Looking for ideas to cook outside this holiday season? This guide is a range of holiday recipes from appetizers to main dishes large and small. Great for Hanukkah, Christmas, or Kwanzaa. Grab a glass of wine and peruse some of our favorites. If you are looking for some thanksgiving recipes, then check out our perfect Thanksgiving on the grill and smoker round up.
If you have spent any time on our website you’ll know that we’re all about cooking outside all year round. And anything you can cook inside can be replicated on the grill and smoker. Not only is the flavor more intense, the ease of having a second kitchen outside makes for that much more space.
And whether you are looking for a large gathering idea or something smaller and more intimate, these holiday recipe ideas can be scaled up or down very easily. Just imagine a beautifully plated line up of some of these treats… now let’s get grilling.
There is nothing more satisfying during a holiday meal than a great cocktail that is easy to make and can yield a good amount of servings. Just make these in advance and have them ready to mix versus making one at a time.
Bourbon Spiked Hot Apple Cider Recipe
Mulled Wine Recipe
Ginger Pomegranate Cocktail
Smoked Ice Recipe and Cocktail
Apple Cider Mimosa Recipe
Appetizers and Snacks for Holiday Parties
When we gather for the holidays, some of it is all about the experience, like having a fire pit going outside and roasting chestnuts over the coals. Or plating items that are easy to make in scale and then cut into smaller bites.
Roasted Chestnuts over Open Fire
Grilled Bacon Wrapped Dates with Honey and Goat Cheese
Smoked Cranberry Meatballs in a Cranberry Red Wine Sauce
Grilled Baked Brie with Wine and Thyme
Smoked Salmon Dip Recipe
Smoked Candied Nuts Recipe with Bourbon Glaze
Grilled Shrimp Cocktail with Sriracha Cocktail Sauce
Smoked Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe
Wine Marinated Beef Skewers
Grilled Oysters with White Wine Butter Sauce
Smoked Prime Rib – Ultimate Holiday Recipe Idea
It’s no secret that Prime Rib is such a hit through the holiday season. And this is one of our favorite recipes every year. The tender and delicious meaty flavor combined with a herb crust or a compound butter will make the flavor really stand out.
Smoked Prime Rib Recipe with Herb Paste
Smoked Prime Rib Recipe with Horseradish Compound Butter
Other Large Holiday Roasts
Prime Rib doesn’t have to be the only main star, these large roasts can handle a larger crowd and taste just as special.
The Ultimate Smoked Brisket Recipe
Smoked Beef Tenderloin Recipe – Reverse Seared
Smoked Turkey Recipe with Bourbon Brine
Smoked Ham Recipe and Brown Sugar Glaze
Double Smoked Ham Recipe with Cherry Bourbon Glaze
Porchetta Recipe for Smoker
Grilled Rack of Pork with Apricot Herb Glaze
Smoked Boneless Leg of Lamb Recipe
Small Roasts for the Holidays
If the crowds are a little smaller this year, these elegant dishes still come with amazing flavor. These are all worthy of standing up to their larger cousins for an impressive holiday dinner.
Smoked Lamb Chops Recipe
Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Fried Sage Butter Sauce
Grilled Pork Loin with Blackberry, Caramelized Shallots, and Red Wine Glaze
Grilled Pork Collar Recipe with Citrus Marinade
Smoked Whole Chicken Recipe
Grilled Wine Can Chicken
Easy and Tender Smoked Salmon Fillet
Grilled Filet Mignon with Mushroom Brown Butter Sauce Recipe
Holiday Side Dishes
Side dishes will elevate any main dish. But keep it simple. Consider 2 – 3 sides to accompany your main dish. Just scale up if more people come over.
Easy Skillet Dinner Rolls Recipe (on the Grill)
Roasted Duck Fat Potatoes Recipe
Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad Recipe
Grilled Brussels Sprouts Recipe With Bacon and Balsamic
Grilled and Glazed Carrots Recipe
Grilled Broccolini with Grilled Lemon and Parmesan
Easy Grilled Green Beans Recipe with Grilled Lemon
Grilled Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe
Skillet Cornbread Recipe on the Grill
Smoked Sausage, Caramelized Onion, and Cornbread Stuffing Recipe
Smoked Turkey Gravy Recipe with Bourbon
If you still have room, how about these make ahead desserts. Just make them the day before and you’re ready to focus on hanging out with friends and family.
Grilled Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie Recipe
Smoked Chocolate Pot de Crème Recipe (no bake)
Grilled Apple Crisp
Grilled Pumpkin Pie Recipe
Smoked Whipped Cream
Wines to Pair With Holiday Dinners
If you’re serving wine with your holiday roasts, here is your full guide to Pairing Wine with Holiday Roasts as well as a few other resources for the holidays. When you’re ready to buy head to the Vindulge Wine Shop!
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