Easy Smoked Brussels Sprouts

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Smoked Brussels Sprouts is a savory smoked side dish you can make alongside your main dish on the smoker grill. You’re going to love the delicious smokiness that permeates the sprouts and makes them simply irresistible.

» You might also try this Pear & Gorgonzola Salad and Easy Smoked Meatloaf.

Smoked brussels sprouts in a bowl

This smoked brussels sprouts recipe is unlike any other way to make them. It takes the classic side dish and turns it into a summer BBQ favorite, that can be served alongside your smoker favorites. By smoking the sprouts, you get all the delightfulness of this fantastic vegetable, but with an extra layer of smoky goodness. We think all veggies can benefit from the smoky goodness. Try these easy smoked vegetables as an easy side dish that is full of flavor.

Smoking may seem intimidating, but it is much simpler than it seems. Once you make your first smoked brisket, you’ll see just how simple and amazing of a tool the smoker is. We use our Z Grills Pellet Smoker all the time for things like smoked brisket and smoked potatoes.

The Z Grills Combo Pellet Grill/Smoker is a fantastic smoker for everyday use. It’s very easy to figure out and to operate, so it’s even easy for beginners, and the results are great. All you need is a bag of pellets in the wood you like, and you’re set for a few fantastic meals.

What Smoker to Use

z grills

Z Grills 7002C2E Pellet Grill & Smoker

The 7002C2E is a new model featuring a digital PID control board and advanced technology for even temperatures and consistent results. With the built-in dual temperature probes, a huge pellet hopper, pellet cleanout system, and pellet view window, your grilling experience will be enhanced like never before. See this grill and more on the Z Grills site.

Traeger Grills Pro Series 22 Pellet Grill & Smoker

Traeger created the original wood-pellet grill as the ultimate way to achieve wood-fired taste. The Pro Series 22 is the one most people choose because it’s compact, yet has plenty of space for cooking.

You can use any type of wood pellets you like. I prefer Hickory, which is great for naturally enhancing beef, chicken, pork, and veggies with full-bodied, bold flavor.

Ingredients You Need

Ingredients for smoked brussels sprouts
  • Brussels Sprouts – Look for medium-sized Brussels Sprouts that can be cut in half and still have good surface area. The larger ones smoke better than smaller.
  • Olive oil – I like to cook on the pellet grill with olive oil because the heat remains low and doesn’t destroy the flavor. You can use any other cooking oil you prefer.
  • Salt & pepper – Keep the seasoning simple so the smoke can shine through. Just use regular salt and ground black pepper to season them.
  • Bacon – As they say, bacon makes everything better! Cooking some bacon on the smoker alongside the Brussels Sprouts is easy to do and it will add a ton of extra flavor to your veggies when they’re combined.
  • Butter – The butter is for tossing with the final product, once the Brussels Sprouts have been smoked. Use salted butter to give an extra flavor boost.

How to Make Smoked Brussels Sprouts

Preheat the smoker to 250° F.

Wash the Brussels sprouts, cut off the end, and remove any loose leaves. Cut them in half or quarter them depending on how big the brussels sprouts are. Try to keep them all the same size so they cook evenly.

The way to cut brussels sprouts

In a bowl, drizzle the sprouts with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss a few times to be sure all the pieces are coated.

Spread the Brussels sprouts evenly on a sheet pan, oven-proof vegetable tray, or disposable foil pan.

raw Smoked brussels sprouts in the smoker

Place the pan in the smoker for 50 minutes to an hour. They are done when they are fork tender. Don’t remove them too early. They can seem fork tender before they’re cooked all the way through. If you like your Brussels Sprouts to be well done, you might need to cook for 5-10 minutes longer.

While the Brussels sprouts are smoking, cook the bacon, crumble it into small pieces, and set it aside for later. You can cook the bacon on the grill as well. Keep an eye on it so you remove it when it’s done.

When the sprouts are done, remove the tray from the smoker. Toss the sprouts with melted butter in the serving bowl, and add the crumbled bacon.

Smoked brussels sprouts in the smoker

Questions About the Recipe

How can I make the smoked Brussels sprouts spicy?

Add a pinch or two of cayenne powder or red pepper flakes when adding the salt to make it spicy. You can also toss the sprouts in Sriracha or another hot sauce, instead of butter.

Can I season the Brussels Sprouts with something other than salt and pepper?

You can use whatever seasoning you like on the Brussels Sprouts. I find they only need minimal seasoning because the smoke is what you want to shine through, but you can use garlic salt, any seasoned salt you like, or whatever meat rub you like to use. We use this homemade BBQ rub on just about everything.

Smoked brussels sprouts on a plate with smoked meatloaf and pasta salad

Additional Tips

  • You can use heavy duty foil to make a basket to hold the brussels sprouts in a pinch. It will work just as well, but won’t be quite as easy.
  • Make sure you coat all of the Brussels sprouts evenly with the olive oil. Add a little extra if you need to. Dry Brussels Sprouts will not have nearly as much flavor as ones that have been coated in oil. They will also get a nice crunchy charred edge on them.
  • If you want to give them a little char, you can turn up the smoker to 400 to sear them for the last 10 minutes.
Smoked brussels sprouts in a tin

Equipment Information

  • Electric Smoker – Z Grills or Traeger are good brands of electric smokers to try. If it is your first time using your electric smoker, make sure to season it first. To properly season your electric smoker, read this amazing tutorial by Food Fire Friends.
  • Smoker pellets – Use any type of smoker pellets you like. These pellets are what produce the smoke in the smoker, and what gives the meatloaf its smoky flavor.

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Smoked brussels sprouts in a bowl

Easy Smoked Brussels Sprouts

Smoked Brussels Sprouts is a savory smoked side dish you can make alongside your main dish on the smoker grill. You're going to love the delicious smokiness that permeates the sprouts and makes them simply irresistible.
5 from 39 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brussels Sprouts
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 110kcal
Author: Laura

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts washed, trimmed, and halved or quartered
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 strips of bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted

Instructions

  • Preheat smoker to 250° F.
  • Wash Brussels sprouts, cut off the end and remove loose leaves. Cut in half or quarter, depending on how big they are. Keep them all the same size so they cook evenly. Place them in a mixing bowl.
  • Drizzle the sprouts with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
  • Spread Brussels sprouts evenly on a sheet pan, oven-proof veggie tray, or disposable foil pan.
  • Place the pan in the smoker for 50 minutes to an hour. They are done when they are fork tender.
  • While the Brussels sprouts are smoking, cook the bacon and crumble into small pieces. Set aside for later.
  • Remove the sprouts from the smoker and transfer them to a serving bowl. Toss with butter and crumbled bacon.

Equipment Needed

  • Smoker Grill

Notes

You can use heavy duty foil to make a basket to hold the brussels sprouts if you don’t have a pan that works.

Nutrition

Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 342mg | Potassium: 445mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 944IU | Vitamin C: 96mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg

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