Ditch your boring hard boiled eggs and add a little kick of flavor by making smoked eggs from this day forward. These are perfect on salads, an egg salad sandwich, or a simple protein rich snack.
Video: Step-by-Step Instructions
How to smoke eggs
I'm going to show you how to make 'hard boiled eggs' on your smoker. It's a simple and easy way to take the normal egg to the next level!
You can make 'hard boiled eggs' on a smoker? YES! The key to getting that smoke flavor however is NOT the initial cooking of the egg on the smoker, it's after it's peeled and placed back on the smoker for 20 minutes.
Boiling vs. Smoking
Since smoking the eggs until cooked does NOT add smoke flavor, feel free to choose whichever method is easiest. Once the eggs are cooked and peeled, they will be placed on the smoker which will give it that great smoky flavor.
Still want to boil your eggs before smoking them? That's perfectly fine and easy to do. Simply put eggs in a pot and cover with cold water. Place on the stove over high heat until they start to boil.
Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Remove eggs from hot water and place in a bowl of ice water to prevent the eggs from cooking further.
Pros to Boiling:
- Takes less time than smoking
- Shell is easier to peel off
We're here because we are already firing up that smoker, so might as well smoke these bad boys! Fire up that smoker to 300°F and place the eggs directly on the grill rack.
Smoke for 35 minutes before removing and placing the eggs in a bowl of ice water. Allow eggs to cool down in the ice bath for at least 5 minutes to stop the eggs from cooking further.
When smoking eggs, the flavor of the smoke doesn't penetrate the egg shell, but the egg will have a smoke colored look to them. Smoked eggs will not be bright white as they would if boiled.
Pros to Smoking:
- Less dishes, no pot to clean!
- Takes more time than boiling = more beer drinking time. Ha.
Peeling the perfect egg
Peeling hard boiled eggs is the hardest part of this process. Don't worry, you will never have to worry about the shell ripping off parts of the egg if you simply peel them underwater.
Yep, the BEST way to peel hard boiled / smoked eggs is underwater. Get a large bowl and fill with lukewarm water so your hands don't get cold while peeling. Grab a cooked egg from it's ice bath and softly hit the egg at the bottom of the warm water bowl to slightly crack.
Then begin peeling by ripping off the egg shell carefully while it's underwater. The shell should come off nice and easy leaving a perfectly peeled egg.
Smoking the cooked eggs
This is the process that is going to give the eggs that FANTASTIC smoky flavor. Once all the eggs are cooked and peeled, place the peeled eggs directly on the grill rack at 180°F and smoke for 20 minutes.
The key is to not smoke them too long which will result in a rubbery texture. Use a nice strong wood such as mesquite or hickory wood for the best flavor. Since the eggs are only smoking for a short period of time, a strong wood is fine to use.
Smoked eggs can be used for anything you would normally use boiled eggs. Slicing them atop toast, eating whole with a pinch of salt, or making a delicious egg salad sandwich.
The smoke flavor gives these a great taste that takes boring boiled eggs to the next level. Don't eat boring eggs again, smoke them!
Great tasting eggs recipes
Looking for some great recipes to use your new favorite smoked eggs in? Here are some of my favorite recipes.
- Smoked Deviled Eggs - Jerkyholic
- Egg Salad Sandwich - Budget Delicious
- Potato Salad w/eggs - Bubbapie
- Avocado Egg Toast - Breakfast for Dinner
Old Pro Tips:
- Peel the eggs underwater to prevent the egg from sticking to the shell
- Use fresh eggs or farm raised eggs for the best flavor
- Use a hickory, oak, or mesquite wood when smoking
- Make sure to initially smoke for only 35 minutes to prevent the yolk from turning a greenish color
It takes 40 minutes to cook them on the smoker and another 20 minutes to give them the perfect smoke flavor.
Smoking eggs that are in a shell does NOT give them a smoke flavor. Smoking cooked peeled eggs is what gives them a great smoky flavor.
Yes. It will take on a yellowish smoke color.
- 12 eggs
- 6 cups ice water
- Put 12 eggs directly on the grill grate and smoke for 35 minutes at 300°F. You can boil eggs for 10 minutes instead if you choose.
- Remove eggs from smoker and place in a bowl of ice water for at least 5 minutes to cool eggs.
- Peel eggs underwater (in a bowl of room temperature water) to prevent the egg white from sticking to the shell.
- Place peeled eggs on smoker and smoke for 20 minutes at 180°F with mesquite or hickory wood.
- Remove eggs and prepare into your favorite dish!
- Use fresh eggs for the best flavor
- Peel eggs under water
- Prevent green egg yolks by not smoking too long
- Use a strong wood such as hickory
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