Smoked vegetables are an easy addition and compliment to the smoked meat main dish you are already making. While your meat is resting you can crank up your temperate and throw these on for a hot and fast side dish.
Vegetables In A Smoker
What we are looking for here is not that much different than if you were to do this on a grill but add some smoky flavor to these veggies. I did this on my WSM after finishing a pork loin. I cranked my temperature up to 400°, using B&B lump and some hickory wood chips. In order to maximize your smoke penetration you will want to use a grilling basket for the vegetables. It will allow the smoke to hit all sides of the soon to be smoked veggies. If you are looking for a grill basket, check this one out here.
Smoked Vegetable Recipe
As I mentioned at the start this is an easy smoked vegetables recipe. We are going to need the following:
- yellow squash
- baby portobello mushrooms
- white onions
Some other vegetables that work well for this are green bell pepper, cherry tomato’s and/or red bell peppers. Fell free to take some liberty in what you use, but the ones listed above and suggested here are some of the best vegetables to smoke.
I would slice the squash and zucchini about 1/4-1/2″ thick. If you slice to thinly the vegetables might get a little too mushy. The mushrooms, you can slice it half or quarters, depending on the size. The onions, go ahead and quarter the onion, maybe into 1/8’s if its larger. After having sliced the vegetables you are going to want to marinate them. I typically choose an Italian dressing to marinade the vegetables in. A balsamic will also work well for smoking vegetables.
I usually fill a 1 gallon bag with the vegetables and marinade. You will let the vegetables marinade for no less than 1 hour and as many as 6 hours. The more the better but you will typically get some good flavor after an hour.
Smoking The Vegetables
We have our smoker running hot, the vegetables marinaded and we are ready to throw them on the smoker. Place the vegetables in the grilling basket. Be aware your dressing will leak out of the slits in the basket. Do this in a tray or over the sink. In addition to flavor, the Italian dressing will help the vegetables from sticking in the basket. If you want to play it safe and coat the basket with some olive oil you can, its something though I have never had to do.
You are going to smoke these for about 60-90 minutes. You will want to stir the vegetables every 20 minutes or so just to ensure they do not get burned on the bottom and you get some even smoke on them. After you start to see some nice char on the veggies they should be ready to pull. There is no temp we are looking for or any kind of science to this. It will be about your preferences and what you are looking for with your vegetables.
What To Serve With Smoked Vegetables
These smoked vegetables are a great side dish, they are great even on their own and filling if you have enough. I find that they go best with chicken and steak dishes. A couple of recipes you may want to try with these are:
- Stuffed Chicken Thighs Wrapped In Bacon
- Smoked Pulled Chicken Breasts
- Smoked Roast Beef
- Smoked Whiskey Burgers
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- 1 lb of baby portobello mushrooms
- 2 yellow squash
- 2 zuchinni
- 2 white onions
- 15 oz of Italian Dressing
- Sliced the mushrooms and onions in half or quarters, the squash and zucchini in slices about 1/4-1/2" thick
- Marinate the vegetables for anywhere from 1-6 hours, the longer the better, in an Italian dressing
- Remove and place in a grilling basket
- Place on smoker at a temperature of 400° for 60-90 minutes
- Stir every 20 minutes
- Remove and serve
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 239Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 716mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 4gSugar: 15gProtein: 5g
This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 8/17/2022