15 Best Smoker Recipes

Whether you’ve got a dedicated smoker or a simple backyard smoking setup, these smoker recipes will turn out every bit as spectacular as the meals at your favorite BBQ joint.

A wooden cutting board topped with two rack of smoked pork ribs.
I like to go all out and serve some of the classic sides to go with the smoked meat: mac and cheese, braised collards or turnip greens, potato salad, coleslaw, beans, cornbread, and corn on the cob.
A partially sliced smoked coffee brisket on a wooden cutting board with a meat fork resting beside it.
Smoked brisket with coffee takes a few of our favorite things and combines them into a meltingly tender, spicy, and smoky masterpiece.
Four smoked whole chickens on a metal sheet pan with a metal fork lying beside them.
This Texas-style smoked whole chicken is made by rubbing whole chickens with an ancho and piloncillo spice rub and then slowly smoking them on your grill or smoker until tender and juicy. Easy and perfect for entertaining a crowd. Here's how.
Two slabs of bone-in smoked beef ribs.
You can smoke the ribs as individual ribs, or you can have your butcher leave them as one large rack that you carve when done. These are sometimes called dinosaur ribs, like what Fred Flintstone eats at the drive-in.
Four smoked turkey legs on a wire rack on a wooden surface.
Can smoked turkey legs you make at home possibly be as good as the ones like at the fair or carnival or Renaissance festival or Disney? Actually, they’re even better. All it takes is a simple brine and a little patience. Here’s how to make them.
A smoked prime rib sliced in half on a wooden board with a green-handled knife beside it.
This smoked prime rib, coated with a sugar spice rub and smothered with a horseradish mustard mixture, becomes slowly infused with smoky flavor and is simply the best prime rib we’ve ever tried.
Two smoked spareribs and a knife on a slab of stone
We want to show people that food without grains, legumes, dairy, or refined sugar can be spectacularly delicious and beautiful, while also nourishing the body and sustaining the earth. Praise the lard!
A white bowl filled with smoked pickled potatoes with anchovy aioli in a bowl on the side.
These smoked pickled potatoes are made by brining new potatoes in malt vinegar, deep-frying them, and serving them with homemade aioli.
Three whole smoked chickens on a round grill.
Brining in a very simple salt and sugar brine makes the chicken juicier than a typical bird and it’s seasoned throughout. The addition of the dry rub makes it even more flavorful.
A wire basket on a wood cutting board containing several types of cheese, including smoked cheddar cheese.
This smoked Cheddar cheese recipe explains, step by step, how to smoke cheese at home into smoke-imbued exquisiteness. Hickory Farms, be worried.
A whole smoked pork shoulder.
When slow-smoking a pork shoulder, you should figure 1 1/2 hours per pound of pork. A 10-pound, bone-in pork shoulder takes a long time to cook, but for the majority of that time it is in the smoker. You can get it started right after breakfast and have it ready in time for dinner.
A Texas style smoked turkey cut into breast and leg pieces on a cutting board with a knife.
This Texas style smoked turkey, which is smothered with a bold spice rub and slowly smoked on the grill, is welcome any time of the year, whether on your Thanksgiving table or your annual backyard shindig.
A grilled porterhouse steak sliced on a wooden cutting board, flanked by fresh thyme and a white bowl of steak sauce, a bottle of red wine, and two glasses of wine.
This recipe is sure to wow your guests. A gorgeous porterhouse gets seasoned with salt and pepper before being grilled over an herby, smoky fire.
A whole smoked turkey in a metal serving dish on a bed of fresh herbs and cranberries.
Most of us eat turkey only once or twice a year—at Thanksgiving and possibly at Christmas. However, once you taste smoked turkey prepared in your own smoker, you may find yourself wanting it a little more often.
A smoked chicken sandwich and fries in a plastic basket lined with paper.
This smoked pulled chicken sandwich is made with chicken breast as well as thighs that are brined to ensure juiciness, coated with a rub, smoked to tenderness, and pulled so it can be piled atop buns. Here’s how to make it right.


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