Smoked bologna or “baloney” is an Oklahoma thing that we take very seriously but I've also had some folks from other states tell me that it belongs to them– origin is up for debate it seems🧐
Regardless, I am a transplant to Oklahoma and it did not take me long to discover that this was a deep-rooted tradition around here and one that I enjoy sharing with my friends locally and all over the country.
You might think that we just throw a hunk of bologna in the smoker and that's it but we do some special things to it to make it meaningful and I aim to show you a few of those and even show you something of my own creation that will make you look at bologna in a whole new light.
Bologna comes in all shapes and sizes and even in a variety of flavors. You can buy the less expensive stuff in the supermarket or you can go with a “higher quality” (I use that term loosely) bologna made with all beef if you prefer. In the end it will all be good and my only recommendation is to start with the best and let the smoke do the rest.
For this demonstration I purchased a variety of types and sizes to show you what can be done with it. Let your imagination run wild and let me know in the comments below if you come up with something amazing!
Here are the different things that I made with the bologna and the directions for each one:
Cream Cheese & Jalapeño Stuffed Smoked Baloney Rollup
This recipe is my own very own creation and it not only looks really cool, it is extremely tasty
- 3 lb chub of bologna (or a 5lb chub cut in half)
- 8 oz package of cream cheese
- Jeff's original rub (Purchase formula here | Purchase bottled rub)
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 jalapeno, cleaned, deseeded and sliced into long, thin spears
- 5-6 pieces of thinly sliced smoked ham
- 2 tablespoons of Jeff's barbecue sauce (Purchase formula here | Purchase bottled sauce)
- 2 tablespoons of yellow mustard (hotdog mustard)
- 2 slices of bacon
Using a 3 lb chub or bologna, remove the wax or paper from the outside and use a sharp knife to cut down into the bologna about 3/4 of an inch.
Turn the knife away from you and begin to butterfly the bologna by cutting a spiral into the bologna. Try to keep the thickness even and you should end up in the center when you are finished. It does NOT have to be perfect.
Once the cut is finished, unroll the bologna to lay it open and make it ready for stuffing.
Mix the softened cream cheese, Jeff's original rub and cheddar cheese together to form the mixture which we will spread onto the bologna.
Spread a layer of the cream cheese and cheddar onto the bologna
See the spears that I cut from a jalapeno in the picture above, lay them across the cream cheese at 1-inch intervals
Now layer on the thinly sliced smoked ham.
Note: you could also use prosciutto, sliced turkey, roast beef, corned beef or any other thinly sliced deli meat.
Edit: try this with some chopped brisket or pulled pork instead of the thinly sliced meat😋
Jeff's Mustard Sauce
Mix equal parts of Jeff's barbecue sauce with hotdog mustard for a wonderful sauce made specifically for smoked bologna.
Spoon Jeff's mustard sauce onto the smoked ham.
That stuff is delicious and I'm just wondering what else I can use that on.. hmmm.
Now you are ready to roll it up. Roll the bologna up carefully just like you unrolled it. Tie (2) pieces of bacon together at one end and set the roll of bologna on top of the bacon. Bring the bacon up around the bologna and secure with a toothpick or two.
The bacon is mainly for looks so you will probably want to further secure the roll-up with some chef's twine on either side of the bacon.
Lay the bologna roll-up on a plank (one flat side down) for great presentation and to keep the cream cheese mixture from oozing out too bad.
Place in a 225°F smoker for about 2 hours using pecan or your favorite smoking wood.
When it's finished, remove the twine, slice into 1/2 inch pieces and serve.
The Smoked Oklahoma Prime Rib
Remove the wax or paper from the 5 lb chub. Cut the bottom off to give it a flat place to sit and keep it from rolling.
Using a sharp knife, make vertical cuts or slices in the bologna about 3/4 of the way through and at about 1/2 inch intervals.
Slather on some of the “Jeff's Mustard Sauce” (recipe shown above) making sure to get it down in between the slices as much as possible. Be generous with this stuff!
Sprinkle Jeff's original rub onto the outside of the chub, making sure to get it on the sides and ends as well.
Place the Oklahoma Prime Rib into a 225°F smoker for about 2 hours using pecan or your favorite smoking wood.
When it's done smoking, slice and serve.
Smoked Blooming Bologna
This is a simple one.. you simply set the chub on its end and cut a cross hatch pattern in the top down to about half way.
You then slather on the “Jeff's Mustard Sauce” (recipe shown above)
Sprinkle Jeff's original rub onto the bologna making sure to get it all over the top, sides and bottom.
Smoke the blooming bologna for 2 hours at 225°F using pecan or your favorite smoking wood.
When it's finished smoking, slice into straws and serve with more sauce for dipping.
Smoked Bologna Medallions
Remove wax or paper from bologna
Cut/slice into 1/4 inch medallions at a 45 degree angle.
Add Jeff's Mustard Sauce and Jeff's original rub.
Note: the squared pieces are from the bottom that I cut off of the “Oklahoma Prime Rib” above.
Smoke cook in a 225°F smoker for 2 hours using pecan or your favorite smoking wood. These will get crispy (almost like beef jerky) on the outside and be nice and tender on the inside.
Serve on biscuits, rolls or eat them just like they are.
Smoked Bologna Bits and Pieces
Use links of bologna or even a larger chub of bologna cut up into chunks. Follow the same process as the “Smoked Bologna Medallions” above.
Use a apple corer to make (1) more holes all the way through a 3 lb chub. Save the plug(s) that comes out.
Fill the hole with plain barbecue sauce or the “Jeff's Mustard Sauce” (recipe shown above).
Cut 3/4 inch pieces from the plug(s) that came out of the hole(s) to plug the ends and keep the sauce from oozing out.
Sauce the outside and coat with Jeff's original rub.
Smoke cook at 225°F for 2 hours using pecan or your favorite smoking wood.
Slice and enjoy!