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Try this flavorful smoked asparagus on a Traeger grill or pellet smoker and you’re sure to be impressed. Asparagus is always delicious and it’s a versatile vegetable, suiting anything from stir-fries to soups and side dishes. The following smoked vegetable recipe is simple to make and boasts a buttery, lemon flavor as well as the wonderful smokiness. This asparagus side dish is always a BBQ hit!

Smoked asparagus on a wooden cutting board with lemon slices.

This smoked asparagus on a Traeger grill or pellet smoker boasts a wonderful blend of buttery and lemon flavors to give you wonderful versatile side dish.

If you’re looking for other delicious smoked dishes, then you should check out my homemade smoked beef jerky and smoked Caribbean jerk spiced shrimp.

Smoked asparagus on a cutting board with lemon slices.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Packed with Flavor: The combination of lemon, garlic, and smoked butter gives this asparagus a zesty flavour that’s hard to resist.
Foolproof: This recipe is surprisingly simple and virtually impossible to mess up which makes it perfect for just about anyone, even beginners!
Crowd Pleaser: Not only is this smoked asparagus recipe delicious, but it’s also a real showstopper. The smoky, tangy flavours are sure to impress your guests! Trust me, you’ll want to serve this for your next dinner party. 

Smoked asparagus on a wooden board.

Smoked Asparagus Recipe Ingredients

A complete list of ingredients and amounts can be found in the recipe card below.

Asparagus: The star of this smoked vegetable recipe, asparagus brings a unique, earthy flavor to the dish. You can use green, white or purple varieties, but I recommend medium to thick spears to guarantee that they don’t soften too quickly on the smoker.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil: This ingredient helps to coat the asparagus, allowing the other flavors to adhere to the vegetable. It also aids in the cooking process, ensuring the asparagus doesn’t dry out on the smoker.
Lemon Pepper: It adds a zesty twist to the asparagus, complimenting the earthy tones of the vegetable with a citrusy kick.
Lemons: The juice of lemons adds a fresh, tangy flavor to the asparagus, balancing the smoky and salty elements of the dish.
Salted Butter: Butter adds a rich, creamy element to the dish, helping to mellow out the strong flavors and adding a smooth texture to the asparagus.
Garlic Paste: A handy ingredient, garlic paste infuses the asparagus with a robust, aromatic flavor. Be sure to check the packaging before buying, as some brands include sugar. Look for pure garlic and oil as the only ingredients for the best flavor.

Smoked asparagus with lemon and garlic on a wooden table.

How to Make Smoked Asparagus

For more detailed instructions with weights and measurements, jump to the printable recipe card.

Prepare the asparagus: Trim the ends off the asparagus and discard. In a large bowl, toss the asparagus with olive oil, salt, and lemon pepper.
Prepare the sauce: In a small saucepan, combine lemon juice, butter, and garlic paste.
Smoke the asparagus and sauce: Place the asparagus and saucepan in a preheated smoker at 200 degrees F for 1 hour.
Baste with smoked butter: Halfway through, brush the asparagus with the smoked butter from the saucepan.
Serve: Remove the asparagus from the smoker, plate, and pour the remaining butter over the top.

Smoking asparagus on a Traeger grill pan.
Smoked asparagus on a plate with lemon slices.

Substitutions and Variations

Spice it up: Swap the lemon pepper for black pepper or a pinch of chili flakes if you prefer a bit of heat.
Butter: For a dairy-free version, replace the salt and butter with a gluten-free, dairy-free butter substitute or use a drizzle of olive oil instead.
Garlic: If you don’t have garlic paste, you can use fresh minced garlic or garlic powder.
Optional additions: For an extra burst of flavor, consider adding a sprinkle of parmesan cheese or a handful of toasted almonds.

A close up of smoked asparagus with lemon slices, a perfect smoked side dish.

Serving Suggestions

Main Course: This smoked asparagus side dish pairs with anything from fish to chicken, steak or pork. Try it alongside some delicious grilled pepper and chicken kebabs, apple cider grilled chicken skewers, Traeger pork chops, or this butter-herbed shrimp and juicy seared pork chops.
Salad: For a lighter option, consider adding smoked asparagus to a fresh salad. The smoky asparagus adds a unique twist to a classic chicken Caesar salad or Greek salad.
Breakfast: Asparagus is also great along with some hearty eggs in the morning or for your next Sunday brunch. They’re great on the side of these sheet pan eggs benedict.

A pile of asparagus cooked on a Traeger grill.

How to Store Smoked Asparagus

Store: Smoked asparagus is best enjoyed fresh, but if you have leftovers, place them in an airtight sealed container and pop them in the fridge. They’ll stay fresh and tasty for up to 3 days.
Freeze: Unfortunately, freezing smoked asparagus isn’t recommended. The freezing process can cause the asparagus to become mushy and lose its appealing texture when thawing.
Reheat: To reheat your smoked asparagus, simply pop them in the microwave for a quick warm-up, or place them in a preheated oven until they’re heated through. Enjoy this delicious gluten-free treat all over again!

Grilled asparagus on a Traeger grill with lemon slices on a cutting board.

Top Tips 

Preheat Your Smoker: Before you start this pellet grill asparagus, make sure to preheat your smoker with the lid closed for 15 minutes at 200 degrees F. This guarantees that your asparagus will cook evenly and absorb all the smoky flavor.
Trim Your Asparagus: Don’t forget to trim the pale end off of the asparagus and discard. This part is usually tough and fibrous, and removing it will make your side dish more enjoyable to eat. Also, I suggest you check out how to cook asparagus for details on prepping and cleaning.
Smoke with Butter: Combine lemon juice, butter, and garlic paste in a small saucepan and place it in the smoker with the asparagus. Halfway through, brush the asparagus with this smoked butter. This will give your asparagus a rich, smoky, and buttery flavor.

Smoked asparagus with lemon wedges on a plate.

Smoked Asparagus FAQs

Can you make this smoked vegetable recipe ahead?

Absolutely, you can prepare this smoked asparagus dish in advance and simply warm it up when you’re ready to serve. Alternatively, you could enjoy it cold as part of a salad, such as a hearty kale and potato salad. However, this smells so amazing on the Traeger grill or pellet smoker, I don’t think you’ll be able to resist eating this asparagus side dish straight away!

Is there a vegan version?

Yes, this smoked asparagus recipe can easily be made vegan-friendly. All you need to do is replace the salt butter with your preferred vegan butter substitute. This way, you can enjoy the same delicious flavors without any animal products.

Can I use different seasonings?

Absolutely! While the combination of butter, lemon, and garlic works wonderfully with asparagus, you might fancy a change. For instance, you could swap the lemon juice for lime juice and add a pinch of chipotle chili powder for a Tex-Mex twist. Or, sprinkle some feta cheese on top before serving for a touch of Greek flavor. The possibilities are endless!

Smoked asparagus on a cutting board with lemon slices, perfect as a smoked side dish.
Grilled asparagus on a Traeger grill, served with lemon slices.
Smoked asparagus spears on a baking sheet.
Smoked asparagus on a wooden cutting board with lemon slices.

Smoked Asparagus Recipe

5 from 48 votes

Smoked Asparagus Recipe

By: Bella Bucchiotti
Try this flavorful smoked asparagus on a Traeger grill or pellet smoker and you're sure to be impressed. The following smoked vegetable recipe is simple to make and boasts a buttery, lemon flavor. This asparagus side dish is always a BBQ hit!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients 

  • 2 Bunches asparagus
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 4 Tablespoon salted butter
  • 1 Teaspoon garlic paste

Instructions 

  • Preheat the smoker lid closed for 15 minutes at 200 degrees F.
  • Trim the pale end off of the asparagus and discard.
  • Add asparagus to a large bowl.
  • Toss asparagus with olive oil, salt, and lemon pepper.
  • Combine lemon juice, butter, and garlic paste in a small saucepan.
  • Add to a grill pan and place the asparagus and saucepan into the smoker for 1 hour.
  • After 30 minutes, brush asparagus with smoked butter from the saucepan.
  • Remove from the smoker and plate. Pour remaining butter over asparagus.

Nutrition

Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 452mg | Potassium: 363mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1377IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 3mg
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You can’t beat this flavourful smoked Traeger asparagus side dish made on a smoker. It’s a delicious smoked vegetable recipe boasting the flavors of lemon and garlic and a rich, smoky flavor that pairs with any kind of protein, such as chicken or steak.

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Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.

 

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