Smoked Asparagus & Red Pesto

Serves 4-6

Prep time 5 minutes

Cook time 10 minutes

Hardwood pellets in apple wood


 2 pounds trimmed asparagus

2 teaspoons olive oil

Kosher salt and pepper to taste

Red Pesto

1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced

1/2 cup flat leaf parsley

1/2 cup cilantro

1 garlic clove

The juice of a lemon

1/3 cup shredded Parmesan

1/2 cup olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste


Preheat the smoker to 350 degrees. Place the trimmed asparagus in a grill basket and season with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat. Put the basket in the smoker and be sure to turn the asparagus as the bottom spears will cook quicker than the top.

To prepare the red pesto, pulse all ingredients in a food processor to desired consistency. Taste for seasoning. Top the grilled asparagus with the pesto.