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One of the best parts of having a smoker is making smoked sausage.

There is nothing quite like biting into a fresh smoked sausage on game day or during a family get-together, and this recipe is so easy, why not make it for both occasions?

Let’s dig in!

smoked sausages on a grill grate

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What is Smoked Sausage? 

Smoked sausage is any sort of pre-made sausage you have purchased at the grocery store that you leave in your smoker for a few hours. Because the sausage is soft, it will absorb all the amazing flavors of the woods in your smoker. 

Smoked sausage isn’t always just made from pork. It can also be made from beef, chicken, turkey, venison, or even vegan ingredients like grains and fruits. No matter what your diet is like, putting your sausage on the smoker will increase its flavor tenfold.

How to Make Smoked Sausage

Making smoked sausage is incredibly easy, just follow these steps. We recommend making extra to save for lunches or snacks later in the week. 


  • Sausage of your choice (or make your own)
  • Hickory, Pecan, or Apple wood chips/pellets for your smoker

Step 1: Preheat Your Smoker

Preheat your smoker to 225° and if your smoker doesn’t have one, add a water pan beneath the meat. 

Step 2: Arrange the Sausages

Put your sausages directly on the grate, and ensure they don’t touch. 

Step 3: Wait

Wait patiently for about 2 hours and 30 minutes. Then, check your sausage with a temperature probe. They need to reach an internal temperature of 165°F before they are safe to eat. 

If they aren’t ready after 2.5 hours, check back every 10-15 minutes until they are, keeping the smoker door closed as much as possible. 

And just like that, you’ve got some tasty smoked sausage to enjoy! 

Smoked Sausage Expert Tips and Variations

  • Feel free to try marinating your sausage overnight before smoking. We recommend marinating in Worcestershire sauce
  • Don’t be afraid to soak your wood chips, either. Hickory wood chips smoked in whiskey will make some delicious smoked sausage. 
  • If you are making your own sausage (rather than buying a package from the store), mix in some cheddar cheese with the meat. This will make some unforgettable smoked cheese sausages. 

How to Serve Smoked Sausage

Our favorite way to serve smoked sausage is in a bun with a little pickle relish and sauerkraut. But you can also serve it on a plate with some mashed potatoes and spinach or sliced on a pasta. 

You can also add smoked sausage to any gumbo or stew you might be making! 

How to Store Smoked Sausage

Place any leftover smoked sausage in an air-tight container or Ziploc bag and store it in the fridge. It should stay good for about 5 days. 

You can also freeze smoked sausage, simply put them in a Ziploc bag and put them in the freezer. They will stay good frozen for about 2 months. 

Smoked Sausage FAQ

Can You Cold Smoke Sausage?

Sausage can indeed be cold smoked, but you must actually cook the meat to 165°F before serving. 

Is Smoked Sausage Healthy?

Smoked sausage isn’t the healthiest meat out there, but one every now and then won’t hurt you, especially if you are using it to top a salad or throw it into a split pea soup. Turkey and chicken sausage are healthier alternatives to beef and pork sausage. 

How Do You Tell if Smoked Sausage is Done?

Smoked sausage is done when it is cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F.

Is Sausage Healthier than a Hot Dog?

Sausage is healthier than a hot dog as it contains more vitamins and minerals and is generally less processed. 

Final Thoughts on Smoked Sausage

Overall, smoked sausage is one of the easiest smoked dishes to make. If you are new to smoking, we absolutely recommend grabbing a few packages of premade sausages and seeing which combination of wood and marinade makes them taste best!

Just be sure you make extra because your family will definitely love these sausages as well!

smoked sausage on a grill pan

Simple Smoked Sausage

Yield: Variable
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 2 minutes

A simple smoked sausage recipe you can use for any occasion!


  • 1 Package of your favorite sausage (or make your own!)
  • Pecan, Apple, or Hickory Wood


  1. Preheat your smoker to 225°F.
  2. Place the sausages on the grate, not letting them touch.
  3. Set the timer for 2 hours and 30 minutes, coming back to check the temperature.
  4. Continue to check the temperature every 10-15 minutes until they reach 165°F.
  5. Remove from the grill and serve.


Feel free to use chicken, turkey, or even vegan sausage.

Hope Davis

Hope Davis

Born in Denver, Colorado as the oldest of 5 children, I learned at a young age that the grill was one of the best ways to prepare food for a crowd. And during the winter storm months, when the snow was likely to knock out the power to our house, the propane grill was a lifesaver! You wouldn’t believe the number of things you can cook on a grill when necessary. With parents who couldn’t tell salt from pepper unless you told them, I spent my late teen years making my own seasoning mixes and marinades to dress the meat before barbecues. It wasn’t long before I developed a secret marinade that people still beg me to make for them today! When I was 21 years old I bought my first smoker. Picked up some cedar chips for making a cedar plank salmon...and well, the rest they say is history! I’ve been grilling and smoking all kinds of creations ever since and I’m always excited to share my passion with others through my favorite medium--writing!

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