Most people grill asparagus. While grilled asparagus is tasty and delicious, it can get boring after a while.
That’s why you should smoke your asparagus. Smoking asparagus yields a fresh yet smoky flavor.
However, to get the perfect flavor, you must smoke them at 225°F for 40-60 minutes. If not, you could end up with overcooked asparagus.
- What To Look For When Buying Asparagus
- Can I Smoke White Asparagus?
- Should I Soak Asparagus Before Smoking?
- How Long To Smoke Asparagus At 225
- How Long To Smoke 2-4Pounds Asparagus At 225
- How Long To Smoke White Asparagus At 225
- How To Make Smoked Asparagus
- How To Tell When Asparagus Is Cooked
- How Do You Not Overcook Asparagus
- Final Thoughts
What To Look For When Buying Asparagus
You cannot purchase any asparagus and smoke them. You have to pick the best asparagus to get the best results.
Asparagus comes in many lengths and diameters.
Choose asparagus that are about the same length and width. If the asparagus is not the same size, they will cook unevenly.
Most people assume thin asparagus are green. However, thin asparagus does not mean it’s not matured. You can purchase thick or thin asparagus.
The asparagus should not have a wrinkled appearance. This is a sign that the asparagus is starting to go bad.
The bushy tips of the asparagus should be firm and closed. Additionally, the asparagus ends should not have too much white or grey.
The more white or grey colors they have, the more asparagus you will have to toss in the trash. However, you can also save the stems and use them in soups or stalks.
Ideally, you should look for asparagus with as much green as possible.
Can I Smoke White Asparagus?
Yes, you can smoke white asparagus. You can smoke white asparagus just like you would cook green asparagus.
However, white asparagus is thicker than green asparagus. So, you will need to cook it longer than its counterparts.
Should I Soak Asparagus Before Smoking?
Soaking asparagus before you smoke them is optional. However, if there are small pieces of sandy soil in your asparagus, soak it. Soaking the asparagus will help get rid of the grit.
If you do soak the asparagus, dry them completely with paper towels. This will help the oil and seasonings stick to the asparagus.
How Long To Smoke Asparagus At 225
The smoking time of asparagus will depend on the size of the asparagus. It will also depend on how much asparagus you are smoking.
Generally, it takes about 40-60 minutes to smoke a pound of asparagus at 225°F. However, make sure you turn the asparagus over after 20-30 minutes.
Additionally, check the asparagus after 40 minutes. Depending on the thickness and length of the asparagus, it may be fully cooked after 40 minutes.
How Long To Smoke 2-4Pounds Asparagus At 225
It depends on how much asparagus your smoker can hold. If your smoker is large enough, you can simultaneously smoke 2-4 pounds of asparagus in 40-60 minutes.
However, if your smoker is smaller, you may only be able to smoke 1-2 batches of asparagus. So it will take double the time.
Just flip the asparagus halfway through the smoking process, so they cook evenly.
How Long To Smoke White Asparagus At 225
Smoking white asparagus is very similar to smoking green asparagus. However, since they are thicker than green asparagus, they will take longer to cook.
Generally, it takes about 50 minutes to an hour and 10 minutes to smoke a pound of white asparagus at 225°F.
Flip the asparagus over after 25-30 minutes, so they cook evenly. Additionally, check the asparagus after 50 minutes. Checking the asparagus ensures they do not overcook.
The asparagus may be fully cooked. Alternatively, they may need to smoke for another 5-10 minutes.
How To Make Smoked Asparagus
Smoking asparagus is relatively easy. Best of all, you can use any smoker. You can use electric, propane, or even an offset smoker.
Simply set up and preheat your smoker to 225°F. Next, wash a pound of asparagus and trim the ends.
Make sure you remove all the hard, woody stems. These stems will not soften as they cook, so you must remove them from the smoker.
Use aluminum foil to make a boat. Coat it with non-stick cooking spray.
Asparagus is small enough to slip through the smoker’s cooking grates. The foil boat prevents this from happening. The downside is that less smoke will penetrate the asparagus.
Alternatively, you can also use a grill basket to smoke the asparagus. The basket will prevent the asparagus from falling through the smoker cooking grate. It will also expose the asparagus to more smoke, making them more flavorful.
Drizzle the asparagus with olive oil. Sprinkle the asparagus with salt and pepper. Toss to coat the asparagus in the oil and seasoning.
If you are smoking the asparagus in a grill basket, place it into a bowl, then add the oil and seasoning. Place the asparagus into the grill basket once you’ve seasoned them.
Place the asparagus into the smoker and cook them for 20-30 minutes. Turn the asparagus over and cook them for an additional 20-30 minutes until they are tender.
Next, serve the asparagus with your favorite protein and enjoy!
How To Tell When Asparagus Is Cooked
You must know how to tell when asparagus is cooked. Otherwise, it will be undercooked or overcooked.
Asparagus should be tender but crisp. However, it should not be overly soft or overly hard.
Cooked asparagus has a bright green color. If the asparagus snaps with a little resistance when you hold the ends of the stalk, it is cooked.
How Do You Not Overcook Asparagus
It’s easy to overcook asparagus. Overcooked asparagus is flimsy and has a dull green color.
It is also overly soft and mushy. More importantly, asparagus will lose most of its ingredients if it is overcooked.
To prevent your smoked asparagus from becoming overcooked, remove it from the smoker a minute before you think it is done.
The asparagus will still hold residual heat when you remove it from the smoker. By the time you assemble your plate, the asparagus will be tender but crisp.
Say goodbye to grilled asparagus and say hello to smoked asparagus. Once you taste smoked asparagus, it will be impossible to go back to eating grilled asparagus, especially if it is smoked correctly.
Remember to smoke your asparagus for 40-60 minutes, and you will have the perfect smoked asparagus.