Smoked Garlic

Fresh cut garlic seasoned with salt, pepper, and your favorite barbeque rub and drizzled with olive oil is smoked to tender browned perfection and then used for making everything from garlic bread to pasta sauce. This smoked garlic will become your new favorite way to add flavor to every dish! 

Garlic is a popular plant that is used to add flavor to a variety of different dishes, such as salad dressing, soups, vegetables, and sauces. It has a strong, pungent taste that many people enjoy. You can eat fresh garlic, or you can cook it. It can also be dried and powdered or turned into a paste. Look no further than smoked garlic if you’re looking for a new and exciting way to enjoy garlic. Its unique flavor will tantalize your taste buds and leave you wanting more!

Smoking garlic takes an already delicious food to the next level, infusing it with a rich and savory flavor. If you’ve never tried smoked garlic before, you’re in for a treat! Smoked garlic is a delicious way to add depth of flavor to your dishes. It’s subtly smoky and garlicky, and it goes well with just about anything. And since it’s so easy to make, there’s no reason not to give it a try! So what are you waiting for? Get smoking!

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Why You’ll Love This Smoked Garlic Recipe

Delicious- Garlic’s flavor is really enhanced when it’s smoked. The smoking process infuses garlic with a deep, rich flavor. Adding your favorite barbeque rub, olive oil, salt, and pepper before smoking takes garlic to a new dimension of mouthwatering flavor

Easy- This recipe is easy to follow, and it doesn’t require any special equipment. As long as you have a smoker, you can make this delicious smoked garlic!

Versatile- Smoked garlic can be used in so many different ways! Add it to your favorite pasta recipe or mashed potatoes, or use it to add flavor to a wide variety of other dishes.

Simple Ingredients- Smoking garlic only requires a few simple ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry. If not, you can easily find the components at your local supermarket.

Budget-Friendly- Smoked garlic is a great way to add flavor to your dishes without breaking the bank. Fresh garlic can be expensive, but this recipe will allow you to get the most out of your garlic cloves without spending a lot of money.

Equipment Needed To Make This Smoked Garlic With BBQ Rub

  • Sharp Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Aluminum or Cast Iron Pan
  • Wood Pellets for a pellet smoker (I use Traeger Signature Blend)
  • Measuring Spoons
Smoked Garlic Ingredients

Ingredients For Smoked Garlic

  • Garlic Bulbs
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • BBQ Rub
  • Olive Oil

How To Make Fresh Smoked Garlic

Preheat your smoker to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut the tops off the garlic bulbs. Typically, you should cut about 1/2 inch off the bulb to expose the individual cloves. Then place the garlic cut side up in the pan with salt, pepper, and desired BBQ rub. Drizzle with olive oil and place garlic into the preheated smoker.

Allow the garlic to smoke for 1 hour before turning the temperature up to 225 degrees for an additional hour or until softened and beginning to brown. When the garlic is cooked to your liking, remove it from the smoker and gently squeeze the garlic to remove the cloves from the bulb. Enjoy your smoked garlic as desired.

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How To Reheat & Store Smoked Garlic With Barbeque Rub

What Is The Best Way To Store Smoked Garlic?

It would be best to keep leftover smoked garlic with barbeque rub in the refrigerator in an airtight container for extended freshness.

How Long Will BBQ Smoked Garlic Last In The Fridge?

Smoked garlic with BBQ rub will last in the fridge for up to a week when stored correctly in an airtight container.

Can I Freeze Smoked Garlic?

Yes, you can freeze this smoked garlic. Place cooled smoked garlic in a freezer-safe bag or container and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months. Allow the garlic to thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

How To Reheat Smoked Garlic With BBQ Rub?

I recommend reheating smoked garlic in a cast-iron skillet on the stove over low heat until warmed through. You could also reheat it in the oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes.

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Smoked Garlic FAQs

I don’t have any olive oil on hand. Is there something else I can use?

If you don’t have olive oil, any other cooking oil will work just fine. Canola oil, vegetable oil, and even coconut oil would all be suitable substitutes.

Can I use a different type of smoker for this recipe?

Yes, you can use any type of smoker for this recipe. I have an electric pellet smoker, but you could also use a gas or charcoal smoker. Just make sure the temperature is set to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

Do I have to peel the garlic cloves before smoking?

No, there is no need to peel the garlic cloves before smoking. The skins will be soft and easy to remove after smoking.

Can I use different flavored wood pellets for this recipe?

Yes, you can use any type of wood pellets you like. Mesquite, applewood, or hickory would all be good choices.

Is this recipe gluten-free?

Yes, this recipe is gluten-free as long as you use a gluten-free BBQ rub.

Do I have to use a BBQ rub?

No, you don’t have to use a BBQ rub if you don’t want to. The garlic will still be delicious without it. However, the rub does add an extra layer of flavor that takes this recipe to the next level.

Can I make smoked garlic without a smoker?

Of course! If you don’t have a smoker, you can make roasted garlic in the oven. Cut the tops off the garlic bulbs and place them on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and roast in a preheated 400 degree Fahrenheit oven for 30-35 minutes.

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Smoked Garlic

Fresh cut garlic bulbs seasoned with salt, pepper, and your favorite BBQ rub before being drizzled in olive oil and smoked to fragrant tender brown perfection.
Course Vegetables
Cuisine American
Keyword smoked garlic
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Calories 137kcal
Author Chris Riley


  • 3 garlic bulbs whole
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp BBQ Rub I used Holy Gospel
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  • Preheat the smoker to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Carefully slice the tops of the garlic bulbs off, about a half of an inch deep.
    Smoked Garlic slice off top
  • Place the garlic cut side up into the pan.
    Smoked Garlic place on pan
  • Sprinkle some salt, pepper and BBQ Rub of choice. Drizzle with Olive Oil
    Smoked Garlic
  • Place the pan into the preheated smoker and smoke for one hour.
    Smoked Garlic
  • Then heat the smoker up to 225 degrees and let the garlic smoke another hour or until softened and starting to brown.
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  • Once desired softness is reached, remove from the smoker.
    Smoked Garlic
  • Gently squeeze the garlic to remove the clove from the bulb and enjoy as desired.
    Smoked Garlic



You can use an aluminum pan or foil.
Make sure you are using a very sharp knife in order to safely cut the tops of the garlic off.
Smoke times may vary according to your smoker & ability to control the temperature.


Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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2 Replies to “Smoked Garlic

  1. Ya, been doing this for awhile now on my GMG Boone, been making roasted garlic no kneed bread in a Dutch oven on my GMG works good.

  2. I questioned the temp & time but faithfully followed the directions anyway. The result is crunchy warm garlic that still has the tangy bite of raw garlic. You will not achieve the butter like consistency at this low temp. The upside is the house doesn’t smell like garlic. If you want spreadable garlic increase the temp to 375 – 400 degrees and cook for an hour +/-. When the garlic starts to bulge out of the top your done.

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