Smoked Tomatoes (3 Simple Steps)

You can use tomatoes many different ways!

Clinging to pasta with roasted garlic or classic tomato sauce on hot chips.

Whatever the cooking methods or process, the flavor of tomatoes is enjoyed by billions.

But you want to know how to smoke tomatoes?

Today we are smoking tomatoes to give a new depth of flavor.

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The Glorious Tomato

We all should know what a tomato is!

We each ate 19 pounds of this tangy commodity in 2021.

Cherry tomatoes, plum tomatoes, or those special ones from Roma.

The average water content of a tomato is around 90% so today I want to take advantage of this by slowly evaporating with smoke for a concentrated smoky flavor.

Fun Fact: There are over 10,000 varieties of these (technically) red fruit!

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Why Is Smoking Our Prefered Method of Cooking?

So why are we smoking?

  • It adds a depth of smoky flavor and undertones from nutty to meaty 
  • Creates an entirely new product that complements other food and flavors
  • Can be a way of cooking or preserving
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What You Need for Smoked Tomatoes

  • 1 per serve a choice of tomatoes to smoke (we used beefsteak tomatoes)
  • Black pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • Olive Oil
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Equipment Needed to Smoke Tomatoes

  • Pellet smoker (we have a Traeger grill)
  • Wood chips (we used apple wood chips)
  • Sharp knife
  • Aluminum foil containers
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At What Temperature Should I Smoke Tomatoes?

To smoke tomatoes set the temperature to 250F°. 

Do not put the tomatoes directly on the grill and avoid any hot spots and direct heat when cooking.

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How Long Should I Smoke Tomatoes?

It takes 30-40 minutes to smoke tomatoes.

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When Do I Know My Smoked Tomatoes Are Done?

The smoked tomatoes are ready when they have shrunk by around 50% and easily broken apart with a fork or your fingers when cooled.

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How to Use Smoked Tomatoes?

Smoked tomatoes are delicious in pasta sauce. Or you can use them for a side with;

Pit Boss Smoked Chicken

Pulled Pork on Weber

Smoked Oysters – chop up the tomatoes and top your oysters with them

Preparing & Smoking the Tomatoes

– Add the wood pellets to the hopper of your smoker, prime, and set the temperature to 250F.

Take your tomatoes, cut them in half, and remove the skin. Brush them with olive oil.

– Once your grill is up to temperature, place in the foil containing tomatoes and close the lid. 

– Check every 15 minutes until smoked.

– When finished, leave to cool for at least 60 minutes.

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Smoked Tomatoes

Want to know how to smoke tomatoes? This is super simple and gives a declious flavor to your tomatoes with barely any effort!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, lunch, main, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, bbq, dinner, grill, lunch
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 134kcal
Author: Charlie
Cost: 3

Equipment

  • Pellet smoker (we have a Traeger grill)
  • Wood chips (we used apple wood chips)
  • Sharp knife
  • Aluminum foil containers

Ingredients

  • 1 per serve a choice of tomatoes to smoke we used beefsteak tomatoes
  • Black pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • Olive Oil

Instructions

  • Add the wood pellets to the hopper of your smoker, prime, and set the temperature to 250F.
  • Take your tomatoes, cut them in half, and remove the skin. Brush them with olive oil.
  • Once your grill is up to temperature, place in the foil containing tomatoes and close the lid.
  • Check every 15 minutes until smoked.
  • When finished, leave to cool for at least 60 minutes.

Smoke On!

Charlie

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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