-up of amazing smoker recipes!

As soon as the weather starts to warm up we love to take our cooking outdoors. Not only does grilling help to keep the kitchen clean and cool, but it yields some of the best-tasting dishes worthy of a top restaurant menu. We own both a gas grill and a Big Green Egg and love them equally for different reasons.

The Big Green Egg functions beautifully as an outdoor ceramic oven, grill, or smoker, while the instant heat of a gas grill is perfect for quick grilling on a busy weeknight. Just turn it on, it’s lit, and that’s it. I love it for meal prep in a hurry. Even though I love the speedy convenience of my gas grill, nothing beats the benefits of cooking low and slow with charcoal and wood infusing a wonderful smoky flavor into the meat. Using a smoker can seem intimidating, but once you start utilizing this slow smoking method you’ll realize just how simple and delicious the results can be. You can even make baked desserts and a killer pizza on the Big Green Egg!

photo collage of smoked meat recipes including pulled pork, smoked ribeyes, smoked pork tenderloin, and smoked ham

Beef Smoker Recipes

When we think of smoking beef, one of the top recipes that comes to mind is a Smoked Beef Brisket, I share my top tips on the best way to smoke a brisket in the Big Green Egg. Did you know that you can also smoke a Chuck Roast, also known as poor man’s brisket? Saving money rocks, and Chuck Roast is a great budget-friendly smoker recipe. The low and slow smoking process, along with the marbling in the meat yields a tender, juicy, melt-in-your-mouth pulled beef. You’ll also find recipes for juicy smoked burgers and bacon-wrapped meatloaf. This sauced-up smoked meatloaf recipe is topped with a gorgeous bacon braid. This ain’t yo’ mama’s classic meatloaf!

juicy smoked burger on a cutting board
Smoked Beef Brisket on A Big Green Egg
A simple and mouthwatering recipe for a smoked beef brisket using a homemade barbecue rub made in a Big Green Egg smoker.  
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smoked beef brisket sliced on a wood cutting board
How To Make The Best Smoked Burgers from Winding Creek Ranch
Smoking burgers on the grill is the absolute best way to cook a burger. The smoke from the grill adds such a delicious flavor to the meat, and the burgers are so juicy and tender. These are quick to prepare, and even easier to cook. Let the smoker do the work for 1 hour, and then just do a quick sear on each side and… done! You will be enjoying the best-tasting burgers in no time!
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juicy smoked burger on a cutting board
Smoked Corned Beef Brisket on a Big Green Egg from Food Doodles
This smoked corned beef on a Big Green Egg uses minimal ingredients and is relatively easy. Smoking it adds a ton of flavor that you don’t get by cooking it the traditional way. Because it just uses meat and spices, it’s naturally gluten-free.
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Spicy and Sweet Habanero Pineapple Burnt Ends from Hilda’s Kitchen Blog
This Habanero Pineapple Burnt Ends recipe is made by tossing cubed juicy morsels of smoked beef brisket point with a deliciously sweet and spicy Habanero Pineapple Chutney. It just might just be the best thing I’ve ever tasted!
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burnt ends of brisket on a fork
Texas-Style Smoked Beef Chuck Roast from Little Sunny Kitchen
Learn how to make a delicious Smoked Beef Chuck Roast for slicing or pulling! Very similar to smoked brisket, but done much quicker!
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smoked chuck roast on a cutting board with a knife
Smoked Cheddar Bacon Stuffed Burgers from XOXO Bella
Elevate your smoked or grilled burgers to the next level with this amazing smoked cheddar bacon stuffed burgers recipe. A smoked stuffed burger makes a hearty meal paired with a bun and your favorite toppings.
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double stack burger on a cutting board
Grilled Prime Rib from Girls Can Grill
Prime rib roast is probably the most luxurious piece of meat, and when it’s cooked following the reverse sear method, it melts in your mouth.
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Smoked Ribeye Steak from Grits and Pinecones
This recipe for Smoked Ribeye Steak made on a Big Green Egg is for you whether you are a hardcore carnivore or just love Ribeye steaks. Gently caressed with oak smoke and then reverse seared in a screaming hot cast-iron skillet, this smoked steak is bold and savory with the big beefy flavor Ribeyes are known for.
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smoked ribeyes on a cutting board with fresh herbs
Smoked Beef Short Ribs on a Big Green Egg by Beyer Beware
Grilled beef short ribs on the Big Green Egg are smoked with a beef barbecue rub and then slow-cooked to their final temperature in a bath of red wine, butter, and beef broth.
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smoked beef short ribs in a pan on the grill
Smoked Picanha Steak from Smoked Meat Sunday
Picanha is also called culotte, or sirloin cap. In the United States, this cut is typically separated out into smaller steaks and the fat cap is removed. Once you try this flavorful beef cut, it may become a regular in your meat smoking repertoire!
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Smoked Meatloaf Wrapped In Bacon from Raspberries and Kohlrabi
This Bacon-Wrapped Smoked Meatloaf is so good! It is tender, juicy, smokey, and is topped with a tangy-sweet glaze.
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smoked meatloaf with a glaze on a plate with mashed potatoes and green beans

Poultry Smoker Recipes

There are a lot of creative ways that you can cook chicken and turkey in a smoker, from Beer Can Chicken to stuffed chicken and wings. Here you’ll find a variety of appetizing ways to take chicken from plain and simple to juicy, flavorful, melt-in-your-mouth, delicious!

smoked chicken wings on a platter
Smoker Beer Can Chicken with Mexican BBQ Sauce from XOXO Bella
Smoked beer can chicken, also known as smoked butt chicken in some places, is so good. It’s one of the best grilled chicken recipe ideas there is. Add an authentic Mexican BBQ sauce, and you have such an amazing meal!
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whole smoked chicken on a beer can with bottles of beer in the background
Brined Applewood Smoked Chicken Thighs from Dish In The Kitchen
These succulent Smoked Chicken Thighs bring out the best in backyard smoking. They are brined, seared, and smoked with apple wood until absolute perfection. Your family will be convinced you are the ultimate pitmaster!
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Smoked Poblano Pepper Stuffed Chicken from Stef’s Eats and Sweets
These tasty stuffed chicken breasts are easy to make and cooked to perfection on the smoker. 
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smoked stuffed chicken sliced on a cutting board
Crispy Smoked Chicken Wings from Dishes with Dad
These crispy smoked chicken wings are crispy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside and loaded with an absolutely amazing smokey, savory flavor!
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smoked chicken wings on a platter
Smoked Whole Chicken from Little Sunny Kitchen
This home-style smoked whole chicken is flavorful, juicy, tender and slowly smoked till perfection! A great dinner to serve for the whole family.
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sliced smoked chicken on a cutting board
Brined Smoked Chicken from Peters Food Adventures
It’s easier to smoke a chicken than you think! A wet or dry brine ensures the chicken is juicy and full of flavor. This recipe uses lump charcoal and fruit wood for the perfect smokey flavor.
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two smoked chickens on a cutting board
Smoked Turkey from A Cedar Spoon
This Smoked Turkey recipe uses simple ingredients. Turkey is slowly smoked creating a crispy skin, tender inside and tons of flavor.
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whole smoked turkey on a grill

Pork Smoker Recipes

Boston butt roast is typically a go-to for smoked pork, but have you ever tried smoking a whole ham? Ham isn’t just for the holidays! Smoked ham with a spicy peach glaze is a perfect way to use fresh summer peaches. You’ll also find a few recipes for great BBQ ribs, including James Beard award winner and pitmaster Rodney Scott’s famous SC-style BBQ ribs. Smoked pork tenderloin is another must-try pork smoker recipe infused with bacon, garlic, and sage.

pulled pork on a plate with a sauce mop
Rodney Scott’s BBQ Ribs Recipes from Destination BBQ
James Beard award winner and Netflix Chef’s Table: BBQ featured pitmaster Rodney Scott shows us how to make his famous SC-style ribs on the Big Green Egg.
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slab of ribs with a side of baked beans and slaw with a glass of tea
Smoked Pork Tenderloin from Sweet Rustic Bakes
Smoked pork tenderloin is the perfect meat for a quick meal made on the smoker. Tender, juicy and full of flavors from smoky bacon, garlic, rosemary and sage.
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pork tenderloins on a cutting board
Smoked Pulled Pork Shoulder from Good Life Eats
A tried and true method for making Traeger Smoked Pulled Pork along with my 9 pro tips for the best smoked pork.
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smoked pulled pork on a tray
Dr. Pepper Jalapeño BBQ Ribs from Out Grilling
Baby back ribs go a new level of deliciousness by slicing them before throwing them on the grill. This method gets the spices and homemade Dr Pepper Jalapeño BBQ Sauce on all sides of the ribs for the most tender and flavorful ribs that you can make in your own backyard.
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Dr. Pepper ribs stacked on a grill grate
3-2-1 Smoked Ribs from Ole Blue Dog
3-2-1 Ribs are a classic and easy way to get fall off the bone tender delicious ribs! This is a great fool proof recipe for a beginner, and a method that is used by lots of veterans.
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two racks of ribs basted in BBQ sauce on the smoker
Pit Barrel Cooker Pulled Pork from Ole Blue Dog
Smoked Pulled pork is delicious cooked low and slow until it melts in our mouth. A great beginner smoking dish for anyone!
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close up photo of a pulled pork sandwich
Smoked Carolina Pulled Pork from Girls Can Grill
Mopping the kitchen sucks, but mopping a pork butt with a tangy vinegar sauce to create Carolina Pulled Pork is a chore I’m down for.
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smoked carolina pork on a bun with sauce and slaw
North Carolina Pulled Pork Recipe from Tara Teaspoon
This is the best smoked pulled pork recipe you’ll ever make. Traditionally made, in North Carolina style, I use tangy mop sauce for basting and wood chips for smoking on the grill.
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pulled pork on a plate with a sauce mop
Easy No-Fail Pellet Smoker Ribs from Low Carb with Jennifer
A super easy way to get the ribs juicy, smoky, and with a delicious bark thanks to a homemade BBQ rib rub recipe. This smoking method works with any kind of ribs you have. This recipe uses pork spare ribs but will work for baby back ribs as well.
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smoked ribs sliced on a board
Easy Smoked Ham with Spicy Peach Glaze from Grits and Pinecones
Smoked Ham with Spicy Peach Glaze is outrageously delicious. It features a double-smoked spiral cut ham, made on a Big Green Egg, topped with a smoked ham rub that infuses it with a flavorful, sweet taste and a two-ingredient, luscious spicy peach glaze that transforms it from ordinary to extraordinary.
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Seafood Smoker Recipes

Though not considered meat, I wanted to include a few seafood smoker recipes that are perfect for a light summer meal. Smoked salmon is incredible, but have you ever tried smoking Mahi Mahi for tacos? I’ve included a simple recipe for Mahi Mahi fish tacos that can be made in a smoker or a gas grill. This simple fish taco recipe is always a hit!

Dan Phelps from Learning To Smoke says that his smoked butterfly shrimp recipe will “rock your world!” I can’t disagree, because I’m currently dreaming of a plate buttery smoked shrimp over a bed of angel hair pasta.

smoked salmon brushed with glaze on a Big Green Egg
Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos with Chipotle Cream Sauce
Finished with a chipotle lime crema drizzle, these fish tacos are packed with protein and flavor. Perfect for weeknight summer grilling!
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two fish tacos topped with red cabbage, jalapenos and chipotle sauce
How To Smoke Salmon from Kitchen Laughter
This Dry Brine Smoked Salmon with a honey glaze is an incredible appetizer or can be used in other dishes like pasta or deviled eggs.
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smoked salmon brushed with glaze on a Big Green Egg
Smoked Butterfly Shrimp from Learning To Smoke
A tasty and easy smoked shrimp recipe with only six ingredients and less than one hour for prep and cooking!
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smoked shrimp in a pan


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