Smoked Bologna

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Smoked Bologna

About This Recipe

Yield:serves 10 to 12
Active time:15 minutes
Total time:2 hours 15 minutes
Special equipment:Smoker or Grill
This recipe appears in: Grilling: Smoked Bologna


  • 1 piece of bologna, 3 to 5 pounds
  • 1/4 cup yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons of your favorite barbecue rub
  • 1 to 2 small chunks of smoking wood
  • 10-12 potato rolls (optional, for sandwiches)
  • Mustard barbecue sauce (optional, for sandwiches)
  • Type of fire: Indirect
  • Grill heat: Low


  1. 1

    Score entire bologna with a paring knife 1/2 an inch deep about every inch horizontally and vertically.

  2. 2

    Brush bologna all over with mustard, and sprinkle with barbecue rub.

  3. 3

    Fire up smoker or grill to 225°F, adding chunks of smoking wood chunks when at temperature. When the wood is ignited and producing smoke, place bologna in the smoker or grill, and smoke until outside has darkened, 2 to 3 hours. Remove from smoker, let cool for 5 to 10 minutes, then slice and serve.

  4. 4

    To make crispy smoked bologna sandwiches: Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread the coals evenly over entire surface of coal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Place bologna slices on grill and cook until browned and crisp on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a roll and top with mustard barbecue sauce.


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