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Killer Monkey Bread in a Smoker

Best monkey bread in a smoker that is perfect for breakfast or dessert! Throw it on your Traeger with your meat for a complete meal done together.

monkey bread in a smoker

Have you made monkey bread in a smoker yet? It’s a great way to “bake” during the summertime when you don’t want to turn on your oven. Using frozen cinnamon rolls is the newest craze! Find this smoker recipe and more here on The Typical Mom (affiliate links present)

Smoked monkey bread

traeger

We based this Rhodes monkey bread on our original pumpkin monkey bread we made years ago. If you’d rather use your oven, just refer to those directions.

With all of them we used already made, uncooked, cinnamon rolls as the base, or dough if you will. First they were refrigerated, this time we used Rhodes frozen cinnamon rolls as you see here.

  • The biggest difference is that if they’re frozen you need to give them 45 minutes to defrost a bit.
  • This makes it possible for you to slice each one in fourths and coat each piece well with sugar.
  • This is a dessert after all.
frozen cinnamon rolls

You don’t have to add the pumpkin puree, but really it isn’t just a Fall flavor for me. I could eat it year round and do!

How do you make monkey bread from scratch without yeast?

Well using refrigerated biscuits or Rhodes cinnamon rolls like these is a way to make it semi-homemade if you don’t have yeast on hand. You could also follow our no yeast cinnamon rolls recipe and bake or smoke.

Can you bake bread in a smoker?

YES! We first made smoked bread and it came out so good we went on to make smoker monkey bread you see here!

Just follow the same temp. needed in the oven, cover with foil and remove for last few min.

Can you cook a cake in a smoker?

That is what we are going to do next. There is no reason why it wouldn’t work since these cinnamon rolls came out perfect and rose evenly across the pan.

How do you defrost frozen cinnamon rolls?

Just leave them on the counter for 45 minutes to be soft enough to cut. In order to get them to rise it will take much longer, closer to 3 hours in a pan covered with plastic wrap.

rhodes cinnamon rolls

I set them on a piece of parchment paper so when they soften they don’t stick to anything. If you leave them for much longer than an hour they will become really mushy soft and it will be hard to coat them with sugar.

  • Just set a kitchen timer once you take them out for 45 min. so you can come back and cut each one into 1/4. That is the ideal timing.

Traeger desserts

If you’ve never made anything sweet in your smoker, you’re in for a treat! Yes typically you need to set it to a higher temperature than your teriyaki Traeger smoked chicken thighs or pulled pork.

BUT when you’re eating you can increase it, throw on your dessert and when you’re done it should be just about ready to enjoy.

pumpkin monkey bread

This is what’s in the ooey gooey mixture that will transform your cinnamon rolls into a sweet pull apart bread.

  1. Brown sugar and butter
  2. Pumpkin
    1. canned or here’s how to make your own Instant Pot pumpkin puree
  3. You could add a bit of pumpkin spice into the mix too if you wanted stronger Fall flavors.
  4. Sugar will be needed to coat each piece
    1. could use a sugar and cinnamon mixture
  5. I have added crushed walnuts if I had them and they’re great
  6. I suggest using some non stick spray
  7. An 8×8 pan is perfect for this amount
    1. if you wanted to double it I would use either a 9×12″ pan or bundt pan
  8. We used 12 quartered barely defrosted frozen cinnamon rolls
    1. the canned refrigerated version would work too
dessert on a smoker

It’s just all about layering with this. If you use nuts I like to add them to the middle and top layer. With other smoker desserts we’ve made I cover the top with foil for the majority of the “baking” process.

This is important so that the top doesn’t get too dark while the insides are still raw. Once it has cooked thru to the center, then take the foil off to get golden brown on the top slightly.

  • Just like with our VERY POPULAR 5 ingredient easy monkey bread recipe, you don’t want to dry it out!
  • Even 5 extra minutes beyond the timing I share below will loose that gooeyness you really want to maintain for this sticky sweet bread.
traeger monkey bread

Time needed: 40 minutes.

Smoked Monkey Bread

  1. Defrost

    Lay 12 frozen cinnamon rolls on parchment paper for 45 min – 1 hour to slightly defrost.

  2. Prepare

    Preheat smoker or oven to 350 degrees. Cut each biscuit / roll into 4ths, dip each piece into sugar to coat and then lay half of cut pieces into a sprayed 8×8 aluminum disposable pan.

    Melt butter, brown sugar and pumpkin together in microwave for a minute (or in a small saucepan over medium heat). Stir so mixture becomes smooth.

    Pour about half on top of the first layer of cut rolls. Add half of nuts if you want to now.

    Place the remaining cut rolls on top. Set 1/2 cup butter mix to the side to put on the top once it is cooked. Then pour the remaining butter mixture on top (add remaining nuts if desired on top).

  3. Cook

    Spray the underside of a piece of foil with nonstick spray and tent over monkey bread so it can rise. Squeeze sides on to pan so edges are sealed but leave middle poofed up to leave room for it to rise quite a bit.

    Put in middle of smoker grate once preheated and close lid. Allow to cook for 40 minutes.

  4. Add topping

    Remove tray and take off foil. Use the back of a spoon to spread remaining butter/sugar mixture on top. Then drizzle packet of icing on the very top.

  5. Serve

    Set on a trivet in the middle of a table and give everyone a fork to enjoy right out of the pan.

    Alternatively you can loosen edges, put large plate on top and flip over. Then spread on butter mixture and squeeze on frosting so pan is removed before eating.

cinnamon roll monkey bread recipe

Smoker monkey bread

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Monkey Bread in a Smoker

Best monkey bread in a smoker that is perfect for breakfast or dessert! Throw it on your Traeger with your meat for a complete meal done together.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cinnamon roll, dessert, monkey bread, pumpkin, smoked
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 499kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Lay 12 frozen cinnamon rolls on parchment paper for 45 min – 1 hour to slightly defrost. Preheat smoker or oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cut each one into 4ths, dip each piece into white sugar to coat, then lay half of coated pieces into a sprayed 8×8 aluminum disposable pan.
  • Melt butter, brown sugar and pumpkin together in microwave for a minute. Stir so mixture becomes smooth. Pour about half on top of the first layer of cut rolls. Add half of nuts if you want to now.
  • Place the remaining cut rolls on top. Set 1/2 cup butter mix to the side to put on the top once it is cooked. Then pour the remaining butter mixture on top (add remaining nuts if desired on top).
  • Spray the underside of a piece of foil with nonstick spray and tent over monkey bread so it can rise. Squeeze sides on to pan so edges are sealed but leave middle poofed up to leave room for it to rise quite a bit.
  • Put in middle of smoker grate once preheated and close lid. Allow to cook for 40 minutes.
  • Remove and take off foil. Use the back of a spoon to spread remaining butter/sugar mixture on top. Then drizzle packet of icing on the very top.
  • Set on a trivet in the middle of a table and give everyone a fork to enjoy right out of the pan. Alternatively you can loosen edges, put large plate on top and flip over. Then spread on butter mixture and squeeze on frosting so pan is removed before eating.
Nutrition Facts
Monkey Bread in a Smoker
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 499 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 61mg20%
Sodium 239mg10%
Potassium 133mg4%
Carbohydrates 59g20%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 55g61%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 3092IU62%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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