Asparagus on Smoker Grill

Smoker grill enthusiasts are always on the lookout for new flavors and techniques to add to their repertoire. While flavorsome smoked meats like chicken, steak and pork are often in the limelight, this easy and delicious asparagus is a must-try.

Why Asparagus?

Shallow Photo of Asparagus

Aside from the fact that it has recently been World Asparagus Day, the vegetable has a unique earthy and slightly sweet profile. This base flavor makes it a great canvas for the rich smoky hues you can acquire using the smoker grill. Asparagus also maintains its signature crunch when grilled.

The asparagus is also very versatile! You can make a unique fresh summer salad with it, or use it to accompany your steak or chicken. Not to mention, it’s highly customizable; simply add some chilli or honey for a personal twist. If this isn’t enough to convince you, asparagus is super easy to cook and requires minimal prep time.

The versatile veg has been so popular in recent years that Quadrant2Design, a UK exhibition stand designer, celebrated World Asparagus Day with an asparagus-themed potluck meal!

Which Asparagus Works Best for a Smoker Grill?

Truthfully, all types of asparagus work well, however, variations with thicker stalks are the best. This is partly because the asparagus does not slip through the grill grates, but also because asparagus with thin stalks are easily overcooked, and can become mushy. Also, fresher is always better as the stalks are firmer and maintain their crunch when cooked.


Asparagus Prep

Before you begin, preheat your smoker grill to around 225°F.

Good prep is essential to ensure optimal results. Start by washing the asparagus thoroughly, and trim off the tough woody ends. Once trimmed, pat the asparagus dry.

Next, drizzle a generous amount of olive oil, and add salt, pepper and some lemon wedges (optional). Toss the asparagus to coat. You can also add a clove of chopped garlic for depth of flavor, or some chilli flakes for a kick!

Place the asparagus in aluminum foil, or on a baking rack or grilling pan. You can place the asparagus directly onto the grill grates, but they can fall through and are harder to flip.

The asparagus cooking time can vary based on the smoker grill. Aim to cook the asparagus for 40 minutes, flipping halfway. When the asparagus is ready, it should have a crisp yet tender texture. Then, all that’s left to do is enjoy!

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