Smoked Asparagus is one of my favorite ways of cooking this vegetable. The smokiness really gives it great flavor and cooking on the smoker actually makes this quite a hands-off way of cooking it.
It's the perfect summer side dish as you'll no doubt have the grill or smoker already cooking your other proteins, why not throw on a homemade foil tray filled with delicious asparagus spears.
Smoking the asparagus gives it amazing flavor and is a delicious side dish. It's one of my favorite vegetables.
❤️ Why you'll love it
- Once you have them prepped (which only takes 5 minutes), you can pop them on the grill plates of the smoker and let them do their thing.
- It's a great side dish that compliments any main course. Pairs perfectly with pork chops, chicken, steak and fish alike.
- Smoking the asparagus really helps maintain the flavor of the asparagus.
- Fresh Asparagus stalks, trimmed of the woody parts.
- Avocado Oil
- Salt and Pepper
See recipe card at the bottom of this post for quantities.
- Step 1: Make an aluminum tray and lay out the trimmed asparagus spears in a single layer.
- Step 2: Drizzle with the avocado oil and minced garlic and using your fingers toss to coat all the spears evenly.
- Step 3: Sprinkle with salt and pepper then add to a preheated smoker, on the smoker racks, with your favorite wood chips.
- Step 4: Cook for 50 minutes, tossing half way. Finish with some fresh lemon juice at the end (optional).
Hint: The type of wood chips you use to smoke the asparagus will determine that smokey flavor. I use hickory on our pellet smoker, but there are so many variations I'm sure you have a favorite.
🔄 Substitutions and Variations
- Olive Oil - if you don't have avocado oil, a little olive oil works fine.
- Parmesan Cheese - after removing from the smoker sprinkle with some parmesan cheese for a little extra flavor.
- Bacon Strips - instead of using avocado oil you could chop a few smoked bacon strips and add that.
- Red Pepper Flakes - for a little heat.
- Lemon Butter - mix some lemon zest into butter then melt that over the asparagus while it's smoking.
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The below smoker is the one we use for our small family of four. It's perfect, not too small, big enough to even smoke a whole turkey on if we wanted to. The type of smoker you use is not important.
820 Square Inches
Direct and Indirect Heat - This heavy-duty grill can reach low and slow temperatures of 180°F or hot and fast heat up to 500°F.
Other Smoked Recipes You Might Like
- Smoked Mushrooms - super simple smoked in a garlicky butter in a skillet on the smoker.
- Smoked Queso Recipe - the perfect dip for any party or get together.
- Smoked Venison Backstrap - smoking a venison backstrap really helps keep the soft texture we love and not overcook it.
- Smoked Chicken Thighs - in today's economy sometimes those simple chicken thighs, the most inexpensive cut of meat right now, can be made absolutely delicious on the smoker.
- Smoked Bacon Wrapped Shrimp - delicious and quick.
- Smoked Jalapeno Poppers - slightly spicy and full of cheesy garlicky goodness that is wrapped in bacon.
- Smoked Meatloaf - tender, juicy and full of smoky flavor.
Store the leftover smoked asparagus in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave.
Asparagus does not freeze well. When you thaw it, it'll go soft and mushy.
Expert Tip: Sprinkle some parmesan cheese over the finished smoked asparagus for an excellent bit of extra flavor that pairs perfectly.
No, it doesn't thaw well. It turns all soft and mushy.
We find smoking at 250°F for 40-50 minutes leaves the asparagus perfect. A little al dente, with a bit of crunch. If you like it softer than that then you should smoke a little longer.
Asparagus is a natural antioxidant. It helps break down toxins in the liver and so for that reason alone is very good for you. Naturally, it has many other benefits too.
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- 1 lb Asparagus Spears trimmed
- 2 Tablespoons Avocado Oil
- 3 Garlic Cloves minced
- ½ Teaspoon Sea Salt
- ½ Teaspoon Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
- Lemon Wedges for serving
- Wash then Trim the ends of the asparagus (where the purple usually is).
- Make a tray with edges for holding the asparagus spears.
- Drizzle the oil over the asparagus spears and add the chopped garlic. Mix together with your hands to make sure the asparagus spears are all evenly coated.
- Sprinkle the salt and pepper then add to the smoker preheated to 250°F. Cook for 50 minutes, tossing half way through the cooking time.
- Remove and serve with lemon wedges - for the individual to add lemon juice to their own serving.
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