How to Cold Smoke Honey (In 5 Simple Steps)

Honey makes everything taste better!

However, cold-smoked honey is even better than regular honey.

It can serve as a base for marinades and a bbq sauce recipe.

Not only that cold smoked honey can be drizzled on both sweet & savory dishes as a finishing sauce. Some of these dishes are smoked ham, chicken, and even as a topping on ice cream.

Let’s jump into the simple steps to smoking honey like a pro! 

Equipment to Used for Cold Smoking Honey.

Cold smokers allow the honey to get that smoky flavor with indirect heat. There are a variety of cold smokers available for smoking honey.

We like using the Smoke Daddy P.I.G. Cold Smoke Generator. But if you’re looking for a wallet-friendly option I would try the -friendly cold smoker is the Lizzq.

Other tools that can be used for cold smoking are handheld smokers and a smoking tube. 

How to Cold Smoke Honey.

The FDA suggests that cold smoking is usually done at temperatures under 140°F.

Any type of honey can be used for cold smoking. Mallee Honey is considered an all-rounder honey. Some other varieties of honey that can be used are Jarrah Honey, redgum honey, and white gum honey.

Follow these simple steps to cold-smoke honey.

Step 1: Pour the raw honey into a foil tray or a glass dish.

Step 2: Place the foil tray/glass dish on the wire racks of the cold smoker.

Step 3: Cold smoke the honey for 30 – 50 minutes and gently stir it for 20 minutes.

Step 4: Take the honey out of the smoker.

Step 5: Wrap the honey with foil and let it rest for 24 hours at room temperature.


If the honey has a strong smoky flavor, reduce the smokiness by mixing it with regular honey. 

Another way to get cold-smoked honey is by mixing raw honey with liquid smoke. This is like a shortcut method as it does not require the use of a cold smoker.

Here is a Simple Cold Smoked Honey BBQ Sauce Recipe

Step 1: Heat up the cold smoker using smoking wood chips, to gather some smoke.

Step 2: In a glass dish pour in a can of tomato sauce or cayenne pepper sauce.

Step 3: Add lots of onions and garlic to the glass dish and place it in a cold smoker.

Step 4: Cold Smoke the sauce for 6-8 hours.

Step 5: Place the sauce in a pan and simmer for 5 minutes.

Step 6: Add enough amount of coarse salt or sea salt.

Step 7: Blend the sauce and return it to the pan to simmer over medium heat.

Step 7: Gradually add 10 tbsp honey and 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar to the sauce as it reduces.

Step 8: Sprinkle a pinch of salt into the sauce to balance out all the flavors.

How to Store Cold Smoked Honey.

The cold-smoked honey needs to be stored in an airtight container.

This container can be a glass mason jar or any glass jar with a lid.

The honey can be stored in the pantry with other food items. The cold-smoked honey can be stored for up to 6 months. 

If you want to take your smoked ham to the next level, try injecting it with this honey and bourbon. It will blow your guests away.

Cold-smoked honey is definitely a game-changer when added to sweet & savory dishes. It can be used in many ways and will give your dish a nice smoky flavor.

Smoke On!


Author: Charlie Reeves
Hi, I’m Charlie, I am head taste tester at Simply Meat Smoking! I love it grilling, smoking, and getting out in the yard with the kids! The family also love to test all my recipes (especially my EXTRA CRISPY pulled pork, smoky pork loin, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill)

You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling adventures with you!

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