Smoked Beets with Balsamic Glaze

Wow. I love beets, but I really wasn’t expecting these smoked beets with balsamic glaze to be so amazing. The perfect combination of flavors, starting with just a hint of smoke and ending with goat cheese drizzled with a fantastic balsamic glaze. The more I cook, the more I find myself using balsamic vinegar in my dishes, and it certainly was a star in this one.
Smoked Beets with Balsamic GlazeIf you don’t have a smoker you can still make these beets. Just toss them in a 375 F oven and roast them until tender. They won’t have that light smoky flavor, but they will still be great with the glaze and cheese.

In a pinch you can skip using fresh beets. Grab canned or jarred, slice and serve with the remaining ingredients. Or just make my non-smoked beet but-still-really-great beet salad.

Also try my grilled golden beets.

Smoked Beets with Balsamic Glaze

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 -6 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

For the beats

  • 4 large beets
  • Your favorite herb goat cheese
  • Balsamic glaze from below

For balsamic glaze

  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt

Instructions

For the beats

  • Fire up your smoker for smoking at 250 F.
  • Meanwhile, boil or steam the beats until just tender. Let cool completely then peel.
  • Transfer beets to the smoker and smoke for 30 minutes-1 hour. You just want a hint of smoke flavor.
  • Remove from the smoker and let cool then slice thin.
  • Serve with the cheese drizzled with the balsamic glaze.

For balsamic glaze

  • Add all ingredients to a small saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and continue to simmer, stirring often, until thick. The glaze should coat the back of spoon.
  • Remove from heat and cover until ready to use.