Smoked Lobster Tails with Parmesan Butter

Smoked Lobster Tails with Parmesan Butter

If you have never smoked lobster, then you are missing out! Sweet and smoky flavors comboed on some delicious seafood like lobster is to die for. Not to mention that they are smoked using Cowboy Charcoal and covered in butter? That is enough! It is time for you to try this Smoked Lobster Tails with Parmesan Butter recipe!


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Smoked Lobster Tails with Parmesan Butter


How to Smoke Lobster Tails


The trick for smoking lobster tails is having hot coals. While it might be a little more close to hot smoking (as we will be well above 250F), the smoke flavor given off from quality coals is essential.


That is why for these Smoked Lobster Tails I used Cowboy Charcoal. Not only does it cook at higher temperatures well, but the flavor from the coals is truly amazing.


We cooked these lobster tails at 375F in my drum smoker for about 30 minutes. They are quite a quick cook compared to other smoking recipes, but they do not lack in flavor.

Seasoned with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic and cumin (my secret weapon), these tails were lathered and ready to go once the Cowboy Charcoal was hot enough. Place them onto the smoker and we were off to the races. Now let’s chat about that delicious Parmesan Butter.


Smoked Lobster Tails with Parmesan Butter

About that Parmesan Butter Sauce


The trick for any good recipe is butter. Lots of butter to be exact. Well these Smoked Lobster Tails were not lacking with this Parmesan Butter sauce.


While the tails smoked, we added a basting skillet for the butter to melt. Add into the skillet some parsley, garlic, lemon juice, red chili flakes and (of course) parmesan cheese. Once that is all mixed up, we are ready to glaze the outside of the lobster tails.


The Parmesan Butter will give a sweet yet earthy flavor onto the lobster tails. All you need is a little brush on top of the tails and you are good. We want to save the rest of the butter for dipping at the end.


After the tails have been glazed and done, we are going to pull them off and dive right in!



Let’s eat these Smoked Lobster Tails with Parmesan Butter


Smoked Lobster Tails with Parmesan Butter are a surefire ticket for backyard smoking success. Just add a bag of Cowboy Charcoal and you are in for business. Find the recipe below and make sure to watch our videos making this delicious recipe. Cheers!


Smoked Lobster Tails with Parmesan Butter


Smoked Lobster Tails with Parmesan Butter Recipe


5 from 1 vote
Smoked Lobster Tails with Parmesan Butter
Smoked Lobster Tails with Parmesan Butter
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr

Delicious flavor comes off of these Smoked Lobster Tails with Parmesan Butter. A great recipe to make quickly over hot Cowboy Charcoal.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Smoked Lobster Tails
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 182 kcal
Author: Derek Wolf
Lobster Ingredients:
  • 4-5 Lobster Tails
  • 1/4 tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 tbsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 2 tbsp Canola Oil
Parmesan Butter:
  • cup Butter
  • 1 tbsp Chopped Parsley
  • 1 tbsp Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Lemon juiced
  1. Using a knife, cut in the middle of the top of the lobster shell all the way down to the tail. Try to avoid cutting the meat. Once fully cut, use a spoon to go underneath the top of the shell to separate the meat from the shell. Carefully lift the meat up and out from the shell (while still attached at the base of the tail). Lay the meat on top of the shell. Using a knife, make shallow slits lengthwise down the meat. Repeat this for all the lobster tails.
  2. In a food safe bowl, mix together the kosher salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, cumin and oil. Make into a thin paste. Using a brush, lather the lobster with the seasoning.
  3. Using Cowboy Charcoal, preheat your smoker to a medium-high temperature of 375F. Feel free to add wood chips or chunks for additional smoke flavor.
  4. Once the smoker is ready, add the lobster tails on and cook indirectly for 20-30 minutes. The lobster tails are done when they turn from translucent to completely white (or the internal temperature is 145F).

  5. About 10 minutes before the lobster tails are finished cooking, add your basting skillet to the smoker. Melt your butter in the skillet then slowly integrate the parsley, parmesan cheese, garlic cloves, red pepper flakes and lemon juice. Mix together thoroughly, then lightly glaze the outside of the lobster tails before they come off the smoker. Save some butter for dipping at the end!
  6. When the lobster tails are done, pull them off and let rest for 2 minutes. Pour the leftover butter sauce into a dipping bowl. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Smoked Lobster Tails with Parmesan Butter
Amount Per Serving (1 Lobster Tail)
Calories 182 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 97mg32%
Sodium 780mg34%
Potassium 203mg6%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 483IU10%
Vitamin C 16mg19%
Calcium 86mg9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not dietitians or nutritionist. Nutritional information on comes from online calculators. While we attempt to make this information accurate, it should only been viewed as an estimate.

6 thoughts on “Smoked Lobster Tails with Parmesan Butter”

  1. Avatar for kona kona says:

    5 stars
    I love every one of these recipes….

  2. Avatar for Katie Katie says:

    This recipe is amazing! A personal favorite and it always impresses guests.

  3. Avatar for Rob DuBoux Rob DuBoux says:

    This was so good! Pair with a ribeye and used the parmesan butter on the ribeye too!

  4. Avatar for Tiffany Days Tiffany Days says:

    What if you don’t have a smoker?

    1. Avatar for Derek Wolf Derek Wolf says:

      You can easily remake it in an oven!

  5. Avatar for West West says:

    4 stars
    Look here, you sumbtch.. all of your videos make me hungry. Knock it off. Food looks amazing.

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