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White bowl containing smoked cherry tomatoes topped with goat cheese crumbles and fresh basil, fork in bowl.
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Smoked Cherry Tomatoes with Basil and Goat Cheese

These Smoked Cherry Tomatoes with Basil and Goat Cheese are the perfect side dish for any BBQ! Easy to prep with a show stopping taste, you'll have yourself one super-simple AND healthy summer side dish!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Marinade Time2 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 5 mins
Course: Side Dish, Sides
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 122kcal
Author: Amanda Mason


  • Smoker


  • 25-30 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, (use a flavored one if you have it)
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar, (use a flavored one if you have it)
  • ¼ cup goat cheese, crumbled and divided
  • cup fresh basil, sliced and divided
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 2 Tablspoons Liquid Smoke, optional


  • Rinse the cherry tomatoes and place them in a bowl.
  • Next, grab a handful of fresh basil and slice into thin strips and set aside.
  • In a gallon size plastic bag, add the tomatoes, fresh basil, Balsamic vinegar, goat cheese crumbles, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Zip the plastic bag closed and shake well to combine all the ingredients. Place baggie in refrigerator and marinate for at least 2 hours.
  • After the tomatoes have marinated, start preparing your smoker by getting the wood chips or chunks ready, filling your water pan (add the liquid smoke in this step if you wish to) and then light your smoker.
  • Preheat the smoker to 225°F.
  • While your smoker is preheating, pour the cherry tomatoes and remaining marinade onto a piece of long aluminum foil.
  • Fold the aluminum foil around the cherry tomato mixture and form into a loose pocket. Before closing the pocket, add 1 Tablespoon of water. Slightly close the aluminum pocket, leaving a small opening.
    Expert Tip: The reason you want to seal the foil packet loosely and leave a small opening is so the tomatoes don't dry out and become shriveled during the smoking process. This method also allows just enough smoke to enter to provide that smokey flavor. You can also opt to poke holes in the foil packet with a fork to allow the smoke to penetrate the tomatoes.
  • When the smoker reaches an internal temperature of 225°F, place the foil packet containing the tomatoes in the smoker and smoke for 1 hour.
  • After the tomatoes are done smoking, open up the aluminum pocket and pour tomatoes into a bowl. 
  • Top these smoked tomatoes with more fresh sliced basil and goat cheese crumbles. Add a bit of fresh ground pepper and you are ready to eat!


  • Use either apple, cherry, or pecan wood for this recipe.
  • Using Liquid Smoke is optional. It will add a more smokey flavor to the recipe if you opt to use it.
  • Adding 1 Tablespoon of water to the aluminum foil packet before slightly sealing helps provide additional moisture to cook the tomatoes.
  • Using a flavored olive oil and balsamic vinegar really brings out the flavors in your food, but it's fine to use unflavored.


Calories: 122kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 242mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 706IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg