Smoked Deviled Eggs are the ultimate appetizer for game day, summer barbecues, holidays, or any fun occasion. Smoking boiled eggs gives deviled eggs a deep and incredible smoky flavor. If you have a Traeger, pellet grill, or smoker, this is the recipe for you!
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Best Smoked Deviled Eggs Recipe
Smoked deviled eggs are a totally appealing twist on an old classic. Smoked hard-boiled egg whites serve as the base for a slightly spicy and tangy filling. These smoked deviled eggs take you to a higher flavor level that you’ve simply have to try! The smoke flavor really does make a big difference!
What Are Smoked Deviled Eggs?
Smoked deviled eggs are hard-boiled egg whites that are then smoked. The end result is eggs that have absorbed a lot of flavor from the smoke and are ready for your favorite filling.
You may be surprised to learn that smoked eggs are not new. They actually go back a couple of thousand years as an appetizer of choice. However, they earned the name “deviled” in the 1700s when the Puritans told everyone that using spices in food was an invitation to the devil.
What Makes Smoked Deviled Eggs the Perfect Addition to a BBQ?
A boiled egg white provides the perfect vessel for the smoke to permeate. The extra time in the smoker gives these eggs an insane flavor that you’ve simply got to experience for yourself. So, kick off your BBQ festivities with this smokin’ crowd-pleasing starter.
These are the best smoked deviled eggs. They are so good that you’ll never go back to eating a plain old deviled egg after trying this smoked deviled eggs recipe – all thanks to an invigorating blast of wood smoke!
Ingredients for Making the Best Smoked Deviled Eggs
It’s the filling that makes the deviled egg. The filling in this smoked deviled eggs recipe has a bit of everything – it’s savory and spicy. Here’s what you’ll need to pick up at the store to make these eggs:
- White onion
- Marzetti Slaw Dressing
- Paprika – regular or smoked paprika
- Brown mustard or Dijon mustard
- Cracked black pepper
How to Make Smoked Deviled Eggs
Making these smoked deviled eggs couldn’t be easier.
- Place the eggs in a large stockpot and add enough water to completely cover them.
- Bring to a rolling boil, then cover the pot and remove it from the heat. Let it sit for 8 minutes to finish cooking the eggs.
- Place the boiled eggs in an ice bath.
- Peel the eggs.
- Preheat the smoker to 180°F.
- Smoke the eggs for 45 minutes.
- Remove the eggs from the smoker and let cool for 5 minutes.
- Slice the eggs in half lengthwise and remove the yolks.
- Combine the yolks with the rest of the ingredients.
- Place the mixture in a plastic ziptop bag and cut the corner from the bag.
- Pipe the deviled egg filling into the halved egg whites.
- Top with dill, chives, and a sprinkle of paprika. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Note on Smoking Boiled Eggs
The longer your eggs are smoked, the more color they will take on. Around thirty minutes, they will be light yellow and closer to the hour mark, more of a very light brown.
The change in color is normal and reassures you that your eggs are absorbing that delightful smoky flavor.
Variations on This Smoked Deviled Eggs Recipe
Feel free to adjust the toppings to align with your personal preference. Here are some ideas to change up this classic recipe:
- Top with pickled jalapenos and a sprinkling of BBQ seasoning.
- Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of roasted and diced red bell peppers.
- Top the deviled eggs with crumbled bacon and paprika.
- Try a little chow chow, mild or hot – a Southern staple that adds a great flavor.
- Put a drop of sriracha or your favorite hot sauce on top for a little kick of heat.
- For even more flavor, top the eggs with brisket, smoked pork, or smoked salmon.
How to Cook the Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs
This best smoked deviled eggs recipe uses the following method of preparing hard-boiled eggs:
- Submerge the eggs in a stockpot covered with cold water. Starting with cold water makes the eggs easier to peel and provides even cooking.
- Bring to a rolling boil, then immediately remove from the heat and cover. Let the eggs finish cooking for 10 to 11 minutes.
- Remove the eggs and place them in an ice bath. The ice bath halts the egg from cooking any further.
Read more on how to boil eggs on stove with tips for buying eggs and information on egg sizes.
How to Hard Boil Eggs in an Instant Pot
- Place the eggs on top of the trivet and add 1 cup of water.
- Set the instant pot to cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.
- Do a natural release for 5 minutes, then cool the eggs in an ice bath for 5 minutes.
For more information, read my article on Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs.
What Types of Pellets Should You Use?
The milder fruitwoods like apple, maple, or cherry work well. Alder and hickory are good too.
The eggs will absorb a lot of flavor from the smoke, so it’s best to stay away from the bolder flavors. Also, some woods like mesquite, for example, have more savory and bitter notes that aren’t suitable for these deviled eggs.
Check out Traeger’s selection of pellets suitable for making Traeger smoked deviled eggs.
Tips for Getting Smoky Eggs
If your smoker has a hard time staying at low temps and producing lots of smoke, here’s what you can do:
- To get the extra smoke, light the wood chips directly on fire and then let them smolder.
- If the chips start burning up too quickly, put them out. The smoke from them will still do the trick.
- Alternatively, you can use a smoke tube. These are super cool for giving you a lot of smoke. Just fill the smoker tube with pellets and light!
How to Serve Smoked Deviled Eggs
Apart from serving them as an appetizer at your summer barbeques, deviled eggs are great for brunch, and they pack well for tailgating or taking on a picnic.
Check out these handy covered deviled egg trays to carry them in.
How to Store Smoked Eggs
Ideally, it’s best to enjoy deviled eggs when they are fresh. However, leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. The yolks may darken a little because of oxidation, but they are still ok to eat.
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Smoked Deviled Eggs
- 12 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 white onion diced
- 1 cup Marzetti slaw dressing
- 2 tablespoon brown mustard
- ½ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
- ¼ cup chopped chives
- 1 tablespoon fresh dill
- Place eggs into a stockpot. Add cold water until the eggs are submerged. Place over medium high heat uncovered and bring to a rolling boil. Immediately remove from heat and cover. Let finish cooking for 8 minutes.
- While the eggs finish cooking, fill a bowl with cold water and ice. After 6 minutes, remove eggs with a slotted spoon and place into the ice bath.
- Tap eggs against a hard surface then roll to further crack the eggs. Peel carefully under running cold water.
- Set the smoker to 180°F. Preheat for 15 minutes with the lid closed. Be sure the auger is filled with your preferred flavored pellets or chips. Hickory is recommended.
- Place peeled eggs directly onto the grill grates and close the lid.
- Smoke for 45 minutes.
- Remove the eggs from the smoker and let them cool for 5 minutes.
- Slice eggs in half lengthwise and remove the yolks. Place the yolks in a large mixing bowl.
- Add slaw dressing, mustard, pepper, onions, and chives (leave a tablespoon of chives for garnish).
- Thoroughly mix until smooth
- Transfer the mixture to a ziptop bag. Cut the corner of the bag.
- Pipe the yolk mixture into the halved egg whites.
- Top with dill, chives, and a sprinkle of paprika.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.