Grilla Grills Guide to the Best Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes, Tips, Tricks, and Infographics!
Grilla Grills has a gigantic library of recipes and tips for grilling up great food for Thanksgiving, and we’ve taken all the work of searching for them out of the equation! Take a look at this massive list of recipes, infographics and tip articles by scrolling down the page and clicking the pictures to get more details on anything you see!
Guide to Thanksgiving on the Grill
This is the perfect place to start if you aren’t sure what you want to do for Thanksgiving this year. This article will give you some great starting points for planning a Thanksgiving feast using a Grilla Grill to smoke your food!
Browse the Guide:
1. The Turkey
2. The Sides
3. The Dessert
4. The Smoke
5. The Grilling Gear
6. The Leftovers
This is an incredible graphic on how to Spatchcock a turkey for Thanksgiving, or frankly for any occasion!
Our infographic makes the process as simple as possible to embark on your first spine-less bird! This guide will make a massive difference in the way you prepare your bird. Spatchcocking is a method of preparation that many people find daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. With these tips at the ready, we think it will be one of your new favorite ways to cook a delicious smoked bird!
Some people like to brine their Thanksgiving bird for hours, or even days before they smoke it. If that’s something you’d like to try, check out this fantastic and simple recipe for a turkey brine that will completely change the way you think of Thanksgiving dinner.
Your Thanksgiving Turkey, Six Ways
Whether you like the taste of a traditional recipe or want to test out some exciting new flavors this Thanksgiving, we’ve got the recipes to suit your needs and make grilling a breeze.
This is a great video from our friends over at Swine Life BBQ. They show you the quicker way to turkey by doing just the breastmeat. Watch this to see how these professional BBQ pitmasters put it down on the Grilla Grill wood pellet smoker!
It’s another fantastic Thanksgiving infographic from us here at Grilla Grills! This one shows you how to do our traditional Butter Ball Thanksgiving Turkey recipe! This awesome recipe is so simple that you’re not going to believe how great it tastes when it comes out!
This time we’ve got an adventurous recipe for those who like it hot! Here is our awesome jalepeno injected turkey recipe for those who want a little challenge with their Thanksgiving dinner. This one is not for the feint of heart, so be sure to warn your guests before they take a big bite of this deliciously juicy bird.
This turkey recipe is a little different, but it’s also not too crazy that you’re gonna make the more traditional turkey lovers upset by any means. This interesting addition to a spatchocked turkey is going to make your bird taste much more complex, and some would say even juicier than usual. This is gonna be something to try for those who have done a turkey once or twice and are ready to try something new!
This is a super helpful infographic on the different herbs and seasonings you can use for your turkey this year! We dive deep into the different results from adding each of these herbs into your Thanksgiving bird!
Another classic Turkey recipe here for the Grilla Fam! Check this one out if you’re looking for a classic standby that will please just about anyone at the dinner table this holiday season!
Skipping the Turkey and Cooking Up Chicken? We’ve Got You Covered.
While these are technically recipes for chicken, you can absolutely substitute a turkey in for the bird here! Whatever meat you choose, you can be sure your Grilla Grill will produce delicious results.
Looking for crispy skin and tender meat with a little chipotle kick? This chicken recipe is for you. Time to cook will increase a bit, and you’ll have to use some extra seasoning if you’ve got a big turkey, but with some small adjustments you can break out an awesome dinner with this one!
Another chicken recipe that can very easily be modified to work for a turkey as well. We go big on the butter and herbs on this one, and you’re gonna love the results!
Want to Create Your Own Unique Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe? Check Out Our Ultimate Guide to Spicing Smoked Meat
This article isn’t so much for Thanksgiving, as it is for general flavor information! This is a great starting point if you just got your Grilla Grill and need some general information, or if you just want a nice refresher course of general spicing tips!
What About Thanksgiving Leftovers?
When Grilla Grill smokers are involved, we find that there are rarely leftovers. The meat just turns out that good! But when preparing for company, you’ll probably cook up a little extra of everything to make sure all guests can get their fill. So what do you do with all of those Thanksgiving leftovers? You make THE GOBBLER!
Sides, Sides, and More Sides.
The turkey may be the star of Thanksgiving, but it would be a big mistake to forget about all the delicious side dishes that accompany it. Here are 9 of our favorite side dishes for a hearty holiday meal.
Whether you stuff it in the bird, or leave it as a side dish, this dressing is great for those looking for a classic take on a traditional holiday dish. This recipe compliments any of our other turkey recipes on the page, so feel free to combine this with any of our other Thanksgiving birds and you’ll be good to go.
This one is a little different, but no doubt it is delicious. If you have a chance to try and make this side dish, bring it along to the Thanksgiving dinner and see your family find a new favorite!
We all love to have a light snack while the main dishes are finished up before the big meal. Take this great tasting appetizer to the party and you’re going to become everyone’s favorite person before the Turkey even comes out of the oven! With bacon, jalepeno, and a whole bunch of cheesy goodness, you just can’t go wrong here.
If you’re looking for a super simple, and quick recipe to throw on the grill as a side dish, then look no further. These smoked sweet potatoes from Tina the Grilla Girl are one of those things where after you make them, you scratch your head wondering how it took you so long in the first place!
Here’s another side-dish that’s going to steal the show if you bring it to Thanksgiving this year. Everyone is going to be asking you how to make these delicious little baby potatoes. Go ahead, tell ’em it’s a secret family recipe. We won’t tell…
Now this one is for those cheese lovers out there. So… pretty much everyone. This is a silky smooth smoked macaroni and cheese recipe that will change the way you make it forever. Tease your family with this recipe, and they’re going to be begging for it to come back every year!
This is something that nearly everyone gets out of the can every year. If you want to really wow your family, go ahead and try making your cranberry sauce from scratch this year. It’s going to be incredible how much different this tastes compared to what you get out of a can, and you’re going to love it! Once you give this a try, you might not go back to the ‘ol can again!
This one might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but we can promise it’s going to wow if you’re already a fan! Brussels sprouts are an acquired taste, but if you like them this recipe is going to be a fantastic twist on an age old classic.
Here’s a great side-dish to add to the table for your family this year. This pairs especially well with any kind of red meat you might do. So if you’re not a turkey family on Thanksgiving maybe this will be a great topping for your prime rib!
Thanksgiving Dessert: The Perfect Ending to a Great Holiday Meal
What better way to wrap up a delicious grilled Thanksgiving meal than with some delectable desserts? We’ve gathered some of our Grilla Fam favorites for you to make part of your dessert lineup this Thanksgiving.
This is a great recipe to make if you want to have something to do with the kids after dinner. Once everyone has had their midday nap, turn on the Grilla Grill, chop up a couple apples, and let the little ones get in on the fun and make their own apple crisp. It’s a great way to entertain the little ones and get a sweet treat in the process.
Finally, we have one of those recipes that you just aren’t going to find anywhere else. The bacon pecan sweet potato pie is a Grilla Grills masterpiece that will take everyone by surprise at your party. This will be the showstopper you can bring to make everyone else immediately think, “Wait, when did they get so good at cooking?”
Now this is one of our favorite dishes on the page here. For anyone that has been afraid to try out a baked good on their grill, this is the recipe to try. It’s quite simple to accomplish, and the results are going to be outrageously good! The blackberry peach rum pie is going to completely change the way you look at your Grilla Grill. No longer is it just a meat making machine, now it’s the #1 dessert making beast on the block!
This recipe is a little bit more advanced than our other pie recipes on this page, but if you’ve got the gumption to go for it, this will be worth it and then some! This just proves how flexible your Grilla Grill can be, there really are no limits to what they can do!
Many of you are learning what this dessert is for the first time right now, but that’s okay! Bread pudding is one of those things where the name just doesn’t do it justice. Give this one a try and you are going to find a brand new favorite dessert for bringing to parties real fast!
This is as decadent as it gets! If you want to spend Thanksgiving afternoon in a sugary sweet food coma this is the dessert for you. If you want to bring any of this home, make sure you make a second pie. This recipe has never lasted more than a few minutes once it’s been revealed at our Thanksgiving.
This is a nice little kick of life and flavor into an age-old American tradition. Adding roasted pecans to the crumble coating of a classic apple pie may sound like a little change, but it has huge implications on the flavor! Give this one a try if you want to bring a nice spin on a classic recipe you’ve had a thousand times, and loved!
This recipe is a little outside the box, but we think that’s a good thing on the holidays. We’ve all had apple pie and ice cream, why not be the one to bring something that’s going to make everyone ask “Whoa, what’s that!”
Fuel & Tools
Great recipes are important, but what really sets great wood-fired BBQ apart is the smoky flavor imparted by the fuel. But what type of wood will you need for your cook?
Choosing a Pellet Flavor For Your Thanksgiving Turkey
Poultry responds well to any of our pellet flavors, but Cherry and Apple are personal favorites in the Grilla Grill family. When cooking a turkey for Thanksgiving, Mesquite can overpower the other flavors so we’d recommend going for a sweeter, more subtle smoky flavor.
Do it Right With the Right Gear
Minimize the mess and maximize the fun with gear that will help you go pro with your Thanksgiving meal. Some of our favorites for an unforgettable holiday:
Grilla Grills Ape-Ron: Designed to be tough, work hard and look great, the BBQ apron promises to handle all your grilling adventures.
AP Rub: Recommended by pro team grill members, Grilla Grills All Purpose BBQ Rub contains the perfect blend of spices to up your grillin’ game.
Cutting board: Made with 100% real bamboo, and meticulously crafted to be the perfect tool for the avid griller, this cutting board is tough, and has small features that make it stand out amongst the crowd!
Seasoning injector: Add seasoning and marinades to your grilled masterpieces with ease.
Grilling Gloves: Comfortable, durable, and engineered for safety, these grilling gloves will quickly become your favorite grilling tool.
Meat Thermometer: Take the guesswork out of whether your food is at the perfect level of doneness with this easy-to-use thermometer.
Wait…What About Thanksgiving Leftovers?
When Grilla Grill smokers are involved, we find that there are rarely leftovers. The meat just turns out that good! But when preparing for company, you’ll probaby cook up a little extra of everything to make sure all guests can get their fill. So what do you do with all of those Thanksgiving leftovers? You make THE GOBBLER!
“The Gobbler” Turkey Sandwich
This is our version of the classic thanksgiving leftover sandwich that will make up lunch for pretty much everyone for the week following the festivities. With turkey, stuffing, gravy and well, pretty much everything else you have in the fridge, it’s always a pleasant surprise.