Smoked Bloody Mary with Smoked Bacon is an absolute must try for your weekend brunch. It’s even better made with fresh summer tomatoes!
Since we first created this smoked bloody mary recipe back in 2014 it’s become a staple at any brunch we host.
The original recipe includes smoked ice, which is definitely worth the effort, but is totally optional. It will certainly add more smokiness to the drink, but you get enough smoke from the tomatoes and bacon. Speaking of bacon…
This recipe is super easy, but it does take time. But isn’t that what any great brunch is about? Taking your time and going big!!!
How to Smoke Fresh Tomatoes for Smoked Bloody Marys
All you do is quarter your tomatoes, place them on a wire rack, and smoke them until they are roasted and bacon is crispy. If you’re smoking at around 250-275 degrees this should take roughly an hour. This will depend on the size of your tomatoes and the thickness of your bacon. I like thick cut bacon and I like it crispy! This will help ensure it will stand up to the drink when you dip it into your rich and indulgent Smoked Bloody Mary mix.
How to make a Homemade Smoked Bloody Mary
Once your tomatoes have cooled enough to touch remove the skins, then place into a food processor or blender, add the rest of your ingredients, and mix until smooth. Taste and adjust to your flavor preferences. These measurements aren’t strict. Go by what you like! If you like yours really spicy, then add more spicy elements (horseradish, hot sauce, etc.). This is just a base to start your drink with. But even the Traeger Grills folks like this recipe so much they featured it on their own website earlier this year and even started a product line with it.
This recipe is tried and true!
Smoked Bloody Mary with Smoked Bacon (the Video)
To Smoke the Tomatoes and Bacon:
- 5-6 Roma tomatoes, quartered
- 1 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 4 pieces thick cut bacon
For the Mix
- The smoked tomatoes
- 3 cups tomato juice
- 3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons horseradish
- 5 teaspoons hot sauce we used a combination of Frank’s Red Hot and Valentina
- The juice of 1 whole lemon
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1-2 oz Vodka, per cocktail, or more if you want it stronger!
For the Garnish:
- Smoked bacon
- Pickled asparagus
- Lemon wedges
- Set smoker to 275 degrees.
- Cut tomatoes in halves (or quarters if they are larger tomatoes) and remove stems. Season with salt, pepper, and your favorite vegetable spice (think Old Bay seasoning), just enough to coat. Place a drying rack on a baking sheet and put the tomatoes on the drying rack. Smoke the tomatoes with the lid closed until they look soft and roasted. At the same time, layout slices bacon in the smoker for one hour to get crisp. (Use as much bacon as needed for cocktails). You want the bacon to be pretty crispy so they stand up and remain crispy when used as a garnish in the cocktail.
- After approximately one hour, remove bacon and tomatoes. Let tomatoes cool then remove skin.
- Transfer tomatoes to food processor or blender and pulse until pureed and juiced.
- Add tomato juice, Worcestershire, horseradish, hot sauce, lemon juice, and additional seasonings. Stir or pulse again to combine. Adjust ingredients to your taste and preferences, and add any more ingredients as desired.
- Rim a pint sized glass with lemon juice, then dip it upside down in the seasoning mixture. (For an extra flare consider mixing smoked salt with seasoning for the glass rim. We get excellent smoked salt from The Meadow in Portland.)
- Add ice cubes, then vodka, and top with the Bloody Mary mixture. Stir gently. Add garnishes. Instagram your creation. Tell all your friends how ridiculously delicious this cocktail is.
This should yield enough for 4 servings.
If you want to add smoked ice, check out the original recipe for instructions.
Bloody Mary’s For Brunch
If you love a good weekend brunch, check out some of these amazing brunch recipes to add to your menu:
- Smoked Pulled Pork Hash
- The Ultimate Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict
- Perfect Roasted Potatoes
- How to make the Ultimate Mimosa Bar
- Smoked Ham Breakfast Hash
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