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The Ultimate Guide to Grilled Thanksgiving

Guide to Grilled ThanksgivingAh, Thanksgiving: the holiday that glorifies our two favorite things as Americans: good food and football. But when you’re in charge of making the meal, things can get a little stressful. What dishes should you make? Is there enough room in your kitchen? Will you set the turkey on fire like you did five years ago? It’s a lot to handle.

However, there’s no need to worry because we at G&B Energy have put together the ultimate grilled Thanksgiving guide. That’s right, you can grill your entire Thanksgiving meal! Don’t stress about not having enough room in the kitchen, take some (or all) of your dishes to the grill for faster and more flavorful food. Follow our 7 steps and you’re guaranteed to have an unforgettable meal this year.

Step 1: Grilled Turkey

Grilled Thanksgiving Rotisserie TurkeyThe symbol of everything Thanksgiving, the turkey is perhaps the most difficult part of cooking for this holiday. It takes serious preparation, and if you’ve never grilled an entire turkey before, you might be intimidated. However, grilling a turkey makes it all the more tender and juicy when it’s done (no one likes a dry bird).

While most recipes you come across say to brush the turkey with oil before cooking, brining your turkey for a day or two before cooking is another way to make the turkey more juicy and flavorful. Joshua Bousel has a great step-by-step tutorial on how to cook the perfect Thanksgiving turkey (brining and all) if you’re willing to take on the preparation.

Step 2: Grilled Stuffing

Grilled Thanksgiving Skillet Stuffing RecipeStuffing is always well-received at Thanksgiving meals. So much so that it’s usually the first thing to disappear off of the table. While many people like to cook the stuffing inside of the turkey, there are some great stuffing recipes that you cook sans bird.

Here’s a skillet stuffing recipe that you can cook on the grill, right next to your bird: Skillet stuffing


Step 3: Grilled Potatoes

Grilled Thanksgiving Cheesy Smashed Potatoes RecipePotatoes are a versatile vegetable. You can mash them, smash them, cut them up and fry them — the possibilities are endless. Thanksgiving usually calls for the plain old boiled and mashed variety, but you can add unexpected and exciting flavor to your potatoes if you grill them first!

Here’s a recipe for grilled mashed potatoes: Cheesy smashed potatoes with bacon

*bonus, there’s bacon and cheese involved.

Grilled Thanksgiving Roasted Rosemary PotatoesIf you and your family prefer your potatoes roasted, check out this recipe that calls for rosemary and olive oil: Roasted rosemary potatoes

*Bonus* If you’re trying to cut back on starch for Thanksgiving, why not try this grilled mashed cauliflower recipe instead? No one will know the difference.


Step 4: Traditional Thanksgiving Condiments

Grilled Thanksgiving Skillet Gravy RecipeYou can’t have potatoes and turkey without gravy. And this basic thanksgiving staple can be cooked on the grill too! Plus, it takes less than 15 minutes to make. Always a plus when you’re strapped for time: Basic skillet gravy


Cranberry sauce is also a must for your holiday celebration. Instead of using the stuff from the can, get creative and make it yourself on the grill:Roasted orange cranberry sauce


Step 5: Grilled Corn Dishes

Grilled Thanksgiving Iron Skillet Cornbread RecipeCorn gets its own category since it is just as versatile and essential to Thanksgiving as potatoes. Corn on the cob is pretty easy on the grill, but like hot dogs, are really more of a foundation for whatever toppings you pick.

Weber Grills has a great video that’ll teach you three different ways to cook corn on the cob on the grill. No one’s taste preferences will be left out this season: [VIDEO] Corn on the cob three different ways


And, of course, there is corn bread. If you enjoy the taste of fresh-baked corn bread, you’ll love cornbread grilled in a skillet. Check out the recipe on the Food Network: Iron skillet corn bread

Step 6: Grilled Vegetable Dishes

Potatoes aren’t the only root vegetable you should have at your Thanksgiving meal. Depending on your preferences, there are multiple ways you can prepare your vegetables so that everyone enjoys them.

If you prefer your vegetables halved and roasted, check out this recipe that included sweet potatoes, carrots, and parsnips with thyme: Roasted root veggies

Grilled Thanksgiving Acorn Squash RecipeIf you and your family like acorn squash, this grilled recipe with feta and jalapenos could be an exotic and exciting hit: Grilled acorn squash


Sweet potatoes are a popular pick at Thanksgiving meals, usually in the form of sweet potato casserole or pies. How about trying a more savory version of your other favorite root vegetable? You can go creamy and chilled: Creamy grilled sweet potato salad

Or mashed with yellow onion:  Mashed sweet potatoes with grilled onions

And let’s not forget about the greens. We have to pretend that we’re being a little healthy, right? Vegetables like green beans and asparagus are perfect compliments to your Thanksgiving setup.

Grilled Thanksgiving Bacon Wrapped Asparagus RecipeThis grilled bacon-wrapped asparagus recipe is guaranteed to be a hit — it’s easy finger food and has bacon on it (which means everyone will love it no matter what): Bacon-wrapped asparagus bundles


And, of course, we have to include the classic green bean casserole on our list. Now, you can grill it! Grilled green bean casserole


Step 7:  Grilled Desserts

No Thanksgiving meal is complete without a couple of warm desserts of the apple and pumpkin variety. These sweet dishes can be grilled instead of baked in an oven, so if you’re strapped on space and/or time, throw them on the grill!


Grilled Thanksgiving Apple PIeGrilled Thanksgiving Pumpkin PieGrilled apple crumble


Grilled Pumpkin Pie


Grilled Apple Pie



So there you have it, your entire Thanksgiving meal on the grill. If it’s been a little while since you fired it up, read our blog on cleaning your grill to prep for Turkey Day. Also, don’t forget to read our grilling safety tips to keep you and your family safe.



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