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Smoked Garlic

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Smoked garlic is an incredibly easy, 2 ingredient recipe for your smoker. Use this smoked garlic recipe to transform your garlic to mellow, smoky, garlicky perfection.

Garlic is good for more than just keeping vampires at bay! We use it in almost every savoury dish that gets prepared in our kitchen!

We've all had roasted garlic, but have you had smoked garlic?

Smoking garlic creates cloves with a mellow garlic flavour and a smoky aroma. Smoked garlic can be used in any recipe that calls for garlic, and it will only improve it!

This smoked garlic recipe is dedicated to more than just vampires.

Browned and smoked garlic in a parchment lined sheet pan.
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Tips + tricks

No. 1 --> When chopping the top off your garlic be very cautious! Garlic bulbs will tend to roll around while cutting, so use a nice sharp knife and if you're having trouble, switch to a serrated knife.

No. 2 --> Skip the tin foil for this recipe. Roasted garlic is made by wrapping the garlic in foil, this is counterproductive when smoking garlic - we want MORE smoke penetration so the foil is added ONLY at the end of the cook.

No. 3 --> I always make a large batch of smoked garlic, keep a few cloves in the fridge for immediate use and freeze the remainder. See directions below!

Smoked garlic cloves piled in a small baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Key Ingredients

  • Garlic: Can't smoke garlic without the garlic! For this recipe, you want to choose firm, fresh garlic. Since we are smoking the whole bulb, give it a squeeze, if it kind of collapses on you, it's probably not fresh enough.
  • Olive oil: Adding a drizzle of oil to the top of these garlic bulbs helps to keep them moist, add a bit of extra richness if you mash them, and add a bit of extra flavour to them.
16 cloves of garlic and a bottle of olive oil displayed on a glass cutting board.

How to make smoked garlic

  1. Preheat smoker to 180f.
  2. Slice the top off the garlic bulbs, just enough to expose the top of the cloves. This is best done with a sharp knife, and may even need a serrated knife to get a clean cut.
  3. Place the cut garlic bulbs on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  4. Drizzle or brush the top of the bulbs with olive oil.
  5. Place the baking sheets directly on the middle rack of your smoker.
  6. Smoke the garlic at 180f for 1 hour.
  7. Increase the temperature to 275f and smoke for 1 hour.
  8. Wrap the baking sheets in foil and smoke at 275f for a further 30 minutes.
  9. Remove the baking sheets from the grill and allow to cool before removing the cloves from the bulb. It's easiest to carefully peel the outside of the bulbs by pulling down from the cut edge and then pulling out the clove.

How to use smoked garlic

Smoked garlic can be used in any recipes that call for garlic, simply chop the cloves to the desired size and add to your recipe - like Next Level Mashed Potatoes, Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs, or Loaded Guacamole!

This delicious garlic can also be mashed into a paste and spread on bread, crackers or toast. Mashed smoked garlic can be stirred into butter for a smoky garlic butter spread - hello garlic bread or used as a rub for your meat!

Storage information

Garlic and botulism are buds, so we need to be very carful about storing our garlic.

This smoked garlic can be kept in the fridge in a clean, air tight jar for 3-4 days.

If you have a surplus of garlic, simply lay the cloves on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze until firm. Pop the frozen cloves into a freezer bag and freeze until ready to use!

The frozen cloves can be thawed at room temperature, added to your recipes frozen or even heated in the microwave.

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Smoker - Kevy and I purchased a TRAEGER TIMBERLINE 1300 in June 2019. Our life has changed! It's such a great machine - we've run thousands of pounds of pellets through it and would buy it again and again!

Fully cooked garlic on a baking sheet

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Browned and smoked garlic in a parchment lined sheet pan.
Yield: 16 bulbs

Smoked Garlic

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes

Transform your garlic into smoky, mellow garlic that can't be beat! This easy to follow smoked garlic recipe will change your garlic game

Ingredients

  • 16 garlic bulbs
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat smoker to 180f.
  2. Slice the top off the garlic bulbs, just enough to expose the top of the cloves. This is best done with a sharp knife, and may even need a serrated knife to get a clean cut.
  3. Place the cut garlic bulbs on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  4. Drizzle or brush the top of the bulbs with olive oil.
  5. Place the baking sheets directly on the middle rack of your smoker.
  6. Smoke the garlic at 180f for 1 hour.
  7. Increase the temperature to 275f and smoke for 1 hour.
  8. Wrap the baking sheets in foil and smoke at 275f for a further 30 minutes.
  9. Remove the baking sheets from the grill and allow to cool before removing the cloves from the bulb. To remove, peel the outside of the bulbs by pulling down from the cut edge and then pulling out the clove.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

100

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 5Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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