Although many people enjoy the holidays with a roasted turkey or ham and the traditional accompaniments and trimmings, that’s not the only way to celebrate the day. Perhaps you’re in the mood to do some Christmas and Thanksgiving grilling and curious about what you could make on the grill that’s seasonal, relatively simple, and tasty. This delicious collection of main dishes, snacks, and sides will give you some tasty ideas for a holiday weekend feast of a slightly different kind, and of course, all the dishes are ideal for any time over the holidays.
Savoury Steak and Squash Salad
This steak and squash salad with apple maple dressing and cranberries is a delicious and unique option that can be enjoyed year-round. With its savory flavors and satisfying combination of steak, squash, and greens, it’s a must-try recipe for anyone looking for a delicious and filling meal salad.
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Smoked Turkey Breast
This smoked turkey breast recipe is perfect for holiday dinners, and learning how to smoke it over wood chips or pellets will make you a pro. With juicy and flavorful results, your family will love it, so fire up your Traeger grill or pellet smoker!
Recipe here: Smoked Turkey Breast
Grilled scallop skewers are a versatile dish that can be served at any occasion, with a delicate blend of garlic, cilantro and orange flavors, and a delightful smoked butter sauce. This BBQ seafood kebab recipe is sure to please.
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Elevate your asparagus game with this simple and flavorful smoked asparagus recipe, perfect as a side dish for any occasion. With a buttery lemon taste and smoky aroma, it’s sure to be a hit at your next BBQ!
Recipe here: Smoked Asparagus
Smoked Sweet Onion Honey Glazed Ham
Smoked sweet onion honey glazed ham is perfect for special occasions like Easter, Christmas, or Thanksgiving. Juicy and flavorful, this ham recipe is perfect for smoking on a pellet smoker or Traeger grill.
Recipe here: Smoked Sweet Onion Honey Glazed Ham
Smoked Rack of Lamb
Impress your guests with this flavorful smoked rack of lamb or lamb chops recipe that combines the rich taste of lamb with wine, fresh herbs, and shallot, along with the magic of smoke. Pair it with some delicious side dishes to make it the perfect meal for any occasion!
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Mesquite Smoked Dry Rub Brisket
Try this mouth-watering Texas-style smoked brisket recipe with a special dry rub. It’s perfect for serving with beans, corn on the cob, or a sandwich. Today, learn how to make this flavorful brisket on your Traeger or pellet grill!
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Smoked Beer Can Chicken
Try Traeger beer can chicken! This easy-to-make summer grilling recipe is so delicious you won’t be disappointed. The smoked beer can chicken pairs perfectly with a Mexican-inspired BBQ sauce for a show-stopping meal.
Recipe here: Smoked Beer Can Chicken
Smoked Tomahawk Steaks
Indulge in a rich and meaty smoked tomahawk steak, perfect for any special occasion and sure to satisfy any beef lover’s cravings. This reverse-seared cowboy steak recipe is easy to make with just a bone-in ribeye steak, seasonings, and your smoker.
Recipe here: Smoked Tomahawk Steaks
Smoked Spiced Shrimp
Indulge in the amazing taste of these smoked spiced shrimp, flavored with a homemade Saskatchewan dry rub that’s easy to prepare and perfect for any occasion. Cook them to perfection and enjoy a delicious appetizer or main dish!
Recipe here: Smoked Spiced Shrimp
Grilled Chicken Souvlaki
Grilled Chicken Souvlaki is always a favorite grilled chicken at my house. The marinade makes the most tender, moist and flavorful chicken. This chicken is gluten-free and easy to prepare.
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Grilled Lemon Thyme Chicken
Grilling season is upon us and this Grilled Lemon Thyme Chicken is all you need to host a successful cookout. Marinating the chicken breast overnight in a lemon, olive oil, and thyme marinade makes them tender and flavorful.
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Grilled Skirt Steak With Watermelon Salsa
This Grilled Skirt Steak with Watermelon Salsa screams summer with its bright colors and flavors. Easy enough to make for a weeknight but perfect for company too.
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Grilled Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
This grilled bacon wrapped asparagus is such a delicious recipe for summer! I personally LOVE bacon wrapped asparagus – it’s so dang crunchy and delicious. I especially love to grill them as they turn out so smokey and full of flavor. If you’re looking for a yummy snack for summer, you will LOVE this one!
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Grilled Turkey Breast
Fire up the grill to make the best turkey breast this Thanksgiving. This recipe has a crispy skin, smoky flavor and tender meat for an unforgettable Thanksgiving dinner.
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Grilled Brussels Sprouts Salad
This salad is the perfect side for a holiday meal. With apple slices, walnuts, and grilled brussels sprouts, you can offer an ultra healthy side that is so tasty everyone will enjoy it.
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How To Make Perfect T-Bone Steaks On The Grill
Make that a bunch of T-bone steaks on the grill, and honestly, it’s heaven. However, if you’re a first timer and a little nervous about how to go about this, don’t worry, we’re going to get you through it. This method also works well for grilling just about any kind of steak, so keep this guide handy as we head into grilling season!
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Grilled Asparagus (In Foil)
Time to get ready for your summer cookouts with this easy grilled asparagus recipe! You’ll need five ingredients and 25 minutes to get jump into asparagus season!
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Spicy Grilled Turkey Breast
Spice things up this Thanksgiving to make a stunning main course. This grilled turkey breast recipe is amazing and so flavorful! Pair with potatoes, stuffing and gravy for an epic feast.
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Grilled Thai Coconut Chicken Skewers
This Chicken Skewers recipe features the most delicious smoky grilled chicken marinated in ginger, garlic, coconut cream, and soy sauce for the best chicken skewers you’ve ever had! It’s big on flavor yet super easy to throw together!
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These smokey turkey legs might be the star of the feast after your loved ones get a glimpse of them! With a tender, smoky flavor, everyone will want a leg this year and you might find you have an abundance of breast meat leftover.
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How To Cook A Tomahawk Steak
Learning how to cook a tomahawk steak isn’t as intimidating as you might think! It’s definitely not difficult, but it’s not something you want to wing at the last minute. So, let’s get into it. Because once you’ve got this down, there’s really not a more show-stopping, delicious meal out there.
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Easy Grilled Peppers
Grilled peppers are one of the easiest, and most delicious things you can make on the BBQ. They barely even need seasoning, take less than five minute to prep, and you’re good to go!
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Chicken Tikka Recipe
This chicken tikka kebab is marinated chicken in aromatic spices and yogurt then grilled to perfection so that you get a flavorful and succulent chicken on the skewer. Perfect for light lunch or barbecue menu.
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Grilled Vegetable Napoleon
This grilled vegetable Napoleon is a showstopper with vibrant, char-grilled layers of veggies like eggplant, zucchini, bell pepper, portobello mushroom, and more. If you want a visually stunning and flavorful side dish, look no further. Served with aromatic basil pesto, it is stunning and flavorful.
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Grilled Chicken Thighs
Grilled chicken thighs are such a killer, underrated meal. They’re super easy, quick, and utterly delicious.
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Sweet And Sticky Char Siu (Chinese BBQ pork)
If you love a juicy, sweet & sticky char siu (Chinese BBQ Pork, 叉烧), give this easy recipe a try! Delicious authentic char siu is achievable at home! Includes instructions on how to make char siu in the oven so this can be made in the oven or the grill depending on the season.
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