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World’s Best Electric Smoker Recipes

Easy electric smoker recipes are here for you to try and enjoy. Tips on how to use an electric smoker and easy marinades and rubs for fish, beef, and chicken too. If you’re new to smoking meats and fish you are in for a real treat!

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Let me show you some tips, tricks, and great electric smoker recipes we’ve come up with thus far. 😉 Try these, then check out our roundup of easy smoker recipes too. (originally published 7/16, affiliate links present) 

We LOVE to cook outside! Where we live it is quite warm year round, so the last thing we want to do is turn on an oven inside the house.

For years we have used our BBQ, but recently we got the opportunity to try the brand new Char-Broil Digital Electric Smoker. These are the best meats to smoke in it if you’re just starting out.

It reminds me of the college fridge I had.

  • Nice looking, compact, and really easy to use. I’m all about easy electric smoker recipes when it comes to cooking. 
  • I will say we love our Blackstone griddle too!

Let me show you how this Char-Broil Digital Electric Smoker works. Any brand works for these, have a masterbuilt electric smoker, or pellet grill, no problem.

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What to do when using a smoker for the first time:

  • You need to “cure” it.
    • That means you’ll want to set it to a high temperature (about 275 degrees). Turn it on for approximately 2 hours.
    • Make sure you have the vent open all the way. Set in a well ventilated area as it will billow quite a bit of smoke.
    • It removes the oils, dust, and other materials left over after it’s been manufactured.
  • Once that is done and cooled just wipe the inside down with some water, leave the door open so it can air dry.
  • When your electric smoker has been cured you are ready to cook!

Just add water in the container on the bottom. It even has a fill line so you don’t add too much. Add wood chips to the bottom bin on the right. Add your food on the racks and you’re done!

It also includes the washable temperature probe that monitors the meat temperature. Then automatically stops cooking once it reaches the pre-set done temperature, reducing to a warm setting until you’re ready to eat.

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Each one creates a unique flavor for your food. Depending on what you’re going to cook you will want to try a few different types along the way to see which you prefer.

Love simple cabbage recipes? Try our smoked sausage and cabbage one pan meal with the signature blend!

If you’re going to make our smoked meatloaf recipe or smoked ham you might want to use mesquite. If you haven’t tried this one yet, it is a must do for sure!

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We like a heavier smoky flavor so we typically use mesquite. But for fish apple wood chips are really great too. We used this to show how to smoke salmon.

Many times it will say on the bag whether they are best for beef, fish, or chicken. 

  • With any electric smoker recipes you should use the chips you like personally.

how to smoke salmon

The next night we cooked 2 tri tip steaks and used a rub consisting of salt, pepper, and some garlic powder.

This time we didn’t rinse it off but rather left the rub on when putting them in the smoker. It took about an hr. using the same method as we cooked the salmon. They came out great!

  • First look at a meat smoking chart and find the temp. needed.
  • Then make sure you use a non stick spray on the shelves.
  • You can also put some olive oil on a paper towel and rub it down.
    • Or we have sliced an onion in half and rubbed the sliced side of the onion on the grates to make them non stick naturally! 

Yes we will share a lot of proteins and how to smoke meat the best way possible BUT you need a side dish too. That is where our cheesy pull apart smoked bread comes into play! Serve this with fish, beef, chicken or pork for a winner of a dinner. 😉

smoker bread

We only had a large piece of fish that we cut in half this time. If you have a lot of meat make sure that the majority is on the top shelf.

You’ll want the least amount on the bottom to avoid blocking the smoke from rising.

Now just close the door and come back in the allotted time according to your dish (it took about 1 hr. for this salmon).

smoked salmon

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You know you don’t have to wait to smoke a turkey until Thanksgiving Day right??

We do one in the middle of the year at least once too because this turns out so good. It’s great for leftovers throughout the week for us too.

best smoked turkey

What should a beginner smoke?

Well you can start with vegetables like this smoked corn on the cob below. That is very simple, then move on to some meat.

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Electric Smoker Recipes

Tons of electric smoker recipes with chicken, beef, pork and vegetables. This is how to to make smoked corn on the cob here.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword corn, smoker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 145kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add chips or pellets to your smoker and wait until it reaches 350 degrees.
  • Meanwhile, leave the husks on and just cut the end off (where you would normally peel it) about 1.5" taken off end.
  • Lay ears of corn on the grate, close lid and leave undisturbed for 90 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
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Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 145 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 372mg16%
Potassium 243mg7%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 405IU8%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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We made this smoked beer can chicken in our electric smoker as well as our pellet grill

Smoked Beer Can Chicken
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I know….amazing right?? I hope you find some electric smoker recipes you love.

If you could smell and taste this through your computer you seriously would be sold on this Char-Broil Digital Electric Smoker and this easy recipe of ours. 😉

Like I said, we cook outside a lot and use our charcoal grill all the time….but for an easy set it and go smoky flavor a smoker is the way to go.

  • We recently got a pellet smoker and made Traeger smoked chicken thighs that were amazing. Traeger pizza is fabulous too.
  • There isn’t much difference as far as following the same directions for electric vs. pellet so use them all.
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I think it’s now my husband’s favorite appliance. I hope you will try our electric smoker recipes too and let us know what you think! 😉

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Charlisa

Tuesday 8th of June 2021

Hi! My smoker temperature only goes to 275°. What do I do?

Electric Smokers4u

Saturday 10th of April 2021

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Tony Martin

Friday 27th of November 2020

Do you have a book or can these recipes be printed off? I just bought a smoker and these recipes look so good!!!

The Typical Mom

Saturday 28th of November 2020

If you click on the recipe links you want and scroll to the bottom you can print off each one that way.

Priya @Cookilicious

Friday 8th of May 2020

oh wow..never knew such a thing existed! Thank you for sharing this.

Biana

Friday 8th of May 2020

Thank you for sharing all this information about smokers, that salmon was amazing!!

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