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Smoked Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

If you want a truly robust homemade spaghetti sauce, try adding smoked fresh tomatoes. This recipe makes 8 cups - enough for two full meals.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 8 cups


  • 12 Roma tomatoes halved
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt divided
  • 1 tsp coarse ground black pepper divided
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 1/4 cup white onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup beef broth
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning


  • Line two rimmed sheet pans with foil. Heat the pellet grill to 300F degrees.
  • Add the tomatoes, cut side up, onto one sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper.
  • On the other sheet pan, break up the ground beef and sausage and spread it out. Sprinkle the onions and garlic on top.
  • Place the pan of tomatoes on the smoker and smoke for 1 hour.
  • After 1 hour, place the pan of meat on the smoker next to the pan of tomatoes and continue smoking for 45 minutes.
  • Peel the skins off the tomatoes and discard. Place the peeled tomatoes into a large bowl. Use an immersion blender or fork to break up the tomatoes.
  • Stir in the tomato sauce, tomato paste, beef broth, Italian seasoning, and remaining salt and pepper.
  • Break up the meat with your hands and add it to the bowl. Stir to combine.



Cook 2 cups pasta. Combine with 3-4 cups smoked homemade spaghetti sauce.
Place in a baking dish. Top with 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese.
Bake on the pellet grill at 350F for 20-25 minutes, until the cheese bubbles and browns.
Place a loaf of garlic bread on the grill during your last 5 minutes of cooking to heat.


Calories: 424kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 21gFat: 33gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 1223mgPotassium: 927mgFiber: 3gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 1338IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 54mgIron: 3mg
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