Barbecued Bologna

Bologna is a popular smoked meat in the South and it's quite good. You'll need to start with a big chunk though; sliced deli bologna just[ won't work. The cooking process firms it up, gives it a great smoky flavor, and develops a little crust on the outside. It's delicious served at room temperature with crackers and cheese or on white bread with barbecue sauce and thinly sliced onion for a tasty sandwich.]

Makes 12 servings
  • One 3-pound chub or chunk bologna
  • Barbecue Rub #68 (recipe follows)
  • Barbecue Rub #68:
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar, dried (see Note)
  • 1/3 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar in the Raw
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Prepare your cooker to cook indirectly at 235degreesF using medium cherry wood for smoke flavor.

  • Slice off a thin piece off the bologna lengthwise so it has a flat bottom and won't roll around. Score the top in a series of thin slashes in a diamond pattern. Season the bologna liberally with the barbecue rub. Put the bologna in the cooker and cook for at least 3 hours but up to 5 hours. It's already fully cooked, so the recipe is very flexible, but as it cooks longer it will get smokier and develop a better outside crust.

  • Transfer the bologna to a cutting board. Tent loosely with foil and let rest for 5 minutes. Slice to serve.

Barbecue Rub #68:
  • This rub is a little more complex than Barbecue Rub #67 and has great color as it cooks on the food. I like to put this one in the food processor until it's finely ground. It makes for a smooth texture but also takes care of breaking up the lumps in the dried brown sugar. You may want to dry the sugar the day before. This preparation is a little more complicated, but don't be afraid to use on whatever you're cooking.

  • Combine all the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Process for 15 seconds. The rub may be stored in an airtight container in a cool place for up to 6 months.

  • Note: To dry the brown sugar, spread it out on a sheet pan and let it sit overnight, or preheat your oven to 200degreesF, then shut it off and put the sheet in for 10 minutes.

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