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Holiday Recipes for the Grill and Smoker

This extensive list of holiday recipes for the grill or smoker is the perfect menu planner! Whether you are hosting a gathering or contributing a dish, we have you covered. You’ll find everything from party snacks to delicious roasts and desserts. 

Holiday Recipes for the Grill and Smoker

The holidays are a whirlwind of work parties, festive family dinners, Friendsgiving, and, let’s not forget, New Year’s Eve! This menu planner is filled with holiday recipes for the grill or smoker. We use your outdoor cooking equipment year-round, regardless of seasonal changes. If this resonates with you, you’ve come to the right place for your holiday meal planning. Peruse these incredible recipes, and plan for the holiday season.

HOLIDAY PARTY FOOD

Take these amazing small-bite recipes to potlucks, or serve them as appetizers at your next party. 

Plank Grilled Brie

Plank Grilled Petite Brie with Fig Preserves
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This Plank Grilled Brie is one of the easiest appetizers to prepare on the grill. The best part is that petite brie comes in different flavors, so you can mix it up by pairing a different preserve with each one. You can also pair each with a different wine. Ask your local cheese-monger for a sample and some suggestions. You will need to use brie encased in the rind for this recipe. Doing this will make the grilling process so much easier!

Smoked BBQ Meatballs

Smoked BBQ Meatballs in a bowl with garnish

Made-from-scratch smoked BBQ meatballs make the perfect appetizer for holiday parties. These meatballs are smoked right on your grill or smoker, then bathed in a flavorful, sweet and tangy BBQ sauce.

Jalapeno Popper Corn Dip

Jalapeno Popper Dip in cast iron skillet
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Indulge your senses with this creamy jalapeno popper corn dip. This easy, delicious dip is perfect for potlucks, and parties. You can cook this dish indoors or on a gas, charcoal, or pellet grill.

Smoked Cream Cheese (5 ways)

Smoked Cream Cheese - holiday recipes for the grill or smoker
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Smoked cream cheese is one of the easiest and incredibly 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. We recommend making at least 3 for moderate sized holiday parties. It’ll be gone before you know it!

Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms

Grilled Jalapeno Popper Mushrooms

We love serving these grilled jalapeno poppers on New Year’s Eve, tailgating events, Super Bowl parties, and cookouts. They are incredibly easy to make, and if you’re already using your grill for cooking your favorite proteins, why not just pop these bacon and jalapeno stuffed mushrooms on there too? It’s fast, and convenient, and you’ll have a perfectly cooked appetizer in just 20 minutes.

Smoked Pumpkin Butter

Smoked Pumpkin Butter

Sure, you can purchase pumpkin butter, but this smoked pumpkin butter is a budget-friendly alternative and so worth the effort! Our easy smoked pumpkin recipe will get you started, and the best part is that you’ll have enough pumpkin puree to make soup or pumpkin pie! Use this smoked pumpkin butter as a topping, spread, or fruit dip.

MAIN PROTEINS

Hosting a festive dinner? These are some of our most popular holiday recipes for the grill or smoker. Make the perfect smoked turkey, prime rib, crown roast, and more with our extensive recipe guides. 

Pellet Grill Smoked Turkey

Pellet Grill Smoked Turkey - Done
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Pellet Grill Smoked Turkey is amazingly delicious and a great alternative to an oven-baked holiday turkey! Our comprehensive 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.

Pellet Grill Prime Rib

broiling prime rib on a pellet grill - holiday recipes for the grill or smoker
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The prime rib roast is the king of all holiday meals! And, with rising beef prices, you want to make sure that your investment yields the best results. Using a pellet grill is probably the easiest way to achieve smoky prime rib goodness. If you do not own a Traeger or other pellet grill, you can apply this recipe to a stick burner unit. Please see our Kettle Smoked Rib Roast if you plan to use your Big Green Egg or Weber Kettle. Pair your holiday prime rib with our delicious Homemade Beef Gravy.

Smoked Whole Turkey Breast

Smoked Whole Turkey Breast
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We love huge holiday meals, but some years we host smaller dinner parties. This smoked turkey breast comes in handy for occasions like this. And, it’s a great option for those who prefer breast meat over thigh and drumstick meat. This recipe guide will walk you through all the steps to make a delicious smoked whole turkey breast. And the best part is that you can use this recipe year-round! 

Grilled Pork Crown Roast

Holiday Pork Crown Roast -  holiday recipes for the grill or smoker

Grilled Pork Crown Roast is perfect for the holidays and special occasions! We love making pork crown roast every chance we get, and the best part is that we can use the grill for cooking the main course while freeing up the oven for side dishes and desserts. This fantastic crown roast is marinated in a citrus-herb mixture, then basted with maple-whiskey sauce as it cooks. 

Smoked Pellet Grill Brisket

Beef Brisket

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

Smoked Beef Tenderloin

Smoked Beef Tenderloin

Smoked beef tenderloin is phenomenal. The smoke flavor intensifies the natural beefiness of this tender melt-in-your-mouth cut of beef. Our smoked beef tenderloin recipe guide will walk expert tips and tricks for holiday cooking success.

Double Smoked Maple Ham

Holiday Recipes for the Grill and Smoker

Looking for the perfect ham recipe for the holidays, Easter, or special occasions? You might want to try this double smoked maple ham. One of the best things about it is that you can enjoy the leftovers in a variety of ways, such as in sandwiches, soups, and casseroles!

Smoked Venison Tenderloin

Smoked Venison on Fork

You know we had to add this to our list of holiday recipes for the grill and smoker. We typically grill venison tenderloin hot and fast, but cooking them low and slow improves the flavor! This easy recipe yields tender medallions of smoked meat. We love pairing these tenderloins with a pineapple rum and Asian chili sauce.

Smoked Pulled Pork

pulled pork before wrapping
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Our pellet grill pulled pork method will help you make a perfectly smoked, super tender, mouthwatering pork butt for the holidays. And, if you’re following Texas tradition, you can use the shredded pork to make some amazing Christmas tamales!

Smoked Root Beer Glazed Ham

Smoked Ham -  holiday recipes for the grill or smoker
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This ham is full of flavor, double-smoked and then basted with a fantastic root beer glaze. It is definitely, a must-try ham recipe during the holidays! Save the leftovers to make delicious sandwiches, salads, and hearty cold-weather soups!

Lamb Porterhouse

valentine's day dinner-Rosemary-Dijon Lamb Chops

These Rosemary-Dijon Lamb Porterhouse are insanely delicious and are the perfect holiday main for small gatherings! The combination of Dijon mustard, citrus, and rosemary produces the most fantastic flavor on lamb. These savory chops are grilled to perfection.

Coffee Marinated Tri-Tip Roasts

Coffee Marinated Tri Tip Roast

These coffee marinated tri-tip roasts are coated in a flavorful balsamic espresso marinade and then cooked low and slow. Each bite will melt in your mouth. 

Holiday Rotisserie Ham

Rotisserie Holiday Ham

This rotisserie holiday ham is coated in a delicious honey butter glaze towards the end of cooking, resulting in a sweet and festive flavor. The rotisserie method used for cooking the ham yields a tender and juicy meat with a perfectly candied crust in every bite. The best part about this recipe is that the rotisserie process is super easy to follow, making it a great option for a stress-free holiday meal.

Prime Rib on a Charcoal Grill

prime rib on a charcoal grill

Learn how to make a delicious prime rib on a charcoal grill! For this recipe, the rib roast is coated with an amazing herb rub, cooked slowly over low heat, and served with a creamy Dijon sauce. Trust us when we say it’s heavenly!

Holiday Side Dishes

Every smoked roast deserves a delicious supporting side dish. Pair one, two, or even three sides for the perfect meal.

Yorkshire Pudding Recipe

Freshly cooked Yorkshire Puddings

These delicious, homemade Yorkshire Puddings have a little crunch on the outside and are tender and fluffy on the inside. These roll-like delicacies will make the perfect gravy cup for your meal. And, they are reminiscent of past holiday celebrations and comforting Sunday dinners all rolled into one!

Smoked Au Gratin Potatoes

Au gratin potatoes smoked

Smoked au gratin potatoes are the new and improved version of a comfort food classic. This easy-to-follow recipe calls for simple ingredients already in your fridge or pantry! Once you’ve tasted them, you’ll understand why it made our list of holiday recipes for the grill or smoker! Serve these au gratin potatoes with turkey, prime rib, or ham.

Smoked Sausage Stuffing

Holiday stuffing in cast iron skillet

Whether you call it stuffing or dressing, this super simple smoked sausage stuffing will brighten up your holiday table, and your taste buds will thank you for it! This cast-iron skillet recipe starts with simple ingredients like seasoned bread cubes, chicken broth, and cooked sausage. Then it’s placed in the smoker for 40-45 minutes and viola! You’re ready to serve a delicious side dish.

Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

Green Beans-bacon wrapped 0 holiday recipes for the grill or smoker
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These Bacon Wrapped Green Beans bundles are simple to make and easier to grill than you’d think. Make sure that the beans are all equal in length and purchase a thinner variety of bacon. These bacon wrapped green beans make a fantastic side dish, and let’s be honest, bacon just makes everything better! We love serving this with smoked turkey or glazed ham.

Smoked Baked Potatoes

Baked potatoes

These smoked baked potatoes are crazy good, and so easy to make. We absolutely love them fully loaded! Not only are these potatoes versatile, but they can be cooked low and slow right along with your main protein. 

Skillet Gochujang Brussels Sprouts

Gochujang brussels sprouts in cast iron skillet

This easy, homemade brussels sprouts recipe combines the delicious earthy flavors of gochujang with honey, bacon, and a hit of smokiness. Look no further if you’re searching for a unique holiday side dish or meal prep idea!

Pellet Grill Funeral Potatoes

Pellet Grill Funeral Potatoes on the Grill - holiday recipes for the grill or smoker
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These smoky pellet grill funeral potatoes are incredible and so easy to make! This is the perfect recipe for those who own a wood pellet grill like a Traeger! This cheesy potato casserole pairs well with any smoked or grilled meats, and the best part is that even if you do not own a pellet grill, you can cook this hash brown potato casserole right in your oven!

Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Smoked Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Smoked loaded sweet potatoes take a traditional holiday staple to a whole new level. These sweet potatoes are smoked then topped with a delicious butter spice mixture and marshmallows at the end of cooking time. The hint of smoke sets this dish apart from grandma’s casserole! Even better, they make the perfect individual portion!

Easy Smoked Turkey Gravy

gravy turkey

We get it You have a lot on your plate as you prepare for the holidays. To make things easier, we’ve come up with a simple gravy solution. Instead of going through the trouble of smoking turkey wings just to make gravy, we use a store-bought smoked turkey leg (drumstick) instead. This means you don’t have to worry about collecting turkey drippings from the pan!

Smoked Butternut Squash

Smoked Butternut Squash -  holiday recipes for the grill or smoker

This Smoked Butternut Squash is one of our favorite holiday side dishes, and it’s so easy to make! The best part is that it requires little time and ingredients. A win-win in our book.

Twice Baked Potato Casserole

Twice Baked Potato Casserole
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This creamy, delicious twice-baked potato casserole is out of this world. It really is hard to resist. A great comfort food item that also makes the perfect side dish for any special occasion or holiday meal. Simply fantastic!

Texas Creamed Corn

Texas Creamed Corn

If you’ve ever visited or lived in Texas, then you know that Texas creamed corn is a big deal. Why wouldn’t it be? It’s rich and creamy, with the perfect sweet crunch of corn. If you’re hosting a holiday feat, you need to add this creamed corn recipe at the table. This dish pairs well with anything from prime rib, smoked turkey, and ham.

Smoked Green Bean Casserole

smoked-green-bean-casserole

This smoked green bean casserole recipe combines the goodness of fresh green beans nestled in a creamy mushroom sauce and topped with crispy french fried onions. But it doesn’t stop there. This green bean casserole gets a light kiss of smoke, taking it from good to amazingly delicious!

Holiday Desserts

Dinner is not complete until a well-made dessert hits the table. These smoked dessert recipes are crowd-pleasers and some of our reader favorites! 

Smoked Pumpkin Pie

Smoked Pumpkin Pie

We first developed this smoked pumpkin pie recipe in 2013 by smoking pumpkins and using the pureed flesh for these amazingly delicious pies. It was a huge hit! Smoking the pumpkins adds a new level of amazing flavor! Top this smoked pumpkin pie with sweetened whipped cream and a little caramel sauce for the perfect dessert! 

Chocolate Sauce on the Smoker

Smoked Chocolate Sauce

Drizzle this smoky chocolate sauce over ice cream, grilled fruits, pie or cake. We love this sauce on brownies too. Don’t worry; the smoke flavor will not be overpowering, but it will add depth to the chocolate.

Texas Pecan Pie

Texas Pecan Pie

Get ready to indulge in the rich, nutty and delicious flavors of the iconic Texan dessert – Pecan Pie! Our easy Texas pecan pie recipe is perfect for beginners and will guide you through the process of creating this scrumptious dessert. With a few basic ingredients, easy to follow instructions, and helpful tips, you can make an amazing dessert for your holiday feast.

Smoked Salted Caramels

Smoked Salted Caramels

While this recipe isn’t technically made on a grill or smoker, we thought it deserved to be on this list. Salted caramels are delicious, but the simple addition of smoked salt is just perfection. Serve these caramels at potlucks and parties, and they also make the perfect gift for the holidays. If you’re new to caramel making, don’t worry. We’ll guide you through all the steps.

Smoked Sweet Potato Pie

Smoked Sweet Potato Pie - holiday recipes for the grill or smoker

Nothing starts off the beginning of the holidays like sweet potato pie. The best part is that cooking sweet potatoes in a smoker is so easy! Especially if you’re using a pellet grill. Set it and forget it; let the sweet potatoes cool, and you’ll have slightly smoky, fresh sweet potato flesh to make your filling. 

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