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The Best Grilled and Smoked Appetizers

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Try our best grilled and smoked appetizers at your next gathering! These recipes are perfect for any occasion including, Super Bowl, New Year’s Eve, summer cookouts, and impromptu events!


Appetizers are a key part of any party or cookout. It allows you and your guests a chance to eat small bites while you mingle. We recommend serving our best grilled and smoked appetizers at holiday parties, game days events like Super Bowl, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, 4th of July, birthdays, graduation parties, and pot lucks! The opportunities are limitless, and some of these recipes make great snacks too! Now without further adieux, please meet our most popular grilled and smoked appetizer recipes!

Red Pepper Chicken Meatballs


These Red Pepper Chicken Meatballs are a delicious and flavorful twist on traditional meatballs. These juicy and tender meatballs are made with ground chicken, roasted red peppers, herbs, and spices and make a quick and easy appetizer. Top with a herby homemade chimichurri sauce for a true flavor sensation. Try it now!

Smoked Chorizo Queso

Smoked Chorizo Queso

This rich and decadent dip features a delicious blend of cheeses, spicy chorizo, smoked brisket, and a perfect mix of seasonings. It is then smoked to perfection and garnished before serving. If you’re in the mood for Tex-Mex, this smoked chorizo queso will satisfy your cravings. Get the recipe!

Grilled Garlic Cheese Bread

grilled garlic cheese bread 2

This Grilled Garlic Cheese Bread is one of the easiest and most delicious dishes to prepare on your grill. This garlic bread is perfect served alongside smoked meats like brisket and pulled pork, pasta, Cat-Iron Jumbo Shrimp, or served as an appetizer for game day parties! The ooey-gooey cheesiness and garlic butter goodness are just delectable! You’ll want to make up more than one loaf. It’ll be gone before you know it. TRY IT HERE.

Bourbon Pork Belly Burnt Ends


Low and slow-cooked pork belly is delicious all on its own, but when you top it with good quality bourbon and citrus barbecue sauce, that is truly a marvelous thing. These Bourbon Pork Belly Burnt Ends are simply amazing. You will be pleasantly surprised by the depth this bourbon brings to the sauce and the pork belly. RECIPE HERE!

Smoky Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers


These smoky bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers are super easy to make and are oh-so-delicious! Use our comprehensive recipe guide for the best tips and tricks to make this mouthwatering appetizer. Get the recipe!

Steak Frites (Tex-Mex Style)

Steak Frites

Our steak frites recipe takes a classic French bistro dish and adds a flavorful Tex-Mex twist. Luscious New York strip steaks are grilled to perfection, sliced, and served over french fries. It is so simple, yet so mouthwateringly delicious. Get the recipe!

Smoked Cream Cheese

Smoked Cream Cheese

You know we had to include this on our best grilled and smoked appetizers list! Smoked cream cheese is one of the easiest and most economical appetizers out there. If you haven’t tried this one yet, then you are in for a treat! We even include an oven method, and tons of variations. TRY IT HERE.

Smoked Buffalo Chicken Dip

Creamy Buffalo Chicken Dip in a skillet

This crowd-pleasing smoked buffalo chicken dip is a savory, spicy appetizer perfect for cookouts, parties, and game-day events! Make it today!

Pulled Pork Spring Rolls

Fresh Pulled Pork Spring Rolls on a cutting board with sauce

These pulled pork spring rolls are crazy delicious, make a delicious snack, and so easy to put together! Besides, who doesn’t love a good leftover pulled pork recipe? RECIPE HERE!

Smoked Brisket Burnt Ends


Smoked brisket burnt ends are tender, smoky, and delicious! These made-from-scratch burnt ends start with a smoked brisket point, cubed and coated in BBQ sauce, then placed back into the smoker until they have reached caramelized perfection. This meat candy makes a great appetizer or main course for any occasion. Get the recipe!

Pellet Grill Old Bay Chicken Wings

Old Bay Chicken Wings

These Pellet Grilled Old Bay Chicken Wings are seasoned with an Old Bay rub, grilled to perfection, then coated in a fantastic honey glaze. They are absolutely delicious and make the perfect appetizer for cookouts, parties, and game nights. TRY IT HERE.

Smoked Pimento Cheese Spread


Pimento cheese is a popular Southern favorite. What’s not to love about this delicious, creamy, peppery cheese spread? We take it one step further and make it smoky! There is so much you can do with this smoked pimento cheese spread. Serve it at gatherings with chopped vegetables or crostini. RECIPE HERE!

Smoked Candied Bacon

Bacon candy

Are you ready to try this flavor-packed smoked candied bacon? We’ve taken our favorite breakfast meat and given it a smoky-sweet upgrade. But it’s not just for breakfast. Candied bacon also makes the perfect appetizer for charcuterie boards or an on the go snack. Get the recipe!

Grilled Jalapeno Popper Mushrooms

Grilled Jalapeno Popper Mushrooms

Are you looking for a delicious and easy appetizer that will impress your guests? Then, this grilled jalapeno popper stuffed mushrooms recipe is for you! These tender and juicy mushrooms are filled with a creamy and spicy jalapeno popper filling, then grilled to perfection for a smoky, satisfying bite. These stuffed mushrooms are perfect for holiday gatherings, summer grilling, and game-day snacking. Get the recipe!

Grilled Potato Skins


Need a quick and easy appetizer idea? Look no further than these game-changing grilled potato skins. Not only are they easy to make, but they are super delicious too! These grilled potato skins are perfect for entertaining and make a fun crunchy bacon and potato snack for any time. TRY IT HERE.

Hot Honey Riblets


These hot honey riblets are grilled to perfection, then coated in a delicious sweet and spicy sauce. Just. WOW! These riblets make an excellent appetizer for any occasion! RECIPE HERE!

Easy Million Dollar Dip


While this recipe is neither smoked nor grilled. It makes the perfect appetizer for any occasion, including game days, New Years Even parties, and summer cookouts. Try it now!

Grilled Achiote Shrimp Skewers


Achiote is a spice native to the Americas and Caribbean regions of the world. Typically used in Latin cooking, achiote, much like paprika, is used as a coloring agent. Achiote adds either a yellow or reddish color to food and has a subtle smoky flavor that isn’t overpowering. It works beautifully with seafood and pretty much all types of meats and vegetables too. TRY IT HERE.

Tabasco Chicken Wings

Tabasco Wings

These Tabasco Chicken Wings make a delicious appetizer for game days and cookouts! Take these tabasco chicken wings to the grill (or oven), cook and crisp up perfectly, then coat them in a tart and spicy tabasco sauce. So good! Serve them with a big bowl of ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping. Grab a napkin while you’re at, and dig in! RECIPE HERE!

Smoked Hummus

Smoked Hummus

We are huge fans of hummus and often include some variation of this savory Middle Eastern dip to my appetizer rotation. We prefer to smoke the chickpeas first before making the dip, and it’s absolutely delicious!

Smoked Cream Cheese Dessert

Pie Filling Smoked Cream Cheese Dessert

While this is not technically and appetizer, it is a great shareable item! If you liked our smoked cream cheese recipe, you’re going to love this smoked cream cheese dessert! It tastes just like cherry cheesecake with a little kiss of smoke. Amazingly delicious and so easy to make! TRY IT HERE.

Grilled Zucchini Skins

Grilled Zucchini Skins

These Grilled Zucchini Skins are perfect for those looking to cut their carb intake. These keto-friendly morsels are a delicious swap out for traditional potato skins. The best part is that these grilled zucchini skins cook quickly, and make a great appetizer! RECIPE HERE!

Plank Grilled Brie

Plank Grilled Petite Brie with Fig Preserves

This Plank Grilled Brie is 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. I suggest pairing different preserves with each type. Ask your local cheese-monger for a sample and some suggestions. You can also pair each with a different wine. Now you can see why this recipe made it on our best grilled and smoked appetizers list! TRY IT HERE.

Peach Jalapeno Glazed Wings


These Peach Jalapeno Glazed Wings are grilled and then coated with a homemade fruit and jalapeno BBQ glaze. Looking for a scrumptious appetizer to serve at your next party, cookout, or game-day event? Look no further than these hot wings with a unique twist! RECIPE HERE!

Grilled Za’atar Shrimp

Grilled Za'atar Shrimp

Our Grilled Za’atar Shrimp recipe makes a delectable Middle-Eastern-inspired appetizer or main dish. I recommend using fresh, not frozen shrimp for these kebabs! RECIPE FOUND HERE!

Jalapeno Popper Corn Dip


A delicious creamy jalapeno popper corn that is both versatile and drool-worthy!  Serve it as a side dish, a dip, or a topping for grilled hot dogs, burgers, tacos, and nachos. Perfection! TRY IT HERE.

Smoked BBQ Meatballs

Smoked BBQ Meatballs in a bowl with garnish

Made-from-scratch smoked BBQ meatballs make the perfect appetizer or main course. These meatballs are smoked right on the grill or smoker, then bathed in a flavorful BBQ sauce. Recipe here

Cajun Pork Riblets

Pork Riblets

These Cajun Pork Riblets make one fantastic appetizer. They are easy to prepare and even better to eat. Remember to adjust the spices to your liking. This dish is perfect for any occasion and will keep you coming back for more. RECIPE FOUND HERE.

Garlic-Pepper Chicken Wings


If you’re searching for a stand-out appetizer, look no further than these garlic-pepper chicken wings! These wings are coated in a savory, peppery dry rub, then grilled to perfection. You have the option to coat them in a wing glaze or serve them with a dipping sauce. Or, try it both ways, and discover your favorite. Try it!

Fire Roasted Salsa

Fire Roasted Salsa

This Fire Roasted Salsa Recipe starts over charcoal, one of my favorite way to infuse fire-roasted flavor into vegetables. It is one of the easiest and quickest ways to add depth to salsa. If you’d like, you could throw an ear or two of corn on the grill then add fire-roasted kernels to the rest of the mixture. Feel free to mix and match flavors and ingredients to suit your needs and preferences. This salsa recipe is simple and a great starting point for novice cooks. RECIPE HERE!

Easy Pulled Pork Nachos

Pulled pork nachos in skillet

If you want to make the most of your leftover pulled pork, you can’t go wrong with these incredible pulled pork nachos! They are warmed in a cast-iron skillet on the grill, adding a smoky twist that perfectly complements the BBQ pork. This delicious appetizer is sure to be a crowd-pleaser! Get the recipe.

Smoked Pumpkin Butter

Smoked Pumpkin Butter appetizer

Smoked Pumpkin butter contains pumpkin puree simmered with sweeteners and spices, yielding a rich, smooth, buttery flavor. Most fruit butters do not contain dairy, but that is up to the chef’s discretion. Pumpkin butter is used as a fruit dip, topping or spread for pancakes, waffles, and ice cream or as a filling in various baked goods. TRY IT HERE!

Grilled Apple-Brie Naan Pizzas

Grilled Apple-Brie Naan Pizza

Grilled apple-brie naan pizza follows a multi-step grilling process of grilling the apples first, then slicing and adding them to the pizza. Think of these as appetizer or personal pizzas where a single naan bread creates the perfect portion for one person, or slice and serve as small bites! TRY IT HERE.

Hoisin Honey Wings

Hoisin Honey Wings in bowl 1

These Hoisin Honey Wings are grilled to perfection and basted with a delectable East Asian-style sauce. These wings make the perfect appetizer for any occasion. If you are looking for something unique for Super Bowl or casual events, these hoisin honey-garlic wings are definitely the dish to make! Get the recipe.

Beef Suya Skewers

Beef Suya Skewers

Suya is a delicious West African spicy meat skewer seasoned with a spiced peanut powder called yajji. These spicy beef skewers make the best appetizer, particularly when paired with an ice cold beer. Try it!

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