If you’re looking for something a little extra special this holiday season, why not try out some smoker recipes? Smoked recipes add an extra layer of flavor and can make any dish stand out.
63 Delicious Smoked Recipes for the Holidays
The holidays are coming up and that means it’s time to start thinking about what delicious main course meals you’ll be making.
If you’re looking for something a little extra special this holiday season, why not try out some smoker recipes?
Smoked recipes are a great way to add an extra layer of flavor and can make any dish stand out.
Whether you are cooking on a pellet grill, masterbuilt electric smoker, or whatever smoker you may have, any of these will take your Christmas dinner to the next level.
Of course, if you prefer a charcoal grill instead, there are ways to smoke on that too. But that's a post for another day.
A Prime Rib Roast, pork loin, rack of lamb, or even a salmon recipe for Christmas Eve, you will find the smoky flavor in all our favorite recipes.
Start with the perfect appetizer for the perfect Christmas meal and don't forget the smoked side dish to go along with your meal.
Here are some of our favorite smoked recipes for the holidays that you won’t want to miss.
Turkey, Ham, or Brisket
Nothing says Christmas like the incredible flavor of a big, juicy turkey! Topped with black pepper, garlic powder and fresh herbs, and finished off with your favorite BBQ sauce. For a unique twist on this classic holiday staple, why not try smoking your turkey instead of roasting it?
Smoking a turkey adds an extra layer of flavor and keeps the meat nice and moist. To smoke your turkey, start by marinating it in a brine solution with spices such as garlic, rosemary, and thyme.
Next, smoke the turkey over indirect heat (about 225-250 degrees Fahrenheit) for about 3 hours or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Lastly, let the turkey rest for at least 20 minutes before serving so that all of the juices reabsorb into the meat.
Glazed Smoked Ham Recipe
For a delicious holiday meal that requires minimal effort, try smoking a glazed ham! This savory dish is sure to be a hit at any gathering and is an easy recipe and a holiday classic.
Start by prepping your ham with a dry rub or glaze of your choice. When you’re ready to cook, place your ham on the smoker at around 225-250 degrees Fahrenheit and cook until it reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
Once it’s done cooking, let it rest for 10-15 minutes before serving so that all of the juices redistribute throughout the meat.
Brisket is one of those smoky goodness dishes that is just as good cold as it is hot. For maximum flavor and tenderness, we recommend smoking your brisket low and slow over indirect heat (around 225-250 degrees Fahrenheit) until it reaches an internal temperature of 200-205 degrees Fahrenheit.
Let the brisket rest for 30 minutes before slicing against the grain so that all those delicious juices stay inside rather than running out onto your cutting board or plate when you cut into it!
Serve with your favorite sides such as macaroni salad or coleslaw for an amazing holiday meal!
More Smoker Recipe Choices
Here are a few more options for smoked meats. The amazing flavor comes from your choice of wood chips like apple wood when smoking.
- Smoked Brisket Stuffed Peppers - Brisket, peppers, and bacon, oh my! Get ready to stuff yourself silly with these texas twinkies brisket stuffed peppers aka atomic buffalo turds.
- Tomahawk Steak - For beef lovers everywhere, smoked tomahawk steaks are an absolute must-try. Imagine a juicy ribeye steak with layer after layer of flavor that will transport you straight to the heart of Texas! All it takes is some seasonings and your Traeger grill or pellet smoker for this reverse-seared cowboy dish - perfect for any special occasion.
- Smoked Prime Rib - Get ready to wow your guests with the most delectable Smoked Prime Rib Roast! Perfect for any special occasion, this savory meal takes just a few simple steps to create an unforgettable taste sensation. Serve up mouth-watering tenderness and succulent juiciness from the pellet grill – guaranteed to make everyone at the dinner table swoon over its flavor!
- Pork Butt - A Southern favorite, Smoked Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwiches are a ‘real deal’ Carolina-style barbecue without shortcuts. A tender smoked pork butt and a heap of pulled pork sandwiches are what I’m after today.
Still Thirsty For More
- Easy Smoked Bologna - Make your taste buds tingle with this delightfully smoked bologna recipe! This easy-to-follow dish will tantalize you with its smoky BBQ glaze and guarantee a delicious sandwich every time.
- Pork Shoulder - If you're looking for the juiciest, most flavorful pulled pork ever - look no further. Our low & slow smoked approach yields a mouth-watering tenderness that's sure to make your taste buds dance with delight! Plus, it doesn't matter if you've never tried smoking before as this easy recipe is so simple and foolproof that even beginners can nail it. All you have to do is patiently prep and put it in the smoker then let its flavor magic work - but beware: waiting several hours until ready could be almost unbearable!
- Lobster tails
- Italian meatballs
Pair any one of these with side dishes like our butternut squash. It's a delicious recipe.
The best way to the unique flavor of BBQ flavors is slow cooking the best meat in a hot grill.
When smoking food over high heat, place a water pan on the bottom to keep the food moist.
Pair with our boozy cranberry sauce for the perfect dish this holiday season or special occasion.
Smoked Side Dish Recipes
These smoked incredible recipes are perfect for any holiday gathering—from Thanksgiving dinner to Christmas day brunch!
Any of them will look fabulous on your Christmas table or any time of year for that matter.
With these flavorful dishes on your menu, no one will be able to resist digging in!
Whether you’re smoking a turkey or brisket low and slow over indirect heat; adding marinades or using dry rubs or glazes.
These smoked Christmas recipes are sure to make any meal stand out from all others this holiday season!
So get grilling today–your family will thank you later!
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