Learn how to make these easy Smoked Apples in your Traeger pellet grill. They make an easy smoked dessert to serve at your next BBQ, dinner party or just because. Don’t forget the the scoop of vanilla ice cream to finish these baked apples on your smoker.
Baked apples are such a comforting dessert, but have you ever tried smoked apples? It’s like next level comfort food! A smoked dessert combines the sweetness of a baked dessert with all the rich flavor of a cooking in a smoker, and it’s not difficult to learn how to smoke an apple!
These delicious apples are incredibly easy to make and packed with flavor. This smoked dessert recipe reminds me of a warm slice of apple pie, without the crust and extra sugar. They’re so tasty!
We love to make smoked cinnamon apples in the fall, but honestly we make them year-round because they’re just that good!
Why You’ll Love Smoked Apples
- This smoked dessert is ready to eat in just a little over an hour and a half.
- These are perfect for parties because they are already divided into individual portions. You can also double or triple this recipe to have plenty of apples to serve at your dinner party.
- Aside from the apples, you can make smoked cinnamon apples with ingredients you likely already have in the pantry and spice cabinet.
Ingredients Needed for Smoked Apples
- Apples – Purchase apples that are medium to large in size. I like sweet varieties like Fuji or Honeycrisp, but any apples will work. I do not recommend using granny smith apples.
- Unsalted Butter – It’s best to use unsalted butter in these smoked cinnamon apples because salt could overpower the sweet flavors.
- Brown Sugar – You can use dark or light brown sugar, whichever you prefer.
- Walnuts – I love using walnuts in this recipe, but you could use pecans or some other chopped nut.
- Dried Cranberries – The slight tart flavor of dried cranberries contrasts the sweetness of the brown sugar and apple very well.
- Ground Nutmeg and Cinnamon – These warming spices are what makes this smoked dessert so comforting and homey!
How to smoke an apple
Preheat your smoker to 275 degrees Fahrenheit.
Core each apple to about 3/4 of the depth of apple. You’re forming a hollowed inside to hold all the goodies you’re going to fill it with!
In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the melted butter and brown sugar until thoroughly combined. Gently fold in the chopped walnuts, dried cranberries, ground nutmeg and ground cinnamon until combined.
Fill all 6 apples evenly with the filling you just created.
Use grill rings to keep each apple upright, or place them in a cast iron skillet. Then, place them in the preheated smoker.
Smoke the apples until they are soft, about an hour to an hour and a half.
Serve immediately with vanilla ice cream and caramel drizzle.
Serving Tips for Smoked Apples
This smoked dessert is great dessert after a meal of smoked tri tip, grilled vegetables, and grilled cheesy garlic pull apart bread. Add this smoked dessert to any menu and it will be a crowd favorite!
How long do Smoked Apples last?
Smoked apples are best eaten fresh, but if you have leftovers you can store them in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. Reheat them in the oven, covered with foil, until warm.
Can I use different fillings for smoked apples?
Sure! Swap out the nuts or fruit or add any ingredients you think would be tasty. You can add things like marshmallows, cookie crumbles, graham cracker crumbles, and more.
What are the best types of apples to smoke?
Any sweet variety of apples will be best. We love Fuji or Honeycrisp, but you could also use Ambrosia, Gala, Golden Delicious, Pink Lady, or any other tasty sweet apple!
Pro Tips for the best smoked apples
- Play around with different pellets/wood chips to see how the flavor of your apples change and which you most prefer.
- If you’re having trouble knowing when your apples are done, test with a fork. If the fork easily pierces the apples, they’re done!
- Let your apples cool slightly before serving, but serve warm for best results.
Smoked apples are one of our favorite desserts. Let us know how you like them!
More Smoked Desserts You’ll Love
- Did you know that you can make cake on the smoker? Well, you can! This Smoked Pumpkin Dump Cake is insanely good, so check it out.
- Smoked Crumb Apple Pie is just as tasty as these smoked apples, just in pie form!
- Step up your Thanksgiving dessert game with this delicious Smoked Pumpkin Pie.
- This Smoked Strawberry Crisp is the perfect summer dessert. Try it at your next pool party or cookout!
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- 6 apples medium to large, Fuji or Honeycrisp or any sweet variety
- 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- ½ cup brown sugar packed
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup walnuts chopped
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Preheat smoker to 275 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Core the apples, remove only about ¾ of the depth of the apple.
- Add butter and brown sugar to a medium sized bowl and combine. Fold in 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 apples into 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.
- Serve immediately with vanilla ice cream if desired.