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23 Tasty Christmas Smoker and Pellet Grill Recipes

Here are 23 Tasty Christmas Smoker and Pellet Grill Recipes that bring the flavor and the holiday spirit in full force!

Christmas Classics – The Main Dish

We all have those Christmas Classics that Mom made every year. A Christmas turkey, or ham that only she could make to your liking. We’re going to start out our 30 Tasty Christmas Smoker and Pellet Grill Recipes with these classics!

1 – Smoked Turkey With Compound Butter

What would Christmas be without a Turkey? This Smoked Turkey with Compound Butter has been a hit in our house in holidays past and can be a great way to mix things up for your family this year!

2 – Brined Smoked Turkey Recipe

If you’re worried about missing out on the traditional Turkey Brine, this Smoke Turkey Brine recipe could be for you! Just soak your Turkey in this brine, then follow the directions for the Smokey Turkey with Compound Butter.

3 – Apricot Grilled Pork Tenderloin

This Grilled pork tenderloin is savory and slightly sweet. It’s perfectly moist and tender and perfect for the holidays!

Grilled Apricot Pork Tenderloin

4 – Smoked Prime Rib

Another great option for Christmas is this smoked prime rib recipe! Christmas is time to pull out all the stops and cook fancy things, I can’t think of anything fancier to grill than prime rib! It’s a science of cook times and temperatures to get that perfect red hue while having the meat perfectly cooked so it melts in your mouth. This recipe makes it easy with step by step instructions. This mouth-watering main dish is guaranteed to please!

5 – Blackened Turkey Compound Butter

If you want a fun Cajun twist on your smoked turkey, use this blackened turkey compound butter and then follow my instructions for my smoked turkey with compound butter recipe.

Non Traditional – The Main Dish

Sometimes we all want to try something new and then it becomes a new family tradition at the holidays. These are the non-traditional dishes that are waiting to become new family favorites.

6 – Quick Smoked Tri Tip

If you want something that feels special and tastes amazing but doesn’t take all day, this Quick Smoked Tri Tip is a great option! It’s also makes delicious leftover sandwiches for an easy meal the next day.

7 – Whole Smoked Chicken

If a whole Turkey is a bit much meat for your family or you’re simply just not a fan but you still want to keep the tradition of a bird, check out this Whole Smoke Chicken. You won’t be disappointed with this tender, moist, and flavorful bird that is sure to please!

Whole Smoked Chicken

8 – Apple Sage Smoked Pork Roast

If your family isn’t into Christmas Turkey, this Apple Sage Smoked Pork Roast is a great alternative. Its moist, herby from the sage and slightly sweet from the apple. It’s a flavor packed main course that is fancy enough to be served on Christmas.

9 – Smoked Brisket

I am a sucker for a smoked brisket and this smoked brisket is to die for! It definitely isn’t traditional, but it is a delicious way to mix things up.

10 – Grilled Maple Butter Salmon

This grilled salmon embodies the tastes of the holidays with it’s sweet and savory maple butter glaze that makes this salmon delicious!

11 – Bacon Chipotle Smoked Pork

If you’re looking for simple and bacon, here you have it! This recipe has few ingredients and is fairly simple!

12 – Grilled Chicken With Romesco Sauce

This grilled chicken with romesco sauce is a foodie’s dream. It features a smoky romesco sauce and grilled or smoked chicken on top. It’s flavorful and looks elegant enough to serve at your holiday party.

Christmas Sides

Let’s be honest, the main dish is good, but we’re all here for the sides!

13 – Honey and Harissa Roasted Carrots

This recipe would be great for a smoker. The harissa already has a smoky flavor to it, so cooking this on a smoker or grill will just amplify that flavor!

14 – Pellet Grill Cornbread

I personally love a good cornbread and this one can be easily made on the grill or smoker. It’s a great alternative to rolls or can be served in addition to them. Serve with some honey butter or hot honey for a delicious holiday twist.

15 – Smoked Salmon Nicoise Salad

If you like edamame, this Smoked Salmon Nicoise Salad is non-traditional and delicious! While the salad does not all get prepared on the smoker, I included this if you have homemade smoked salmon that you want to use in a side dish.

16 – Grilled Steak and Nectarine Salad

This salad is perfect as a side dish on Christmas, The use of grilled steak makes it hearty and unique. If you can’t find nectarines this time of year, they can be swapped out with apples and pomegranate arils for an even more festive salad.

17 – Pesto and Sundried Tomato Focaccia

This focaccia can be made on a smoker or pellet grill and it’s a great side dish to any Christmas dinner. Extra points for having a red and green theme going on with it!


Who doesn’t love a good snack before the real-deal? Here are some great smoked appetizers.

18 – Smoked Salmon and Arugula Flatbread

Side dish or appetizer, this Smoked Salmon and Arugula Flatbread is a great addition to any meal but could add some extra flavor to your Christmas pallet. The flatbread can easily be baked on a grill or smoker. It would be great for Christmas brunch or a potluck.

19 – Smoked Sheet Pan Salsa

We love snacking on chips and salsa before the main course (or as we’re making the main course) and this Smoked Sheet Pan Salsa does not mess around. It can be as mild or spicy as you want depending on how many jalapenos you add, but either way, it is bound to be a crowd-pleaser!

20 – Smoked Salmon Sushi Roll

When I think of “Christmas appetizers,” my first thought might not be sushi, but this Smoked Salmon Sushi Roll will not disappoint. This recipe also uses smoked salmon, and the actual roll isn’t prepared on the smoker.

21 – Smoked Crab Dip (By Silly Girls Kitchen)

I love crab dips at Christmas and this on is a smoked version, even better! I’ll be adding this to my Christmas appetizer list!

22 – Jalapeno Avocado Poppers aka Rat Tails

These can be made on a pellet grill or smoker for an even better flavor! These are holiday appetizer classics at my house. They can also be made with sweet mini bell peppers for those who aren’t fans of spicy peppers.

23 – Ultimate Stuffed Jalapenos

I realize these are super similar to the previous recipe listed, but I also love these ultimate stuffed jalapeños too! Also, these are perfect to be made on a smoker!

I hope you have enjoyed this list of 23 Christmas dishes for the smoker or pellet grill! Happy Holidays from me to you!