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Garlic lovers unite! This smoked garlic is a game changer.

Smoked Garlic
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Are you always looking for new ways to use garlic in your recipes? Roasted garlic was a staple ingredient in our cooking until we made a batch of smoked garlic. Imagine soft, flavorful garlic cloves with a touch of smoky goodness. That kiss of smoke makes all the difference! And you can do so much with it!

What can I do with smoked garlic?

You can use it in aioli, mayonnaise, gravies, or compound butter. Smear it on bread, use it in stuffing, au gratin potatoes, and cream sauces, or apply it on steaks and roasted vegetables. 

How do you smoke garlic?

We use a hot smoking technique for this smoked garlic recipe. That means using a low temperature (225 degrees F) cooking in a pellet grill, offset smoker, or kamado grill to produce ample smoke easily. The cooking process will take about 90 minutes

For this smoked garlic recipe, we used a pellet grill. It’s likely the easiest and most forgiving equipment for simple recipes like this. You will need a disposable aluminum pan and enough wood pellets to get you through a 90-minute cooking time.

Plated smoked garlic
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What is the best wood for smoking garlic?

You can use any type of wood, but we recommend apple, oak, cherry, or pecan wood. 

Ingredients

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  • 5-6 heads of garlic (a 1/2 pound)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (plus more as needed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 9″ X 9″ aluminum pan
  • aluminum foil 

How to cut garlic

How to cut garlic
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  • We recommend using a sharp knife for the job. Don’t use too much force, or the garlic will split, and you will have individual cloves scattered everywhere.
  • Turn the garlic on its side, and cut off the top portion. If you have a particularly tough head of garlic, try using a serrated knife.
Cut garlic
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How to make smoked garlic

raw garlic in smoker
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  • Preheat your grill to 225 degrees F. Add your desired wood chips for about 5 minutes before placing the garlic on the smoker. If you are using a gas grill, we recommend using a smoker tube to help generate smoke.
  • Next, place the cut garlic cloves, cut side up, into an aluminum pan.
  • Drizzle each head with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, and season with salt.
  • Place garlic into the smoker, close the lid, and let it go for an hour.

Step two

smoked garlic halfway through cooking time
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  • After an hour, pour about 1/2 tablespoon more olive oil onto each head of garlic, and cover the pan with aluminum foil.
  • Place it back into the smoker for 30-40 minutes until the garlic is tender and has a nice brown color.

Step three

  • Remove the pan from your smoker, and place it onto a heat-resistant surface. Carefully remove the foil and let the garlic rest for 15 minutes.
Removing garlic cloves
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  • Once they have cooled, hold the garlic by the base and gently squeeze to pop out the cloves.
  • Use them immediately, or store them in an airtight jar in your refrigerator for 5 days. Freeze in zip-top bags for up to 6 weeks.
Smoked Garlic Sauce
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Smoked Garlic Sauce

This garlic sauce is incredibly flavorful and perfect for burgers, sandwiches, prime rib, steaks, fries, and vegetables.

  • 1 head’s worth of smoked garlic cloves
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions:

  • Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor. 
  • Puree mixture to your preferred consistency, taste, and adjust salt and pepper as needed.
  • Use immediately, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4 days.
Smoked Garlic

Smoked Garlic

Garlic lovers unite! This smoked garlic is a game changer.
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Course: Ingredients
Cuisine: American BBQ, American Food
Keyword: pellet grill smoked garlic, smoekd garlic recipe, smoked garlic
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 27kcal

Ingredients

  • 5-6 heads of garlic a 1/2 pound
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil plus more as needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 9" X 9" aluminum pan
  • aluminum foil

Instructions

  • Preheat your grill to 225 degrees F. Add your desired wood chips for about 5 minutes before placing the garlic on the smoker. If you are using a gas grill, we recommend using a smoker tube to help generate smoke.
  • Next, place the cut garlic cloves, cut side up, into an aluminum pan.
  • Drizzle each head with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, and season with salt.
  • Place garlic into the smoker, close the lid, and let it go for an hour.
  • After an hour, pour about 1/2 tablespoon more olive oil onto each head of garlic, and cover the pan with aluminum foil.
  • Place it back into the smoker for 30-40 minutes until the garlic is tender and has a nice brown color.
  • Remove the pan from your smoker, and place it onto a heat-resistant surface. Carefully remove the foil and let the garlic rest for 15 minutes.
  • Once they have cooled, hold the garlic by the base and gently squeeze to pop out the cloves.
  • Use them immediately, or store them in an airtight jar in your refrigerator for 5 days. Freeze in zip-top bags for up to 6 weeks.
  • See notes section below for smoked garlic sauce recipe.

Notes

How to cut garlic
  1. Please use this diagram to help you determine where to cut the garlic.
    We recommend using a sharp knife for the job. Don’t use too much force, or the garlic will split, and you will have individual cloves scattered everywhere.
  2. Turn the garlic on its side, and cut off the top portion. If you have a particularly tough head of garlic, try using a serrated knife.
 
Smoked Garlic Sauce
1 head’s worth of smoked garlic cloves
1/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and black pepper to taste
  1. Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor.
  2. Puree mixture, taste, and adjust salt and pepper as needed.
  3. Use immediately, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4 days.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 27kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.5g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 117mg | Potassium: 6mg | Fiber: 0.03g | Sugar: 0.01g | Vitamin A: 0.1IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.04mg
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I began writing about Barbecue & Grilling in 1997 with one mission, to help the backyard chef have the best experience possible.

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