Smoked Bologna Recipe

Smoked Bologna

This Smoked Bologna recipe is perfect for an afternoon snack, or a sliced bologna sandwich to satisfy your meat cravings. A smokey twist on classic meat, this recipe will have you drooling in anticipation. 

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Smoked Bologna

Bologna is classic meat that tastes great as-is, and even better when smoked. Prepare your smoker, season your bologna sausage and smoke low and slow for an incredible new taste.

Typically when you’re buying bologna from the grocery store, it’s already cooked and could be eaten as it comes. However, we prefer adding our own rubs and smoking to give us the sweet smokey flavour we’re after.

For a smoked bologna recipe that will please even the pickiest eaters in your life, read on:

How to Make Smoked Bologna

Step 1: Preheat Smoker

Preheat your smoker to 225°F/107°C and prepare your wood chips. We recommend using hickory or oak as they will provide a great smokey aroma for the sausage.

Step 2: Prepare Your Sausage

Score your bologna sausage on all sides in a criss-cross pattern. When you’re finished scoring, you should be left with diamond shapes throughout the whole sausage, allowing for an even and thorough cook when smoked.

Step 3: Season Your Sausage

Coat your sausage in mustard using an oil brush to allow the seasoning to stick to the bologna sausage. Mustard can be a love/hate condiment so if you don’t like yellow mustard, substitute with mayonnaise, olive oil or a small amount of honey instead.

Once you’ve prepped your sausage for seasoning, apply your rub on top. The rub should coat the entire sausage and stick well to the surface.

Step 4: Smoke Bologna

Smoke your bologna sausage for around 3 hours until it has changed colour. Although the bologna is already cooked, smoking it for 3 hours on low heat will allow the flavour to penetrate the meat, giving you a really tasty result.

If you’re an expert smoker, you may want to adjust the cooking time based on how you prefer your meat to be once smoked.

Step 5: Cover Sausage in BBQ Sauce

Remove the sausage from the heat, coat it in BBQ sauce using your oil brush & return to the smoker for a few more minutes. We usually recommend only around 5-10 minutes to allow the BBQ sauce to heat up and add stickiness to the outside of the sausage.

Step 6: Serve!

How you serve your bologna will depend on how you’re wanting to eat it. Slice into thick slices or “fingers” for a snack, or carve thin slices if you’re going to be making sandwiches.

Best Beer To Pair With Smoked Bologna

This humble yet delicious dish gets a flavor upgrade when kissed by the grill. But what’s a barbecue delight without the perfect beer to accompany it? Let’s explore the top beer pairings that will make your smoked bologna even more delightful.


Lager, the classic and versatile friend of the beer world, is a perfect match for your Smoked Bologna. Its crisp and clean taste won’t overshadow the smoky flavors, letting the bologna’s simplicity shine through. The effervescence of lager cleanses your palate, preparing it for another bite of smoky goodness. This pairing is like a backyard barbecue party where the beer keeps the vibe light, and the bologna takes center stage.


Pilsner, with its refreshing and slightly bitter character, brings an extra layer of excitement to your smoked bologna. The clean, clear taste of pilsner complements the smokiness of the dish and adds a zesty twist to every bite. This pairing is like a flavor dance party, where the bologna’s smoky charm meets the lively hops of the pilsner. The refreshing nature of this beer ensures your taste buds are ready for the next mouthful.

Pale Ale

Pale ale, the hoppy and balanced beer, can enhance the flavors of your Smoked Bologna. Its malt sweetness and hoppy notes create a harmonious contrast with the smoky, savory dish. The caramel hints in pale ale enhance the richness of the bologna, making each bite a delightful experience. This pairing is like a symphony of flavors, where the bologna’s simplicity meets the nuanced character of the pale ale, resulting in a delicious taste adventure.

Smoked Bologna

Smoked Bologna Recipe

Delicious Smoked Bologna you can try at home.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6




  • Preheat your smoker to 225°F/107°C
  • Score your bologna sausage on all sides in a criss-cross pattern
  • Coat your sausage in mustard and apply your chosen rub
  • Smoke your bologna sausage for around 3 hours
  • Remove the sausage from the heat, coat in BBQ sauce & return to the smoker
  • Serve in thick slices for snacks, or thin slices for sandwiches
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Smoked Bologna FAQs

Does Smoked Bologna Go Bad?

As with any edible item, smoked bologna does have a shelf life. Once smoked, you can store your bologna for up to 4 days in the refrigerator or 3 months in the freezer if stored in an airtight container.

What Is Chub Bologna?

Chub Bologna is basically compound and fully cooked meat; usually pork, beef, or veal. It is traditionally a great snack for children, though can be very versatile when paired with other recipes.

Can You Freeze Smoked Bologna?

You can freeze smoked bologna after cooking. We recommend sealing in an airtight container after it’s cooled, and it can be preserved for up to 3 months in the freezer.

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