In your childhood, you might have tried balogna at some point. Well, it’s time to introduce you to the same old balogna with a smokey twist. The smoked balogna recipe that you are about to read will leave your taste buds craving for it. And you couldn’t resist trying it out. This amazingly smoked balogna is going to be a fun and tasty recipe.
This is really easy to make and it tastes amazing. This is the perfect snack that you can have for lunch. You could also make crispy smoked balogna sandwiches out of it as well.
How to make smoked balogna
Smoking balogna might sound hard at first, but as you go through this recipe you will get the idea of how easy it is to make this smoked balogna. Just keep following the recipe notes and you will get there.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 4 hours, 10 minutes
- Wood Flavor: Hickory or oak
- Cooking Temperature: 225 ºF
- Servings: 6 people
- wood chips
- 3 pounds whole balogna chub
- 1/4 cup yellow mustard
- 1/4 cup Sweet BBQ Rub
- 1/2 cup BBQ Sauce
- Preheat the smoker to 225 degrees F. You can use any wood chips for smoke flavor. But if you use hickory or oak, they will give you a strong aroma and flavor.
- Take a sharp knife and score the balogna in a diamond pattern. Do this on all sides of the balogna.
- It’s time to cover it with yellow mustard, once it is all covered in mustard, now add some sweet BBQ rub over it and give this chub of baalogna a good massage.
- Now put it in the smoker using a grilling grate. As you would know balogna is already cooked so you will just smoke it till you get the desired color and flavor of smoke. Although you can cook it for 4 hours, this is the time in which it will get the color and also absorb the flavor.
- In the last 30 minutes brush balogna with BBQ sauce. Make sure to cover the entire balogna.
- Once ready you can serve it as an appetizer. You can cut thick slices or thin slices and use it for the sandwich.
BBQ Hero Tips : Whenever you plan to visit deli counter always get the whole balogna rather than buying sliced balogna.
Detailed Cooking Instructions
Preheating the smoker
Whenever we tend to smoke something, the first and foremost part is to pre-heat the smoker. Spread the coals evenly in the smoker and light it up. The temperature should be set to 225 degrees F.
Throw up the wood chips on the coals. These smoking wood chunks will give the balogna its smoky flavor. You can use any type of wood chunks, but hickory and oak will give this recipe a bit strong flavor which will level up the game. Feel free to get any wood which you feel like according to your taste and preferences.
Score the balogna
This is the fun part. Take a sharp paring knife and a cutting board place the whole balogna on it, and with the help of a knife score a diamond shape pattern on the entire surface of the balogna.
These should be made ⅛ of an inch deep and should be cut horizontally. What these cuts will do is they will help the spice rub to penetrate into the meat completely making it more flavorful and toothsome.
Place balogna on a grill and smother it with mustard sauce. Use your fingers to open the slits you made and get the mustard there. Once it is completely covered in mustard, it’s time to add in your favorite barbecue rub.
Sprinkle the rub on evenly and generously, as this is what’s going to give the balogna its amazing flavor. Again, use your fingers to get the seasoning into the cuts of the balogna.
Smoke the balogna
Set the cooking grate and place the marinated balogna on the grate. Now place this in the smoker, and close the lid of the smoker. As we know that balogna is pre-cooked, so the cooking time depends on how much smoke flavor and what color you want on the outside of the balogna.
The recommended time is 3 to 4 hours. If you want more smoke flavor then adding chunks of wood will help in producing smoke and once the smoke is produced then it’s up to you how much smoke time you want.
In the last 30 minutes of cooking, use a brush and apply mustard barbecue sauce while you smoke balogna. This will give the smoked meat such an amazing taste and color.
Slice and Serve
Now your balogna is ready to be served. Don’t slice it immediately, allow it to cool for 10 minutes, and then slice it according to your use. You can cut it in cubes or you can slice it thin or thick. Do it the way you feel like it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does smoked balogna go bad?
The answer would be yes. Like other food you use or buy, they have a certain shelf life after which they are not of any use. Smoked balogna or any other meat like fish, chicken, or anything also has a shelf life, but if you preserve it carefully it can last up to 4 days in the fridge and 3 months in the freezer.
How long can smoked balogna sit out?
It will last for 2 hours at room temperature. After that, you will have to discard it. The reason for that is bacteria grow rapidly and especially at certain temperatures between like 40 degrees F to 140 degrees F. So that is why the smoked balogna will not last more than 2-3 hours at room temperature if kept open outside.
What is Chub Balogna?
Chub Balogna is basically compound and fully cooked meat; let it be pork, beef, or veal. It is traditionally a kid’s favorite meat, but once you try it this becomes your favorite too.
Can you freeze balogna?
Of course, you can freeze it. Deli products can be frozen perfectly and especially, the cured ones like sausage and balogna. They are easy to freeze because of their dense texture and they are extremely low in water content. Which makes them absolutely perfect for freezing them, and later using them. You can also freeze smoked balogna by wrapping it tightly and putting it in the freezer. It will last 3 to 4 months.