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I had my Weber smoker fired up the other day, making a nice batch of smoked pork chops. There was a little extra room on the top rack. Since I try to always use up every inch of space, I grabbed a jar of olives and a few other ingredients and in just a bit over an hour we were enjoying some garlicky, smoked olives.
Smoked olives have just a small kick to them thanks to the red pepper flakes. You don’t have to worry about them being too hot for you even if you aren’t as big a fan of spicy as we are.
I prefer to use fruit or nut woods when I smoke unless I want a heavier smoke flavor. Pecan, apple or cherry are my favorites. I used apple wood chunks to smoke these olives.
- Fire up your smoker for smoking 225 – 275 F. Use a mellow wood such as apple.
- Place the olives in a shallow aluminum pan.
- Combine the garlic, pepper flake, and oil and pour over the olives.
- Smoke for 45 minutes.
- Remove and let cool before serving.
Nutritional values are approximate.