Smoked Key Lime Scones

Level: Beginner
Yield: 8 Serving(s)
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Total Time: 60 Minutes


2 Cups All Purpose Flour
⅓ Cup Granulated Sugar
1 TBSP Baking Powder
½ TBSP Heavy Cream or Milk
½ Cup Salted Butter(cold butter cut into cubes)
Zest of 3 Key Limes or 2 Limes
1 Egg
½ Cup Buttermilk or Heavy Cream (Cold)
2 TBSP Lime juice
1 TSP Vanilla Extract
⅔ Cup Powdered Sugar
Royal Oak Charcoal
Nonstick spray


1. Preheat smoker using Royal Oak Charcoal to 375 degrees.

(We bake these in our drum smoker, the goal is to lay the charcoal in a circle or space that provides indirect heat for the scones to bake. You do not have to use wood but if you do, use light wood such as cherry, maple, pecan, and apple.)

2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, and baking powder.

3. Add pieces of cold butter and lime zest and cut into the dough using a pastry cutter or fork. You can also do this in a food processor and blend on pulse until the dough begins to form together. Be careful not to over-mix. This will come together similar to biscuit dough

4. Whisk together the buttermilk (or heavy cream), egg, lime juice, and vanilla extract. Stir the batter into the butter/flour mixture with a rubber spatula until loosely combined.

5. Lay the dough out on a lightly floured surface and knead with your hand about 3-4 times. Pat into an 8-9 inch circle and cut into 8 triangles.

(We find it’s easiest to use a pizza cutter.)

6. Spray the smoker or grill safe pan. Lay triangles out on the pan giving them enough room to rise.

7. Put into the fridge for 10 minutes.

8. Bake scones on the smoker or grill for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. When you open the smoker, the heat will reduce approx. 350. This is why we preheat to 375 as it will take longer to climb back up than an oven.

9. Check the smoker throughout the 20-25minutes to ensure it’s maintaining heat and not getting too high. If you have to bake this in batches, ensure that the smoker or grill re-heats to 375 before starting the next pan.

10. While scones are cooling, make the glaze. Mix together powdered sugar, lime juice, and heavy cream (or milk). If the glaze is too thin, add more powdered sugar, if it’s too thick, add more cream or milk

11. Drizzle the glaze on the scones and top with additional lime zest.

**This recipe is good to try on many different flavors both sweet and savory so get creative and try other flavors you may enjoy!**

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