Best Smoker Recipes [Updated for 2020]

Have you recently purchased a smoker? Are you unsure of what to cook in your smoker first?

If you are looking for some of the best smoker recipes, then look no further! In this article, we have compiled a handful of brilliant recipes that you may not have thought to try with your smoker!

If you were not feeling hungry before reading this article, you will afterward - these recipes are mouth-wateringly good!

All of the recipes are easy to follow, so if you are a beginner you do not have to worry about not being able to cook these meals to perfection! We have provided you with three very different recipes to appeal to a wide range of people!

Texas Style Smoked Brisket

Smoked brisket is fantastic and is something that is guaranteed to make your family and guest’s mouths water.

Our recipe is a Texas-style smoked brisket that will take an already great tasting brisket to the next level. 

What You Will Need:

  • Beef Brisket (this can be whatever size you would like and depends on the number of people you will be serving)
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • Other seasonings (although you only need salt and black pepper for a Texas smoked brisket, feel free to add any other seasonings you like)
  • Butcher paper or foil
  • Meat thermometer
  • Large chopping board

Method

Step One - Place your beef brisket on a chopping board and cut off any excess fat that you do not want to cook. This should take around ten minutes to do so. You do not have to trim any fat off if you do not want to.

Step Two - Next you will want to season your brisket with salt and black pepper. If you prefer your brisket to be plain that is fine. If you want it to have the classic Texas flavor ensure the meat is well seasoned on both sides. You can add extra seasonings, such as garlic if you want.

Step Three - Wrap your brisket in butcher paper, ensuring that it is completely covered. Although butcher paper provides the best results, you can use foil if you prefer. The butcher paper or foil will lock in the flavor of the brisket and help it to stay nice and juicy. While you do not need to wrap your brisket, we think it provides the meat with extra flavor!

Step Four - Place your wrapped brisket into your smoker at a temperature of around 230℉ for around 5-8 hours. Although it does take a while to cook, trust us, it is worth it!

Step Five - As your brisket is cooking, you will want to check the internal temperature every few hours using a meat thermometer. The internal temperature of the largest part of the brisket needs to reach a temperature of at least 202℉ before it is safe to consume. 

Step Six - Once your meat has reached at least 202℉ take it off the smoker and allow it to rest for a little while before serving. This allows the meat to cool slightly and for it to taste its best. After it has cooled a little, it will be ready to serve.

You could serve your brisket with some homemade potato wedges and vegetables cooked alongside the brisket in the smoker, for a delicious meal.

Please note that the cooking times of meat will vary based on the size of the beef brisket purchased and the smoker you own.

All of our time measurements are guidelines and your results may vary. 

Smoked Barbeque Chicken

We could not write an article about the best smoker recipes without including a chicken recipe!

We have taken your standard smoked chicken to the next level with this recipe.

What You Will Need:

  • 1 whole chicken (or multiple, depending on how many people you are serving)
  • 3-4tbsp salt
  • 2tbsp pepper
  • 2-3tbsp garlic
  • 3tbsp brown sugar
  • 3tbsp paprika
  • 2tbsp cumin
  • 3tbsp onion granules
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Meat thermometer
  • Large chopping board
  • Spritz bottle
  • Mixing bowl
  • Olive oil

Method

Step One - First you will want to mix your salt, pepper, garlic, brown sugar, paprika, cumin, and onion granules in a bowl. We have given rough estimates above but feel free to add more of your favorites if you prefer. 

Step Two - Place your whole chicken on a chopping board and lightly cover it completely in olive oil.

Step Three - Coat your whole chicken with the seasoning you have mixed. Apply a generous amount, ensuring that all of the chicken is coated well. The oil will help the seasoning to stick to the chicken.

Step Three - Place your chicken into the smoker at a temperature of around 250℉. You will want to cook the chicken on a steady heat for around 3 hours. The times may vary according to the size of the chicken, how many chickens you are cooking, and the type of smoker that you own.

Step Four - Every half hour to an hour you will want to lightly spritz your chicken to keep it moist and juicy. 

Step Five - You will want your chicken to reach an internal temperature of at least 165℉. Do not remove the chicken until it reads this temperature on the meat thermometer as it will not be safe to consume. 

Step Six - Once your chicken has reached a safe temperature. Let it rest for a short while before cutting and serving it. Serve your chicken with your favorite barbeque sauce to enhance the flavor. 

Why not make your fries and a side salad to serve with your chicken?

Always ensure that your chicken is cooked thoroughly and any juices are running clear before serving.

Smoked Mac and Cheese

For all of the vegetarians, fear not, we have not forgotten about you! This smoked mac and cheese recipe is so simple to follow and it is delicious too. 

Although this is great as a full meal, you could also serve the mac and cheese as a side dish to accompany another meal you have cooked in your smoker too.

What you will need:

  • ¼ - ½ cup of Butter
  • 20 - 30oz of cheese
  • 3 - 4 cups of milk 
  • 1 box of Macaroni pasta (around 1lbs)
  • ¼ - ½ cup of Flour
  • 9oz of Cream cheese
  • Two pans
  • Gas/Electric Hob
  • Aluminum tray or heatproof dish

Method

With this recipe, you will need access to a hob for the first section of cooking.

Step One - First you will need to empty your macaroni pasta into a pan and cover the pasta with water. Place the pan on a medium heat on the hob and cook for around 8-10 minutes, or until soft. 

Step Two - While your pasta is cooking, place your butter and milk into a separate pan and warm up on medium heat for 3-4 minutes.

Step Three - Once your milk and butter have warmed up, you will want to add in your flour. Use a whisk to ensure that the flour does not clump. Leave to simmer and stir frequently for 2 minutes or until your mixture has a thicker consistency. 

Step Four - Add in your cream cheese and keep stirring the mixture for another few minutes until the cheese has melted into the mixture with no lumps.

Step Five - Add your grated cheese to your sauce mixture. You will want to add the cheese slowly to help with the mixing process. Keep stirring on a low heat until all of the cheese has melted.

Step Five - At this point, your pasta should be ready to drain. Ensure it is soft and cooked through, and drain the water from the pasta. 

Step Six - Place your macaroni into a heatproof dish or aluminum tray that is suitable for use in a smoker. Next, you will need to pour your cheese sauce over the pasta, ensuring that it is all mixed in well.

Step Seven - Before you place your macaroni cheese in the smoker, feel free to add any extras to it, such as seasoning or even bacon. You can even add a layer of cheese over the top to make it extra tasty if you want.

Step Eight - You will want to cook your mac and cheese in the smoker for around one and a half to two hours, depending on how crispy you want it to be. The temperature of your smoker should be around 230℉. 

Before eating, ensure the mac and cheese is piping hot and any added extras are cooked thoroughly. The mac and cheese will have a deliciously smoky taste!

Summary

We hope you enjoyed browsing some of our favorite smoker recipes. As with all the recipes we have included, the cooking times and temperatures will vary depending on the type of smoker you own. 

Always ensure that the meat you are cooking has reached a safe internal temperature before serving. Adjust the cooking times accordingly to suit this.

These are only three of the recipes you can try with your smoker, but they truly are delicious! There are so many different meats and foods you can cook on a smoker. Which recipe will you try first?