Simple but tasty, Smoked Roasted Garlic may just be one of BBQ’s most versatile foods! The perfect compliment to any food, 2 ingredients and a few simple steps help you take your BBQ to the next level.
Smoked Roasted Garlic
While the list of BBQ condiments is a never ending list that grows every year, it’s possible that no condiment is as versatile as garlic. Roasting the garlic only adds to it’s versatility. Roasted garlic can be used as a spread or a condiment and we’re making it even better by smoking it!
Overall, garlic has a very potent and strong flavor, we’re taming that flavor by roasting it. Bringing in that strong flavor and adding a little smoke allows you to use garlic in a variety of ways with your other BBQ goodies on your table. Add a few more ingredients and you can create a very tasty Roasted Garlic Aioli or just serve it in the bulbs itself for a delicious side!
We all know that smoking is about the meats, and that’s fine, but try adding this garlic to Grilled Hanger Steak or some Grilled Chicken Thighs and you just gave your star attractions a side kick that will take them to the next level.
How to make Smoked Roasted Garlic
Garlic – While there are many varieties of garlic, the garlic you find mostly in your local grocery stores is Softneck Garlic. This bulb of garlic has a great mild flavor and stores very well.
Olive Oil – Not all oils are created equally. Olive oil will add some great flavor that compliments the garlic.
Preparing the Garlic
Prepare your smoker as needed and preheat it to the temperature of 225°. For this dish we’ll be using Hickory wood. Hickory is a strong wood flavor which is exactly what you want. You don’t want these smoked roasted garlic treats to taste like they came out of an oven!
Keeping the bulb intact, clear the outer layers of the skin off. You want to leave the thicker inner skin on.
Once you have peeled the garlic, next you will be slicing off the tips of the garlic. While you want to remove enough for of the tip for the oil to saturate the bulb, you don’t want to cut more of the garlic meat than necessary. You are looking to cut off about 1/4 of an inch off.
After being trimmed, place each bulb into it’s own square of foil with the trimmed part up.
Drizzle about a teaspoon of olive oil onto each bulb and wrap them all tightly with the foil.
Place the wrapped garlic bulbs into a skillet or other grill/smoker safe container and slide those babies into your smoker.
Smoke the garlic for about 3 hours at 225°.
After 3 hours, take your garlic out of the smoker. It’s time to unwrap each little present and see what the gods of BBQ have gifted you. Each bulb should be noticeably darker in color and may even exude a cross between a beautiful garlic and hickory scent.
Let the bulbs cool before using. Once they’ve cooled enough to handle, squeeze out the garlic, and enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions
As I mentioned a few times, this Smoked Roasted Garlic may be one of the most versatile condiments coming off your BBQ. There are just so many things you can do with it. Here are just a few of my favorites:
Mix it into classic, soft and fluffy Mashed Potatoes.
Mix it with some olive oil and use that mixture to toss your Oven Roasted Potatoes and roasted vegetables.
Blend it into your Hummus or white bean dip.
Combine it with room temperature butter for a delicious roasted garlic butter spread.
Make roasted garlic aioli.
Spread it on toast or crostini.
Toss it with roasted vegetables.
Mix it into pasta sauce, whether it’s tomato pasta sauce or alfredo pasta sauce.
Use it in soups like Potato Soup, Cauliflower Soup, Tomato Soup, Beef and Vegetable Soup, and many more!
Mix it with ground meats to make burgers, turkey burgers, and chicken burgers that much more flavorful!
How to store Smoked Roasted Garlic
You have to store it in the refrigerator or freezer!
If you plan to use it within about a week, you can store roasted garlic in a zip-top food storage bag or an airtight container.
To store it in the refrigerator for longer, place the bulbs into a glass jar or another food storage container and add enough olive oil to cover it. Make sure to refrigerate it! This will help keep it fresh for about 2 weeks.
(Perk, you get delicious roasted garlic olive oil!)
You can also store roasted garlic, whether it’s in oil or not, in the freezer. If you do store it in the freezer, make sure to use tempered glass or a freezer friendly food storage container. You can freeze it in oil or without oil, in the skin or taken out of skin. Frozen, it should last for up to a year.
Important Storing Notes:
Do not store roasted garlic at room temperature! Keeping roasted garlic at room temperature will create the perfect conditions for development of botulism-causing bacteria.
How to Serve:
Smoked Roasted Garlic is the perfect companion for most any dish and for anyone who loves Garlic. If you looking for pairings, look no further than our Grilled Filet Mignon or these amazing Grilled Steak Kebabs!
Smoked Roasted Garlic
- 4 clove garlic
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Prepare your smoker as needed and preheat it to the temperature of 225°. For this dish we’ll be using Hickory wood.
- Keeping the bulb intact, clear the outer layers of the skin off.
- Slice off the tips of each clove. Cut about 1/4 of an inch off.
- Place each bulb into it's own square of foil with the trimmed part up.
- Drizzle about a teaspoon of olive oil onto each bulb and wrap them all tightly with the foil.
- Place the wrapped garlic bulbs into a skillet or other grill/smoker safe container and slide those babies into your smoker.
- Smoke the garlic for about 3 hours at 225°.
- After 3 hours, take your garlic out of the smoker.
- Let the bulbs cool down before using.