13 Awesome Weekend Recipes for the Smoker

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Weekends are made for relaxing in your comfy chair with a cold drink, some good tunes and bonus points if you have a favorite person to do that with.

Here's some smoker recipes I like to do on the weekends because they're easy to prepare, smoke up in just a few hours and taste amazing.

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Note: If you're looking for a digital meat thermometer, my guide called “6 best digital meat thermometers” will help you decide which one is best for you.

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Jazzed Up Raspberry Pork Ribs

There is no better way to celebrate the weekend or a great holiday than with these jazzed up raspberry glazed pork ribs.

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Smoked Chicken Nachos

The smoked flavor that comes through in these smoked chicken nachos is simply mesmerizing. Uses smoked chicken tenderloins shredded or cut into pieces.

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Skirt Steak Tacos

Skirt steak is beefy, robust, full of flavor and most important, tender if you cook it right and cut it right. The perfect meat for Taco Tuesday!

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Alabama Drumsticks

Alabama white sauce on smoked chicken drumsticks. This particular variation was sent to me by a reader a few years ago. It is simple and delicious..

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Maple Barbecue Pork Tenderloins

Smoked pork tenderloin is lean, delicious and easy to cook in any smoker.

Smoked Juicy Lucy Burgers

Juicy Lucy Burgers

A juicy Lucy burger is a cheesy, messy, wear-a-bib, sort of burger that will make you smile from ear to ear when you taste it. Have plenty of moist towelettes on hand!

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Espresso Brined Tri-tip

I used an espresso brine that incorporates coffee as well as a touch of cocoa to really make that delicious beef flavor pop. The salt in the brine, as with all brines, helps to bring out the natural flavors of the meat

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Five Hour Pork Butt

For what it’s worth, pork butt (Boston butt, pork shoulder) normally takes 12-14 hours to turn it into tender, juicy pulled pork. Using this method you’ll be shaving 7+ hours from the cook

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Dump Cake in the Pellet Smoker

This is a great thing to do in the pellet smoker if you're wanting something sweet After dinner. Just put it in when the other food gets done and it'll be done in time for dessert.

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Smoked Pork Belly

Pork belly is the stuff that bacon is made of and it's just bursting with flavor– the absolute best part of the pig if you ask me.

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Texas Twinkies

Super-sized jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese and brisket then wrapped in bacon and smoked until perfecly done.

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Hot Dog Burnt Ends

These smoked hot dog burnt ends are "off the hook" good and I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised at just how tasty they were as well as how easy they were to whip up.

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Chicken Wings -Garlic Parmesan

I love smoked chicken wings and this recipe for smoked garlic parmesan chicken wings has got to be one of the best I’ve ever done. Real parmesan, loads of garlic and a good mix of smoke and high heat to crisp up that skin.

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  1. Hi Jeff,
    Something I would like you to try is Red Bull Game Hens! Season as you wish put them on 8.5 ounce Red Bulls and smoke for a couple hours at 225-250. These pull in the flavor and taste awesome!

  2. These all look great. But we are jist a family of 2, so does the cooking time change with smaller portions ?

    1. Carol, the cooking time can certainly change if you cook smaller portions.

      Most cook times are based on thickness of the meat so, for instance, if you cut a pork butt into halves or thirds, then it’s very possible it would take a lot less time to get it done.

      Is there a specific recipe that you are referring to?

  3. Fact: These rubs and BBQ sauce are fabulous. I’ve been using them for years now. I have never made a recipe of Jeff’s that I didn’t like. One of my favorites is Pork Tenderloin on a Stick. If you haven’t tried it you’re missing out. I am never out of the BBQ sauce.

  4. I love my smoker so much that I have 3 ! It’s too cold to smoke anything here in Ohio right now but I’m looking forward to warmer weather to get going.

    I’ve been on Your list for years. Your emails are really good. I’ve been smoking meat for about 6 years. I’ve done a huge pork butt because I just don’t know how to cook small. I came from a big family. Ha ha. A family favorite is my 6 cheese- Mac n cheese.

    I love ribs. Mine come out technically “ruined” because I like them when the bones fall out.

    Keep the emails coming. I write just exactly how I think. A bit scattered. Ha ha. No criticism from me on Your emails.

    Thanks for all of them. I know the effort takes a lot of time.

    God Bless you !

    1. I live in Nebraska and my favorite time to smoke is in the winter. Not the bitter cold but anything above freezing Is game on. I bought a thermal blanket for my Yoder and it works great, saving quite a bit on pellet usage.

  5. Your newsletters are a source of information and inspiration. But best of all, you look like you are having fun. Keep on having Fun!