39 Smoked Appetizers For Labor Day ’22

My kryptonite, without a doubt, is smoked appetizers and almost anything wrapped in American style streaky bacon or made with bacon.

In preparation for the upcoming 2022 Labor Day holiday, one of the biggest cooking days of the year, here’s 39 smoked appetizers that I have compiled just for you into one tidy, long page.

If this doesn’t have smoked nirvana written all over it, then nothing does!😬

By the way..do you have an appetizer that you make in the smoker that’s NOT included in this list? Let me know in the comments below.

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6 Thanksgiving Appetizers that Impress

At Thanksgiving, you are working on the smoked turkey, the sides, the desserts and the last thing you want is hungry relatives asking every 5 minutes “how much longer until the turkey..

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Smoked 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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Smoked Cream Cheese

Smoked cream cheese is soft, warm and delicious and it may just change your life as you know it!

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Smoked Shotgun Shells

These delicious appetizers resemble a shotgun shell giving them their clever name. Manicotti shells are stuffed with ground sausage, and wrapped in bacon then smoked..

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Smoked Chicken Wings with Franks RedHot®

One of the main complaints that I hear about smoking chicken wings and all chicken for that matter is that the skin does not get crispy enough. While it is virtually impossible to get crispy..

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Smoked Queso Cheese Dip

Smoked queso, while traditionally made from Velvetta, can also be made using real cheese. This one uses white cheddar but feel free to sub in your favorites.

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Pimento Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos

I came up with the idea for pimento cheese stuffed jalapenos made like an ABT (atomic buffalo turd if you must know) with the pepper wrapped in a piece of bacon only to find out later..

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The Ultimate Smoked Chex Mix

This smoked snack mix contains all of my favorite salty snacks and after spending an hour or more in the smoker, it is the perfect football party appetizer.

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Smoked Cheetos® Puffs

On a mere whim, I went to my local grocery store the other day and picked up a large bag of Cheetos® Puffs– the idea had come to me to try adding a little smoke to them and I just had to try it.

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Smoked Potato Chips

Who would have thought that something like smoked potato chips would be so amazingly good? I just had to try it and, as luck would have it, it worked out and the smoke flavor does..

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Texas Twinkies

Super-sized jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese and brisket then wrapped in bacon and smoked until perfecly done. Named and made famous by Hutchins BBQ in McKinney, TX.

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Smoked Beef and Bacon Meatballs

In this recipe, we are making meatballs from a blend of beef and bacon made by Porter Road. Meatballs are a crowd favorite, and you, my friends, are in for the treat of your life.

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Pork Country Style Ribs on a Stick

These boneless pork country style ribs are cut up, seasoned overnight, threaded onto a stick and smoked for one of the most delicious meals you’ll eat this year.

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Fired Up Smoked Chicken Wings

Smoked chicken wings are always a great idea no matter what the occasion is and with these I just decided to go back to the drawing board and showcase the importance of..

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 Cheddar and Onion Pig Shots

This batch of smoked pig shots has a big ol’ hunk of cheddar in the bottom, surrounded by cream cheese and topped with diced onions and my original rub. Oh yeah!

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Bacon Wrapped Kielbasa

Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of these bacon wrapped kielbasa smoked perfectly and then lovingly glazed with a mixture of brown sugar and beer with pepper flake heat.

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Pork Belly Slices

These smoked and seared pork belly slices are just what you need if you are looking for an appetizer that will take your party or get together to the next level. It’s like bacon on steroids..

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Smoked Pig Shots

A slice of sausage, wrapped in bacon and held secure with a toothpick to form a cup. The cups are filled with almost anything but my favorite is a cream cheese mixture containing..

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Moink Balls

Bacon Wrapped Meatballs have been around for at least 40 years and possibly longer than that but were named “MOINK balls” and made widely popular in or around 2008 by a..

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Atomic Buffalo Turds (ABT’s)

Jalapeños stuffed with a mixture of cream cheese and extra sharp cheddar then wrapped in bacon. Folks who make these call them Atomic Buffalo Turds or ABT’s.

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Apricot and Honey Chicken Wings

In this smoked chicken wing recipe, I used apricot spreadable fruit with honey along with my original rub to create a flavor profile that you are going to love!

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Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings

With SuperB owl coming up.. you need some amazing appetizers regardless of who your team is.. here’s one you definitely need to add to the list.

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Cheese Stuffed Jalapeno Meatballs

These smoked meatballs are made with lots of cheddar cheese and more jalapeno than you’d normally add to a meatball. As if that’s not enough, they are stuffed with cream cheese..

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Smoked Chuck Roast Burnt Ends

When you think of smoked burnt ends, most folks don’t think of using chuck roast but I tried it and I can tell you that it is just as good as brisket in my opinion.

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Sausage Wrapped Shrimp Apps

These hot sausage wrapped shrimp use ground sausage wrapped around the top of the shrimp with the tail left sticking out to create a tasty appetizer that is fit for any party or get together.

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Pulled Pork Appetizers for Football

Here are several wonderful party foods and appetizers that you can make with smoked pulled pork. All of them are tremendously good and just perfect for game day or any day.

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Apple Smoked Piggy Pops

These pieces of pork are made into an appetizer with a stick that you can pop into your mouth one after another without even getting sauce on your hands. Make plenty so when..

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Smoked Turkey and Cranberry Stuffed ABT’s

Jalapeños stuffed with cream cheese, smoked turkey and cranberry relish then wrapped in bacon and smoked for about 3 hours. They are so amazingly delicious..

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Pig Candy with Bourbon

Pig candy is nothing new but it does take things up about 5000 notches when you make it in the smoker. The last time I wrote about this I simply used my rub and brown sugar..

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Stuffed Sausage Poppers

These stuffed sausage poppers are great for almost anytime and especially when you have hungry people coming to your house. Easy to make and brings a smile every time!

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7 Favorite Football Appetizers

Football, friends, family, good time.. there’s nothing better! I would like to take a little time to show you 7 fan favorite appetizers that you can make in your smoker or grill that will..

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Smoked Pork Butt on a Stick

I love eating food from a stick.. popsicles, kabobs, corndogs, you name it, that’s just my kind of thing. Smoked pork butt on a stick is right down my alley and I think you’ll like it as well.

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Cheesy Smoked Meatballs

Meatballs and parties go hand in hand and when they are smoked meatballs full of cheesy goodness, it’s a no brainer!

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Delicious Smoked Appetizers

Here’s some great smoked appetizers from the website that are sure to make your party a huge success. More Smoked Appetizers & Finger Foods  I get a lot of requests for smoked appetizers..

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Smoked Bacon Candy

Smoked bacon candy doesn’t need a lot of introduction and there’s not a better marriage of foods than what happens when you combine sweet syrup and bacon. Add the smoke factor..

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Smoked Pigs on the Beach

The subtle flavor of smoked shrimp combined with the rich flavor of the smoked sausage comes together as a huge flavor burst in your mouth with this wonderful duet of an appetizer.

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Shrimp Stuffed Jalapeños

Smoked jalapeño peppers stuffed with goodies are an amazing appetizer and this version stuffed with a jumbo shrimp and a cream cheese mixture take things to a whole new level.

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Pulled Pork Stuffed Mushrooms

Little bite-sized button mushrooms stuffed with pulled pork, cream cheese, onions, jalapeño and whatever else I can think of. If you don’t like mushrooms, these fillings are great stuffed..

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Miniature Bacon Explosion

Call it a bacon wrapped fatty or a bacon explosion but the bottom line is that these baby’s are one of the best things since sliced bread. I have discovered that making..

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8 Comments

  1. I would add smoked deviled eggs to this list. I boil the eggs then peel them. Smoke the eggs for approx 20-30 mins then make deviled eggs like normal. I use my own rub mix that has no sugar in it to season the yolk mixture.

  2. I want a bit of everything in that list! Especially next weekend at the start of college football!! Love me some armadillo eggs as well!

  3. Try pre-cooking bacon for stuffed Jalapeños, the cook time is reduced to one hour and the bacon is never limp. The bacon flavor infuses the cheese for subtle flavor and the peppers aren’t so soft.

  4. A wonderful list of great appetizers. But I can’t believe you left off my favorites….smoked chicken livers or gizzards wrapped in thin sliced bacon!

    1. Jim, our family loves rumaki which is chicken livers quartered. Each quarter is topped with a water chestnut and wrapped in bacon then baked for 30+ minutes at around 350°F. I’m not sure why I’ve never done these in the smoker but gotta put that on the list of things to do soon. Thanks for the reminder of how good chicken liver and bacon can be and I bet the smoke just takes it over the top.

  5. Great article. Now let me share with you an old family recipe…bacon wrapped green beans. We have always cooked them in the oven, primarily because we always fix them for special occasions (like Thanksgiving) and they are very labor intensive. The gist is you buy canned WHOLE green beans, drain them, put them in a bundle maybe an inch in diameter, wrap them with bacon, insert a toothpick, and sprinkle liberally with chili powder OR your favorite DRY RUBB (I have my own recipe). Simply cook at about 250 or 300 (in the oven) until bacon is done. I know I can do better on the smoker! You can never fix enough; I have had several people tell me they don’t normally like green beans, but they can’t get enough of these. The process is simple; and variations are limited only by your imagination.

    Dennis