Smoked Asparagus is one of the best and most enjoyable vegetable side dishes during the summer months. It goes well with any meat (particularly smoked meats) and can take on almost any flavor profile that you want to try.
This smoked asparagus recipe is simple and easy to make! With only a couple of ingredients and your pellet grill, you’ll have perfectly cooked smoked asparagus in 30 minutes!
If you’re looking to pair your smoked asparagus with some meat, we highly recommend trying our Smoked Brisket, Smoked Chicken Breast, or Reverse Seared Steak recipes! These recipes give you detailed instructions on how to smoke the best meat possible!
How to make Smoked Asparagus
In this recipe, we’ll walk you through our exact process of making perfectly smoked asparagus using your pellet grill, offset, or charcoal smoker. Once you try this recipe, you’ll be able to easily smoke asparagus for any meal!
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 30 mins
- Total Time: 40 mins
- Cook Temperature: 250ºF
- Wood Flavor: Oak or Competition
- Servings: 4 people
- Pellet Grill, Charcoal Grill, or Offset Smoker
- Wood Pellets, Charcoal or Wood Chunks
- Commercial grade tinfoil, tinfoil pan or grilling basket
- 1 bunch of fresh asparagus
- Olive Oil (spray or liquid)
- ½ tablespoon of garlic powder
- Kosher salt
- Ground pepper (optional)
- ½ fresh lemon
- ¼ cup of butter, cut into slices or small chunks
- ½ fresh lemon
- Start your smoker, grab your wood pellets, and get the temperature stable at 250ºF.
- Break the bottom of the asparagus spears off. To do this, bend them until their natural point of weakness. Wherever they snap in half, that’s the size you want!
- Spread asparagus spears on the aluminum foil and give them a light covering of olive oil.
- Once all spears are spread out and covered with olive oil, top with butter slices, garlic, and salt.
- Fold the edges of the foil to make a pouch where the asparagus and butter will sit. Do not seal the top, we want the smoke to surround the asparagus during the cooking process.
- Place the aluminum pouch of asparagus onto your preheated smoker and smoke for 30 minutes.
- Remove from the grill, squeeze on your fresh lemon juice and serve immediately!
BBQ Tip: When selecting your fresh asparagus, choose spears that have the thickness of a wooden pencil. Refrain using too thin or too thick spears. The reason of opposing this practice is beacuse if you take too thin asparagus stalk it might get a bit soft, simillarly if you take too thick asparagus stalk it might destroy the texture and taste. You want a size right in the middle!
Detailed Cooking Instructions
1) Start your smoker, get it to 250ºF
Smoked asparagus is best cooked at 250ºF for 30 minutes. Over the years we’ve had a lot of asparagus on our grills and we’ve found that this is a perfect time and temp to get the best texture from your asparagus.
2) Break the Asparagus down
Breaking down your fresh asparagus is really simple. Just grab the asparagus stalk in your hand, holding each side with your fingers, and then bend in half. The asparagus stalk will break in half at the exact point that you want. Splitting off the softer and editable part of the asparagus stalk, from the hard and chewy part. Keep the top side of the asparagus stalk for cooking.
3) Season the Asparagus
Don’t worry about over-seasoning your asparagus. Between the natural smoke flavor from your smoker and some light and simple seasoning, you can make some seriously delicious smoked asparagus.
The simplest way to season asparagus is to cover the spears in a light coat of olive oil, then sprinkle equal parts garlic powder, salt, and pepper (optional) onto your asparagus spears. Mix them all up to ensure they are coated evenly then get them on the smoker.
4) Smoke the Asparagus
Perfectly smoked asparagus takes about 30min on the grill. Once your asparagus spears are seasoned (see step 3) then it’s time to put them into an aluminum tray or boat and get them on the smoker.
To make an aluminum boat, tear off two 12-18″ pieces of aluminum and place them on top of each other. Grab the edges of both sheets and fold them up so that you get 4 sides to the boat that are about 1″ tall. This will stop your asparagus or any juices from rolling out of the boat when on the smoker.
Once your asparagus spears are in the aluminum tray (or boat), add a couple of clumps of butter on top of the spears and place the entire thing on the smoker in indirect heat.
After about 30 minutes, your smoked asparagus should be perfectly cooked. Pull it off your grill, add a squeeze of lemon juice (optional for a fresh punch of flavor) and then serve with your favorite meat dish!
BBQ Tip: Make sure to preheat your grill and get the temperature stable before putting the asparagus on your smoker. Having too much temperature fluctuation can cause blackening of the asparagus.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are so many ways to cook, grill, fry, or smoke asparagus. Here are a few of the most frequently asked and answered questions about smoking asparagus.
Should you soak asparagus before cooking?
You can soak asparagus before cooking if you want, but it’s not necessary. Soaking asparagus is usually just meant to make sure that the spears are clean and free of any dirt before you start the cooking process. We normally give them a good rinse in the sink.
How do you stop asparagus from getting soggy?
The best way to stop asparagus from getting soggy is not to overcook it. Cooking asparagus at 250ºF for 30min should give you the perfect texture for your grilled, smoked or baked asparagus.
Perfectly cooked asparagus is not too soft (chewy) and not too hard. Once you follow this smoked asparagus recipe, make sure to serve the asparagus right away. Waiting too long after it’s been cooked causes your asparagus to get soft and lose texture.
What meat goes best with asparagus?
Asparagus goes well with smoked chicken breast, smoked salmon, smoked pork chops or any cut of smoked steak. When cooked well, it can also be paired with any number of dishes.
If you’re looking to expand your BBQ skills, take a look through some of our smoked beef, smoked chicken or smoked fish recipes. Any of these recipes will pair well with this smoked asparagus recipe.
Can you eat asparagus raw?
Yes, you can eat asparagus raw. However, asparagus spears are tough and can be difficult to chew and swallow. If you want to eat asparagus raw, slice it as thinly as possible so that it doesn’t become a choking hazard.
What are the benefits of eating asparagus?
Asparagus has a large number of nutritional benefits which include folic acid (which is important for pregnant women), potassium, fiber, thiamin, and vitamins A, B6, and C.
If you are calories conscious, you can pair asparagus with a lower fat meat-like chicken or turkey.
If you are looking to add more nutrition to your diet or have low levels of any of the vitamins listed above, try adding more asparagus to your diet. It can help you raise your nutrition levels and add some much-needed compounds to your diet.
Does asparagus get softer the longer you cook it?
Yes, asparagus does get softer the longer you cook it. That’s why we recommend cooking asparagus for 30 minutes at 250ºF. This will give you the perfect texture for your asparagus.
Many people do not follow the proper technique and cook it for too long, resulting in soggy and soft asparagus. When the taste and texture are not good, people start disliking it. To get it to the right texture, just follow the instructions above.
Smoking asparagus is also amazing because the smoker allows you to set the temperature to your exact preferences which minimizes the chances of not cooking it properly.
What flavors go well with asparagus?
The simplest way to season asparagus is with garlic powder, salt and pepper. It’s a classic asparagus seasoning that everyone will love.
However, since asparagus can take on any flavor, feel free to try any of the BBQ seasonings in your house when smoking asparagus. We particularly like adding jalapeno salt, smoked applewood or anything that tastes like bacon!
An easy way to add a little freshness to your smoked asparagus is to squeeze some lemon juice on it after it’s done cooking. The lemon juice will add a pop of freshness to the vegetables.
BBQ Tip: One of the best asparagus seasonings I’ve ever tried was using small amount truffle salt. If you can find truffle salt locally, I highly recommend having it in your spice cupboard.
Give this Smoked Asparagus Recipe
Smoked Asparagus is easy to make and can be added as a side to any meat dish as part of a healthy balanced meal. Since it’s low in calories, you don’t have to feel guilty about eating it! Once you’ve tried smoked asparagus, you’ll want to have it with every meal!
Great Smoked Vegetable Options
If you’re looking to try other smoked vegetables, make sure to give our Smoked Corn on the Cob or Smoked Baked Potato recipes a try as well. They are easy to make and also go well with any meat and grilled asparagus.