Smoked Side Dishes (26 Easy Dishes To Try!)

Searching for the perfect side dish?

Look no further. You have come to the right place! 

Smoking food gives it that fantastic, well, smoky flavor. We’ve compiled some brilliant smoked side recipes that suit all sorts of mains 

Have a read of the article below to find your new favorite dish. 

Smoked Macaroni and Cheese

Mac and cheese: everyone’s favorite classic comfort food. 

This smoked mac and cheese recipe takes things to the next level by giving a smoky spin on a classic. We recommend using mild wood (like apple, maple, or cherry) so that the smoke doesn’t overwhelm the creamy dish. 

Smoked Carrots in Brown Butter

Take the humble carrots and smoke it! You won’t believe how carrots are smoked! All you need is some butter and some seasoning and you have an epic side!

See the recipe for smoked carrots here.

SPAM Burnt Ends

A new spin on the original meat candy! Make sure you give my SPAM burnt ends a go.

It will surprise you how good they are!

See the recipe for SPAM burnt ends here.

Smoked Onion Bombs

Looking for a crowd pleaser? These onions bombs will have your guests begging for the recipe.

Find the recipe here:

Smoked Corn Bread

What could be better than a classic side like corn bread?

Find the Corn Bread Recipe Here:

Traeger Duck Poppers

These are the perfect sides for any cookout, party or event.

Find the Traeger Duck Poppers Recipe Here:

duck poppers recipe

Smoked Salmon Burnt Ends

Thought that you could only make burnt ends from brisket?

Nope! I have created a delicious recipe for salmon burnt ends in a hot honey sauce!

My smoked salmon burnt ends recipe is here

Smoked Grilled Cheese

This could be a side, quick snack or an appetizer that will have you guests talking.

We all love a grilled cheese, but imagine how much better it is smoked.

Smoked Grilled Cheese Recipe

Smoked Garlic Bread

Who doesn’t love garlic bread?

But imagine how much better it is when smoked!

Not only do people go wild when I serve this on game day it has to be one of the simplest recipes you’ll ever find.

See the smoked garlic bread recipe here.


Smoked Shotgun Shells

You may have seen these everywhere! All the pitmasters are making them, but for a reason!

They are delicious!

What could be better than meat and cheese stuffed in pasta and smoked? Nothing I say!

See the recipe for smoked shotgun shells here.


Prosciutto Wrapped Smoked Brie

I have one work for this recipe… EPIC!

What could be better than cheese wrapped in prosciutto and then smoked? Nothing at all!

The cheese is gooey and prosciutto is perfectly crispy and smoky…..drooooool!

Try my prosciutto wrapped smoked brie recipe, you’ll love it!


Smoked Pickles

Pickles are the perfect side dish for any meal. They help to cut thought the richness. But what is even better than your traditional pickles? Ones you smoke your self at home.

See the smoked pickles recipe here.

BBQ Smoked Baked Potatoes

This recipe is perfect for using up leftover potatoes and adding tons of flavor to your food. 

By simply baking potatoes and then smoking them in aluminum foil, you end up with a natural smoke flavor. Yukon Gold or russet plump potatoes are great choices for this recipe. 

Smoked Zucchini

Smoking your zucchini is a quick and easy way to add flavor and to whip up an easy side!

See the recipe for smoked zucchini here

Smoked Baked Beans with Bacon

Smoked baked beans are a perfect dish for the cooler months, this recipe is hearty and filling. This dish is also great for serving larger groups, using up tinned foods and leftovers. 

This recipe is jam-packed full of spices and sauces, but adjust the ingredients to your liking. 

Smoked Sweet Potatoes

A perfect side when you need something simple yet delicious! Try my famous smoked sweet potatoes for yourself!

See my recipe for smoked sweet potatoes here

Smoked Refried Bean Dip

This is a really fun dish that’s ideal for entertaining or for simply treating yourself!

Smoking the beans gives them an even tastier flavor and it doesn’t take much effort either. 

If you’re looking to give it some fresh flavor, try adding chorizo, lime juice, or jalapeño peppers to the dip.

Try serving the dip with fajitas, tacos, nachos, or carnitas! 

Smoked Burnt Brisket Ends 

Sticky, saucy, smoked burnt brisket ends are a delicious side dish!

This recipe is perfect for those that love their meat a little bit sweet but with a whole lot of flavor. 

If you’re new to smoking, this is also a great recipe to try out (because it doesn’t matter if things get burnt!). 

Burnt brisket ends are best eaten on their own and make a fantastic appetizer. 

Smoked Pineapple in Brown Sugar


Smoked pineapple is perfect as a dessert or chopped up and put in a salad for a sweet kick.

This will blow your guest’s tastebuds away!

See my smoked pineapple recipe here.

Smoked Vegetables 

Looking to use up those extra vegetables in the fridge?

Boy, have we found the recipe for you. 

This classic side dish can be made with asparagus, bell peppers, zucchini, squash, cauliflower, carrots, and onions. 

Serve with pulled pork, pork loin, or smoked chicken. 

See the recipes for smoked asparagus and smoked zucchini here


Smoked Rotal Dip With Bacon!

This cheesy dip is loaded with flavor! It has jalapenos, sausage, and BACON!

What more could you want?

See the smoked rotal dip recipe here.

smoked queso dip recipe

Smoked Corn on The Cob

There is nothing like the lassic corn on a cob at a cookout!

But why not take the flavor to the next level and smoke your corn?

Its declious and healthy!

See the smoked corn on the cob recipe here.

Smoked Brussel Sprouts 


If you don’t like Brussel sprouts maybe it’s because you’ve never had them smoked… 

Smoking Brussel sprouts makes them tender on the inside with crisp skin on the outside. Simply combine olive oil, salt, and black pepper to season and top with bacon bits. 

This dish can be served with a variety of cuts of meat, as well as crab meat and other seafood. 

See the recipe for smoked and grilled brussel sprouts here

Smoked Cream Cheese

Smoked cream cheese is gooey and oozy! Declious for a pre dinner cheese palte or a side for your BBQ!

See the smoked cream cheese recipe here.

Smoked Chili

Looking for a declious winter warmer?

Or maybe somewthing to use up your leftover brisket or pulled pokrk?

You have to trey my smoked chili! Its EPIC!

Smoked Chili Recipe

Smoked Hot Dog Burnt Ends

A cheap and easy side dish!

This dish only takes 90 minutes to smoke, so it also works well as a last-minute side dish. 

Smoked Deviled Eggs 

These are not your typical smoked eggs. 

Tasty, simple, and requires minimal effort, by smoking the eggs you get incredible flavors. This recipe uses bacon as a topping but feels free to play around with toppings for extra flavor. 

If you’re using wood pellets, use hickory for ideal smokiness. 

There are plenty of options out there if you’re looking for a smoked side dish. 

From smoked sausages to mac and cheese- there’s sure to be a perfect recipe out there for everyone. 

So, what are you waiting for? Go get your smoker ready and start cooking!

Do you have a favorite recipe for smoked side dishes? 

Smoke On!


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!

You can read more about me on our About Us page.

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