Smoked Pumpkin Pie is the perfect holiday treat. It's an easy and flavorful dessert that you can pile high the whipped cream without feeling guilty at all. The flaky crust paired with the creamy pumpkin pie filling will have you wanting a second piece. Thanksgiving couldn't end any better.
There's a reason that pumpkin pies are a hit during the holiday season. The flavor of the warm spices paired with the light sweetness of the pumpkin filling just makes this smoked pumpkin pie perfect every single time.
The other reason that this pie recipe is so good is that everyone knows that the oven is occupied most of the time cooking all the other holiday dishes, so smoking this pie on the grill just makes sense!
Plus, it's just another great excuse to use your pellet grill or Traeger smoker to prove that you can literally cook just about anything on it, including desserts.
Unbaked pie crust - For the pie crust, choose one that you can bake and will have a flaky texture. You will have to form this into your pie pan. Some of the pre-formed pie shells don't provide that flaky texture.
Pumpkin puree - Get a can of this at the store, but make sure that it's real pumpkin. Some are made with squash and not canned pumpkin so read the ingredients. You can make fresh pumpkin puree as well. Or use smoked pumpkin puree for the maximum smoke flavor. We also use that homemade puree in some other smoked pumpkin recipes such as pumpkin soup.
Brown sugar - Used as the sweetener in this recipe.
Heavy cream - Helps to add richness and thicken up the filling.
Eggs - Large eggs work as the binding agent and help add texture. They mix in easiest at room temperature.
Pumpkin pie spice - If you don't have pumpkin pie spice, you can use a combination of nutmeg, ginger, ground cloves, and cinnamon such as this recipe. Normally cinnamon is the primary ingredient with just a pinch of the other spices.
How to make Smoked Pumpkin Pie
The prep time for this is the same as any other pumpkin pie recipe you may have tried. The main difference is that you will cook this easy pumpkin pie outside on a smoker instead of in the oven.
Step One: Preheat the smoker to 250°F.
Step Two: Combine the pumpkin puree, sugar, cream, eggs, and pumpkin spice. Whisk together until well mixed.
Step Three: Pour the filling into the crust.
Step Four: Smoke the pie for 1 hour 15 minutes or until the filling is set.
Step Five: Then, increase the temperature of your smoker to 400°F or 450°F. You can also do this in your oven. Bake the pie on the bottom rack for 5 minutes to brown the crust.
Once the pie is done, remove it from the oven and set it on a wire rack. With pumpkin pie, you can serve it warm or chill it and serve it cold. Either way, it is delicious, the choice is yours. This will be the best pumpkin pie recipe you ever made.
Use a different crust - If you want to change up the crust and try a graham cracker crust, go for it. It might be great! You can also make your own homemade pie crust.
Go crustless - You can also omit the crust completely if you don't want to add it. Crustless pies are basically cooked the same way, but you don't have to add them to the oven at the end to cook longer. You can just smoke on the grill and enjoy.
Sweetened condensed milk - If you have a pie recipe you love that uses condensed milk you can just cook that on your smoker.
Vanilla - Adding a little bit of vanilla extract is great for flavor.
Bourbon - Make a smoked bourbon pumpkin pie this year. Swap out some of the heavy cream for an ounce or two of bourbon for a boost of flavor.
Mix in some maple syrup - This smoked pumpkin pie recipe could get an extra layer of flavor easily by adding in some real maple syrup. Just swap out an ounce or two of cream for maple syrup.
Add toppings - Whipped cream is the most common topping for pumpkin pie, but you can add more! A scoop of ice cream, some cinnamon sugar, or even a little bit of chocolate chips on top all sound really good.
Is pumpkin pie mix the same as canned pumpkin?
No. Pumpkin pie mix normally has added sugar and spices. We prefer to start with a puree so we can sweeten and season as we like.
How do you store leftover pumpkin pie?
The best way to keep the filling and pastry fresh is to cover it with foil or plastic wrap and store it in the fridge. It will stay fresh for 3-4 days.
You can freeze pie for 1-2 months.
I leave my leftovers in the pie dish for ease of serving. If you have a pie storage dish, you can use that as well, as sometimes those come with a lid and are helpful for storage.
Can you smoke a pie on a pellet grill?
Absolutely. You can use any type of smoker or grill that you want. Pellet grills work astonishingly well for baking desserts. Just make sure that you have pellets and that you follow the directions for preheating.
This pie is versatile enough to work in any type of smoker or grill. If you're hoping for a little bit of smoky flavor added to your pie, this is the best way to make that happen.
What foods does pumpkin pie pair well with?
All I can think about when I think of pumpkin pie is eating a giant helping of smoked turkey and mashed potatoes beforehand. Pumpkin pie is one of those desserts that can really be enjoyed after any meal. You can even enjoy it with a nightcap such as a smoked old fashioned.
You can also eat it for breakfast because it has fruit in it. Sound logic, right? When you're an adult and making your own choices, sometimes those choices include eating a slice of pie for breakfast.
Smoked Pumpkin Pie
- Traeger Grill or other smoker
- 1 unbaked pie crust
- 15 oz pumpkin puree
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- Preheat smoker to 250.
- Combine the pumpkin puree, sugar, cream, eggs, and pumpkin spice until well mixed.
- Pour the filling into the crust.
- Smoke the pie for 1 hour 15 minutes or until the filling is set.
- Preheat the oven to 450. Bake the pie on the bottom rack for 5 minutes to brown the crust.
Originally Published August 31, 2022. Revised and Republished on October 20, 2023.