Red Chile Smoked Bologna

This isn’t my first time smoking a bologna chubb (often called a log). But it is by far the best I’ve ever made. I used Albukirky Seasoning’s Red Chile BBQ rub (you can use any rub you want, but I highly recommend theirs) and it added a fantastic flavor (and a slight spiciness) to the bologna.

I sliced my smoked bologna about 1/2″ thick and then fried it up to get a bit of a crust on it. It was absolutely crazy good on a bun with lettuce, onion and mustard for the world’s best bologna sandwich!

Red Chile Smoked Bologna

Just about everyone can score a bologna better than I can. I’ve seen all sorts of fancy fru-fru angled scoring works of art. Me, I’ve had to resign myself to a simple checkerboard pattern. It really doesn’t matter how you do it, but you do need to do it or the chubb will crack or even blow open while smoking.

I went with a mellow wood (apple) when smoking my red chile bologna. I wanted that smoke flavor, but I didn’t want it to be so strong that I couldn’t taste the rub or the bologna. Feel free to use whatever wood you prefer, of course!

Also check out my traditional smoked bologna.

Red Chile Smoked Bologna

Course Main
Prep Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Author Mike



  • Fire up your smoker for smoking at 250 F. I prefer a lighter wood, such as apple or peach, but you can use a stronger wood such as hickory.
  • Score the bologna chubb using a sharp knife. Make the cuts 1/4" – 1/2" deep. Use any pattern you want. If you don't score it the bologna will crack or pop open as it smokes.
  • Rub the chubb liberally with mustard. Get in there, get your hands dirty. I find it easiest to stand the chubb on one end (which is why I don't use a full-sized one).
  • Sprinkle the rub liberally all over the chubb. More is better here, so don't be shy with the rub.
  • Transfer the chubb to your smoker and smoke for 3 to 3 1/2 hours.
  • Remove the chubb and let rest for 15 minutes before slicing.

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