Smoked Carrots With Brown Butter (3 Simple Steps)

Want to make the humble carrot shine at your cookout?

You have to try smoked carrots!

They are the best side dish for any occasion!

You wouldnt believe it but the kids actually fight over these!

It can be tricky getting the smoke level right, so follow my steps below.

Why Smoke Carrots?

Carrots may not be top of mind when it comes to vegetables on the barbecue.

But trust me when I say they are absolutely delicious.

A bit of smoke with the sweetness of the carrots is next-level tasty.

Throw them in with some asparagus, potatoes, and onions. You’ll have all the sides you need for your smoked meats.

Carrots are inexpensive, low in calories, and rich in nutrients. Why wouldn’t you smoke them?

Smoked Carrots Are The Perfect Side

These declious carrots are the perfect side for

Baby Back Ribs

Smoked Chicken

Grilled New York Strip

Smoked Brisket

Pulled Pork

T-Bone Steak Smoked and Reverse Seared

Choosing the Perfect Carrot

If possible, find carrots with the green tops still attached.

They will look fantastic on the plate, and the entire thing is edible.

Choose carrots that are uniform in size, as they will be ready at the same time. Saves having to go back and forth checking each individual carrot.

Medium-sized is much better than too big or too small.

Smaller will tend to fall through the grill grates, and larger will take too long to cook. 

The outside tends to burn while the center remains crunchy and uncooked.

If you are looking to impress, look for different colored carrots.

We are all used to orange carrots, but they are also purple, red, white, and yellow.

The range of color on the plate will have your guests raving for weeks.

As a general rule of thumb, look for carrots that are crisp and firm with fresh, green tops attached.

Avoid anything soft and flexible with noticeable spots.

Preparing Carrots for Smoking

Give the carrots a light scrub and good rinse to remove any dirt or chemical residue.

There’s no need to peel them, and no need to panic over any hairy bits.  They’ll cook right off.

The skin helps keep the nutrients and flavor intact, so peeling is unnecessary.

Seasoning the Carrots

As with most vegetables, you can go as simple or as bold as you like with seasonings.

Savory flavors like salt and pepper work well with carrots.

For some flavor, try barbecue rubs, paprika, garlic salt, and onion powder.

Perhaps sweet glaze is more your style.

Try things like maple syrup, honey and balsamic vinegar, or brown sugar and bourbon.

Start by coating the fresh carrots in virgin olive oil or melted butter. This will help hold the seasonings in place.

Coat with whatever seasonings you feel like, and you are ready to get smoking.

Keeps the kids happy by slicing into carrot strips and seasoning them with salt.

Crispy fries with a difference!

How Long Should I Smoke the Carrots?

Cook for around 35-40 minutes.

Carrots don’t take too long to grill.

Keep the temperatures low to medium, so the skin doesn’t char or burn.  Cook away from direct heat.

You want them cooked and tender, but still with a bit of firmness to them.

Soggy, overcooked carrots aren’t great!

What Temperature To Smoke Carrots?

If you’ve used a sugar-based seasoning, keep the temperatures below 325°F.

Otherwise, the sugar will burn and have a bitter flavor.

Savory seasonings can handle a little more heat, around 350°F is perfect.

The longer the cook time, the stronger the smokey flavor in the carrots.  

Running at 225°F for 60-90 minutes is perfect.

Of course, the time will really depend on what you already have on the grill.

Best Wood Pellets for Smoking Carrots?

Vegetables tend to pair well with lighter wood chip flavors like cherry, oak, maple, and apple wood.

Stronger flavors tend to overpower the delicate flavors of vegetables like carrots.

Of course, if you already have chips loaded in your pellet grill, run with these.

Recipe – Simple Smoked Carrots

What You Need For Smoked Carrots

  • Bunch of Carrots with tops attached
  • Melted butter
  • Sea salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Fresh parsley, chopped

Method:

Step 1 – Preheat the Grill

Preheat the pellet smoker to medium heat of 275°F.

Step 2 – Prepare the Carrots

Wash and give the carrots a light scrub. Pat dry.

There’s no need to peel the carrots.

Step 3 – Season the Carrots

Mix the melted butter, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl.

Coat carrots in the mixture, avoiding the carrot tops.

Line a baking sheet with baking paper and arrange carrots in a single layer.

Step 4 – Smoke the Carrots

Place the baking tray on the smoker, in indirect heat.

Smoke until they are fork tender (about an hour).

Step 5 – Brown Butter

In a small saucepan melt some butter. Stir until it turns brown and remove from the heat.

Step 6 – Serve the Carrots

Garnish with fresh chopped parsley.

Serve and enjoy!

It takes only a couple of ingredients to bring the plain old carrot to life. 

Adding some smoky flavor gives you extra delicious carrots.

Try this recipe for a simple dish that packs a big punch.

Smoked Carrots With Brown Butter

Adding some smoky flavor gives you extra delicious carrots, so try this recipe for a simple dish that packs a big punch.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time3 hrs
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, lunch, main, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, bbq, dinner, grill, lunch
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 130kcal
Cost: 3

Equipment

  • 1 Pellet grill or smoker

Ingredients

  • Bunch of Carrots with tops attached
  • Melted butter
  • Sea salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Fresh parsley chopped

Instructions

Step 1 – Preheat the Grill

  • Preheat the pellet smoker to medium heat of 275°F.

Step 2 – Prepare the Carrots

  • Wash and give the carrots a light scrub. Pat dry.
  • There’s no need to peel the carrots.

Step 3 – Season the Carrots

  • Mix the melted butter, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl.
  • Coat carrots in the mixture, avoiding the carrot tops.
  • Line a baking sheet with baking paper and arrange carrots in a single layer.

Step 4 – Smoke the Carrots

  • Place the baking tray on the smoker, in indirect heat.
  • Smoke until they are fork tender (about an hour).

Step 5 – Brown The Butter

  • In a small saucepan melt some butter. Stir until it turns brown and remove from the heat.

Step 6: Serve The Carrotss

  • Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and serve as a side.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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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