These Smoked Peaches on the Traeger are the ultimate summer dessert with a fusion of smoke and natural sweetness of ripe peaches.
If you’re looking to add something special to your summer dessert menu, then you should think about smoking some ripe summer peaches. A pellet grill or electric smoker can really transform the simple flavor of a peach into a sweet and smoky dessert.
I know fruit isn’t the first thing you think of when you are looking for something to smoke on your Traeger. Take my word for it, you need to try it immediately. Pair that with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and some maple bourbon glaze and you have a mouth-watering combo.
Why Smoke Peaches?
Peaches are good to smoke because smoking adds a unique smoky flavor to the fruit, which complements their natural sweetness and juiciness. Smoking peaches on a Traeger can also help to tenderize the fruit and give it a slightly caramelized texture, which can be a delicious addition to a variety of dishes.
You can make them into a simple dessert, toss them in a fruit salsa, or think about using smoked peaches to make this whiskey peach BBQ sauce. Whether you’re using them in a savory or sweet dish, smoked peaches are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
You only need 2 ingredients for this recipe.
- Peaches – You want to use fresh ripe peaches that are still firm. If they are too ripe they will get mushy while cooking.
- Brown sugar – The brown sugar adds a touch of sweetness and rich caramel flavor to the peaches.
- Optional – Vanilla ice cream, cinnamon, and maple bourbon glaze as toppings.
- Smoker – I use a Z Grills 700 series smoker for most of my smoking, though I also have a Traeger grill. You can use whatever smoker you have – they all work the same.
- Wood pellets – There are many types of pellets available. If you’ve already got pellets in your smoker, use whatever you have.
What Pellets to Use for the Smoker?
You’ll also need pellets for your smoker, if you’ve got a pellet grill like we do. Pellets come in many different types that you can choose from. I like to use hickory wood, or cherry wood pellets for mine. They also have a bourbon wood pellet that’s very good. My friend Todd swears by the Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey pellets.
Temperature and Timing
Peaches can be smoked at just about any temperature, though the lower you go, the more time it will have to soak up the smoke flavor. I like to cook it at whatever temperature I’m using for the other things on the smoker (usually meat like chicken or brisket), and for me that is usually 225° F.
At 225° F, the peaches will take an hour to cook and assume maximum smokiness. If you choose to smoke at 250° F, that’s fine too. You can then cut down the smoke time to about 35 to 40 minutes.
How to Smoke Peaches on the Traeger
Preheat your smoker to 225° F (or 250° F, if you wish). Don’t forget to stock the hopper with your preferred wood pellets (we like a lighter choice for the peaches like apple or cherry wood pellet).
In the meantime, wash the peaches, cut them in half, and discard the pits. There is no need to remove the skin. The peach will cook while smoking and it will just slip off.
Place the peaches cut side down on the grate and smoke for 30 minutes. Turn them over, sprinkle with brown sugar, and continue to smoke for another 30 minutes.
When the time is up remove from them from the Traeger and cool.
Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a sprinkle of brown sugar and cinnamon.
What Smokers We Use
Did you know that Traeger created the original wood-pellet grill? The Pro Series 22 is the one most people choose because it’s compact, yet has plenty of space for cooking. You can use any type of wood pellets you like. See the Traeger Series 22 Grill on Amazon.
How to Serve Smoked Peaches on the Traeger
Smoked peaches on the Traeger are a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of ways. Here are some of the best ways to serve smoked peaches:
- Dessert: One of the most popular ways to serve smoked peaches is as a dessert. You can serve them on their own as a simple and delicious treat, or pair them with ice cream or whipped cream topped with cinnamon for a more indulgent dessert.
- Salad: Smoked peaches can add a unique flavor and texture to a variety of salads. Try adding them to a spinach or arugula salad with goat cheese, toasted nuts, and a balsamic vinaigrette.
- Salsa: Smoked peaches can also be used to make a delicious and unique salsa. Simply chop the smoked peaches and mix them with diced red onion, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, and salt.
- Meat and cheese board: Smoked peaches can be a great addition to a meat and cheese board. Serve them alongside smoked meats, such as ham or prosciutto, and a variety of cheeses, such as brie or blue cheese.
- Grilled meats: Smoked peaches can also be used as a topping for grilled meats, such as chicken or pork. Simply chop the smoked peaches and mix them with diced red onion, jalapeno, and a little bit of honey or maple syrup for a delicious and unique topping.
Overall, smoked peaches are a versatile ingredient that can add a unique flavor and texture to a variety of dishes. Experiment with different ways to serve them to find the ones that you like best!
Tips for Smoking Peaches
- Wait to cut the peaches until just before you put them on the Traeger so that they don’t start to turn brown. If this is a problem you can dip them in some lemon water while you wait.
- There is no need to peel the skin off the peaches. It will help give stability to the peaches and will slide off when they are finished smoking.
- Keep the lid of the smoker closed as much as possible during the cooking, so you don’t allow too much smoke to pour out.
How to Store Leftovers
If you have leftovers you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can freeze any leftovers to consume later. Place them in an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months.
Frequently Asked Questions
What temperature should I smoke the peaches at?
The ideal temperature for smoking peaches on the Traeger is between 200°-225° F. This low and slow cooking method will allow the peaches to absorb the smoky flavor without overcooking them.
How long should I smoke the peaches for?
The length of time it takes to smoke peaches will depend on their size and ripeness. In general, you should smoke the peaches for 30 minutes to an hour, or until they are tender and infused with smoky flavor. You can check for doneness by piercing the flesh of the peach with a fork. If it’s tender and juicy, it’s ready to be taken off the grill.
What can I do with smoked peaches?
Smoked peaches can be used in a variety of ways. They are delicious on their own as a snack or dessert, or they can be used as a topping for ice cream or yogurt. You can also chop them up and use them in salads or salsas, or serve them alongside grilled meats or fish. The possibilities are endless!
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Smoked Peaches on the Traeger
- 4 peaches ripe but firm
- 1/4 cup (55 g) brown sugar
- Start the Traeger on smoke. Set the smoker to 225° F and wait until it comes up to temperature.
- In the meantime wash the peaches, cut in half, and remove the pits.
- Place the peaches cut side down on the grate and smoke for 30 minutes. Turn over, sprinkle with brown sugar and continue to smoke for another 30 minutes.
- Remove from the Traeger and cool. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a sprinkle of brown sugar and cinnamon.
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Angie is a dedicated grilling aficionado who has experimented with a wide variety of techniques, equipment, and ingredients, to discover the endless possibilities of flavors and textures that grilling can achieve.