Smoked Side Dishes (26 Easy Dishes To Try!)

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Are you searching for the perfect smoked side dish? Look no further. You have come to the right place! If you’re cooking up a delicious entrée like brisket or ribs, you will want to pair it with a just as tasty side.

Most of the sides are cooked with smoke, so you can easily cook them alongside your entrée, and they are just as tasty, if not better.

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 the smoke doesn’t overwhelm the dish.

Recipe: Smoked Mac and Cheese

Smoked Cuban Cigars

You must try these smoky pork chops stuffed with cheese, pickles, and mustard, wrapped in crispy bacon, and glazed with BBQ sauce. They could be a side, an appetizer, or a whole main—they were just too tasty to leave off this list!

Recipe: Smoked Cuban Cigars

Game Day Crunchy Meatballs

These meatballs are DELICIOUS. They are rolled in Doritos and then smoked, giving them an irresistible crunch and a juicy center.

Recipe: Game Day Crunchy Meatballs

Smoked Sweet Potatoes

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

Recipe: Smoked Sweet Potatoes

Smoked Turkey Dip

If you love buffalo chicken, you’ll enjoy this smoked turkey dip, which is a bit spicy and super creamy! Serve with your favorite biscuits or vegetable sticks, such as bell peppers or celery sticks.

This dish only takes 20-30 minutes to make, so it’s perfect for using up leftover turkey.

Recipe: Smoked Buffalo Turkey Dip

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 seasoning, and you will have an epic side!

Recipe: Smoked Carrots

Smoked Mashed Potatoes

Recipe: Smoked Mashed Potatoes

Smoked Onion Bombs

Are you looking for a crowd-pleaser? These onion bombs will have your guests begging for the recipe.

Recipe: Smoked Onion Bombs

Smoked Cornbread

What could be better than a classic side like cornbread?

Recipe: Smoked Cornbread

Traeger Duck Poppers

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

Recipe: Traeger Duck Poppers

duck poppers recipe

Pulled Pork Cakes

These crispy, juicy pulled pork cakes or croquettes are perfect for any main or part of a big spread of sides. Make sure you serve them with your favorite dipping sauce.

Recipe: Pulled Pork Cakes


Smoked Broccoli

Recipe: Smoked Broccoli

Smoked Salmon Burnt Ends

Did you think you could only make burnt ends from brisket? Nope! I have created a delicious recipe for salmon burnt ends in a hot honey sauce!

Recipe: Smoked Salmon Burnt Ends

Smoked Zucchini With Feta and Olives

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

Recipe: Smoked Zucchini

Leftover Pulled Pork Flatbread

These flatbreads are the perfect way to use up leftover pulled pork. You can serve it as a main dish or as one of several side dishes.

Recipe: Leftover Pulled Pork Flatbread



Nachos are the perfect side dish or snack. You can also have them as a main; it’s up to you. I used bratwurst as the protein on these nachos.

Recipe: Bratchos

Smoked Pork Belly Ends

Super juicy and tender pork bites with a caramelized outer are the perfect snack or side for a cookout or tailgate.

Recipe: Smoked Pork Belly Ends Traeger


Pulled Pork Queso Dip

This super cheesy dip is the perfect side to serve alongside your protein. Just make sure you have crudites to dip into it. We like to use toasted sourdough, carrots, red peppers or crackers.

Recipe: Pulled Pork Queso Dip

Smoked Pork Belly Strips

Recipe: Pork Belly Strips

Smoked Grilled Cheese

This could be a side, quick snack, or an appetizer that will have your guests talking. We all love grilled cheese, but imagine how much better it is smoked.

Recipe: Smoked Grilled Cheese

Smoked Pig Shots

Recipe: Smoked Pig Shots

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, but it has to be one of the most straightforward recipes you’ll ever find.

Recipe: Smoked Garlic Bread


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!

Recipe: Smoked Shotgun Shells


Bacon Mac and Cheese

Recipe: Bacon Mac and Cheese


Brisket Pastry Rolls

Recipe: Brisket Pastry Rolls


Smoked Cauliflower

Recipe: Smoked Caulfilower

Cheesy Smoked Potatoes

Recipe: Cheesy Smoked Potatoes

Prosciutto Wrapped Smoked Brie

I have one word for this recipe: EPIC! What could be better than cheese wrapped in prosciutto and then smoked? Nothing at all! The cheese is gooey, and the prosciutto is crispy and smoky—droll! Try my prosciutto-wrapped smoked brie recipe; you’ll love it!

Recipe: Prosciutto-Wrapped Smoked Brie


Smoked Pickles

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

Recipe: Smoked Dill Pickles

BBQ Smoked Baked Potatoes

This recipe is perfect for using leftover potatoes and adding flavor to your food.  By simply baking potatoes and then smoking them in aluminum foil, you have a natural smoke flavor. Yukon Gold or russet plump potatoes are great choices for this recipe. 

Recipe: Pit Boss Baked Potatoes

SPAM Burnt Ends

A new spin on the original meat candy! Make sure you try my spam burnt ends. You will be surprised how good they are!

Recipe: SPAM burnt ends

Smoked Baked Beans with Bacon

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

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

Recipe: Smoked Baked Beans

Brisket Burnt Ends 

Sticky, saucy, smoked burnt brisket ends are a delicious side dish! This recipe is perfect for those who love their meat. It is a little bit sweet but has a lot of flavor. 

If you’re new to smoking, this is also a great recipe (because it doesn’t matter if things get burnt!). Burnt brisket ends are best eaten and make a fantastic appetizer. 

Recipe: Brisket Burnt Ends

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 taste buds away!

Recipe: Smoked Pineapple


Smoked Vegetables 

Looking to use up those extra vegetables in the fridge? Boy, have we found the recipe for you. These classic side dishes include asparagus, bell peppers, zucchini, squash, cauliflower, carrots, and onions. Serve with anything from pulled pork, pork loin, or smoked chicken. 

Recipe: Smoked Asparagus And Smoked Zucchini


Smoked Rotal Dip With Bacon!

This cheesy dip is loaded with flavor! It has jalapenos, sausage, and BACON. What else do you want?

Recipe: Smoked Rotal Dip

smoked queso dip recipe

Smoked Corn on The Cob

There is nothing like the classic corn on the cob at a cookout! But why not take the flavor to the next level and smoke your corn? It’s delicious and healthy!

Recipe: Smoked Corn on The Cob

Smoked Brussel Sprouts 

If you don’t like Brussels sprouts, maybe it’s because you’ve never had them smoked. Smoking makes them tender on the inside, with crisp skin on the outside. To season, combine olive oil, salt, and black pepper and top with bacon bits. 

Recipe: Traeger Brussel Sprouts


Smoked Cream Cheese

Smoked cream cheese is gooey and oozy! It’s delicious on a pre-dinner cheese plate or as a side for your BBQ!

Recipe: Pit Boss Smoked Cream Cheese

Smoked Chili

Looking for a delicious winter warmer or something to use up your leftover brisket or pulled pork? You have to try my smoked chili! It’s epic.

Recipe: Smoked Chili

Smoked Deviled Eggs 

These are not your typical smoked eggs. They are tasty, simple, and require minimal effort. Smoking the eggs gives them incredible flavors. This recipe uses bacon as a topping, but feel free to play around with toppings for extra flavor. 

Recipe: Smoked Devilled Eggs

There are plenty of options if you’re looking for a smoked side dish. From smoked sausages to mac and cheese, there’s sure to be a perfect recipe for everyone. 

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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