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Smoked Garlic Butter Recipe

Butter on bread is good, but have you tried Smoked Garlic Butter? You don’t even need a smoker to make it, just a grill. For more ideas on what to eat with this, check out all of our grilling recipes.

We serve it with Wildgrain bread. Keep on reading to find out how you can save $30 on your first Wildgrain subscription.

Bread with butter next to it and on it and the words "Smoked Garlic Butter" digitally written on top.

Whenever I get the chance, I like to dress things up a little bit. Sure, we could serve butter with bread. But when you’re serving a good bread, you want to serve a good butter. And I don’t mean an expensive butter. I mean a dressed up smoked garlic butter made on the grill.

Yes, that sounds extra. I get it. But trust me, this butter is so worth it.

It takes about twenty minutes to prep and cook on the grill, but then a couple hours to let it cool and complete.

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This Smoked Garlic Butter Recipe is made using a gas grill, not a smoker.

If you’re new to grilling, be sure to check out our Gas Grilling Tips For Beginners post before you start cooking.

Smoked Garlic Butter Recipe

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Smoked Garlic Butter Ingredients:

How To Make Smoked Garlic Butter:

Wood pellets going into a pellet smoker tube.

Fill a pellet smoker tube with hardwood pellets.

A pellet smoker tube in a propane grill.

Lift the grill’s grates and put the pellet smoker tube under the grates. Put the grates back in place.

Pre-heat the grill to about 350 F. The grill’s temperature will fluctuate, but you want to try to keep it around 350 F.

Eight pats of butter in a pan.

Cut the butter into eight pieces and put them in a grill-safe pan.

Grated garlic and butter in a pan.

Grate four cloves of garlic and add them to the pan.

Salt being poured on top of butter and garlic in a pan.

Sprinkle the salt on top.

Onion powder, salt, butter, and grated garlic in a pan.

Add the onion powder.

Garlic butter ingredients in a pan on the grill.

Put the pan on the grill and close the grill.

Melted smoked garlic butter being stirred with a bamboo spoon on a grill.

Cook it about 15 minutes, stirring the butter and checking on it every three minutes. You want make sure that the garlic is cooking and the butter isn’t burning.

Melted smoked garlic butter in a pan.

When the garlic is browned and cooked through, and the butter is completely bubbly, remove it from the heat.

Coagulated smoked garlic butter in a pan.

Let it sit and cool for about two hours until the butter is coagulated, but not completely hardened.

Smoked garlic butter on parchment paper.

Scoop the butter into a piece of parchment paper.

Parchment paper rolled into a log.

Roll it into a log and let it sit in the fridge overnight.

Smoked garlic butter.

Smoked Garlic Butter: Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need to have a smoker to make smoked butter?

You don’t need a smoker to make smoked butter. We don’t have one. We simply use our pellet smoker tube to turn our propane grill into a smoker.

What type of butter is best for smoked butter?

Unsalted butter is best for smoked butter. That way, you can add your own salt and seasoning to fit your taste.

How do you store smoked butter?

Store smoked butter in an airtight container in the fridge.

How long does homemade garlic butter last?

Smoked garlic butter can last pretty much indefinitely in the fridge. We’ve kept some for months without it going bad, as long as you rewrap it and keep it in an airtight container.

I’ve seen sites online reference the USDA saying salted butter can last up to five months, provided it is kept wrapped all that time. I can’t find that specifically on the USDA’s website, so do with that as you will.

A slice of bread with smoked garlic butter on it.

What to serve with Smoked Garlic Butter?

Smoked Garlic Butter would also be a really good compliment to Grilled Corn on the Cob or Baked Potatoes on the grill. Plus, since you’re already making this butter on the grill, adding the corn or potato is easy.

We served our smoked garlic butter with a loaf of Everything Sourdough bread from Wildgrain. The smoked garlic butter spread on really easily when the bread was warm or fresh out of the toaster. It still paired really well with cold bread.

A loaf of Wildgrain Everything Sourdough Bread.

Wildgrain Review

Since we served our smoked butter with a loaf of bread from Wildgrain, now feels like a good time to introduce you to the mail order bread.

Ha. Mail order bread. I’m laughing. But that’s pretty much exactly what Wildgrain is. It’s a subscription box for bread, pastries, and fresh pasta. There’s free shipping always (and that includes the dry ice packets and container) and you can save $30 on your first subscription with the code DIVAS30 here if you order by August 31, 2022.

Each month, a box filled with sourdough bread, hand cut pasta, and artisanal pastries is delivered straight to your door. The boxes vary each month, but, as an example, our first box contained the following: a sourdough loaf, an everything sourdough loaf, a cranberry pecan sourdough loaf, 12 oz. of fresh fettuccini, 12 oz. of fresh tonnarelli, a 10-pack of peach pie bites, and a 4-pack of croissants.

To get more of an idea, you can see most of the brand’s products on its nutrition facts page here.

Everything arrives frozen, and you want to get it all into your freezer as quickly as possible. But, you can’t eat it straight from the freezer. Each loaf of bread is pre-baked and then frozen. It’s up to you to finish the bake. Our everything sourdough loaf took 19 minutes in the oven, then had to rest for 20 minutes.

You’re getting all the deliciousness of fresh baked bread without all the actual work of fresh baked bread. It’s perfect for us because we were spoiled with an incredible bakery in my hometown in New York where we could get the best fresh baked bread (you literally took it off the conveyer belt as it was baking). We haven’t found anything similar in North Carolina so we’ve been relegated to making bread at home (like our Lard Bread).

This Wildgrain subscription box makes our life, and our dinners, so much easier.

A Wildgrain subscription is $89 a month. A family should be able to go through a box each month, but if you can’t, or if you’ll be on vacation, you can pause your subscription and resume it at any time.

Sliced zucchini and yellow squash in a piece of foil.

More Grilled Recipes:

If your grill is on because you’re making grilled garlic butter, you might want to throw these other grilled recipes on as well:

Yield: 1 Stick Of Butter

Smoked Garlic Butter

Butter on bread is good, but have you tried Smoked Garlic Butter? You don’t even need a smoker to make it, just a grill.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 10 hours
Total Time 10 hours 17 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Fill a pellet smoker tube with hardwood pellets. Lift the grill’s grates and put the pellet smoker tube under the grates. Put the grates back in place.
  2. Pre-heat the grill to about 350 F.
  3. Cut the butter into eight pieces and put them in a grill-safe pan.
  4. Grate four cloves of garlic and add them to the pan.
  5. Sprinkle the salt on top.
  6. Add the onion powder.
  7. Put the pan on the grill and close the grill. Cook it about 15 minutes, stirring the butter and checking on it every three minutes. 
  8. When the garlic is browned and cooked through, and the butter is completely bubbly, remove it from the heat.
  9. Let it sit and cool for about two hours until the butter is coagulated, but not completely hardened. Scoop the butter into a piece of parchment paper. Roll it into a log and let it sit in the fridge overnight.

Notes

The grill’s temperature will fluctuate, but you want to try to keep it around 350 F.

Nutrition Information

Yield

16

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 52Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 15mgSodium 34mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g

Have you made this Smoked Garlic Butter Recipe? Let us know in the comments.

Julie

Saturday 30th of July 2022

Thank you for sharing this.

Laurie

Thursday 28th of July 2022

This sounds like it would be delicious on toasted bread! I love roasted garlic. Gonna have to try this one.

Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook

Wednesday 27th of July 2022

Sounds interesting and yum!

Patricia

Friday 22nd of July 2022

Honestly, I've never heard of a pellet smoker tube, but will be on the lookout for one! I cannot wait to try this recipe - sounds wonderful (I'm a garlic fiend!) AND easy to make.

Jere Cassidy

Friday 22nd of July 2022

I don't have a smoker, but I put my cast iron skillet on the grill and made the recipe that way. This butter is amazing and perfect on top of so many things, including my everything bagel!

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