8 Best Meats to Smoke & How to Smoke Them


Are you getting ready to feed the 5000 this weekend? Then coming up is a list of the 8 best meats to smoke. Keep on reading for finger licking meat options that your family will love!

These are the best smoked meats:

You have seen the list of the best meats to smoke, but you still might not be sure what is best for you.

Have a look at the simple list of meats below, with descriptions to help guide you with your decision. 

1. Beef Brisket

The most important thing is to get a good quality piece of beef. You want to see the marbling in the beef which will give you the most flavor.

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The meat should be tender to touch. You can add a rub or seasoning to the meat to enhance the flavor.

 It is so easy to make this mouthwatering beef brisket in the smoker then pair it with a deep red wine that will impress your guests.

Beef brisket tastes good the next day and perfect for sandwiches. You can even cut it into small pieces and enjoy it as a side to a Greek salad!

See Smoked Brisket Recipe Here

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2. Pork Shoulder

The Pork shoulder is full of flavor and great for smoking. It is perfect for beginners as it does not need a lot of attention when cooking.

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It just needs a simple salt and pepper rub to make it tasty. Try the pork shoulder with a glass of white wine to compliment the flavors.

You get a lot of meat from a pork shoulder so try making a pork wrap or pork steamed buns for dinners in the week. This will save you time cooking in the evenings and makes the deliciousness spread further!

See Smoked Pork Shoulder Recipe Here

3. Pork and Beef Ribs

Ribs are easy, simple and a crowd pleaser. The fat from the ribs makes them so juicy and full of flavor.

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All you need to do is remove the membrane with a sharp knife and apply your seasonings. Then start smoking, cook them until tender and you will not regret it.

Soon you will be eating delicious smoked ribs. Perfect for beginners.

If you have any leftover the next day pair it with a green salad and some hand cut fries. They’re also nice with homemade chutney!

See Smoked Pork & Beef Ribs Recipe Here

4.  Smoked Chicken

A whole chicken is great for feeding a lot of guests and is something we are familiar with cooking. Sometimes when cooking chicken in the oven you will get dry pieces of meat but not with the smoker.

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You will enjoy a juicy chicken, full of flavor, ready to eat and easy to make. Perfect for a summer’s day!

Enjoy with a crisp white wine of your choice!

Leftover chicken always tastes great the next day, so why not try it with a pasta salad for lunch or dinner. You can even slide some into a baguette or bread roll of your choice!

See Smoked Chicken Recipe Here

5. Smoked Steak

Steaks are easy for beginners and you can cook them how you like them done. The longer you cook it the more tender it will be.

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The fat melts into the meat and enhances its flavor. Next, add a rub or some seasoning and it will be delicious with a smoky finish.

Steak in a wrap the next day always goes down well. It enhances the flavor from being left overnight, try it out you won’t regret it!

See Smoked Steak Recipe Here

6. Whole Turkey

A smoked turkey is great to make a change from cooking it in the oven. Just like the chicken, It is easy to cook and it can feed a lot more people because of its size.

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Smoking the turkey gives it a unique flavor, tenderizes it and keeps people coming back for more. Pair it with a glass of white wine to finish it off.

Turkey has a lot of meat on it so if you find yourself with some leftover, then try using the meat to make tacos enjoy with a salad or make turkey wraps for dinners or lunch during the week.

See Smoked Turkey Recipe Here

7. Smoked Tri Tip

This is a great cut of steak if you are on a budget. This tri tip steak is an easy piece of meat to smoke for beginners.

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It will become soft and tender when cooked slowly. It will soak up all that smoky flavor. With a great rub, it would be tasty on anyone’s plate at a BBQ.

Any leftover smoked Tri Tip would be great in a stir fry with some fresh vegetables. Enjoy!

See Smoked Tri Tip Recipe Here

8. Beef Cheeks

Similar to a beef brisket these beef cheeks are made for the smoker. They enjoy the long, slow cooking process which makes them lovely, tender and rich in flavor.

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Beef cheeks are great for beginners as they do not take too long to cook. With a simple salt and pepper seasoning, it is easy to prepare and look after while being smoked.

If you have any leftover, beef cheeks are great in stews and stir fries. If you fancy making something different try steam buns with a sticky plum sauce!

See Smoked Beef Cheeks Recipe Here


Organizing a BBQ can be quite stressful especially if you are a beginner. The whole thing may seem like a daunting task to host and deliver delicious food!

But with the tips from this article and the guides of various meats to smoke listed for you, hopefully smoking meat seems a little less daunting now.

But instead, it’s something you can enjoy doing with your family and friends! You can’t go wrong!

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Tyler Lachance is a cookout professional. His expertise on cooking grilled food, creating marinades, formulating sauces and matching his food with the perfect drink is unrivaled.

Born and raised in a family that has a long history of cookout, he has treated this activity as a part of his culture and who he is.