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Smoke It Up: Fast & Easy Smoker and Grill Recipes

Craving smoky, delicious food but short on time? You’ve come to the right place! Smoke It Up is your one-stop shop for fast and easy smoker and grill recipes that anyone can master. Easy Smoker recipes can be made with a pellet smoker, cold smoke, liquid smoke, and more.

My supper club friends and I are sharing some of our favorite recipes to make your summer entertaining easy and delicious.

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Why Cook On A Smoker or Grill This Summer?

If you love to entertain or keep the heat out of your kitchen this summer, you will love cooking on a smoker or grill. Here are a few reasons you are going to love these summer recipes.

  • Smoky Flavors: Smoking infuses food with a unique smoky taste that you can’t achieve with other cooking methods. This is especially true for meats, but vegetables and even cheeses can also benefit from smoking.
  • Slow Cooking: Smokers typically use low temperatures and long cooking times. You can put your food on the smoker, allowing you time to prepare for your guests. Once guests arrive, you are not tied to the kitchen. Let the smoker do the work instead. You can add smoky flavors on the grill by adding a smoker tube. See more details below.
  • Perfect for entertaining: Smoked food is perfect for summer gatherings. You can smoke various meats, vegetables, and cheeses to create a delicious spread for your guests. If you are grilling, guests can mingle by the grill, and you don’t miss any of the fun.
  • More time outdoors: Using a smoker or grill keeps the heat out of the kitchen, which can be a plus in hot summer weather. If you love to spend time outdoors, cooking with these methods are the way to go.
  • Versatility: Smokers and grills can cook various foods, from meats and poultry to fish and vegetables. You can cold smoke cheese, cured salmon, nuts, and fruits ahead of time to serve at your various gatherings.

Now let’s take a look at our favorite smoker and grill recipes.


How to Make A Smoked Old Fashioned Cocktail

By: Wendy at W M Design House

Bourbon and whiskey fans love adding smoky flavor to their cocktails.

A smoked old fashioned takes the classic cocktail to a new level, by infusing it with a layer of smoky complexity. The result is a drink that’s both familiar and intriguing.

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old fashion smoked bourbon cocktail.

Here is another Smoked Old Fashioned Recipe I shared last Father’s Day. Brad loves using the small torch and smoker kit to smoke his bourbon cocktails and I occasionally allow him to smoke my wine. Yes, smoked wine is delicious also.

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Easy Grilled Skillet Spinach and Artichoke Dip

By: Michele at Vintage Home Design

Looking for an easy-to-put-together appetizer? Try this easy grilled skillet spinach & artichoke dip. Bursting with creamy, cheesy goodness and packed with fresh spinach and tender artichokes, this hot spinach artichoke dip is grilled to perfection.

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Artichoke and Spinach Dip in a skillet for easy smoker recipe.

Cold Smoking Made Easy: Delicious Smoked Cheese at Home

By: Rachel The Ponds Farmhouse

Want to add a smoke infused flavor to your favorite hard cheeses? You’ll not believe how easy it is to do. All you need is a grill an inexpensive smoker tube. Read recipe for the best cheese to smoke and learn how easy it is to make.

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Cold Smoked Cheese for summer entertaining.

Cold Smoked Cure Salmon Recipe

By: Rachel The Ponds Farmhouse

Another delicious and money saving cold smoke recipe is this Cold Smoke Cured Salmon recipe. The salmon must be cured first which requires a mininum of three days before adding the smoke but the results are so worth the effect. You can freeze the salmon for up to six months to pull out for last minute entertaining.

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Cold smoked cured salmon is a delicious appetizer recipe and can be made in advance.

Main Dish

The Best Smoked Beer Can Chicken Recipe

By: Jen at Midwest Life & Style

If you’ve been scouring the web for smoked beer can chicken recipes, look no further! This is another recipe that requires minimal prep time, and then you can let the grill do the work.

Jen’s family affectionately refer to this dish as smoked beer butt chicken.

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Beer Butt Chicken Recipe on the grill for summer entertaining.

Easy Smoked Salmon Chowder Recipe

By: Rachel The Ponds Farmhouse

If you like a Chowder Recipe with fish, you will love this Fresh Smoked Salmon, Potato, and Creamed Corn Recipe. It’s easy to make and delicious.

Plus… as an added bonus, you see how to smoke salmon for other dishes.

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Smoker Recipe for Smoked Salmon Chowder.

Side Dish Smoker Recipes

Sweet and Smoky Grilled Sweet Potatoes

By: Simply 2 Moms

Are you a fan of sweet potatoes? Then you will love this healthy grilled sweet potatoe recipe. It’s a perfect side dish addition your next outdoor party.

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Smoker recipes for sweet and smokey sweet potatoes on the grill

Dessert Smoker Recipes

Smokey & Sweet: Salted Caramel, Candied Bacon, Dark Chocolate Brownies

By: Rachel The Ponds Farmhouse

Try this smoked salted caramel dark chocolate brownie recipe with candied bacon. YUM! This easy recipe includes a boxed dark chocolate brownie mix, prepared caramel, and smoked sea salt. It’s baked in a smoker or grill and topped with yummy candied bacon. If you don’t have a smoker, no worries; I’m providing three options.

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Yummy Smoked salted caramel dark chocolate brownies with candied bacon topping.

Old Fashioned Bourbon Bread Pudding Recipe

By: Rachel The Ponds Farmhouse

You’ll want to check out this Old Fashioned Bread Pudding Bourbon Dessert Recipe. It’s reminiscent of the Old Fashioned cocktail with yummy bourbon and cherries and is my new favorite dessert.

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Old Fashioned Bourbon Bread Pudding Recipes for Summer Entertaining.


If you love to entertain outdoors in summer, you will enjoy all of these easy recipes. So fire up the grill or smoker and invite your friends and family over for some delicious food.


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Have a great 4th of July week and I look forward to sharing more adventures with you.

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Smoke it up - 10 smoker and grill recipes for summer entertaining.


Sunday 30th of June 2024

Sooo many yummy-looking recipes. And perfect for cookout season!


Monday 1st of July 2024

Jen, Yes!