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Smoked Cauliflower

Cauliflower is the perfect vegetable to put on the smoker, and Smoked Cauliflower, with its pretty presentation, really delivers some big and bold flavors! A perfect blend of spices, plenty of butter, and a kiss of smoke make this humble vegetable really stand out!

whole smoked cauliflower in a cast iron pan

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I loooove smoking cauliflower on my Traeger smoker, but it’ll also work on any other smoker or pellet smoker. The genius of this recipe is that you can cook it at just about any temperature, so when you’ve got a bit of room on the smoker, fill it up with cauliflower!

You can smoke cauliflower at just about any temperature – all you need to do is adjust the cooking time. The lower the temp, the longer it’ll take and the smokier it’ll be.

But, if you’re just cooking the cauliflower, you can turn that smoker up to about 325/350, and your cauliflower will be done in a jiffy. You also don’t need much to make this amazing smoked side dish – just a handful of spices, some butter, and of course, a whole cauliflower.

smoked cauliflower in a cast iron pan

What you’ll love about Smoked CAuliflower


  • It’s easy to make and impressive to serve!
  • It’ll cook at any temperature – just adjust the cooking time.
  • Smoked Cauliflower pairs so well with so many dishes!

Ingredients

  • Whole cauliflower – Leaves and some of the stem cut away.
  • Butter – Salted butter.
  • Paprika
  • Garlic powder – Powder, not salt.
  • Onion powder – Powder, not salt.
  • Salt and pepper
Labeled ingredients to make Smoked Cauliflower.

How To Make Smoked Cauliflower

For a complete list of ingredients and instructions, please scroll down to the recipe at the bottom of this page.

  1. Preheat your Traeger smoker or another smoker to about 350-F.
  2. Remove the leaves and cut away some of the hard core from the cauliflower, but leave it cauliflower whole.
  3. Rinse the cauliflower, then give it a good shake and pat the top dry with paper towels.
  4. Mix the softened butter with the spices, then spread that mixture over the top of the cauliflower.
  5. Set the cauliflower into a cast iron pan (or another pan that can go on the smoker) and smoke at 350-F for about 30 minutes.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

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Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • Dry the cauliflower before adding the butter or the butter won’t stick to the surface.
  • Don’t skimp on the butter! It’ll melt into the cauliflower as it smokes, and you can spoon up any that drips into the pan.
  • Switch up the flavors! Add some cayenne for a bit of heat, or use your favorite spice rub. Just watch that it’s not too salt-heavy, or your cauliflower could end up too salty.
  • Cooking times vary based on the heat of the smoker, but you’ll know the cauliflower is done when it is fork-tender.
  • Smoked cauliflower is keto and vegetarian. If you’d like this to be a vegan Smoked Cauliflower, swap the butter for olive oil.
raw cauliflower in a cast iron pan coated with the butter-spice mixture.
Rub the butter-spice combination over the cauliflower.

Make It A Meal

Wondering what to serve with Smoked Cauliflower? This humble and oh-so-tasty smoked vegetable pairs so well with many different dishes. I love pairing it with Smoked chicken thighs, Smoked meatloaf, Smoked meatballs, and anything else I can make on my Traeger smoker.

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Storage

Refrigerate any leftover Smoked Cauliflower in an airtight container for 4-5 days. Cauliflower won’t freeze well – this dish is best eaten fresh.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you smoke cauliflower on a pellet smoker?

Yes! It makes a delish and impressive side dish, and it smokes so easily! Just butter it on up and pop it into the smoker until it is fork-tender.

How long to smoke a cauliflower?

This depends on the heat of your smoker. At 350-F the cauliflower was done in about 30 minutes. At 225-F it took closer to 90 minutes. Give yourself some time to smoke it – it’ll reheat nicely if it’s done before the rest of the meal.

Is this Smoked Cauliflower recipe easy?

Heck yes! Mix the spices with the butter, slather it onto the cauliflower, and smoke it until it is done! It couldn’t be any simpler!

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4.64 from 19 votes

Smoked Cauliflower

Easy and fabulously delicious, Smoked Cauliflower can handle big and bold flavors. Serve this tasty smoked vegetable dish with all your favorite meats!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cauliflower, smoked, smoked cauliflower, smoker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 69kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower trimmed, rinsed, dried
  • 1/4 cup salted butter oftened
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Mix the butter with the paprika, garlic powder, oinon powder, salt and pepper.
  • Rub the butter mixture evenly over the top of the cauliflower.
  • Pop the cauliflower into a cast iron pan or other dish that can go on the smoker.
  • Smoke at 350-F until the cauliflower is fork-tender.

Notes

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • Dry the cauliflower before adding the butter or the butter won’t stick to the surface.
  • Don’t skimp on the butter! It’ll melt into the cauliflower as it smokes, and you can spoon up any that drips into the pan.
  • Switch up the flavors! Add some cayenne for a bit of heat, or use your favorite spice rub. Just watch that it’s not too salt-heavy or your cauliflower could end up too salty.
  • Cooking times vary based on the heat of the smoker, but you’ll know the cauliflower is done when it is fork-tender.

Nutrition

Serving: 1wedge | Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 6mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 262IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg

A Note on Nutritional Information

Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is calculated based on available online ingredient information. It is only an approximate value. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site cannot be guaranteed.

smoked cauliflower in a cast iron dish with a wedge cut out of it

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8 thoughts on “Smoked Cauliflower”

  1. 5 stars
    This was so delicious! I can’t believe I’ve never thought of smoking cauliflower! I’ll be making this all summer long!

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  2. 5 stars
    This was really delicious. I had never smoked a cauliflower before and wasn’t sure how it would go. But I loved it and 3 of the kids enjoyed it too (the others are super fuzzy so I was expecting a lot there!)
    Definitely going to make this again,

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  3. 5 stars
    This was so good! We don’t have a proper smoker so I used the Kamodo Joe for this, and it still came out with the most amazing flavor!

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