Smoked vegetables are the perfect side dish when using your pellet or electric smoker to cook a protein. Perfectly tender in under 30 minutes and healthy.
Now that it’s summertime it’s time for some smoked vegetables along side our protein! If you too love easy smoker recipes you’ll love this simple side dish that’s healthy and comes out perfectly tender every time.
Whether you have a pellet grill or electric version it doesn’t really matter. The only big difference is using wood chips versus wood pellets really.
Smoker Vegetable Recipe
These are the items I chose at the grocery store to try. They are available basically year round so that was my focus, as well as being cheap.
What veggies are good to smoke?
We started with corn on the cob and that was great! This time sliced zucchini and squash with mushrooms sounded good and came out tender with a lot of flavor.
I stick with these because they’re inexpensive to buy and easy to cook.
That depends on a few factors. If you keep husks on corn it takes longer than more tender types like these in an aluminum pan. If placing directly on the grate it takes the least amount of time.
Absolutely! The type of pellets we use, or wood chips when using our electric smoker, is a signature blend. This means there is some hickory, maple and cherry combined.
Of course veggies in general are healthy served as is. Adding butter adds a bit of fat, and putting directly can cause carcinogens to form in foods.
It’s really easy to throw all of this together in about 15 minutes.
This time we chose to use 9×13″ aluminum pans covered with foil. This won’t bring a smokey flavor to your zucchini and mushrooms but essentially sautés them.
Why bother doing it this way then? Well if we are already making smoked steak then cooking a vegetable alongside it is handy. If I am cooking outside I want it all done together.
- Makes it easy peasy doing it this way. Stays warm with the foil left on for a fair amount of time and you can season as much or as little as you’d like.
Traeger Smoked Vegetables
- Yellow squash
- Olive oil
- Salt and black pepper + other seasonings
I share below what seasonings we added but that is really entirely up to you. I think that is personal preference. We add garlic salt to literally everything, but Lawry’s is fantastic too.
Play with it and see what’s just right for y’all after you make it a few times. If you diced taters or bell peppers really small I think it would work well too to make smoked vegetables and potatoes.
Time needed: 20 minutes.
Smoked vegetables recipe
- Preheat smoker
Add pellets or wood chips and preheat smoker to 400 degrees F. (you will turn it down later)
- Prepare vegetables
Slice zucchini and squash into thicker 1″ pieces (the thinner the softer they’ll get). Slice or dice onions and cut mushrooms in half.
- Mix ingredients
Put veggies in a large bowl, combine with some olive oil and seasonings to toss together.
Pour vegetables into a disposable aluminum pan (or a grill basket might work) and put slices of butter on top. Cover with aluminum foil and put on grates.
- Adjust temperature
Move temperature down from 400 to 350 degrees F once you add the pan. A lot of heat will escape when you open it to add your pan so it will likely stay at 350 which is perfect so temp. is steady.
20 – 25 minutes cooking time is perfect for us but remove when they’re as tender as you’d like them to be. Sprinkle with salt and pepper or balsamic vinegar and serve.
Want to know how to smoke corn on the cob too? We have directions for that too. We don’t typically grill vegetables unless it is very thick zucchini because to me they stick and get soft way too quickly that way.
Traeger Grill Ideas
Need other smoked meat ideas to go with this?
- Our latest creation were these Traeger smoked chicken thighs with a teriyaki marinade.
- Smoked pork steaks are great wrapped with bacon and a side of brussels sprouts.
- This is how to smoke ribs with a dry rub that is sweet and spicy with brown sugar and a bit of chili powder. Dinner in under 90 minutes to perfection!
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- Preheat smoker to 400 degrees. Slice zucchini and squash into rounds, mushrooms in half and dice onion. Put into a bowl.
- Pour in olive oil and seasonings. Toss with veggies.
- Pour into aluminum 9×13" pan and put slices of butter on top. Cover with foil.
- When smoker reaches 400, open and put tray inside, then move down to 350 degrees F.
- Cook for 20-25 minutes (time depends on how tender you like them, 20 min is perfect for us.)