BBQ smoking is unlike any other type of meat cooking. Get the barbecue going with our list of the best smoker recipes out there today. From beautiful beef brisket to baby back ribs, and beer can chicken to wood smoked turkey, we have something for all meat lovers.
BBQ smoking brings the best out of any type of meat that’s cooked on it. By cooking it low and slow, it allows all the fat and juices locked in the meat to render and create unbeatable flavors.
There’s no other type of cooking quite like it.
So here are 27 amazing smoker recipes to try this year.
Whole Fresh Ham
A lot of people might immediately reach for a brisket or whole chicken to smoked, but there’s a lot to be said for the beautiful flavors that are packed in a whole ham.
It’s often thought of as a seasonal meat, best suited for the holiday periods, but it’s perfect all year round.
It’s cooked in three distinct phases: Curing to help it retain its juices and pink color; glazing to help the surface stay moist; and finally smoking, where we enrich the flesh with flavor.
Find out everything you need to know for the perfect whole ham here.
If you prefer a glaze on sliced ham, then also check out our double smoked spiral ham recipe.
These beautiful ‘low and slow’ smoked beef cheeks are rich in flavor and have a uniquely tender texture. Perfect for enjoying sliced or pulled and added to tacos or sandwiches.
The 3-2-1 method is a great way to reproduce the fall-off-the-bone BBQ ribs that you love. Broken down into 3 easy stages, this recipe will become your go-to for your next barbecue rib cook-off.
Beef Short Ribs
If you get them right, beef short ribs are beautifully tender and delicious, and pack in a rich beef flavor that’s different to any other type of rib.
It might not be your favorite beef brisket, these are a close second.
Requiring only salt, BBQ sauce, and beef rub, cooking them from start to finish couldn’t be easier.
If you’d like something with a bit more crunch, then try our beautiful pork riblets.
Pellet Smoked Turkey
If you’ve invested in a pellet smoker or grill then a whole new world of meat cooking will be open to you.
And this pellet smoked turkey recipe might just be the very best.
One of the best things about this recipe is that you don’t need any fancy equipment to do it.
Just you, your turkey, and your trusted pellet grill.
BBQ smoked trisket is a great way to cook beautiful tri-tip in the style of brisket, giving it a beautiful bark. Matched with a good brine and BBQ rub, this will prove the talking point of any BBQ party!
Korean Chicken Wings
South Korea does chicken wings like no other country. Striking the perfect balance between spicy, sweet, smokey and crunchy, these Korean chicken wings will fast become your new favorite.
So many factors come together to cook the perfect brisket, from your choice of wood for smoking brisket, or the brine you use. Every single one of these choices comes together to help make or break your brisket.
This guide will walk you through everything you need to know, and the step-by-step recipe you should follow to cook the best smoked brisket out there.
While brisket might be one of the anchors of BBQ smoking, chuck roast is a great alternative if you want to cook low and slow without as much of the effort.
A lot of people think of chuck roast as either an oven or pan cooked meal, it’s amazing prepared in a BBQ smoker.
Just like brisket, it needs some serious cooking time – over 6 hours – before it becomes tender.
But oh boy, is it worth it.
Check out my favorite smoked chuck roast recipe here.
Far are few better meats than smoked chicken. Melt-off-the-bone goodness in the form of a tender and moist cut of chicken. Match that with the rich barbecue flavors of an outdoor smoker and you’re onto a winner.
Chicken quarters are perfect for smoking. Unlike chicken breasts, quarters tend to be higher in fat content, which helps them stay perfectly moist as you cook them.
Beer Can Chicken
There aren’t many barbecue show stoppers better than this beautiful BBQ beer can chicken recipe.
One of the best things about this recipe is that there’s so much room for you to experiment and play with once you’ve mastered the core recipe.
Texas Style Baby Back Ribs
Grilling season calls for a good helping of ribs, and this Texas style baby back ribs recipe doesn’t disappoint.
Making use of fantastic BBQ rubs, beautiful sauce, and slow grilling, it’s a dish that should satisfy the cravings of any meat lover.
Chicken thighs are really underrated. Not only are they much cheaper than wings or legs, but they’re also a much darker meat, making them packed full of flavor.
That’s not all. They tend to cook much faster than other parts of the bird while still providing a fairly generous amount of meat (especially when compared to parts like chicken wings).
So it’s little wonder why this smoked chicken thigh recipe has proved so popular. Their fat content makes them delicious smoked, and they take next to no time at all to cook when compared to other types of meat.
Brisket Burnt Ends
Sticky, juicy, sauce, soft burnt ends. Super soft and melt in your mouth delicious.
This brisket burnt ends recipe makes the most of the best part of the brisket, combined with a delicious smoke and BBQ rub.
Burnt ends come from the fatty point end of the brisket. This contains a lot of marbling, which means that as it cooks it’ll melt away and that’s why these taste so awesome. Slowly rendered fat. So much juice. So much flavor. Delicious.
Beef jerky makes for a great snack, and can easily be made in batch so that you have enough to live off for days (maybe even weeks if you’re strong willed enough to have a sense of portion control!)
This pulled beef recipe makes use of beautiful smoked beef chuck roast, that gives you a tender and melt-in-your-mouth feel that just can’t be beaten.
Prime rib is traditionally cooked in the oven, but it’s taken up a level when we move things over to the smoker.
Smoking it makes it amazingly tender, and will infuse it with rich smokey flavors.
Tri-tip is often neglected in favor of brisket, but it has a lot to offer.
This tri-tip recipe calls for low and slow smoking, before searing it over a high heat for the perfect finish.
Smoked beef doesn’t always need all day to cook. This rump roast can be done in just shy of two hours.
Coming from the rear of the cow, rump roast is often tough and lean, but is often fairly cheap in comparison to other more prime cuts of meat.
Oh, picanha. The meat is always one of the highlights at churrasco – otherwise known as Brazilian barbecue – and if you haven’t had it before then you’re going to want to hit up your nearest Brazilian restaurant right away.
It’s traditionally called picanha in Brazil and through other parts of Latin America, but in simple terms you might know it better as sirloin cap, rump cover, or rump cap.
Find out everything you need to know and smoked and grilled picanha in our guide.
Top Sirloin Roast
Top sirloin is another beef cut that’s often associated with oven roasting, but we can take things up a notch by smoking it.
Everything about top sirloin lends itself perfectly to smoking. It has a beautiful, which is what helps to make it perfectly tender when exposed to low and slow heats.
It’s also fairly uniformly sized and shaped, which will help you to cook it evenly throughout.
Texas BBQ is all about beef. So where else would we turn than brisket?
Brisket is packed with connective tissue that we can leverage to create beautifully tender meat.
Your first bites will be unreal. Trust me.
Standing Rib Roast
Prepared over hot charcoal, this cut of beautiful smoked beef is guaranteed to win over any beef lover.
It needs a long time to prepare, just like any good cut of beef, but the results make the wait completely worthwhile.
Tender, juicy, flavorful meat. What’s not to love?
Chorizo is my vice.
Whenever I have any in the house, it’s gone within minutes. They know what they’re doing with their meat in Spain.
This homemade smoked chorizo recipe walks you through how to do it from scratch, and works in ingredients like cumin, oregano, red wine, and more.
OK, I’m drooling now.
See the word ‘pulled’ and you’d be forgiven for immediately thinking of pulled pork or beef, but chicken is just as good.
This recipe makes use of the entire chicken, and nothing goes to waste.
Smoked over beautiful applewood for hours, this pulled chicken is packed full of beautiful flavors that you won’t find anywhere else.
Pork Belly Pastrami
Pork belly is often confused with bacon, but it’s actually a far more succulent and tender cut of pork than man people give it credit for.
While smoked pastrami is often made from beef, it can also be done beautifully with pork. It makes for a fantastic centerpiece straight off the smoker. Get ready for a cut of smoked pork that rivals brisket.
Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Pulled pork can be used for so many different recipes, but sometimes the classic sandwich just can’t be beaten.
This recipe is slow smoked in beer and BBQ rub, before served on a bun with mustard slaw. There’s nothing quite like it.