The 10 Best Meats to Smoke – Must Try Recipes For Beginners!

I like smoking meat, you like smoking meat and I know we both LOVE eating smoked meat!

All summer (and usually winter long) you will find me with something on the BBQ.

I often get asked ‘what meat should I start smoking’ or ‘what are the best meats to smoke. So here they are, my top 10 meat smoking recipes. These are some of our family favorites for a cookout!

I hope you enjoy!

The Best Meats to Smoke (Prepare to Start Drooling)

good meat to smoke is brisket

It doesn’t matter if you are a pitmaster or want to know how to smoke meat. I have you covered.

You’ll find my favorite meat to smoke below!

Twice Cooked Smoked Pork Belly (Delicious Meat Candy)

You can’t have a best-smoked meat recipes list without including pork belly.

Now I know what you are thinking, pork belly is not that great.

Well, I have news for you, imagine the best-smoked crispy pork belly you have ever had with some beautiful crispy crackly skin. You seriously can’t beat it!

Smoked Pork BElly

Smoked Tri Tip (Poor Mans Brisket?)

Most tri-tips are bought from the butcher trimmed and weighing about 2-3 pounds.

Untrimmed, tri-tip can weigh nearly 5 pounds and have a large fat cap and layer of silver skin.

A tri-tip comes from the lower part of the sirloin and is shaped like a triangle. Tri-tip is often overlooked, however, is a fantastic cut of beef to smoke.

tri tip on the grill

Cold Smoked Salmon (Forget The Packet Stuff)

We have all had that expensive smoked salmon from the supermarket.

Sure it’s delicious and perfect for a bagel or platters.

But what if I told you smoking your own salmon is not hard

You can personalize your brine and seasonings to create the perfect piece of smoked salmon.

Cold Smoked Salmon Recipe

Smoked Hamburgers (Waaaay Better Than Regular Burgers)

We all love burgers, but sometimes a classic grilled burger can get a little aaaaaah… boring.

Smoking burgers over grilling keeps them super juicy and although you don’t get a crispy exterior on your burger the flavor is something special.

smoked burgers

Home Made Bacon Jerky (Better Than Store Brought)

If you have never made bacon jerky you are in for a real treat.

It s one of the most moreish snacks I have ever made.

This is a great snack to make and have in the kitchen, or to make special for the big game.

The flavor combinations are almost endless and you can add in your own personal touch. Say hello to your new favorite snack.

Bacon Jerky

Smoked Beef Roast (Just as Good as Brisket)

Nothing beats a Sunday roast, except maybe a smoked Sunday roast!

A smoked Sunday roast is a great change from the regular pot roast, I can guarantee this will impress your family or guests 10 fold!

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Grilled Beef Tenderloin

The king of beef cuts!

Beef tenderloin is not the cheapest cut and some people think smoking it is a waste.

However, I could not disagree more.

Slowly smoking this cut of beef will leave you with a perfectly tender roast for the whole family to salivate over.

If you don’t have a smoker don’t worry!

You can use your gas grill to ‘smoke’ and it is still a beauty (both recipes included).

Grilled Beef Tenderloin

Smoked Brisket (Juicy and Tender)

I can’t have a list of my favorite meat smoking recipes without including smoked brisket. It’s the quintessential smoker recipe.

This recipe is an in-depth guide on how to smoke a brisket in an electric smoker, however, you can easily adapt this to a gas smoker, charcoal smoker or pellet smoker.

Plus I have an extensive guide on the optimal internal temp you want for your brisket before pulling it from the smoker.

If you have never smoked a brisket before I highly recommend giving it a go.

Smoked Brisket

Smoked Ribs (Fall Off The Bone Goodness)

Ribs are another must for any bbq session.

For most backyard pitmasters it’s not a bbq without ribs.

There are a few different ways that you can cook them, however, I find the best way is with the trusty 3 2 1 smoking method.

This leaves even the most inexperienced pitmasters with seriously tender, juicy and saucy ribs.

Do yourself a favor and try this recipe!

3 2 1 Smoked RIbs

Juicy Pork Butt

Smoked pork butt means one thing in my house.

Pulled pork tacos!

Pork butt is one of the best meat to smoke for beginners! It’s hard to mess this one up! You just need to get the right temperature for pulled pork, if you don’t get it to at least 200°F it can be hard to shred.

Smoked Pork Butt

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