Traeger Smoked Bologna

Smoked bologna is one of the greatest sandwich meats, versatile, easy, and great tasting. This Traeger smoked bologna recipe adds another flavor element that takes the simple lunch meat to spectacular. 

Few things taste better than a smoked bologna sandwich! You won’t believe how something so easy can taste so great!

What You Need for Smoked Bologna

Bologna
Buy the bolonga in a chub. If you can’t find it ask at the deli counter.

Yellow Mustard
This acts as a binder for the rub and you don’t really taste it.

Barbecue Rub
You can use any rub you like, whether that is store-bought or homemade. I have used my smoked chicken rub as well as this coffee rub before

Brown Sugar
The brown sugar helps to form a delicious crust on your bologna, if you are using brown sugar in your rub then you can omit it.

How to Smoke Bologna

1. Prepare the Traeger

Preheat the pellet smoker to 225°F if you’re using a Traeger set for 225°F with super smoke setting on.

Load the hopper with your favorite flavor of wood pellets, I used apple wood for this as I find the milder sweeter works well with pork. If you prefer a bold smoky flavor, use oak, hickory, or mesquite.

Step 2 – Prepare the Bologna Roll

Remove any of the outside wrapping or wax packaging. Use the tip of a sharp knife to make cuts across the top of the bologna roll.

Score along the top of the roll with 1/4-inch deep cuts to allow smoke penetration. Coat the entire roll with yellow mustard. Mix the BBQ rub with the brown sugar (if your rub already has brown sugar in it you can skip this step).

Sprinkle the rub mixture over the whole roll, give it a light rub but avoid rubbing the bologna too much.

Step 3 – Smoke the Bologna

Place the bologna roll on the grill grates, I find the middle rack is the best. At the two-and-a-half-hour mark baste with BBQ sauce.

Smoke for 3-4 hours, at 225°F, or until the exterior is dark brown and crispy. Bologna is pre-cooked, so there is no perfect internal temperature to make it safe to consume. If you do want to run on an internal temp, around 145°F is a good temp to aim for.

Step 4 – Serve the Bologna

Remove the roll from the smoker. Allow it to cool for a few minutes before slicing to serve.

Why Should I Smoke Bologna?

Smoking bologna gives it another layer of flavor, it only takes four hours in a Traeger and it’s absolutely delicious smoked. It’s super easy to do, and well worth the effort.

What Can I Use Smoked Bologna For?

What can’t you use smoked bologna for?

It’s great as an appetizer, with a nice smoky cheese and pickles.

Let it cool, and slice it for sandwiches, wraps or in a burger with a pickle.

Even better, serve the bologna hot straight off the pellet grill!

Which Wood Pellets Are the Best for Bologna?

Bologna isn’t on the grill for a long period so anything goes for wood pellets. If you prefer a bold smoky flavor, use oak, hickory, or mesquite.

If your bologna is heavy on pork, you might like to stick to the sweeter flavor of apple wood or maple wood.Try experimenting with different flavors and combinations.  You’ll come up with your favorite in no time.

What’s the Best Way to Store Smoked Bologna?

Leftover bologna will need to be stored in the fridge. You’ll find it will last about 4-5 days if you store it in an airtight container.

If you want to store it for longer than that, the freezer is your best bet. Vacuum sealed, your smoked bologna will keep for up to 12 months.

Looking for More Traeger Recipes?

Are you looking for some of the most declious and best Traeger recipes for your cookout?

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Smoked Bologna Recipe

This smoked bologna is great served hot straight from the grill or sliced for sandwiches.
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time3 hours
Total Time4 hours
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, lunch, main, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, bbq, dinner, grill, lunch
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 468kcal
Cost: 5

Equipment

  • 1 pellet grill

Ingredients

  • 1 roll of bologna 3 to 5 pounds
  • 1/4 cup yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons of your favorite barbecue rub
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat the pellet smoker to 225°F. (if your using a Traeger set for 225°F with super smoke setting on)
  •  I used apple wood for this as I find the milder sweeter works well with pork. If you prefer a bold smoky flavor, use oak, hickory, or mesquite.
  • Remove any of the outside wrapping or wax packaging. Use the tip of a sharp knife to make cuts across the top of the bologna roll.
  • Score along the top of the roll with 1/4-inch deep cuts to allow smoke penetration. Coat the entire roll with yellow mustard. Mix the BBQ rub with the brown sugar (if your rub already has brown sugar in it you can skip this step).
  • Sprinkle the rub mixture over the whole roll, give it a light rub but avoid rubbing the bologna too much.
  • Place the bologna roll on the grill grates, I find the middle rack is the best. At the two-and-a-half-hour mark baste with BBQ sauce.
  • Smoke for 3-4 hours, at 225°F, or until the exterior is dark brown and crispy. Bologna is pre-cooked, so there is no perfect internal temperature to make it safe to consume. If you do want to run on an internal temp, around 145°F is a good temp to aim for.
  • Remove the roll from the smoker. Allow it to cool for a few minutes before slicing to serve.

Bologna combined with delicious smoke flavor will give it a whole new lease on life.

Serve fresh from the grill, or as cold bologna slices on sandwiches for a lunchbox treat!

Smoke On!

Charlie

Hi, I’m Charlie, I have been meat-smoking and grilling for the past 15 years. I have an array of different smokers, thermometers, and have a love for finding the right wood and charcoal combo My favourite recipes are my EXTRA CRISPY smoked pork belly, juicy pulled pork, smoked brisket, duck poppers, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill).

I loves sharing his tips with beginners, helping them navigate the world of smoking. I find it’s not just about cooking; it’s a quest for that perfect smoky flavor.

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 recipes with you!

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