Smoked Lobster Tails: A Recipe Worth Tasting

If you’re looking for a way to impress your dinner guests, look no further than Smoked Lobster Tails. This delicious seafood dish is sure to be a crowd pleaser, with its mouthwatering combination of smoky flavor and succulent lobster meat. In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of smoking lobster tails, step by step.

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    Prepping the Smoker

    Before you start, make sure that your smoker reached 350 degrees F and is ready to go. If you’re new to smoking meat, you may want to check out Z Grills’ Smoking Times and Temperatures Chart for guidance on the right temperature and cooking time.

    Preparing your smoker

    Prepping the Butter Sauce and Clarified Sauce

    While you’re prepping the lobster tails, you can also start to prepare your basting butter sauce. In a small saucepan over low heat, warm the butter to a low simmer, being careful not to mix or disturb it. Let the butter melt, and then skim the milk solids from the top using a ladle or slotted spoon. After the skim solids have been removed, transfer the butterfat to a clean saucepan or bowl using a ladle. Leave the water in the bottom of the original saucepan.

    Prepping the Butter Sauce and Clarified Sauce

    Prepping the Lobster Tails

    To start, you’ll need to prep your lobster tails. Begin by cutting the top of the hard shell with kitchen shears, being careful not to cut through the tail’s wide end. Gently spread the halves of the tail apart, keeping the meat attached near the end. Then lift the meat, and sprinkle your seasoning, which could include black pepper, paprika, or lemon zest. Season the meat according to your preference and close the shell before you start cooking.

    Prepping the Lobster Tails

    Smoking the Lobster Tails

    Once your smoker is prepped and your lobster tails are seasoned, it’s time to get cooking. Smoke the lobster tails at 350°F for 15 minutes. After the first 15 minutes, baste the lobster tails with your prepared butter sauce twice, and then smoke for another 15 minutes or until 140F is reached.

    Smoking the Lobster Tails

    Rest, Serve, and Enjoy

    When your lobster tails are done smoking, remove them from the smoker and let them rest for 10 minutes. Then, serve and enjoy! For more recipe ideas and cooking inspiration, check out our delicious recipe collection.

    Serving the Lobster Tails

    What to Serve With Smoked Lobster Tails?

    If you’re looking for specific recipes, here are three of the best side dishes to serve with smoked lobster tails.

    Smoked Sweet Potatoes

    Smoked sweet potatoes are a delicious addition to any meal. Their natural sweetness and smoky flavor make them a perfect side dish to serve with smoked lobster tails.

    smoked sweet pototoes

    Smoked Cabbage

    Smoked cabbage is a versatile and delicious side dish that pairs perfectly with smoked lobster tails. The process of smoking cabbage softens its texture and enhances its natural sweetness, creating a unique and delicious flavor that complements the rich lobster meat. Cabbage is also a great source of fiber and vitamins, making it a healthy addition to any meal.

    Smoked Cabbage

    Smoked Corn on the Cob

    Smoked corn on the cob is a classic side dish that is perfect for pairing with smoked lobster tails. The smoky flavor of the corn enhances its natural sweetness and adds a depth of flavor that complements the rich lobster meat. Grilling the corn on the cob also creates a delicious char that brings an extra layer of texture and flavor to the dish. For a tasty and satisfying meal, serve smoked corn on the cob alongside your smoked lobster tails.

    Smoked Corn on the Cob


    Smoked lobster tails are an easy and delicious way to prepare this seafood delight. Following these simple steps will help you create a meal your guests won’t soon forget. So, fire up your smoker, prep your lobster tails, and get ready to savor the smoky goodness of this delectable dish.

    Pro Tips for Smoked Lobster Tails

    Best Wood Pellets for Smoked Lobster Tails

    For that perfect smoky taste when smoking lobster tails, use Z Grills hickory wood pellets. Ensure you keep your grill in top condition by regularly cleaning the hopper, burn pot, and other components.

    How Long Does It Take to Smoke Lobster Tails?

    Smoking lobster tails is a delicious and unique way to enjoy this luxurious seafood. To get the perfect flavor, it needs to smoke at 350F for 15-20 minutes, depending on the size and heat of your pellet grill.

    Lemon Pepper Grilled Chicken Wings

    Once you’ve tried this grilled chicken wings recipe, you will never fry wings again! They are coated in lemon pepper seasoning, grilled to perfection, then tossed in lemon pepper butter. Easy and addictive.
    Servings 4
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 40 minutes
    Total Time 45 minutes


    • Z Grills 550A Wood Pellet Grill
    • Z Grills OAK Wood Pellets


    • 2 1/2 pounds party wings
    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon pepper seasoning
    • 4 tablespoons butter
    • 1 piece Lemon slices for garnish


    • Preheat your Z Grills pellet grill to 375 °F.
    • Place chicken wings in a large mixing bowl. Toss wings with vegetable oil and lemon pepper seasoning.
    • Put the wings in a single layer on the grill and cook for about 20 minutes.
    • Flip and cook for another 15-20 minutes, until an internal temperature of 165 °F is reached.
    • Toss cooked wings with melted butter and lemon pepper seasoning.
    • Garnish with lemon slices and serve immediately.
    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: Chicken, Quick & Easy

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