Smoked Butternut Squash

Two halfs of a butternut squash on an old wooden garden table

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 90 mins
Total: 95 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
50 Calories
5g Fat
3g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 50
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2327mg 101%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Protein 0g
Calcium 13mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Butternut squash can work well as the base for all kinds of recipes, whether it's roasted and then simmered in a soup, or cubed and sautéed in a dish tossed with pasta, or served on its own.

By smoking butternut squash, it picks up a whole new dimension of flavors. The smoky flavor of this squash will make any dish it is used in all the better. Best of all, you get to customize the smoke factor, both in terms of how much you want the squash to absorb, and what kind of wood to use. These choices will impact the flavor; the longer you smoke it, the stronger the smoke flavor.

To pick a wood, make sure it will pair well with vegetables. Apple, oak, and pecan woods all impart a mild sweetness and would work well with squash. Woods such as hickory and mesquite are too strong and will overpower the squash.

Ingredients

  • 1 large butternut squash
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons coarse salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Prepare smoker for a 1 1/2-hour cook time at around 275 F/135 C.

  2. Cut the stem end of the butternut squash off, about an inch from the top. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Place on the smoker and cook until soft all the way through.

  3. A butternut squash, smoked for an hour and a half will have a strong smoke flavor. While this will cook down some when used in other recipes (like smoked butternut squash soup). To reduce the smoke flavor, cut the smoking time in half and finish the squash off in the oven.​

How Long Does Butternut Squash Last?

The answer to this question depends upon a few factors. Butternut squash is can be kept for quite a while, especially if it hasn't been cooked.


Unpeeled, whole squash can last at room temperature for several weeks if kept in a cool, dry spot, especially if the squash was purchased locally.


Peeled, uncooked squash such as the prepped vegetables you might buy in the supermarket produce department, will keep for a couple of days in the refrigerator before it starts to get a little soft.


Roasted butternut squash will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days in a tightly covered container. Reheat it covered in a low oven, heat it up in a skillet with a little olive oil, or pop it into a soup to re-use and make a new meal out of it.