Smoked Bologna


Recipe from Lee Ann Whippen, chef/partner at Chicago q Restaurant and daughter of barbecue champion Jim “Trim” Tabb. For more about Lee Ann and Chicago q, visit

“My dad and I are so close … for so many reasons. One of which is our love of BBQ, competitions and cooking. We also share a love of flying planes … he’s a retired captain for TWA and I flew Cessnas and Piper Cubs in high school.

This is our recipe for smoked bologna … we’ve have been making this for the past 19 years as a ‘munchie’ while we are competing! Brings back fond memories!” -Lee Ann

Smoked Bologna


  • 2-1 1⁄2 inch thick slices beef bologna
  • Yellow mustard
  • Dry rub (recipe below)
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Apple chips (1 handful soaked in water for 30 minutes)

Dry Rub Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1⁄4 cup chili powder
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar

Dry Rub Instructions

Combine the salt and brown sugar in a food processor or blender, and process until well blended. Add all the remaining ingredients except the granulated sugar, and process until blended. Then add the granulated sugar and process until the ingredients are evenly distributed.

Set the EGG for indirect cooking with the convEGGtor at 225°F/107°C.

Drain apple chips and put directly on coals.

Slather yellow mustard all over top, bottom and sides of bologna. Sprinkle dry rub on all sides until completely covered.

Place bologna slice directly on the cooking grid and smoke with lid closed for 11⁄2 hours. Remove and cut into cubes and dip in your favorite barbecue sauce … or it’s great on cheap white bread as a sandwich!

2 thoughts on “Smoked Bologna”


    When the wood is ignited and producing smoke, place bologna in the smoker or grill, and smoke until outside has darkened, 2 to 3 hours.

  2. In the end, I had way too much food, and while there were plenty of leftover ribs and chicken to go around, it was only this smoked bologna that almost disappeared.

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