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Smoked Halibut with Garlic BBQ Marinade

Smoked halibut fillets marinated with garlic and barbecue spices and then smoked on a pellet grill, in a smoker, or on a charcoal or gas grill
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Marinade Time 1 hr
Total Time 2 hrs 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Australian, BBQ, Seafood, Smoked
Servings 4 servings
Calories 250 kcal


  • Grill, Pellet Grill, or Smoker
  • Wood chunks or a pellet tube smoker with pellets or a smoker box with wood chips
  • Grill Tongs or Spatula
  • Instant Read Thermometer and/or Leva in Temperature Probe
  • Ziploc Bag
  • Filet Knife
  • Cutting Board


  • 2 lbs Halibut Fillets rinsed, patted dry, cut into (4) ½ lb portions
  • 6 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 4 cloves Minced and crushed fresh garlic (can substitute 1 Tsp garlic powder)
  • 1 Tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • ½ Tbsp Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Black Pepper
  • ½ Tsp onion powder


Marinate the Halibut

  • Combine the oil, garlic, salt, paprika, sugar, pepper, and onion powder in mixing bowl and then put into a large ziploc bag.
    mixing marinade ingredients for smoked halibut
  • Add the halibut to the ziploc bag and move around until fully coated in the marinade. Add additional olive oil if needed to coat all surfaces of the fish.
    marinating halibut to be smoked
  • Place the bag in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Set up the grill, pellet grill, or smoker

  • Light or turn on your smoker or pellet grill and set up the temperature to 250°F. If using a grill, set up the burners or charcoal on only one side for indirect cooking.
    traeger pellet grill set to 250 degrees
  • Brush the grill grates with oil to keep the fish from sticking or use a grill mat.
  • Add your wood chunks directly to the firebox of a smoker, or use chips in a smoker box, or pellets in a tube smoker on a gas grill.

Smoking the Halibut

  • Once smoke is being produced, put your halibut filets in the smoker, or on the grill AWAY from the direct heat.
    putting halibut on the smoker
  • Cook the halibut continuously at 250°F, without flipping, until it reaches an internal temperature of 145°F. This should take about 45-60 minutes.
    smoked halibut cooking on the grill
  • Remove from the grill or smoker and serve immediately.
    smoked halibut



Video courtesy of Alaska Granny
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