Every summer for the past few years, I’ve thought about buying a smoker for the back yard. It seems like it would be so much fun! But every year, summer ends and I’m still smoker-less. I’ve experimented with smoking things using my gas grill, but it’s just not the same.

Which is why I was so excited to see “Smoker Bags” at my last trip to Fresh Market. These bags promise smoked meats and vegetables right from your oven. It sounded too good to be true, but for $2.99 I couldn’t resist.

I made a quick garlicky BBQ rub for some pork loin chops, diced some potatoes, and let the bag work it’s magic. I have to admit, I was very impressed with the results. As promised, everything was infused with a subtle hickory flavor — enough to be detectable, but definitely not overpowering. The meat was juicy and tender and reminded me a lot of ribs (minus the fat)!

The concept behind these bags is pretty neat — wood chips and wood “syrup” are encased between heavy layers of foil and let off smoke when heated. You just fill the bag with whatever you want smoked, seal it up, and pop it in the oven. After about an hour you cut the bag open, marvel at the smoke that escapes, and enjoy your dinner. There’s virtually no mess, and the bags have a ton of room – I wish I had thought ahead and made some chicken for the next night too.
These bags take a little more time than I generally like to spend on a weeknight meal, but since it was also one of the easiest meals I’ve made in a long time, I didn’t mind at all — especially since the result was so delicious.
(I unfortunately don’t remember the name of the bag that I bought — does anyone recognize it?) but a Google search shows a few similar products.

Smoked BBQ Pork Chops
Prep time 5 minutes, Total time 1 hour 15 minutes
Yield 2 servings

  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbs Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Dry Mustard
  • 1 tsp Sage
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 6-ounce Pork Loin Chops
  • 1 Hickory Smoker Bag
  • Optional: Diced Potatoes, Whole Garlic Cloves, Corn on the Cob
Preheat oven to 350.
Combine the first 7 ingredients in a small bowl. Rub the spice mixture into the pork chops.
Place the pork chops in to the bag, along with any vegetables that you want to smoke. Fold the open edge of the bag over several times to seal. Put the bag, right-size up, in the oven.
Bake for 50 minutes. Remove from oven and let the bag sit, unopened, for 10 minutes before serving.