Smoked tomatoes are the tomatoes you didn’t know you needed!

Not only are they excellent for salsa and bruschetta, but they add a depth of flavor to grits, a salad, sandwiches, and burgers. Smoked tomatoes have an intensely earthy flavor and only take about a half-hour to make!

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Tasty Smoked Tomatoes

If the smoker has been busy cooking meats or fish, take advantage of those last-minute pellets or chips and smoke some tomatoes! Any kind of tomato can be used! Vegetarians and vegans love smoked tomatoes!

  • Cherry tomatoes or Roma tomatoes are sweet and juicy!
  • Beefsteak tomatoes are larger and meatier to work with. Beefsteak tomatoes make for good “field roast” slices that are thick enough to sub for slices of meat, or even a burger patty.

tomatoes before and after smoking to make Smoked Tomatoes

How to Smoke Tomatoes in a Smoker

Nothing is easier than smoked tomatoes!

  1. Place whole tomatoes on the smoker grate.
  2. They can be seasoned with salt and pepper or left plain.

Smoked Tomatoes on the vine

How Long to Smoke Tomatoes

  • Let them cook in the smoker about 30 minutes until they are slightly golden, but still firm.
  • Remove tomatoes from the smoker and serve warm or refrigerate until they are ready to use.

For sundried tomatoes:

  1. Leave them in the smoker for up to an hour.
  2. Remove and let them cool to room temperature.
  3. Leave them whole or cut them into strips and store in a jar with olive oil in the refrigerator.

Smoked Tomatoes after cooking

What to Do With Smoked Tomatoes

One of the reasons tomatoes are so popular across all cuisines is because they are so versatile! Not just for Italian sauce and pasta anymore, smoked tomatoes give added flavor to soup, bisque, or made into green tomato jam or vinaigrette dressing! Or, add some to spice up our orzo pasta salad.

As an appetizer, melt little pieces of gouda cheese over smoked tomatoes under the broiler. Garnish with a little freshly chopped basil and serve! We make a mean smoked guacamole too! It is a huge hit whenever we serve it!

Here are some more interesting things to do with Smoked Tomatoes:

  • Remoulade – add smoked tomatoes to mayonnaise and use it as a spread!
  • Ketchup – blend with some balsamic vinegar, a bit of brown sugar, and some spices.
  • Confit – cook tomatoes low and slow until the mixture is thick. Spread over meat before cooking.
  • Coulis – a thin sauce used as a base for soups or other sauces.

Get the best out of the smoker and add the tomatoes to the smoker after preparing baby back ribs, brisket, or smoked salmon.

close up of Smoked Tomatoes

How to Store Smoked Tomatoes

  • Keep cold smoked tomatoes in the refrigerator in a container with a tight-fitting lid. They should keep about a week, but they’ll be used up long before then!
  • To freeze smoked tomatoes, lay them on a parchment covered sheet pan and freeze them overnight or at least 4 hours. Once frozen, they can be stored in a zippered bag with the date written on the outside. They should keep about a month.
Smoked Tomatoes on the vine
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Smoked Tomatoes

Don't waste those precious smoke fumes when you're finishing up a pork shoulder or beef brisket. Get some tomatoes on the vine and throw them in the preheated smoker and you've got yourself some amazing smoked tomatoes. Perfect for a salsa or soup!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 -6 tomatoes
Author Candace


  • 4-6 tomatoes medium size, ripe but firm, ripened on the vine or roma


  • Preheat smoker to 250°F.
  • Place 4-6 tomatoes on grate and smoke for 30 minutes or until they are slightly golden and still firm.
  • Remove from smoker and eat warm or cool. Cool overnight for Smoked Tomato Gaucamole.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 22 | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 292mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1025IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American

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I am a wife, mother of two, and professional accountant. I love fantastic food, and it is so often the center of our lives, from everyday dinner, to family gatherings, and special evenings at fabulous restaurants. I have always loved cooking and baking, with my mom and grandma, and now, with my daughter and son. I love trying new recipes while enjoying my favorites too. I’m so happy to share them with you.
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