These easy smoked vegetables are slow cooked on the smoker for about 45 minutes, until delicious smoky aroma and flavor is imparted.
If you’re thinking like me, it’s hard to justify cooking your vegetables on the smoker, but when you’re making something else like smoked chicken or smoked brisket, it’s actually a shame NOT to cook veggies on the side.
These smoked vegetables impart a light smoked flavor while they’re cooking on the smoker. Time them just right and you’ll have a perfect side to add to your main dish.
Ingredients You Need
- Vegetables – You can make use of any vegetable of your choice, but in this recipe, we use one sweet onion, one red pepper, a zucchini, mushrooms, and Brussels sprouts.
- Olive oil – This helps the seasoning adhere to the vegetables and keeps them nice and moist.
- Seasoning: Worcestershire sauce, salt, and black pepper. If you want a different seasoning, that’s fine too.
- Smoker – I use a Z Grills 700 series smoker for most of my smoking, though I also have a Traeger grill. You can use whatever smoker you have – they all work the same.
- Wood pellets – There are many types of pellets available. If you’ve already got pellets in your smoker, use whatever you have. I really like Hickory pellets for chicken.
- Meat thermometer – Many smokers have a thermometer built in, but if you don’t have one you’ll want to get an instant-read thermometer like the Thermopen.
What Smoker to Use
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 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.
How to Smoke Vegetables
Preheat your smoker on the Smoke setting. I like to start with 15 minute on the smoke setting before I move it to a higher temperature, to be sure the maximum amount of smoke flavor gets into the vegetables
When you’re cutting up the vegetables, try to make them all about the same size so they cook at the same rate. Place all of the cut vegetables in a mixing bowl.
Mix together the olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper in a bowl until well combined. Pour it over the vegetables and toss to coat. Then transfer the veggies to a grill-safe tray or grilling basket. I use this grilling basket.
Place the tray/basket on the smoker and smoke for 15 minutes on the smoke setting. Then turn it up to 225°F for 30 minutes. You’ll want to check one of the vegetables to be sure it’s cooked to your desired doneness. They may need a few more or less minutes to be perfect for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to smoke vegetables at 225°F?
Vegetables take about 35 minutes to cook on the smoker at 225°F. You can opt for this setting and save a few minutes on your overall cook time, however we’ve found that it doesn’t impart as much smoke flavor as we like, so we cook it for the first 15 minutes on the smoke setting, and another 30 minutes on 225°F.
What vegetables are good or smoking?
Any vegetable can be smoked, but the best ones are root vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, and onions do well, along with any type of squash or cabbage, like Brussels Sprouts, and mushrooms.
Can I smoke potatoes?
Sweet potatoes or Irish potatoes are wonderful food to go with smoked vegetables. They can be smoked for 3 hours at 225 °F. Don’t wrap them in foil so their backs will be crispy and their insides very soft.
Tips and Notes
- Clean and wash the vegetables. Remove any parts that are inedible, and cut them into similarly sized pieces so they cook about the same.
- It’s best to put the vegetables into a grill pan or make a tinfoil tray for them. You won’t be able to put them directly onto the grill.
- Alternatively, if you don’t have a smoker, you can put the vegetables on a gas or charcoal grill for about 10 minutes at medium heat, stirring them once or twice during cooking. You can also bake them at 375 °F in the oven for 25-30 minutes.
What Vegetables to Use
As I mentioned above, you can still use other vegetables. Some of the other vegetables you can use are listed below.
- Cherry tomatoes
- Green beans
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Easy Smoked Vegetables
- 1 sweet onion peeled and quartered
- 1 red pepper cleaned and cut into squares
- 2 zucchinis sliced thick
- 1 cup Brussels sprouts trimmed and cut in half
- 1 cup mushrooms halved
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat your smoker on the Smoke setting.
- Place all of the cut vegetables in a mixing bowl.
- Mix together the olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper in a bowl until well combined. Pour it over the vegetables and toss to coat. Transfer the veggies to a grill-safe tray.
- Place the tray on the smoker and smoke for 15 minutes on the smoke setting. Then turn it up to 225°F for 30 minutes.
- Equipment needed: Smoker (Traeger or Z Grills)
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