Smoked Beef Barley Soup

Smoked Beef Barley Soup Recipe

During these cold winter months, a pot of soup is often found simmering on my stovetop. There is not much more comforting than a warm bowl of soup. Probably my favourite soup is beef barley. Hearty with rich meaty flavours, this soup will warm you up on the coldest of days.

If you want to add some smokey flavour to your beef barley soup, try using some leftover smoked beef. I smoke meat so much, that it is not unusual for me to have some leftovers. I had some smoked brisket in the fridge and figured it would be perfect for a pot of soup.

This is a pretty classic version of beef barley soup with plenty of vegetables to go along with the beef. I use onions, celery, carrots and tomatoes.

It is the pearl barley that makes beef barley soup. Otherwise, you just have a beef vegetable soup. I love the nutty texture of the barley and it is a great way to make the soup super hearty.

Smoked Beef Barley Soup Recipe

While I used smoked brisket, many other different cuts of smoked beef will also work. One other option is to use some smoked lamb meat. That will make this soup a smokey version of scotch broth.

Smoked Beef Barley Soup

Smoked Beef Barley Soup Recipe
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A rich hearty soup using leftover smoked beef. Brisket, sirloin, or other smoked beef can work. Delicious comfort food for cold winter months.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 8 people


  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups smoked beef finely chopped
  • 6 cups water
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 1 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • cup dry pearl barley
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper


  • In a large soup pot, cook onions, celery and carrots with the butter. Once the onions and celery are tender, about 6-8 minutes, stir in the beef.
  • Cook, stirring often, for another 5 minutes.
  • Add the water, beef broth and diced tomatoes. Bring to a boil and stir in the remaining ingredients.
  • Let the soup cook at a low rolling boil for 30-45 minutes. The barley should be fully cooked and the beef should be tender.



Smoked Beef Barley Soup Recipe

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  • 5 stars

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  • Awesome soup! Changed and added a few things, but great stuff!
    Doubled the meat (4 cups smoked brisket, cubed).
    1.3 cups of each of the listed vegetables instead of 1 cup each.
    Added 3 large cloves of garlic, minced.
    Added 2 chopped jalapeños. (Minus seeds)
    Added 2 tsp smoked paprika and 2 tsp sweet Hungarian paprika.

    (All spices from the brisket rub added significantly to the flavor as well. Rub included; paprika, chipotle pepper powder, garlic powder, onion powder, Mustard powder, allspice, pink Himalayan salt, black and white pepper, and coconut palm sugar).

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    • I forgot… I also added 5 cups of roasted vegetable broth and a little extra barley.

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    • Hey Lee. Glad you enjoyed the soup and thanks for sharing your alterations!

  • 5 stars
    Only made 1/2 the recipe with all the meat. It’s delicous!

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  • 5 stars
    Glad to find this version ! Thank you so much !

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