Smoked Foods Every Proper Restaurant Should Have on Their Menu

The rich smoky taste that comes from smoking food is one that can’t be substituted by any other ingredient. There’s that distinguishable flavor in foods that you can only get through smoking. Nowadays, many people have begun to seek out more smoked delicacies because of the highly delicious taste of smoked foods. Restaurants have become aware of this and are coming up with a variety of smoked food recipes.

From smoked meats to smoked fishes to smoked sausages, lots of recipes abound.  However, below are the top-most tasty smoked foods that should grace every menu in every restaurant.

Some of the Best Smoked Foods and Their Recipes

1.   Smoked Salmon

Smoke and salmon go very well together like peas in a pod. When you smoke salmon to perfection, it becomes an irresistible delicacy. A restaurant that has this smoked food on the menu is assured of non-stop visits and orders.  Preparing smoked salmon doesn’t have to be a daunting feat. However, the recipe has to be followed strictly and precisely. The fresh salmon should be cut and prepared using the right cooking gadget, and must not be overcooked. Also, the salt and sweetener must be mixed in the right proportion.


  • Wild-caught salmon
  • Kosher salt and brown sugar to prepare the brine
  • Alder wood chips for smoke

How to Prepare Smoked Salmon

  1. Debone the salmon entirely by using a pair of fishbone tweezers. Use wild-caught salmon. If not available, use fresh-frozen wild salmon instead.
  2. Brine the salmon for about an hour or two. The brine should be a 2:1 ratio: brown sugar 2, kosher salt 1. 
  3. Set the heat of the smoker at 225⁰F using alder wood chips for smoke. Apple or cherry wood chips are also suitable alternatives. Avoid hickory or mesquite wood that may add a strong flavor to the salmon.
  4. Place salmon on a piece of foil paper and smoke for about an hour or until the internal temperature reaches 140⁰F.  It is essential not to allow the salmon to overcook.
  5. Take out the salmon and let it cool for five minutes.
  6. Serve with rice or scrambled eggs for a perfect culinary treat.

2.   Sweet Smoked Pork Ribs

Nothing tastes better than pork rib that has been dipped in a tasty rub and smoked to perfection. This smoked pork ribs recipe is another excellent way to enjoy pork meat. The spicy tang from the rub serves to make sweet smoked pork ribs an exceptional tasteful delight.  Restaurants that are looking to wow their guests must have this smoked food on their menu.


  • 10 pounds of pork ribs
  • ¼ cup of white sugar
  • ¼ barbeque sauce
  • ¼ cup of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of black ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of  brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons of white ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of powdered garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of chili powder
  • 1 cup of apple juice
  • Applewood chips for smoke

How to Prepare Sweet Smoked Pork Ribs

  1. Pour the cumin, brown sugar, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, white sugar, chili powder, onion powder and white pepper into a bowl.
  2. Stir the content of the bowl for a while to make a dry rub.
  3. Rub the dry mixture deeply and evenly into the pork ribs.
  4. Put the rubbed pork ribs in a paper bag. and store in a refrigerator for a minimum of 30 minutes before cooking. 
  5. Preheat smoker to a temperature of 270⁰F. Some smokers may not have a good thermostat and may give a false temperature. Having the right smoker is essential to determine the right temperature in getting the meat done.
  6. Take out the wrapped plastic ribs, place in the smoker, and smoke with apple wood chips for an hour.
  7. Pour the barbeque sauce, brown sugar and apple juice into a bowl and mix.
  8. Take out the cooked pork ribs from the smoker and coat them with the sauce, and return the ribs for smoking once again. Repeat this process every 30-45 minutes during the 4 hours duration required for doneness.
  9. Take out the smoked pork ribs, baste them with sauce for the last time, and wrap it with aluminum foil for ten minutes. Wrapping with an aluminum foil allows the sauce to seep into the pork ribs and makes them soft and moist.

3.   Smoked Whole Turkey

Roasted turkey is a universally accepted dish that is savored by all but, the delicious taste of smoked turkey is entirely on another level. With the right recipe and wood chips, restaurants can treat their guests to mouthwatering turkey delicacies.


  • 17 pounds of whole turkey
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup of chicken stock
  • Kosher salt and canola oil
  • Ground pepper
  • Soaked hickory wood chips for slow smoking

How to Prepare Smoked Whole Turkey

  1. Brush the canola oil onto the turkey then sprinkle ground pepper and salt.
  2. Preheat smoker to a temperature of 275⁰F.
  3. Place the turkey in the smoker and cook for 45 minutes.
  4. Mix the chicken stock with honey and vinegar to make a rub.
  5. Take the turkey out of the smoker and brush the sauce onto it then place it back into the smoker
  6. Repeat this process every 30-45 minutes during the 4 hours duration required for doneness.
  7. After the turkey is ready, take it out and let it cool for a minimum of 20 minutes before carving.

With a variety of smoked food available on the menu, a restaurant can never go wrong. Following the recipes listed above to make smoked food delicacies is sure to get any restaurant teeming with guests who can never get enough.

Agnes Pettiford

Agnes Pettiford

Hi Everyone! I am Agnes and Chef Carla Hall is my inspiration. For many years, now I have watched her make incredible meals out of the ordinary ingredients I have had in my refrigerator for so long. She calls it cooking with love and I could see were skills and culinary knowledge and experience.

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