Grilling for the Holidays
Tis the season for caroling, shopping, freezing, snowing, sharing, giving, and, of course, maybe the most important part which is spending time with friends and family. It’s this time of year, during the holidays, that we get together to be thankful for what the Pilgrims did so many years ago and then to share and give on Christmas Eve and Christmas as well as ring in the new year to cap off the holiday season. All of these special nights usually require a great deal of cooking. Why not break out of the mold and do some holiday grilling? If you are so bold, you’ve come to the right place as this is our repository of all of our holiday grilling recipes.
Nothing is more traditional than the holiday bird but why not leave the tradition right there and step out of the kitchen and make one on the grill? Add some sweet smoke flavor to the bird this year and do it on the grill and you may never cook one indoors again for the Thanksgiving Holiday. This is one of those recipes that we do every single year.
Not grilling for a crowd but still want a succulent turkey? May I suggest a whole or even split turkey breast. This guy will easy feed four and possibly even six. All that great turkey flavor, including that crispy skin, shorter cooking time without having to buy a 20 pounder makes for an ideal holiday meal on a budget and allow more time for revelry and cavorting.
How about a little less traditional than the turkey or the ham? It’s a time to celebrate the holidays. Go all out one of the Grillin’ Fools favorite holiday grilling recipes. My dad has this down to a science so follow his step by step instructions and you will blow the minds of your friends and family.
Just another way to make prime rib on the grill:
This is the other holiday grilling recipe we do every year at least once. We usually do it both on Thanksgiving and Easter. The beautiful thing about ham is that it’s already cooked and waiting for some extra flavor. Slather on this amazing glaze and then smoke for 3-4 hours on the grill at 300 and you will not be disappointed.
And a little farther off the beaten holiday path is one of my favorites – lamb. These succulent little meat lollipops can be served as an entree or an appetizer. That link has recipes for two different marinades and most can’t decide which is better but all agree that they are both great.
New Years Eve is becoming more and more of a night to stay in and revel over a good meal than go out to the bars and revel in, well, revelry. It’s also a night where my family tends to go all out on a seafood dish and the GrillinFools have a few options for you on that front.
Disclaimer – OK, I realize that there was in fact no grilling involved in this recipe, but I hope you don’t hold that against it. It was one of the best meals I have ever had and so simple. In fact we are planning on repeating this endeavor this year on NYE. Boiled whole lobsters, stuffed prawns, and escargot on the fancy eatin’ plates. MmmmmMmmmm
The butter boil is an amazing app or side dish that is the epitome of a social dish. Couple sticks of butter in a grill safe pot (this can be done on the stove but don’t tell anyone), some white wine, garlic, maybe some herbs if you feel the need, insert some seafood, simmer till done and hand everyone a fork. Eat it right out of the pot.
And for the main course, watching Alton Brown recently, he said the single best way to cook crab legs was on the grill based on the fact that they are already cooked and then frozen. He said it’s better than boiling them with a crab boil and after having them both ways I have to agree. My wife, who is not a fan of the grill (ironic, ain’t it?) prefers them this way over the traditional method of boiling them.
Lobster is downright cheap these days and what better time to practice on them than right now? Better to prefect your lobster grilling technique right now when they are cheap so when the price does go back up, you won’t be too intimidated by the cost to try this amazing crustacean on the grill.
Tom, and his inventive wife Tracy, are at it again with recipes that I couldn’t hope to come up with. I wasn’t able to sample this one personally, but have been told that it may be the best or at least one of the best recipes they have ever grilled which is saying quite a lot considering some of the amazing creations they’ve come up with over the years.
I know it sounds nuts, but with the high temps an infrared grill is capable of, you can deep fry a turkey without the oil. And it’s so easy. Avoid using any sugars in the rub, brine or marinade. Wash any liquid marinade or brine off and pat dry, then into the infrared grill on high for 10 minutes per pound:
Every great meal is not just the food along. Let’s not forget the drink. This was not done on the grill by any means, but it is definitely a home run. It’s extremely easy to do. Throw a handful of ingredients into a crock pot and let them simmer for a few hours. And in that time your house will smell better than any air freshener known to mankind.
If you have any favorite holiday grilling recipes, we’d love to hear them.
As usual, if you have any questions about the multitude of recipes above, please leave a comment below or feel free to shoot me an email.