Top 15 Thanksgiving Recipes & Tips

Food for Thought Blog: Top 15 Thanksgiving Recipes & Tips by Barbecues Galore

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for everyone because we all have something to be thankful for. Whether it's for friends and family, for a new job, or even just the fact that we're breathing and alive; it never hurts to have a little reminder that we have a lot to be grateful for. That being said, one of the things our family is grateful for is barbecue - shocking, right? This year, we wanted to share our love and knowledge the best way we know how. So, from our "Turkey Tips" to dessert recipes to vegan-friendly dishes, here are the Top 15 Thanksgiving Recipes and Tips that could help you level up your Turkey Day!


Turkey Tips:

1. The Perfect Holiday Turkey

What's the best way to cook a turkey? Perfectly, of course. Click here if you want to know how to get that turkey tasting as flawlessly as possible this year. Spoiler alert: if you're not brining your bird... what are you even doing in your kitchen?!
The Perfect Holiday Turkey by Barbecues Galore

2. How to Smoke a Turkey

Ever tried a smoked turkey? If not, you're missing out on the 8th wonder of the world. From the initial cook to the final look, everything about charcoal 'cuing your food is satisfying for a true pitmaster. Don't believe us? Try it for yourself this Thanksgiving by clicking here



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3. Skillet Garlic Chicken and Potatoes

Yes, October is about being thankful for everything you have, but depending on who you ask... that's not as exciting as it also being the spookiest month of the year. Keep away those blood suckin' vampires with this delicious Garlic Chicken and Potatoes Recipe by clicking here

4. Apple Butter Ribs

If you're having a tough time finding something to be thankful for this year, just remember... you can always be thankful for barbecue ribs. Ribs will never break your heart - that belt buckle might be getting a run for it's money though. Click here to try our Apple Butter Ribs Recipe worth falling in love with.

Food for Thought: Apple Butter Ribs Recipe by Barbecues Galore

5. Smoked Italian Meatloaf

It wouldn't be a proper Thanksgiving dinner without meatloaf - a true American staple. We know, we're Canadian... but c'mon it's meatloaf, it's delicious wherever you make it! Whether it be Canada, America, or even Italy, this Smoked Italian Meatloaf is going to be a new family favourite, click here to see the recipe for yourself.

Food For Thought: Smoked Italian Meatloaf Recipe by Barbecues Galore

6. Barbecue Bison Goulash

Speaking of worldly diversity and traditional dishes, our delicious twist on the historic Hungarian dish: goulash or gulyás, is another hearty recipe. With the deliciously seasoned bison mixed with macaroni, this will definitely be requested at the next Thanksgiving family feasts for years to come. Click here to check it out.

Food For Thought Blog: Barbecue Bison Goulash Recipe by Barbecues Galore


7. Smoked Doritos Mac & Cheese

We don't care what anyone says, Mac & Cheese is necessary at Thanksgiving. You're doing it wrong if you don't have at least fourth of your plate covered in this gooey goodness. This Smoked Doritos Mac & Cheese is especially loved by fans of cheese; click here to find out what three cheeses are used in this recipe.

Food For Thought Blog: Smoked Doritos Mac & Cheese Recipe by Barbecues Galore

8. Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese

If the previous recipe had a little too much cheese (and Doritos) for your liking, you can't go wrong with this classic: Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese. Do we really have to tell you why it'll be delicious? Just click here to read the recipe.

Food for Thought Blog: Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese Recipe by Barbecues Galore

9. Quick and Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

We know mashed potatoes and gravy is a classic combo every Thanksgiving, but let's switch it up this year. Just as easy to make, Quick and Creamy Scalloped Potatoes will complement the sweetness of the cranberry sauce for your turkey. Click here to read the recipe!

Food for Thought Blog: Quick and Creamy Scalloped Potatoes Recipe by Barbecues Galore

10. Cowboy Compound Butter

This one isn't quite a side dish, because people don't typically eat butter by the stick; however, you'll want to after tasting how good this is. Cowboy Compound Butter is essentially taking butter, which is already tasty, and enhancing it with herbs to be even better. Click here to read the simple steps of how to do it before you serve plain old butter this year.

Food For Thought Blog: How to Make Cowboy Compound Butter Recipe by Barbecues Galore



Plant-Based Tips: 

11. Tips & Tricks for Plant-Based Grilling

If you or your guests have a plant-based diet, you might be wondering what to cook during Turkey Day. Don't worry though, we've got a list of tips and tricks to help with that - just click here to read them. 

Food for Thought: Tips and Tricks for Plant-Based Grilling by Barbecues Galore

12. Back Eddy's Southwest Vegan Veggie Fajitas

We know this one isn't quite in the full spirit of Turkey Day, but neither is being vegan. So, we adapt and conquer with our vegan brothers and sisters and we eat fajitas! Sounds like a pretty sweet way to spend Thanksgiving if you ask us. Click here to see why this delicious wrap will make a good addition to your dinner this year - spoiler alert: it's just delicious.

Food For Thought: Back Eddy's Southwest Vegan Veggie Fajitas Recipe by Barbecues Galore

13. Grilled Peach Panzanella Salad

This salad is a great meal replacement for anyone who is unable to eat turkey on Thanksgiving. With notes of sweet and salty flavours, you might only want to eat this salad for dinner! Click here to find out how perfect it really is. 

Food For Thought: Grilled Peach Panzanella Salad by Barbecues Galore


14. Smoked Cherry Coconut Sorbet 

What better way to finish off a Thanksgiving dinner than with a serving of sweet dessert. If you want to find a way to incorporate smoke into your cold dessert, you'll want to click here.

Food For Thought: Smoked Cherry Coconut Sorbet by Barbecues Galore

15. Barbecue Baked Peach Cobbler

We all know a REAL Thanksgiving dinner always ends with pie. We would have suggested a pumpkin pie, but that was sooo last year. Plus, I'm sure we've had enough pumpkin flavoured things during October. So, bring the classic Peach Cobbler back this year, but let's give it a barbecue twist by clicking here.

Food For Thought: Barbecue Baked Peach Cobbler Recipe by Barbecues Galore


There you have it, if you couldn't think of any reasons to be thankful for before, you have 15 delicious reasons to be now. Happy Thanksgiving!

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