101+ Smoker Recipes

Maybe you just bought your first smoker and you’re looking for the perfect dish for that maiden voyage. Or maybe you’re a seasoned pitmaster looking for some inspiration. Either way, we’ve put together 101 of our favorite smoker recipes, from smoked brisket to smoked pork butts, we even have some great side dishes and smoked desserts that made our list!

Our Favorite Cookbooks

We’ll kick this off with a quick list of our 10 favorite cookbooks filled with smoker recipes. A lot of these authors, like Steve Raichlen or Aaron Franklin, have specific recipes included below. But their cookbooks are fantastic, we’ve learned a ton about smoking thumbing through these books, we highly recommend them!

Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto [A Cookbook]
Aaron Franklin, Jordan Mackay - Publisher: Ten Speed Press - Hardcover: 224 pages
Project Smoke
Steven Raichlen - Publisher: Workman Publishing - Edition no. 1 (05/10/2016) - Paperback: 336 pages
Smokin' with Myron Mixon: Recipes Made Simple, from the Winningest Man in Barbecue: A Cookbook
Myron Mixon, Kelly Alexander - Publisher: Ballantine Books - Edition no. 0 (05/10/2011) - Paperback: 192 pages
Smoke: New Firewood Cooking: How To Build Flavor with Fire on the Grill and in the Kitchen
Tim Byres - Publisher: Rizzoli - Edition no. 0 (04/30/2013) - Hardcover: 256 pages
Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling
Meathead Goldwyn, Greg Blonder - Publisher: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - Hardcover: 400 pages
The Barbecue! Bible 10th Anniversary Edition
Steven Raichlen - Workman Publishing Company - Kindle Edition - Edition no. 2 (05/28/2008)
Barbecue Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades--Bastes, Butters & Glazes, Too
Steven Raichlen - Publisher: Workman Publishing Company - Edition no. 0 (05/02/2017) - Paperback: 352 pages
The Prophets of Smoked Meat: A Journey Through Texas Barbecue
Daniel Vaughn - Publisher: Anthony Bourdain/Ecco - Edition no. 1 (05/14/2013) - Hardcover: 384 pages
Weber's Smoke: A Guide to Smoke Cooking for Everyone and Any Grill
Jamie Purviance - Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - Edition no. 342012 (04/03/2012) - Paperback: 192 pages

Beef Smoker Recipes – Steaks, Brisket, Roasts & Ribs


We love smoked tri-tip here at BBQonMain.com. It’s a great, cheap cut of meat that is delicious when done right. Vindulge has a great smoked tri-tip recipe that we love, and they include red wine pairings to go along with it!

Franklin bbq brisket

Aaron Franklin might be America’s most famous pitmaster. His restaurant is known for their brisket, and his brisket recipe and rub are suprisingly simple. This is our favorite way to cook a brisket – Texas-style and wrapped in butcher paper.

Smoked Beef Short Rib Recipe

Malcom Reed is part of the Killer Hogs competitive BBQ team, and he makes a mean rack of ribs. We love this “Dino Bones” recipe. These big, meaty beef ribs look like they were broken off of a triceratops and thrown on a smoker. And for how impressive these ribs look, they’re surprisingly easy to make – perfect for the beginner pitmaster or the old pro looking for something new to try.

More Smoked Beef Recipes:

Smoked Chicken Recipes – Whole Birds, Breasts, Legs & Wings

BBQ On Main

Few things are as impressive as a spatchcock chicken, and they’re surprisingly easy to make. We love Traeger’s Spatchcock Chile-Lime Rubbed Chicken recipe and we can’t recommend it enough.

Smoker Recipes

Buffalo wings are a BBQ favorite. We love these Smoked Buffalo Chicken Wings by Vindulge, they’re the perfect amount of spicy and have a great crispy skin. They even recommend some rieslings that pair well with the smoked wings!

Other Chicken Smoker Recipes

Smoked Pork Recipes – Butts, Shoulders, Loins & Ribs

How to smoke pork shoulder
Courtesy of BarbecueBible.com

Steven Raichlen of Steven Raichlen’s Barbecue Bible has a fantastic three part series on pork shoulders, wherein you can learn all you need to know about this delectable hunk of hog. ‘In Praise of Pork Shoulder’ covers everything from the anatomy and animal husbandry involved in selecting the perfect pork shoulder to the best seasoning, grilling techniques and gear for optimal deliciousness. It’s the most in-depth, step-by-step recipe you can find.

Other Pork Smoker Recipes

Smoked Fish Recipes – Salmon, Trout, and the Seafood Bonanza!

It’s hard to describe how delicious the Salmon Pastrami by Chef Steps. It’s smokey, with a beautiful bark, tender, and spicy on the inside. It’s literally like candy, packing a bold an flavorful punch in every bite. It takes a bit of prep, requiring a 24 hour brine, but it’s well worth it. It’s been a go-to for every party we’ve had and it’s always a hit!

Other Fish Smoker Recipes

Other Smoked Meat Recipes – Lamb, Sausage, and Turkey, oh my!

Courtesy of Serious Eats

There’s just something cool smoked beer can turkey from Serious Eats about a beer can bird. The is easy to prep, easy to smoke, and downright tasty. Smoked, crispy skin on the outside and juicy, succulent meat on the inside – you can’t go wrong.

Smoker Side Dishes – Potatoes, Slaw, Mac and Cheese & More!

Courtesy of Serious Eats

Nothing pairs with BBQ quite like a tangy cole slaw. The bright, punchy mix of vegetables perfectly matches a rich, crusty, smokey cut of meat. We love this traditional Carolina vinegar slaw by Serious Eats. We’ve tried it with nearly every meat and so far it’s been the perfect partner to any dish!

Potatoes are a no brainer at any barbecue. Next time spice things up a bit and go for some Sweet Potato Crisps instead of your normal mashed potatoes. Oven baked and full of flavor, they’re a great twist on an old classic. And they can be made in the oven while your grill is smoking your main course!

Other BBQ Side Dish Recipes

Smoker Desserts – Finish with something sweet and smokey!

Smoked Muscavado Vanilla Ice Cream courtesy of Serious Eats

Just the beginning…

These are our favorite recipes, the go-to staples that we turn to when it comes to smoking. Did we miss something? Don’t see your favorite recipe listed? Drop us a link to your favorite dish in the comments!

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