Smoked Pumpkin Puree

Take pumpkin pie to another level with Smoked Pumpkin Puree! This puree is not only for pie, it can be used anywhere you would use pumpkin puree.

quartered pumpkin on the smoker

Smoked pumpkin has become our favourite way to prepare pumpkin for pies, breads and more. Smoking fresh pumpkins is easy to do and takes desserts up a notch with a new flavour profile.

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Why Smoke Pumpkins?

The answer to this question is simple. It is an easy way to add flavour and easy to do.

Smoking pumpkin also is a great way to cook pumpkin. The pumpkin cooks evenly and there is less mess to cooking pumpkin this way because it is done outside with using a pan.


To make this pumpkin puree, there is one ingredient, pumpkin. The entire recipe is made from pumpkins only.

Pie pumpkins or sugar pumpkins are the best ones to use for this recipe. I have never made this recipe with the jack-o-lantern type pumpkins.

Smoking wood is also needed.

What Is The Best Wood For Smoking Pumpkin?

For smoking pumpkins, fruit woods work well. Apple, pear or cherry woods complement the pumpkin.

Maple wood is also a good choice, especially if you will be using the pumpkin in pies. The maple wood gives just enough flavour to taste is in the puree and if you add a tablespoon of maple syrup to the pie filling, it tastes even better.

What To Do With The Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted pumpkin seeds are a family favourite snack so we smoke them alongside the pumpkin.

The seeds can be roasted right beside the pumpkin on the smoker. Toss the seeds with oil and salt, place them on a sheet pan and roast them beside the pumpkin on the smoker.

Some chili powder is also great to sprinkle over the seeds before smoking them.

How To Use Smoked Pumpkin Puree

Smoked pumpkin puree can be used in any recipe that you would use canned pumpkin puree.

  • Pies.
  • Cakes.
  • Cookies.
  • Soups.
  • Sweet Breads.
  • Brownies.

Storing Smoked Pumpkin Puree

Once the puree is made, it can be stored in mason jars in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

It can also be canned and pressure cooked to seal the jars. Once sealed the jars will last 6-8 months at room temperature.

quartered pumpkin on the smoker

Smoked Pumpkin Puree

Take pumpkin pie to another level with Smoked Pumpkin Puree! This puree is not only for pie, it can be used anywhere you would use pumpkin puree.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 2


  • Smoker or BBQ
  • wood chips, apple, pear or your favourite
  • Blender


  • 2 sugar or pie pumpkins


  • Preheat smoker to 250℉. Once preheated, add wood chips or pellets.
  • Cut pumpkins in quarters.
  • Remove seeds and strings from pumpkin.
  • Place pumpkin quarters in smoker, skin side down.
  • Close smoker and allow to smoke for 1 hour.
  • Continue cooking for additional hour or until pumpkin is softened and can be easily pierced with a fork.
  • Remove from smoker and allow to cool until cool enough to handle.
  • Peel skin from pumpkins
  • Add pumpkin to blender and puree until smooth. Add a tablespoon of water if pumpkin won't break down.
  • Pour pumpkin into clean mason jars with sealing lids.
  • Refrigerate for up to two weeks.

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