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Smoked butternut squash halves on a tray with fresh herbs

Smoked Butternut Squash with Ancho Chile Rub

Whole smoked butternut squash rubbed with an ancho chile spice mix and smoked over indirect heat for a sweet, smokey, flavor with a subtle light heat from the ancho.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Modern Soul Food
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 89kcal
Author: Marwin Brown


  • 1 butternut squash peeled cut in half lengthwise and seeds removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder or more to taste substitute regular chili powder or cayenne is ancho unavailable
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup


  • Prepare smoker for about 325-350 temperature (F).
  • Cut the butternut squash in half lengthwise end of the butternut squash.
  • Cut criss-crossing diagonal lines into the flesh of the squash.
  • Mix olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, brown sugar, and chili powder in a mixing bowl
  • Brush olive oil mixture on top of each half of butternut squash.
  • Place on smoker and cook until soft all they way through about 90 minutes. If not to desired softness, finish in the oven roasting for 15-30 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • During the last 30 minutes of cooking add more of the olive oil mixture.


  • Use woods like apple, oak or pecan that impart a mild sweetness and pair well with vegetables. Stronger woods like hickory and mesquite will overpower the squash
  • To reduce the amount of smoke flavor, cut the smoking time in half and finish the squash off in the oven.
  • For a sweeter profile cook at lower temperatures (225-250) for a longer period (2-3 hours). Higher heat increases savoriness. Alternatively, you can adjust the spice rub to be a bit more sweet with additional brown sugar, honey, or cinnamon.
  • I eliminated butter from the recipe to keep this a vegan butternut squash dish, but works fine with it if you prefer adding a bit more fat. Honestly, I don't think it's needed.


Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 583mg | Potassium: 11mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 5g | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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