I love hosting holiday dinners, and Thanksgiving is one of my favorites. There are so many delicious main dishes, sides, appetizers, and desserts to choose from. I like to challenge myself to make as many recipes as possible on the pit.
Making an entire Thanksgiving dinner on your grill will earn you total pitmaster status. And, with this fun roundup of recipes, the menu is already done! I’ve included everything from pies to potato salad. Thanksgiving is a time to spare no expense, so loosen your pants and get your BBQ tools ready. It’s time to feast.
Heath’s Thanksgiving Menu: Heath Riles BBQ
Many find cooking holiday dinners intimidating, but a few chef’s tips will help you keep your cool. Preparing items in advance can save you a lot of time on the big day. Many of my recipes can be stored in the fridge or freezer, so you can start cooking a few days in advance!
I also recommend keeping it simple and using those leftovers. You’ll have sandwiches and full dinner plates for days. That is, if people can keep their hands off your delicious creations!
Without further ado, here’s my BBQ-Style Thanksgiving Menu.
The Main Event
Everyone knows that the meat is the showstopper. Whether you’re serving ham, turkey, or both, these recipes will ensure everyone leaves with full bellies and a smile.
This simple turkey is injected with Heath Riles BBQ Chicken Injection & Brine, making it juicy and rich. It’s seasoned with Heath Riles BBQ Garlic Jalapeño Rub, which gives it the perfect kick of heat. Don’t let the jalapeño fool you. This turkey is mild enough that anyone can enjoy it.
Though this turkey is basic, it’s full of delicious flavor and infused with hearty, rich smoke. It’s bound to impress anyone. Add some fresh cranberries and a classy platter for a gorgeous presentation.
If you’re looking for a unique, beautiful ham, you’ve got to try my Whiskey Raspberry Glazed Ham. This ham is different than anything you’ve ever had. The Weber Kettle Grill infuses it with hearty smoke; every crevice is filled with a sweet, tangy glaze. A little Jack Daniels whiskey is the cherry on top.
I seasoned this ham with Heath Riles BBQ Honey Chipotle Rub, which includes notes of honey and chipotle peppers. You’ll want to reserve any leftovers for sandwiches!
Delicious side dishes look great on your plate and taste even better. Everyone has their staples, such as mashed potatoes, gravy, and stuffing. There’s always room for new recipes, though. Here are a couple of side dishes you may not have thought of.
I always add a vegetable side dish to lighten things up. These Bacon-Wrapped Green Beans are healthy but include that hint of decadence we all know and love. These green beans are dusted with a touch of Heath Riles BBQ Chicken Rub, giving them the perfect touch of herbs. Bonus: This seasoning blend pairs well with whatever meat you cook, not just chicken.
In the South, you’ll most likely find a dish of macaroni and cheese at EVERY holiday dinner. Switch things up with my Smoked Mac and Cheese on the Traeger Timberline 1300. This isn’t your Mama’s mac and cheese!
This mac and cheese features five different types of cheese and includes the best blend of seasonings. Kids and adults alike will fall in love!
There’s nothing better than ending a delicious meal with a sweet dessert. I’ve included two unique options that are sure to make anyone drool. If you’ve never cooked dessert on the pit, you’re in for a treat…pun intended.
I can guarantee you’ve never had a pie like this before. My Smoked Pecan Pie is the perfect ending to a fantastic holiday. The filling is made entirely from scratch, and every bite is infused with smokey goodness. I use a store-bought crust to make this recipe stress-free.
You can refrigerate leftover pecan pie for up to 4 days or freeze it for 4 months. Serve it with some cool vanilla bean ice cream or whipped cream. You’ll be dreaming of this recipe for weeks!
This dessert is a favorite for Fall parties. Nothing says “Fall festivities” more than apples and caramel! Most people think this dessert lies somewhere between a cake and a cobbler. Either way, it’s totally delicious!
My Timberline Apple Dump Cake features warmly spiced apple pie filling, sticky-sweet caramel squares, and gooey yellow cake. You can serve it with ice cream and additional caramel and chocolate sauce. You can make this recipe up to 5 days in advance and store it tightly wrapped in the fridge. Reheat it right before serving for best results.
Which of these recipes are you adding to your Thanksgiving menu?