Best Smoker Recipes

Written by Mike Futia | Updated November 8, 2023

These are the best smoker recipes to try at your next backyard BBQ. 

From pork to steak, and fish to chicken, to tasty side dishes, we've got you covered:

These are the best smoker recipes. 

Smoked Pork Recipes

3-2-1 ribs

These 3-2-1 smoked ribs on the Traeger are the most "beginner friendly" ribs recipe you'll find. Not to mention, they're mouth-watering delicious, and sure to please the crowd at your next backyard BBQ get-together.

Recipe: 3-2-1 Ribs

This is the most succulent, most tender smoked pork belly you'll ever have. We're using a beautiful slab of pork belly and smoking it on the Traeger at 225 degrees for six hours, resulting in the most mouth-watering, fall-apart smoked pork belly imaginable.

Recipe: Smoked Pork Belly

smoked pork belly burnt ends

Pork belly burnt ends might be the BEST bite in all of BBQ. We're trimming up this pork belly into cubes, tossing it on the Traeger, mixing it with a delicious glaze, then it's going back on the Traeger until we hit 205 degrees.

Recipe: Smoked Pork Belly Burnt Ends

smoked pork tenderloin

This smoked pork tenderloin is tender, juicy, and an excellent choice for your next backyard BBQ adventure. In this recipe, we're preparing a simple rub, and letting the smoker do all the heavy lifting.

Recipe: Smoked Pork Tenderloin

smoked pork chops on plate

These smoked pork chops are one of my favorite pork recipes to make on my Traeger pellet grill, and super-easy to follow. Coated with our homemade pork seasoning, and then cooked low-and-slow on the smoker, this smoked pork chops recipe is a perfect option for a weeknight meal where you don't have a lot of time to prep.

Recipe: Smoked Pork Chops

smoked spare ribs

These smoked spare ribs are juicy, full of flavor, and super-easy to make on your pellet grill. We're keeping things simple with a classic dry rub, a mid-smoke wrap, and then going low-and-slow on the Traeger.

Recipe: Smoked Spare Ribs

smoked sausage

Smoking sausage is one of my favorite things to do on my pellet grill. This smoked sausage is juicy, delicious, and filled with deep smoky goodness.

Recipe: Smoked Sausage

pork loin

Smoked pork loin is juicy, tender, and one of the easiest smoker recipes you can master.  We're adding a new twist to this smoked pork loin recipe by introducing a coffee maple glaze to brush on during the smoking process.

Recipe: Smoked Pork Loin

Smoked Beef Recipes

new york strip inside

This smoked New York Strip steak recipe on the Traeger results in a juicy and tender steak that's perfect for any backyard gathering. We're smoking these New York strips to an internal temperature of 110F degrees, then finishing them off on the gas grill to get that killer sear and crust that every steak needs.

Recipe: Smoked New York Strip

These are the most delicious, most tender smoked meatballs you'll ever have. We're going half pork, half ground beef, and throwing these bad boys on the Traeger at 225 degrees for two hours, resulting in the most mouth-watering meatballs imaginable. 

Recipe: Smoked Meatballs

smoked filet mignon

Smoked filet mignon might be my all-time favorite steak recipe. To me, filet mignon is the most tender steak bite you can get. And in this recipe, we're wrapping the filet in bacon and smoking it to a perfect medium rare, then hitting it with a sear gun to build a nice crust.

Recipe: Smoked Filet Mignon

smoked tri tip

Smoked tri tip may be the most underrated bite in all of BBQ. A cut of steak popularized on the West Coast, we're smoking it low and slow on the Traeger—super simple, super satisfying. 

Recipe: Smoked Tri-Tip

smoked porterhouse steak seared

Smoked porterhouse steak is one of the absolute easiest recipes you can make on your smoker. Part filet mignon, part New York Strip, this is easily one of the best steaks you can get.

Recipe: Smoked Porterhouse

smoked burgers done

These smoked burgers have become my absolute new obsession on my Traeger pellet grill! In fact, I may even like them more than smash burgers—which is saying a lot. Topped with gooey American cheese, burger sauce, and your favorite veggies, this is one of the best burgers you'll ever have!

Recipe: Smoked Burgers

smoked brisket done

This smoked brisket recipe is delicious, easy, and beginner-friendly. If you're smoking your first brisket, be sure to give this recipe a try.

Recipe: Smoked Brisket

smoked hot dogs

Smoked hot dogs are one of the easiest, tastiest smoking recipes you can make. Bursting with flavor, these smoked hot dogs only require a handful of ingredients, are beginner-friendly, and come together in just 45 minutes.

Recipe: Smoked Hot Dogs

smoked beef ribs

These smoked beef ribs are meaty, tender, and one of the best bites in all of BBQ. Smoky, succulent, and perfectly tender—smoked beef ribs needs a little bit of patience, but they pay off with phenomenal flavor.

Recipe: Smoked Beef Ribs

Smoked Picanha

smoked picanha

Smoked picanha is one of the absolute best meats you can smoke on your pellet grill. It's beefy, tender, and with just a handful of ingredients, is incredibly simple to make.

Recipe: Smoked Picanha

Smoked Chicken Recipes

These smoked chicken wings on the Traeger is the perfect blend of smoky and sweet flavors, with a crispy texture we get by finishing them off with the sear gun! Make these delicious smoked wings for your next backyard outing or football get-together.

Recipe: Smoked Chicken Wings

smoked chicken thighs

Smoked chicken thighs are one of my absolute favorite recipes to make on the Traeger. They're super-easy, relatively quick, and oh-so-delicious and tender.

Recipe: Smoked Chicken Thighs

whole smoked chicken

Smoked whole chicken is super tender, flavorful, and requires just a few steps of prep work. Smoking a whole chicken might seem like a big job, but what if I told you it was super-simple and one of the best recipes you can make on your smoker?

Recipe: Smoked Whole Chicken

smoked chicken breast

Smoked chicken breast is tender, juicy, and oh-so-easy. Say goodbye to dried-out, rubbery chicken breast for good. All you need is chicken breast, a good chicken rub, and the patience to let your smoker do its thing.

Recipe: Smoked Chicken Breast

smoked chicken salad

This homemade, smoked chicken salad is to die for. We're combining juicy, smoky chicken with fresh, crisp veggies and creamy mayo that will make this recipe your new go-to lunch favorite.

Recipe: Smoked Chicken Salad

Smoked Lamb Recipes

lamb shank

Smoked lamb shank is an insanely easy recipe to make on your smoker—the lamb shank comes out delicious, juicy, and fall-off-the-bone tender.

Recipe: Smoked Lamb Shank

Smoked Appetizers & Sides

This smoked beer cheese is one of my favorite appetizers to make on my Traeger. It goes perfect as a dip with a soft pretzel or even as a topping on hot dogs. It's also super simple to make.

Recipe: Smoked Beer Cheese Dip

candied bacon

Smoked candied bacon crackers are one of the best smoker appetizers you can make. Sweet, savory, and smokey, you're going to love these.

Recipe: Candied Bacon Crackers

smoked shotgun shells

These smoked shotgun shells are one of my go-to smoker recipes for football Sunday or when I'm hosting friends and family in the backyard. We're tweaking the traditional smoked shotgun shells recipe by adding a little kick of pickled jalapeños, and using hot Italian sausage instead of ground beef.

Recipe: Smoked Shotgun Shells

Mike Futia

Hello, I'm Mike Futia, a passionate griller and BBQ enthusiast. I'm the creator of Grill Frenzy, and I'm committed to sharing my knowledge of grilling and smoking with you. I believe that BBQ and grilling should be accessible to everyone. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out, I'm here to guide you on your grilling journey. Welcome!


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