Learn How to Smoke Eggs on the Grill. You don’t need an expensive smoker to make these delicious smoked eggs. It will add a fantastic flavor to your recipes.
I wanted to do something different on the grill this weekend. I heated up some of my homemade smoked bacon and thought that having some hard boiled eggs would go very nicely with it. Inspiration hit, and I decided to make smoked eggs on the grill.
I used to get frustrated with boiling eggs. It was easy, but sometimes it was a pain to peel the egg without tearing out chunks of the egg whites. I tried the ice baths, shaking them in a glass jar, and peeling them underwater, but nothing brought consistent results. Well, that is until I started using the Instant Pot.
Step One: Set up the Instant Pot with a cup of water and place the eggs on the wire mesh rack inside the cooking chamber.
Step Two: Set the timer for seven minutes and release the steam vent when the timer sounds off. Boom!
Step Three: Let them cool until you are able to peel them. The “hard-boiled” eggs are done, and they peel super easy all the time! Just try it – it makes all the difference in the world.
🔥 Smoking Instructions
Step One: Set up the grill to 200-225 degrees with indirect heat. For a Kamado-style grill, add the plate setter. For a gas grill, turn off the burners in the center of the grill.
Step Two: Set up the grill for the smoke.
- For Kamado-style grills, add the wood to the coals. You do not need to soak the wood ahead of time. This is a short smoke, so you don’t need the wood to last a long time.
- For gas grills, add wood (or wood chips) to a smoker box. This is a durable box that is designed to prevent the wood from catching fire, and directs the smoke to your food.
Step Three: Place the eggs in a disposable aluminum pan and place it in the center of the grill. The smoke will billow around the eggs, so a simple disposable pan will work perfectly.
Step Four: Remove the eggs after about 20 minutes. You don’t want the heat of the grill to cook them more, instead, you just want the smoke to add the flavoring to the eggs. A little goes a long way. Refrigerate them right away.
💡 Recipe Tips
- You can choose to not peel them first when you put them on the smoker to achieve a slightly lighter smokey flavor. Most of the smoke will adhere to the shell and not penetrate to the egg white. I have not found this technique to be as effective as pre-peeling them.
- Another option is to just crack the eggs but not peel them. That will give a medium smoke flavor.
Either of these will be great options for people that want to try to smoke eggs, but aren’t sure they want that full smoke taste.
⏲️ Refrigeration Time
I would only keep them in the refrigerator for three days with the shells off.
📌 Items to Note
There are several recipes you can make that will include smoked eggs:
- Deviled eggs – This will take an appetizer to a whole new level. Add bacon chunks in it and it is over the top delish!
- Deviled eggs with guacamole instead of mayonnaise – This will completely change the flavor of the eggs but will result in a huge return on compliments, I promise!
- Egg salad sandwiches – Make a twist on an old favorite but simply using smoked eggs instead of boiled ones.
- Make a potato or macaroni salad with the smoked eggs instead of the traditional boiled ones. Your guests will take a double turn on the taste and quickly ask you how you did that!
- Use slices of the egg on a cobb salad or as part of the protein for a salad mix.
Smoked Fingerling Potatoes – This is another recipe that is smoked in just a few minutes. Plan ahead and smoke eggs and your potatoes at the same time.
Smoked Cheese – Smoking a whole block of cheese is easy to do and the results are INCREDIBLE!
How to Smoke Eggs on the Grill
- 12 each Eggs
Prepare the Eggs
- Boil the eggs indoors like you normally would. I cook mine in the instant pot for 7 minutes. I find the eggs cooked in the Instant Pot will peel a lot easier.
- Let cool and peel the eggs.
Smoke the Eggs
- Set up your grill for indirect heat. For a gas grill, turn off the burners in the middle of the grill. For a Kamado-style grill, add a plate setter.
- Bring the temperature of the grill to about 200-225 degrees and add the wood (or wood chips). For a gas grill, use a smoker box.
- Make sure that the grill is smoking nicely before adding the hard boiled eggs.
- Place the peeled hard boiled eggs in a disposable aluminum pan and place it on the grill. The goal is not to cook the eggs more, but rather to give them a good smoke. You will notice the outside of the eggs take on a brown coloring.
- After about 20 minutes, remove the eggs, bring them inside, and let them rest. Serve them fresh, or keep them in the refrigerator for up to three days.