Smoked Stuffing Recipe: A Flavorful Twist on Classic Stuffing

Want a delectable side dish? Give our irresistible smoked stuffing a try! It’s crafted with savory sausage and prepared on your choice of Kamado Joe, Traeger grill, or in the oven. This delightful variation of a traditional holiday side dish is sure to impress you and your festive visitors.

A bowl of smoked stuffing next to the casserole dish of stuffing with fresh herbs as an accent.

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Besides the turkey, stuffing is probably the 2nd most popular dish at Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts. It’s always a hit with my family and one of the first side dishes to be eaten quickly! While stuffing might be one of the most popular side dishes for turkey, this smoked stuffing recipe is a unique twist on a classic favorite!

Why Smoke Stuffing?

While I have used my Kamado Joe ceramic grill to make my Thanksgiving turkey for years, I was intrigued by the idea of also smoking my Thanksgiving stuffing as I do not stuff my turkey, although you certainly can if that’s your preference! I began looking around and adapting things until I found the perfect combination of classic stuffing meets smoker. It’s the perfect stuffing to go with smoked turkey!

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Smoking your stuffing provides a slightly smokey flavor that will compliment many of the rich and bold flavors associated with a Thanksgiving feast such as cranberry sauce, smoked turkey as well as your other sides. It’s also a lovely twist on a classic dish that elevates it to a new flavor profile you and your guests will love!

So why not skip that soggy box stuffing mix and try this delicious smoked classic stuffing recipe instead? With aromatic flavors from fresh herbs to the perfect amount of smoky flavor, this stuffing recipe will be a hit with all of your guests.

Ingredients for Smoked Stuffing

Each of these ingredients adds another level of flavor and is essential in this classic smoked stuffing recipe so don’t skip any of these ingredients!

Sourdough Bread Cubes Dried  – By using sourdough bread you’ll add an additional level of flavor. Grab a day-old loaf from the store and cube it yourself or better yet try your hand at making your own sourdough loaf! To make dried bread cubes, simply take the loaf of sourdough bread and cut them into about 3/4 inch pieces. Spread them on a baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes at 300° F. You can make your stuffing cubes a day ahead of time or just before making your stuffing.

Chicken Broth – This provides the moisture necessary to make the stuffing light and fluffy. Feel free to substitute turkey broth or vegetable broth for the chicken broth.

Red Onion  – Red onions have a slightly sweeter profile than yellow onions and add a nice pop of color!

Eggs – Eggs will help bind the stuffing together.

The ingredients for smoked stuffing including sourdough bread cubes, fresh herbs, seasonings, celery, red onion and chicken broth on a counter with a spoon.

Celery – A few stalks of diced celery are in almost every stuffing recipe so of course we’ll add them here as well.

Butter – To add a rich flavor

Fresh Herbs – These add aromatic flavor to the stuffing! Be sure to use fresh herbs! This recipe calls for sage, parsley, rosemary, and thyme.

Dried Herbs – For even more flavor, we’ll add celery seed, black pepper, and a little salt!

A serving of smoked stuffing next to the casserole dish of Thanksgiving smoked stuffing with a fork and fresh herbs.


Homemade stuffing may take a bit more effort than grabbing a box from the pantry but the flavor can’t be beat! Here’s how to make smoked stuffing, step by step, whether you’re making Traeger smoked stuffing or using the Kamado Joe like I do.

Step 1

Preheat your smoker to 350° F and prepare it for indirect cooking. I like to use oak for this recipe, however, hickory or pecan would also be excellent choices.

If you’re using the oven, preheat to the same temperature. Please note that you will not have the same smokey flavor if you use the oven.

Spray a 3-Quart casserole dish with cooking spray.

Step 2

In a medium-sized skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and then add the sage, rosemary, thyme, diced onion and celery, salt and pepper. Saute until the onions are translucent or about 5-7 minutes.

Step 3

In a small mixing bowl, lightly beat the two eggs.

Place the sourdough bread cubes in an extra-large mixing bowl.

A large mixing bowl of sourdough bread cubes next to a striped towel, small white bowl of chicken broth and a wooden spoon.

Pour the lightly beaten eggs over the top of the bread cubes.

Adding the eggs to the sourdough bread cubes in a large mixing bowl.

Then add the sautéed veggies and herbs, followed by the chicken broth.

All of the smoked stuffing ingredients in a large mixing bowl to gently stir together.

Gently, fold the ingredients until they are fully combined and the bread cubes are nicely coated. Be sure to stir gently as you don’t want to mash your bread!

Step 4

Pour the stuffing mixture into the prepared casserole dish and spread evenly being careful not to smash the ingredients flat.

Sprinkle the top with freshly minced parsley.

Step 5

Place in the smoker, uncovered, and cook for 30 minutes!

A white casserole dish full of smoked stuffing on a grill grate on the smoker.

Remove from the smoker and serve immediately!

Smoked stuffing featured image.

Tips & Variations for Smoked Stuffing

You can use this recipe to make stuffing on a Traeger grill, Kamado Joe, pellet grill, or even in the oven. No changes are necessary, although cooking it in the oven will not provide the same smoke flavor.

You can use any type of broth. I used chicken but turkey or vegetable broth would work perfectly as well.

While you do not have to use sourdough bread to make stuffing, it provides the perfect texture. Some bread types are more porous than sourdough and may absorb the broth faster or slower. If you do not use sourdough bread, start with about half of the broth and add a bit more at a time until you reach the right consistency.

A portion of smoked stuffing in a white bowl with the pan in the background.

To make your own dried bread cubes, cut a 24-ounce loaf of sourdough bread into 3/4-inch cubes. Spread them evenly without overlapping on a baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes at 300°F. You can store them in an airtight container for up to 3 days or use them immediately to make your smoked stuffing.

If you want to make a smoked sausage stuffing recipe, simply brown your favorite sausage in the skillet before cooking your veggies. Then add the veggies and saute until done. Continue with the recipe as written.

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A bowl of smoked stuffing next to the casserole dish of stuffing with fresh herbs as an accent.

Smoked Stuffing

By: April
A flavorful smokey twist on the classic Thanksgiving stuffing, this smoked stuffing will delight your guests!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 37 minutes
Total Time 52 minutes
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 10 Servings
Calories 160 kcal



  • 8 Cups Dried Sourdough Bread Cubes
  • 3 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 Red Onion diced
  • 3 Celery Stalks diced
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 4 Tablespoons Salted Butter 1/2 stick
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Sage
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Parsley minced
  • 1 Teaspoon Fresh Rosemary
  • 1 Teaspoon Fresh Thyme
  • 1 Teaspoon Celery Seed
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt


  • Preheat your smoker to 350°F and prepare for an indirect cook. Spray a 3 quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
  • In a medium skillet over medium heat, melt the butter.
  • Saute in the onion, celery, sage, rosemary, thyme, celery seed, salt and pepper until the onions turn translucent or about 5-7 minutes.
  • In a small mixing bowl, lightly beat the eggs.
  • Place the bread cubes in a large mixing bowl and pour the lightly beaten eggs over the bread cubes.
  • Add the sauted veggies and herbs to the large mixing bowl followed by the chicken broth.
  • Gently, fold the ingredients until they are fully combined and the bread cubes are nicely coated with the mixture.
  • Pour the stuffing mixture into the prepared casserole dish and spread evenly being careful not to mash the bread.
  • Sprinkle the fresh minced parsley over top.
  • Place the stuffing in the smoker, uncovered, and cook for 30 minutes.
  • Serve immediately!


To Make in the Oven: Cook at 350°F for 30 minutes.
I used oak for this recipe but pecan or hickory are also excellent choices.
Nutrition 160 kcal
Keyword smoked dressing, smoked stuffing, smoked stuffing recipe, smoked thanksgiving stuffing, smoked turkey stuffing, stuffing for smoked turkey, Traeger smoked stuffing

This delicious smoked stuffing recipe pairs perfectly with your favorite turkey or my personal favorite turkey recipe! It’s also a wonderful addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners! Be sure to check out these other great Thanksgiving side dishes!

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