Indulge in the smoky-sweet flavors of these irresistible smoked apples. Juicy apples paired with butter, brown sugar, cranberries, and walnuts create a heavenly treat.
It costs approximately $6.07 to make these smoked apples. The recipe makes six servings, which costs around $1.01 per serving.
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If you love baked apples, then you will love these Smoked Apples. They take the sweetness of a baked dessert and add an irresistible infused smoky flavor. My recipe shows how easy it is to make these Smoked Apples on your smoker grill.
The filling is the star of the show with these apples. The butter and brown sugar create a rich base for the cranberries, walnuts, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The combination is a heavenly blend of sweet and nutty flavors smoked to perfection within the walls of a sweet apple.
What You’ll Love About This Smoked Apples Recipe
- Unique flavor: Making anything in a smoker grill takes it from plain to extraordinary. These smoked apples are no different. The naturally sweet apples gain a smoky flavor that complements their naturally sweet taste, setting them apart from other desserts.
- Texture: The crunchy and nutty filling within the soft and tender apples is satisfying and delicious. It is sure to impress your family and guests.
- Indulgent: This dessert is a sweet and comforting treat without being too heavy. I love how the sweet apples and perfectly spiced filling combine with a savory, smoky taste that will satisfy any sweet tooth.
Ingredients and Estimated Cost
Per Serving Cost: $1.01
Recipe Cost: $6.07
- 6 Fuji or Honeycrisp apples – $2.66
- 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter $0.84
- ½ cup light brown sugar – $0.28
- ½ cup dried cranberries – $0.84
- ½ cup walnuts – $1.12
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon – $0.04
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg – $0.29
NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The recipe cost is calculated by the amounts needed for the recipe. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have. I updated the pricing for this recipe in July 2023.
How To Make Smoked Apples
***For complete recipe instructions, see the recipe card below.
- First, preheat the smoker to 275 degrees F.
- Then, core the apples without going to the bottom of the apple. Remove ¾ of the depth of the apple.
- Next, widen the well using a paring knife, to about 1½ to 2 inches.
- Mix the butter and brown sugar together followed by the cranberries, walnuts, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- Fill the center of each apple with the filling and then set them on the smoker.
- Smoke the apples for about sixty to ninety minutes.
- Finally, remove the apples from the smoker and serve with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.
- Different Apple Varieties: Experiment with various apple varieties such as Granny Smith, Pink Lady, or Gala to enjoy different flavors and textures.
- Savory Twist: For a savory version, omit the brown sugar and add a mixture of shredded cheddar cheese, chopped bacon, and a pinch of cayenne pepper to the filling.
- Nut-Free Option: If you have nut allergies, replace the walnuts with toasted pumpkin or sunflower seeds for a nut-free alternative.
- Maple Glazed: Drizzle maple syrup over the apples before smoking for a delightful maple-infused flavor.
- Cream Cheese Filling: Blend cream cheese, a touch of honey, and a dash of vanilla extract for a creamy and sweet filling option.
- Vegan Option: To make the recipe vegan, use vegan butter or coconut oil instead of regular butter.
- Dried Fruit Swap: Swap dried cranberries with chopped dried apricots or figs for a different fruity twist.
Serving and Storage Tips
SERVE: Smoked apples are best served warm, straight from the smoker. Serve them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce.
STORE: If you have leftover smoked apples, store them in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2-3 days. Before storing, allow them to cool to room temperature.
FREEZE: If you want to freeze the whole smoked apples, wrap them individually in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, then place them in a freezer-safe bag. Label the bag with the date and contents for easy identification. Freeze for up to three months.
THAW: Thaw the smoked apples in the refrigerator overnight to preserve the texture and flavor.
REHEAT: Reheat the thawed apples gently on the stovetop or in the microwave.
Smoked Apples Recipe FAQs
Depending on the size of the apple, it will take about sixty to ninety minutes. However, use this as a guide for cooking time, as each smoker grill works slightly differently.
I prefer to use a medium or large sweet apple. Fuji or Honeycrisp are my favorites, but you can use any sweet variety.
More Smoked Recipes
- Cinnamon Sugar Smoked Almonds
- Smoked Cream Cheese
- Smoked Shrimp
- Smoked Queso
- Smoked Baked Beans
- Buttery Smoked Corn on the Cob
- Smoked Mac and Cheese
- Apple corer
- Smoker grill
- mixing bowl
- Mixing spoons
- 6 Fuji or Honeycrisp or any sweet apple medium to large
- 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- ½ cup light brown sugar packed
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup walnuts chopped
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Vanilla ice cream optional
- Caramel sauce optional
- Preheat the smoker to 275°F.
- Core your apples but don’t go to the bottom; remove about ¾ of the depth of the apple.
- Use a paring knife and widen the well you’ve made by removing the core. Widen it to about 1½ – 2 inches.
- Add butter and brown sugar to a medium-sized bowl and combine.
- Mix the cranberries, chopped walnuts, ground cinnamon, and nutmeg into the butter until blended well.
- Divide the filling evenly and fill the centers of the apples.
- Place the apples onto the smoker. You can arrange them using grill rings to help keep them upright or place them in a cast iron skillet.
- Smoke until the sides of the apples are soft, 1 to 1 ½ hours, depending on the size of the apples.
- Remove the apples from the smoker and serve with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce (both optional).