Smoked and Grilled Thanksgiving Recipes

November 26, 2019

Thanksgiving is quite possibly one of the biggest dinners of the year, and did you know you can make every single part of the meal on your grill or smoker? That’s right, whether it’s the turkey, mashed potatoes, or pie, this post has all the Smoked and Grilled Thanksgiving Recipes all in one place so you can shorten planning time, and get to cookin’!

collage of smoked turkey, smoked turkey gravy, and pumpkin pie

Thanksgiving Dinner on the BBQ

Thanksgiving dinner is a big deal in my family. Whether we’re eating with the whole extended family, or we’re keeping it small with our nuclear family, we go all-out with appetizers, a big smoked turkey, tons of sides, and at least 3 desserts.

And since we’re the folks behind Hey Grill Hey, you can guarantee that pretty much every single item on the menu will be cooked on the BBQ. Food cooked over an open fire tastes better, so bust out that charcoal grill or pellet smoker, we’ve got some cooking to do!

Smoked and Grilled Thanksgiving Appetizers

I like to have a few appetizers ready for my guests when they arrive at my house. Nothing is worse than walking into a warm house with all the smells of Thanksgiving brewing, and forcing your guests to wait until the meal is ready for them to taste something delicious.

One great appetizer on Thanksgiving is bread. It’s a simple snack that can be picked at while guests mingle:
Strawberry Bruschetta with Honey Mascarpone
Rosemary Parmesan Focaccia Bread
Grilled Asiago Cheese Pull Apart Bread

If you’re feeling extra fancy this year, smoke up some salmon and make this delicious salmon dip:
Smoked Salmon Dip

smoked salmon dip in a wooden bowl

If you know you’ll have a while between when your guests arrive and when you’ll actually be able to eat, this bacon wrapped shrimp will help keep them satisfied until the main course arrives:
Bacon Wrapped Shrimp with Tabasco Peach Glaze

Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

Now on to the main event: Turkey! I usually like to keep it simple with a good smoked turkey in an apple spice brine. If you’re skipping the brine, my smoked turkey rub was made to perfectly compliment the flavors of a smoked turkey. The turkey comes out moist, flavorful, and perfectly cooked:
Smoked Turkey
Smoked Turkey Rub
Apple Spice Turkey Brine

whole smoked turkey on a wooden cutting board with apples and cranberries

If you aren’t expecting a crowd on Thanksgiving, these turkey breast recipes are the perfect portion for a smaller group of folks while still maintaining all that good turkey flavor on the big day:
Cider Brined Smoked Turkey Breast
Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast Roulade
Marinated Smoked Turkey Breast

For those of you who are feeling a bit adventurous, try out some turkey legs or a spatchcock smoked turkey. Both are oh-so good, and a great way to make turkey on Thanksgiving the unconventional way.
Smoked Turkey Legs
Spatchcock Smoke Roasted Turkey

spatchcock smoke roasted turkey on a cutting board with cranberries and fresh herbs

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Now that turkey is underway, let’s talk about Thanksgiving side dishes. These guys make the meal, in my opinion. After all, not everyone LOVES turkey, so having a nice variety of sides allows your guests to fill their bellies with their favorites.

Let’s start with the must-haves. Gravy and mashed potatoes cooked on the smoker are perfect served alongside smoked turkey (or in my case, right on top like a little turkey, mashed potato volcano).

Smoked Turkey Gravy
Smoked Mashed Potatoes

skillet of smoked mashed potatoes with a pad of butter in the middle

Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe

Skip cooking the stuffing in your bird this year, and make this smoked sausage stuffing instead. It’s made with a sage sausage, and it’s the perfect balance between wet and dry stuffing so everyone at your dinner table will be pleased.

Smoked Sausage Stuffing

Sweet Potato Recipes for Thanksgiving

What would Thanksgiving be without some tasty, sweet potatoes on your plate next to the turkey and stuffing? Go classic this year with my candied sweet potato stacks (topped with marshmallow fluff – yum!), or cook up some whole smoked sweet potatoes complete with a maple cinnamon butter that will blow your socks off.

Smoked Sweet Potatoes with Maple Cinnamon Butter
Candied Sweet Potato Stacks

whole smoked sweet potatoes with maple cinnamon butter

Thanksgiving Vegetables

A good collection of vegetables on your menu this year will add color and variety. I personally plan on making at least 2 vegetable sides for a small gathering, and many, many more if we’re planning dinner with a large crowd.

Oh, and since it’s Thanksgiving, let’s fancy these veggies up a bit, eh? All of these recipes take a simple vegetable (or more), and add big flavors that will rival everything else you have on your plate.

Smoked Chantilly Potatoes
Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles
Bacon Wrapped Maple Glazed Carrots
Grilled Brussels Sprouts
Grilled Vegetables with Balsamic Marinade

Grilled brussels sprouts with bacon pieces

Thanksgiving Desserts

Alright, we’ve got our appetizers planned, our turkey brined, and our sides a cookin’. Next up, let’s plan out some tasty Thanksgiving desserts. Leave some room for these amazing desserts after the main course has been devoured:

Skillet Bacon Apple Crisp
Smoky Salted Caramel Creme Brulee
Roasted Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Cookie Crust

bowl of skillet bacon apple crisp with salted caramel drizzled on top

If you’re planning on wearing your stretchy pants to eat as much turkey as humanly possible, go light with some cookies for dessert:

Smoked Chocolate Chip Cookies
Maple Bacon Shortbread Cookies

Thanksgiving Pies

Rounding up this Thanksgiving post, let’s talk pie. I LOVE pie. And these three pie recipes are all made on your BBQ. While the smoker doesn’t add a lot of “smoky” flavor to the pies themselves, cooking over a fire makes them taste better than if they were just cooked in the oven. Plus, you can cook them right alongside your turkey or sides! Talk about convenient!

Pumpkin Pie on the Grill
Smoked Pecan Pie
Smoked Dutch Apple Pie

slice of smoked apple pie on a white plate

More Holiday Recipes

Making a iconic holiday feast should be easy, and Hey Grill Hey is here to help! I’m all about helping you make better BBQ, feed the people you love, and become a backyard BBQ hero. If you want to see more of my recipes, tips, and behind the scenes action, follow along on my social channels. You can find me on InstagramFacebook, and YouTube!

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3 thoughts on “Smoked and Grilled Thanksgiving Recipes

  1. Hello Susie, My husband and I came to the demo you put on at Kents up in Ogden. I’m the one that kept asking you lots of questions. One of the things we talked about was a turkey that is already brined and how to un-brine it. I think you said to soak it in water for 12 hours to get the brine out. But I can’t remember if that was all. Can you tell me again what i need to do so that I can then use the brine that you suggest. Thanks for you help. We really enjoyed spending time with you and your husband. You have such a gift for what you do! You are just a natural with people and behind the camera.

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