Smoked carrots are a delicious addition to any cookout, whether they’re a side dish or the star of the show! This recipe is for carrots cooked on a pellet grill, like a Traeger or Green Mountain Grill. Seasoned with za’atar and honey, then topped with feta cheese and parsley before serving, this recipe has so much flavor and will be a crowd pleaser.
Many people see carrots as an ingredient rather than a dish that can stand on its own, and that’s a mistake! When treated right, carrots are delicious. This recipe for smoked carrots leaves them tender all the way through but not close to mushy – they still have a good bite.
When it comes to pellets, this is largely based on personal preference, but I recommend a blend or one of the following:
Seasoning Carrots for Smoking
You can keep things simple with salt and pepper or a bbq seasoning blend, but I recommend going outside of the box and trying this recipe!
To make my Smoked Carrots with Za’atar and Honey, here’s what you’ll need.
If za’atar is an unfamiliar ingredient, it’s a traditional Middle Eastern spice blend typically consisting of dried thyme, toasted sesame seeds, sumac, and salt, known for its tangy, herbal, and nutty flavors. It’s delicious and perfect in this recipe! You should be able to find it in your grocery store, but it’s also available online.
Then you’ll simply tossed the carrots, peeled or unpeeled depending on your preference, in the seasoning ingredients. So easy!
How to Smoke Carrots
Once you’ve seasoned your carrots, smoking them is easy. Preheat your pellet smoker to 250 degrees F. Place the carrots directly on the smoker grates and smoke for 1 hour.
You’ll know they’re done when they’re slightly shriveled on the outside but still have a good, tender bite. No mushy carrots here!
To top them off, I like to sprinkle on feta cheese and parsley. Such a delicious side dish!
I recommend a blend or one of the following: apple, alder, cherry, maple, or pecan.
Nope! Just clean them well. You can peel them if you want, though!
Go for it!
You’ll know they’re done when they’re slightly shriveled on the outside but still have a good, tender bite.
Place leftover carrots in an airtight container and refrigerate. They’ll be good in the fridge for up to a week. I recommend cutting into 1-inch rounds before storing leftovers so they’re easy to add to other dishes.
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Get the Recipe:
Smoked Carrots with Za’atar and Honey
- 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 2 tbsp chopped parsley
- Preheat pellet smoker to 250 degrees F.
- In a small bowl, mix together the honey, olive oil, lemon juice, za'atar, and salt. Toss the cleaned carrots with half the honey mixture and reserve the other half.
- Place the carrots directly on the grates of the smoker. Close the lid and smoke for 1 hour. Cook for 1 hour 30 minutes for softer carrots.
- When the carrots are done, remove them to a serving plate using tongs. Toss with the reserved honey mixture and top with the feta cheese and parsley. Serve.