smoked deviled eggs

by Brittney

Smoking hard-boiled eggs adds a delicious twist to this classic appetizer that everyone loves! Infused with a mild smokiness, our deviled eggs are bursting with flavor and easy to make!

Eggs are the perfect blank canvas to really absorb the complex flavors of smoke. Plus, hard-boiled eggs need only 20 minutes in the smoker for optimal flavor, which makes this recipe a quick and easy project!

And while you can use your smoked eggs in everything from potato salad to sandwiches, our favorite option is to make the best ever deviled eggs: a crowd-pleasing appetizer and delicious protein-packed snack!

overhead view of deviled eggs

prepping the eggs

Before we smoke the eggs, we’ll start by hard-boiling them.

  1. Place the eggs in a pot covered by 1 inch (2.5 cm) of cold water.
  2. Bring the water to a rolling boil over high heat.
  3. Cover the pot, turn off the heat and let sit for 10 minutes.
  4. Transfer the eggs to a bowl of cold water (or even ice water) to stop the cooking. Let the eggs cool completely before peeling.

what’s the best way to peel a hard-boiled egg?

Peeling eggs can be time consuming and it seems like everybody has their own best method. I like to roll the egg on a hard surface to get little cracks all over and then begin peeling. I’ve tried several different methods and this one works best for me!  

ingredients to make smoked deviled eggs

smoking hard-boiled eggs

Now we’re ready to prep the smoker! We used a Masterbuilt electric smoker, but this recipe will work just fine with your smoker of choice.

Start by preheating your smoker to 190 F (88 C) and adding your favorite wood chips (we recommend something mild such as apple, maple or alder). Then place your peeled eggs directly on the grates and increase the temperature to 240 F (115 C). Let the eggs cook for about 10-15 minutes or just until they develop a nice golden bronze color.

No need to worry about the smoker overcooking your eggs! The outsides will take on a bit of smokiness, but they won’t be in the smoker long enough to cook the yolk much more.

smoked eggs: FAQs

Can I smoke the eggs in their shell?

While it’s possible to smoke raw eggs, the smoke doesn’t really penetrate the shell very well. For this reason, we like to start with peeled hard-boiled eggs.

What type of wood chips work best for this recipe?

Your eggs will quickly take on a smoky flavor, which is why we prefer something mild, such as apple, maple or alder. But if you do want a bold smoky flavor, you should definitely give hickory or mesquite a try!

What temperature is best for smoking eggs?

To get a mild smokiness without overcooking the eggs, we recommend preheating the smoker to 190 F (88 C) and then increasing the temperature to 240 F (115 C) after the eggs are added. About 15 minutes is all you’ll need for a mild smokiness.

close up of deviled egg with crispy onions and green onions

filling

Let your smoked eggs cool for 5-10 minutes before making the deviled egg filling. Then just halve the eggs and combine the yolks with mayo, dijon mustard, chopped dill, lemon juice, salt and a few dashes of hot sauce. Spoon a bit of the mixture into each egg half and your smoked deviled eggs are ready!

substitutions

Dijon mustard: Spicy brown mustard or even regular mustard will work in a pinch.

Lemon juice: Pickle brine is a great substitute for lemon juice and pairs extremely well with the smokiness of the egg whites.

Hot sauce: We almost always use cholula for the filling, but sriracha is a great substitute. Not a fan of spicy? Feel free to leave the hot sauce out all together or add a bit of paprika instead.

side view of smoked eggs

topping ideas

Our favorite toppings for these smoked deviled eggs are crispy fried onions and chopped green onions, but here are some other great options:

  • smoked paprika or cayenne
  • bacon
  • pickled jalapenos
  • smoked salmon
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close up of deviled egg with crispy onions and green onions

smoked deviled eggs


  • Author: Brittney
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12

Description

Smoking hard-boiled eggs adds a delicious twist to this classic appetizer that everyone loves! Infused with a mild smokiness, our deviled eggs are bursting with flavor and easy to make!

Ingredients

  • eggs 6 large
  • mayonnaise 3 tbsp (40 g)
  • dijon mustard ½ tbsp
  • lemon juice 1 tsp
  • hot sauce* ½-1 tsp
  • chopped fresh dill ½ tbsp
  • salt to taste
  • fried onions (optional) to garnish
  • green onions (optional) to garnish

Instructions

  1. Boil the eggs. Place the eggs in a pot and cover by 1 inch (2.5 cm) with cold water. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Cover, turn off heat and let sit for 10 minutes. Transfer the eggs to a bowl of cold water and let cool completely before peeling.
  2. Smoke the eggs. Preheat smoker to 190 F (88 C) and add wood chips* according to manufacturer instructions.
  3. Place the peeled eggs directly on the grates and increase the temperature to 240 F (115 C). Cook for 15-20 minutes or until the eggs take on a golden bronze color.
  4. Transfer the eggs to a plate and allow to cool slightly.
  5. Make the filling: Cut each egg in half and transfer the yolks to a bowl. Add the mayonnaise, dijon mustard, lemon juice, hot sauce, fresh dill and salt. Mash together and mix well.
  6. Fill each egg with a heaping spoonful of the filling. Top with fried onions and green onions.

Notes

Hot sauce: Cholula is our favorite hot sauce for deviled eggs, but sriracha also works well. You can leave out completely if you’re spice averse.

Wood chips: Something mild such as apple, maple or alder works best for this recipe.

Storing: Deviled eggs can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. We recommend eating within two days.

  • Category: appetizer
  • Method: smoking
  • Cuisine: american

Keywords: smoked deviled eggs, smoked eggs, smoking eggs

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