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The Best Smoked Pumpkins

The Best Smoked Pumpkin

4.5 from 4 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: smoked vegetable
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Author: Derrick Riches


  • 2-3 small cooking pumpkins


  • Cut each pumpkin in half. Refer to the recipe photo as a guide. Leave the innards intact. Once cooked, it will be easier to take out.
  • Prepare your cooking equipment of a 1-hour smoke at a temperature around 250 If using a charcoal grill, then prepare it for indirect grilling, by placing the coals on one side. Adjust the vents so that you can maintain the desired temperature.
  • Set pumpkin halves on the smoker or grill away from the fire. Add wood chunks to generate the type of smoke you prefer. Smoke pumpkins for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. No more. If the flesh is not tender enough, move to your oven and cook for an additional 20-30 minutes at 350 degrees F.
  • Once pumpkin flesh is soft, remove from heat and place onto a large tray. Cool for 30 minutes before handling. Remove seeds and reserve (see pumpkin seed recipe located in the post).
    Scoop out flesh and use as needed. The pumpkin will smell smoky, so keep that in mind. Use right away or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


Pumpkin photos by: Sabrina Baksh