Are you looking to make a delicious smoked dessert this fall season? Smoked pumpkin pie is the perfect recipe to try this year.
The process is a lot simpler than you might think. Most of the work is done before you even start the smoker. We are going to jump into the recipe for smoked pumpkin pie- you will like it so much more than the original recipe!
The Best Pumpkin Pie You’ll Ever Try
Pumpkin pie is a tradition in most homes at Thanksgiving. When you heat it in the smoker, you get a lot more flavor and a delicious, smokey taste. This Smoked Pumpkin Pie Recipe is the perfect dessert to try out this fall- your friends and family will be sure to love it.
If you have never smoked anything before, this is a good place to start. We are going to take you through all of the steps, getting you to the best pumpkin pie you have ever tasted. Check out our recipe below to get started making your own!
I make this recipe on my Camp Chef Woodwind Wifi pellet smoker, but any type of smoker will do! You can even get away with doing this on a grill if you have a way to supplement your grill with wood fired smoke.
Getting Your Smoked Pumpkin Pie Ready
Before you start, you always want to be sure that the smoker is on. Preheat your oven or grill to 425 F. Also, preheat your smoker to 350 F. With the smoker, the goal is to have at least a little bit of smoke flavoring the pie.
Pour your pumpkin pie filling into the crust, then cook it in the oven or grill at 425 F for 15 minutes.
You can tell if your pie is cooked the whole way by doing the “knife test”. You can do this by inserting a table knife, or even a toothpick, into the center of your pumpkin pie. If your knife comes out clean, with nothing on it, then the pie has finished cooking. You want to do this when the pie is warm, as the knife test might cause the filling to crack when it is cooling.
Another way to tell if you are ready to move onto the next step is to gently shake the pumpkin pie. If it jiggles, then the filling is not completely cooked yet and needs some more time in the oven or grill. Once you are sure that your pie is done, you can move onto the next step- using the smoker!
Why Use a Canned Filling?
When it comes to pumpkin pie fillings, canned pumpkin puree works amazingly. You might think that to make a delicious pie, you need to work completely from scratch. However, when it comes to a smoked pumpkin pie, the puree bakes better than alternatives.
Fresh, real pumpkins can vary in size and moisture. Which means that your cooking time might vary as well. If you want to make a consistent pie that cooks well the first time, we recommend using a filling.
You can try making your filling if you are confident, of course! We are thinking of beginners to using a smoker and how this recipe can be a learning experience for you.
What Wood to Use
Lighter woods work better with pies since they do not hide the flavors of the pumpkin pie filling. You want to choose a wood that is not going to overpower your pie. Once you have your wood or pellets picked out, then you can move onto smoking your pie, these are the steps.
Smoking Your Pumpkin Pie
You will want to let the pumpkin pie cool down for 15 minutes before you do anything else with it. After you put in your choice of light wood and the pie has cooled some, it is time to smoke the pie! Go out to your smoker with the pie and place it inside.
Once you have transferred the pie to the smoker cook the pie for another 45 minutes or until you can complete the knife or toothpick test successfully. There should be barely any pie on either of those items during the test.
You could also check it with a cooking thermometer if you have one. The pumpkin pie should have an internal temperature of 175 F when it is finished. If it is not there yet, you can always put it back in for a few minutes.
Before that, while the pie is cooking, you might want to cover the edges of the pie halfway through the smoking time. This stops the crust from burning since it is receiving the most heat. Finally, you can remove the pumpkin pie from the smoker and let it cool for at least two hours before you serve it.
Cool and Serve
Once your pumpkin pie has cooled for those two hours, you can carefully take it from the fridge and set it on a table. Cutting the pie to serve is easy- you have already likely cut pies before! All you need to do is slice it into the sizes that you want. Serving smoked pumpkin pie is simple.
Pumpkin pie goes best with vanilla ice cream or a whipped cream topping. As you can see, making a delicious smoked pumpkin pie and serving it to your family and friends is easy! If you need a recipe to try using your new smoker for the first time, then we would recommend that you give this a try.
You might want to serve your pie warm, however, your pie should cool completely before you serve it. It can be tempting, but it is better to wait. Pies can stay warm in the center when their outside is cooled. If you want that perfect slice of smoked pumpkin pie, then it is going to be much better to wait- trust us on that one!
Smoked Pumpkin Pie
- 9" pie dish
- 1 pie crust pre-made or homemade
Pie Filling Ingredients
- 2 eggs
- 1 additional egg yolk
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1 can pumpkin purée 15 oz
- Preheat oven or grill to 425°F
- Preheat smoker to 350°F
- Combine pie filling ingredients. Whisk until combined
- Place pie crust into pie dish then pour filling mixture into the crust
- Place pie into oven or grill and bake for 15 minutes on 425°F
- After 15 minutes, remove pie from oven or grill and transfer to smoker, which should be running 350°F
- Bake pie on smoker for an additional 45 minutes. The pie is done when you can insert the tip of a knife or a toothpick into the center and it comes out clean. A little bit of pie on the knife or toothpick is ok
- Consider covering the pie edges halfway through the cook to not char the crust
- Remove pie from smoker and allow it to cool for at least 2 hours before serving
- Slice, serve, and enjoy!
Making a smoked pumpkin pie is easy and fun! It gives you a chance to make a classic fall dessert in a smoker, which can be a great way to become more familiar with using the cooking tool. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to shoot us a message! We would love to hear about what you are doing.