Traeger Smoked Whole Pickles

Are you looking for a Traeger smoked pickles recipe? This recipe is super simple and after you taste these you won’t be buying them from the store anymore!

See below how preparing and smoking pickles yourself on a Traeger is the only way to do it!

Why You’ll Love This Smoked Pickle Recipe

– Smoked pickles make the perfect appetizer, burger topping, and much more!

– A quick, fun, and easy recipe for beginners or seasoned pellet grill masters!

– Customize the flavors you want! How about European style? Fresh dill and mustard for tasty dill pickle spears. Or why not add some slices of bacon? Bacon-wrapped pickles will wow your guests.

– A simple way for you to understand flavor. Balancing ingredients, making brine, and marinades is what BBQ culture thrives on! This recipe is a great start for the basics of using and extracting flavor. As well as making a classic brine you can use in more complex recipes.

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What You Need

  • Large Mason Jars
  • Medium-Sized Cucumbers
  • Sprigs Fresh Dill
  • Chili flakes
  • Peppercorns (Black, White & Pink)
  • Garlic Gloves
  • Tap Water
  • White vinegar
  • Honey
  • Kosher Salt

Note: Just use black peppercorns if you don’t have pink or white ones… You can customize the blend of spices to suit your taste! Get creative and have some fun.

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How to Make Smoked Pickles on a Traeger

Step 1 – Wash the Cucumbers

– Wash the cucumbers to remove any debris or dirt.

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Step 2 – Smoke the Cucumbers

– Load pellets, prime, and preheat the Traeger Smoker to 230°F.

– Place whole cucumbers, garlic, peppercorns, red pepper flakes, and fresh dill on a baking sheet.

– Place the baking sheet directly on the grill grate of your Traeger and smoke for 60 minutes.

– Remove from the smoker and allow to cool.

Step 3 – Prepare the Brine for Your Smoked Cucumbers

– In a large pot, combine 500ml water, 500ml vinegar, 5g salt, and a cup of honey and bring to a boil.

– Remove from the heat once the sugar and salt have completely dissolved.

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Step 4 – Transforming the Smoked Cucumbers to Pickles

– Cut cucumbers into spears and place them in your jars.

– Pour the hot pickling brine over the cucumbers, leaving about ½ inch of headroom in each jar.

– Close the lids of your jars.

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Step 5 – Storing the Traeger Smoked Pickles

– Leave the pickle jars in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours.

Note: This will give the flavors a chance to settle and marinate.

– Settle in and enjoy the best-tasting pickles you’ve ever tried!

What Temperature to Smoke the Cucumbers

You need to lightly smoke the cucumbers and spices at 230°F with indirect heat.

Note: Don’t be afraid of the cucumbers burning as they are mostly made up of water!

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How Long Will the Smoking Process Take?

The Smoking process will take roughly 60 minutes.

This is ample time for the smoke to permeate and lightly cook the cucumbers.

It will also help release the essential oils from the spice mix for better brine flavor infusion.

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Do I Need to Monitor the Internal Temperature?

You don’t need to monitor the internal temperature for this recipe!

The cucumbers will be done at 60 minutes, so using a temperature probe is a waste of time…

How to Store Leftovers

Pickles are made for storing! These delicious pickle slices will keep refrigerated for up to 3 months. (If you can last that long)!

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My Favorite Wood for Smoking Pickles

– A lighter smoke like apple or cherry wood.

– A medium-flavored wood like maple or oak.

What to Serve With Traeger Smoked Pickles

Try them on a charcuterie board.

Try an assortment of dips like sour cream, hummus, or homemade ranch.

Smashed Meatball Sliders

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Cuban Sandwich With Pulled Pork

Meatball Sub

Slices bacon wraps pretty well around the pickles… Just saying! 

Traeger Smoked Pickles

Charlie
Looking for a delicious Traeger smoked pickles recipe? You'll learn exactly how to do this at home so you don't ever have to buy store brought pickles again
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Dinner, lunch, main, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American, Barbecue, bbq, dinner, grill, lunch
Servings 8 servings
Calories 189 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Pellet smoker
  • 2 Large mason jars

Ingredients
  

  • 7-8 medium cucumbers
  • 2-3 sprigs dill
  • 1 tbsp chili flakes
  • 1 tbsp peppercorns I’m using black white, and pink, but any mix will do
  • 7-8 cloves garlic
  • For the brine:
  • 500 ml water
  • 500 ml white vinegar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tbsp salt

Instructions
 

  • Wash the cucumbers to remove any debris.
  • Place whole cucumbers, garlic, peppercorns, red pepper flakes, and fresh dill on a baking sheet
  • and place in the smoker.
  • Smoke at 230°F for 60 minutes.
  • Remove from the smoker and allow to cool.
  • In a large pot, combine water, vinegar, salt, and honey and bring to boil, then turn off once the sugar and salt have completely dissolved.
  • Cut cucumbers into spears and place them in the jars
  • Pour the hot pickling brine over the cucumbers, leaving about ½ inch of headroom in each jar and close the lids.
  • Leave the pickle jars in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours.
  • This will give the flavors a chance to settle and marinate.
  • Settle in and enjoy the best-tasting pickles you’ve ever tried!
Keyword smoked pickles

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!

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

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