How to make smoked stew on Traeger with potatoes and a thick gravy. If you love cooking on your grill, try this fork tender dutch oven stew.
Did you know you could make smoked stew on your grill?? It’s true. With beef and potatoes all cooked together you can make a one pot meal without ever turning your oven on. This is one of our favorite easy smoker recipes your family will love too. (affiliate links present)
Traeger Beef Stew
You can make this in your pellet or as an electric smoker recipe. I am sure you have had a bowl of this old fashioned meal before. Your mom likely made this when you were a child and had a “secret recipe” of her own. Use that one if it has special memories for you, and use our directions to get it all done.
There is also one in the printable recipe card below you can use if you don’t have your own favorite stew recipe on hand. This one may take longer than if you made it in the oven but you wouldn’t get that smoky flavor seeping into your meat and veggies either.
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To get your meats absolutely perfect we have this printable meat smoking chart to refer to so each and every time it will be fork tender.
- Recently we upgraded to this Traeger pellet smoker and grill and love it.
- We started with an electric smoker that was a Charbroil which worked well to start with.
- These are the pellets we always have on hand and use for almost everything.
- This smoker cookbook has some more great ideas if you want to cook outside more regularly.
Smoked Chuck Roast
If you’re having people over for the day you might want to start off with some Traeger appetizers. Since dinner takes a bit to really get ready, just set it to temp. earlier on and throw a couple of these ideas on the grates.
Instead of using stew meat, chuck roast is a better bet. It’s marbled well, great for this, and our beef Manhattan recipe too. The reason being is the first step is to set your piece of meat directly on the grate. If you already have it diced up it may fall in between the slats which you wouldn’t want to happen.
- You’re essentially going to use smoked chuck roast
- Some steak dry rub or use bottled rub of choice
- Fresh green beans fresh cut into thirds, or frozen
- Corn kernels, frozen is best or cut off the cob from fresh
- Large potatoes not peeled, cut into large cubes
- Onion sliced
- 32 oz beef broth
- A bit of flour to thicken up the gravy
- Salt and pepper inside and to taste when done
You can see how it all starts of here, with your meat getting a bit of smoke before cutting it up.
How Long to Smoke Stew Meat
If you did want to just use the already cut up smaller pieces I might just skip the first step or put them on a grate like we used to make our smoked meatloaf. Follow the same timing to get that smoky flavor you want and then continue with the next steps.
We suggest 180 F. below but 200 degrees would work just fine as well in a smoker. You want a really low temperature for a long time for stew meat to break down the connective tissues so they become fork tender.
I mean yes but it would be a lot more expensive. Chuck roast is usually what would be substituted instead and cut up into small bite size pieces.
Remember that the smaller the pieces are the quicker they will get tender. If you cook it too long all that will happen is the beef may start to get shredded and potatoes will start to break down more and more.
Beef Stew in a Smoker
- You always want to start off by preheating your pellet smoker to 180 degrees F. Rub each side of the meat with a dry rub recipe of your choice.
- Place directly on the smoker grates and close the lid.
- Smoke at 180 degrees for about 1 hour 30 minutes – 2 hours to get a nice smoke flavor. Remove meat and set on cutting board to rest for 15 minutes.
- Increase temperature of the smoker to 225 degrees while you’re prepping the meat.
- Cut the smoked roast into large chunks. In a large Dutch Oven add the beef broth and flour and whisk until the flour has dissolved.
- Then add in the remaining ingredients from the grocery store; fresh cut green beans, corn, potatoes, onion, and salt and pepper.
- Add the beef cubes and give everything a stir. Place the entire Dutch Oven (with the lid off) into the smoker and let smoke for 2 hours, (stirring every 1/2 hour).
- Place lid on cast iron dutch oven for an additional 2 hours or until the potatoes are as tender as you’d like them to be.
Keep in mind that smoked beef stew will take about 6 hours from start to finish so don’t be in a rush.
Traeger Smoked Stew
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- Pre-heat the pellet smoker to 180 degrees. Rub each side of the chuck roast with dry rub of choice. Place the chuck roast directly on the smoker grates and close the lid.
- Smoke at 180 degrees for about 1 1/2 hours. Remove meat and set on cutting board to rest for 15 minutes. IIncrease temperature of the smoker to 225 degrees.
- Cut the smoked roast into large chunks. In a large Dutch Oven add the beef broth and flour and whisk until the flour has dissolved. Then add in the green beans, corn, potatoes, onion, and salt and pepper.
- Add the cubed meat and give everything a stir. Place the entire Dutch Oven (LID OFF) into the smoker and let smoke for 2 hours, (stirring every half hour).
- Place lid on dutch oven for an additional 2 hours or until the potatoes are as tender as you'd like them to be.