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Easter Grilling and Smoking Recipes


Need a little inspiration for Easter dinner? We have plenty of fantastic Easter grilling and smoking recipes to try! You’ll find everything from appetizers, main proteins, sides, and desserts here. So, let’s get planning for this special springtime occasion!

Easter Grilling and Smoking Recipes

Easter is a celebratory occasion, and what better way to celebrate than with a flavorful meal cooked on the grill or smoker? Whether you’re an expert pitmaster or a novice cook, these simple recipes will make your Easter gathering memorable. From smoked ham, turkey, brisket, and lamb to grilled vegetables, casseroles, and dessert, these recipes will add the perfect touch to your Easter festivities. So fire up the grill or smoker and impress your family and friends with these homemade Easter grilling and smoking recipes.

Easter Appetizers

Smoked Cream Cheese 5 Ways

Smoked Cream Cheese

Smoked cream cheese is one of the easiest and most delicious appetizer recipes out there. If you haven’t tried this one yet, you are in for a treat! We’ve included 5 ways of preparing this trending cream cheese appetizer. This versatile recipe can be served for any occasion including cookouts, game days, holidays, or Easter.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Creamy Buffalo Chicken Dip in a skillet

If you haven’t tried buffalo chicken dip before, here is your chance! It’s creamy, delicious, and loosely based on the immensely popular buffalo chicken wing. This savory dip is easy to make and calls for simple ingredients. The best part is that you can cook it using your grill, smoker, or oven. Super easy and flavorful too! We are particularly fond of that rich smoke flavor, so we encourage our friends, family, and dear readers to make this dip using their grill or smoker. 

Jalapeno Popper Mushrooms

Grilled Jalapeno Popper Mushrooms

We love serving these grilled jalapeno poppers on Easter and other occasions. They are incredibly easy to make, and if you’re already using your grill to prepare the main course, why not just pop these bacon and jalapeno stuffed mushrooms on there too? It’s fast, convenient, and you’ll have a perfectly cooked appetizer in 20 minutes. 

Plank Grilled Brie

Plank Grilled Brie Side

 Plank Grilled Brie is by far one of the easiest appetizers to prepare on the grill. The trick to petite brie is that they come in different varieties, so you can mix and match flavors. Pair different preserves with each type. Ask your local cheese-monger for a sample and some suggestions. Remember to purchase brie cheese encased in the rind. Doing this will make the grilling process a whole lot easier!

Main Proteins

Smoked Root Beer Glazed Ham

Pineapple-Maple Glaze for Ham

This smoked root beer glazed ham is full of flavor, double-smoked then basted with a fantastic glaze. It is definitely, a must-try ham recipe during the holidays and for special occasions. Save the leftovers to make delicious sandwiches, salads, and hearty soups!

Smoked Lamb Leg

Pellet grill roasted leg of lamb

Are you ready for something utterly delicious? Well, this pellet roasted leg of lamb will undoubtedly do the trick. Seasoned with lemon, herbs, and garlic, this perfectly crusted smoke-kissed lamb will tantalize your taste buds. This dish is perfect for the holidays, Easter, and Sunday dinner

Smoked Turkey

Savory Herb Turkey Dry Brine

Smoked Turkey is amazingly delicious and a great alternative to oven-baked Thanksgiving turkey! Our comprehensive recipe guide will walk you through choosing the right turkey, using the best woods, optimal time and temperature for smoking, plus Pitmaster techniques for smoking perfection.

Smoked Rack of Pork


Rack of pork (also known as pork prime rib or pork rib roast) is an underutilized cut of meat that has so much to offer. When smoked to perfection, this roast is tender, juicy, and super flavorful. 

Plank Grilled Salmon

Ardbeg Planked Salmon-Easter Grilling and Smoking Recipes

Three things that work together in harmony are scotch, salmon, and the grill. This Planked Salmon is proof that you can mix all three with phenomenal results. The cedar plank is coated in Scotch and dried before hitting the grill. The combination of flavors provides a lightly smoky, subtle peat flavor that infuses the fish. Serve this planked salmon as an appetizer or main dish.

Smoked Beef Brisket

Brisket Mustard Rub

Smoked Brisket is incredibly delicious, and our recipe guide will walk you through the steps for perfecting this popular barbecue staple. Our method produces a tender, juicy, perfectly smoked beef brisket. So, if you’re looking for a Texas-style brisket recipe for Easter dinner, this is the one.

Smoked Pulled Pork

pulled pork before wrapping

Our pulled pork method starts with an injection marinade, followed by a good dose of seasonings to form a good bark on the surface of the roast. Plan on a cooking time of 7-10 hours or more for a 6-8 pound pork roast. You’ll have the most tender, luscious pulled pork for your Easter festivities.

Grilled Shrimp

How to grill shrimp

Grilled shrimp is a delicious and versatile dish that can be prepared in various ways. This recipe guide will explore the right type of shrimp for grilling, how to select fresh shrimp and some of the most popular ways to prepare them. With these simple steps, you’ll be able to enjoy perfectly cooked, juicy, grilled shrimp in no time!

Smoked Chicken

Featured Image Smoked Chicken

Smoked Chicken is one of the easiest BBQ proteins to make, and it’s incredibly delicious too! While most of us are well acquainted with barbecued chicken thighs, wings, and breasts, a whole smoked chicken will offer so much more. They can be smoked, carved, and served just like roasted chicken. Or cooked a little longer, shredded, and used for pulled chicken sandwiches or chicken salads.

Easter Side Dishes

Texas Potato Salad

Texas Potato Salad

This homemade Texas potato salad combines the creaminess of mayonnaise and mustard with a kick of pickled jalapenos. Truly a delicious homemade side dish that is perfect for spring and summer time potlucks and BBQs.

Smoked Baked Beans

Pellet Grill Baked Beans on the Grill

Chive and Cheddar Corn Pudding

Chive and Cheddar Corn Pudding - Easter Grilling and Smoking Recipes

Corn pudding is a Southern baked dish made of whole kernel corn (and sometimes fresh, creamed, canned, or frozen corn), a binding agent, milk, and cheese. This savory pudding originated in Appalachia and has since spread to different areas. Corn pudding is easy to make, pairs well with most meats, and is served hot or cold. 

Bacon Lovers Potato Salad

Bacon Lovers Potato Salad - Easter Grilling and Smoking Recipes

If you love all the goodness of a loaded baked potato, then this bacon lovers potato salad for you. The potatoes are coated in a delectable mixture of blue cheese, green onions, and bacon; chilled then served. This easy to make bacon lovers potato salad is sure to wow your guests!

Grilled Corn (4 Ways)

Grilled corn on the cob. - aster Grilling and Smoking Recipes

Grilled corn on the cob is probably one of the easiest side dishes to serve at BBQs. That little kiss of smoke and charring will transform simple corn into delicious, sweet morsels of goodness. 

Hot Cheeto Queso Mac and Cheese

Hot cheeto queso mac and cheese - Easter Grilling and Smoking Recipes

As Texans, we feel that queso is the best cheese sauce on earth. Not only does it make a memorable dip, but it’s great on tacos, potatoes, and even macaroni and cheese. Queso, coupled with hot Cheetos, is a Southwest, Tex-Mex dream come true. It’s our latest crave-worthy side dish. You can see why we added this to our favorite Easter grilling and smoking recipes list!

Easy Skillet Cornbread

Cornbread served - aster Grilling and Smoking Recipes

Cornbread is a Southern food staple, so naturally it works well with Southern BBQ. You can also serve it with Tex-Mex dishes like chili or spiced soups. It can be the base of a bread pudding or a simple snack slathered with honey or fresh jam.

Desserts for Easter

Grilled S’mores Pizza

Grilling S'mores Pizza-Easter Grilling and Smoking Recipes

Grilled s’mores pizza is the perfect dessert for any cookout, party, or Easter festivities! This ooey gooey dessert is delicious, and a a favorite of kids and adults alike.

Smoked Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

Smoked Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie perfect for Easter

If you haven’t made a smoked skillet chocolate chip cookie, here’s your chance! This drool-worthy cookie pie is delicious topped with ice cream, and that hint of smoke amps up the rich chocolate flavor. The best part is that this delicious dessert is so easy to make!

Smoked Cream Cheese Dessert

Smoked Cream Cheese Dessert with Crumble for Easter

We used cherry pie filling for our smoked cream cheese dessert, but you can also use apple pie filling or any fruit pie filling of your choice! This is such an easy recipe that calls for few ingredients. A win-win in our book!

Now that you’ve had a chance to peruse these delicious Easter grilling and smoking recipes, it’s time to start menu planning!

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