27 Christmas Roast Ideas For The Grill and Smoker

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If you are looking for Christmas Roast ideas to cook on the grill or smoker we have you covered. From the classic Beef Prime Rib Roast to an intimate Turkey Breast for a small crowd these recipes are our favorite roasts to make for any holiday dinner.

Slices of Prime Rib roast on a slate plate topped with horseradish butter.

The Most Important Tools Needed for Holiday Roasts

No matter where you buy your roast from, make sure you don’t overcook it. Be sure you have a good instant read digital thermometer. Our favorite is the Thermoworks Thermapen One, which we have used for personal use and catering for over 10 years.

Taking the temperautre of a spatchcocked turkey with the Thermapen One on a pellet grill.

If you want something that tracks real-time temperature then be sure to invest in a good leave-in Bluetooth Thermometer, like the Smoke or Smoke X unit from Thermoworks. It has tremendous range, can measure 2 or 4 temperature zones and will make sure you never overcook your expensive holiday roast.

Beef Roast Recipes for Christmas

Arguably the king and queen of all the Christmas roast ideas, beef roasts tend to be the most popular. Explore some of the alternatives to classic prime rib, like smoked brisket or a large rack of succulent and slowly smoked beef ribs. And if you are looking for wine – check out our article on pairing wine with beef roasts.

For seasoning, mix and match flavors as well from a list of our best seasoning recipes including the classic SPG beef rub and our ultimate beef rub with herbs cooked on a grilled tomahawk steak (which is also a great option for two people).

Smoked Prime Rib with Herb Crust
4.50 from 91 votes

Smoked Prime Rib Recipe

How to cook a prime rib on a smoker. Including recipe and video tutorial on smoking the perfect prime rib for any kind of smoker, including pellet smokers. Comes with wine pairing recommendations. 
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4.72 from 14 votes

Smoked Prime Rib Recipe with Horseradish Compound Butter

Slowly smoked and then seared with a high heat, this Prime Rib is tender, and juicy. Finish with a horseradish compound butter as an extra flavor element.
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Grilled Prime Rib on a platter with herb compound butter
5 from 4 votes

Grilled Prime Rib Recipe with Herb Compound Butter

The best and most flavorful Grilled Prime Rib recipe with herb seasoning and herb compound butter. Use two-zone grilling for the perfect roast.
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5 from 2 votes

Grilled Beef Tenderloin Recipe with Mustard Steak Sauce

This Beef Tenderloin Roast recipe is perfectly grilled over direct and indirect heat and finished with a rich and decadent mustard steak sauce.
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Smoked Beef Tenderloin
4.78 from 36 votes

Smoked Beef Tenderloin Recipe – Reverse Seared

Beef Tenderloin, smoked low and slow and then finished hot and fast over charcoal.
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Smoked brisket sliced on butcher paper with pickled vegetables.
4.58 from 103 votes

The Ultimate Smoked Brisket Recipe

Recipe for a whole packer Smoked Beef Brisket. The best steps for perfectly juicy and tender brisket.  
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Smoked Beef Ribs on butcher paper
4.70 from 13 votes

Easy Smoked Beef Ribs Recipe

How to smoke the most incredible beef ribs. Smoked Beef Plate Ribs are rich, tender, and melt in your mouth like butter. 
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Top Sirloin Smoked Roast Beef on a platter with potatoes.
4.67 from 3 votes

Smoked Roast Beef Recipe – with Herbed Seasoning

A sirloin roast seasoned with sage, rosemary, and thyme and slowly smoked to tender perfection, and then finished with our compound butter recipe.
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Smoked Chuck Roast Pot Roast Stew in a large cast iron pot
4.65 from 14 votes

Smoked Chuck Roast Stew with Red Wine Braise

A slowly smoked Chuck Roast finished in a red wine, beef stock, and vegetable braise. This Chuck Roast is tender and a perfect roast alternative.
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Pork Roast Recipes

We live in the Pacific Northwest with some incredible pork producers. Pork is probably one of the more common roasts we have on our holiday menu. It’s affordable and tastes amazing.

We use our popular pork seasoning, which is a blend of sugar, spices, and salt for a balanced and delicious bite. And if you want to glaze – add that toward the end of the cooking process so it doesn’t burn. You can check out our array of BBQ sauces. One of our favorites for pork is our Pinot Noir BBQ sauce which we even bottled and ship anywhere in the US.

4.71 from 34 votes

Smoked Ham Recipe

Smoked Ham is the perfect meal for any holiday, like Christmas or Easter dinner. This brown sugar glaze is absolutely incredible over the top of your smoked ham!
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4.62 from 49 votes

Double Smoked Ham Recipe with Cherry Bourbon Glaze

Recipe for double smoked ham with cherry and bourbon glaze. Slowly smoked and finished with an amazing cherry and bourbon sticky glaze.
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Slices of Grilled Pork Loin on a platter with roasted potatoes
5 from 3 votes

Grilled Pork Loin with Blackberry, Caramelized Shallots, and Red Wine Glaze

A tender and delicious pork loin roasted on the grill and finished with a sweet and savory berry and wine glaze.
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Grilled Rack of Pork with Apricot herb glaze
4.86 from 7 votes

Grilled Rack of Pork with Apricot Herb Glaze

A bone-in pork loin roast served with a sweet and savory apricot herb glaze.
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4.88 from 8 votes

Grilled Pork Collar Recipe with Citrus Marinade

Grilled Pork Collar, or pork neck with an easy citrus marinade.
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Grilled Porchetta Roast on a cutting board with slices cut showing the filling
5 from 1 vote

Grilled Porchetta Recipe – Great Holiday Roast

A grilled Porchetta Roast perfect for a holiday meal or special occasion.
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And for leftovers we rock our ham hash recipe but you can substitute with any pork.

Turkey and Chicken Roasts

Turkey and chicken are incredible for Christmas and feed any size crowd. We opt for chicken when it’s a small group and the larger Turkey for a bigger crowd.

For seasoning try our savory and rich turkey seasoning or our chicken seasoning. For more sugar based seasoning you can use our ultimate dry rub.

Don’t forget to brine for more flavor and to help with crispy skin. And to speed up cooking make sure you check out our guide on how to spatchcock.

brining a whole turkey
4.58 from 35 votes

Basic Turkey Brine Recipe

A basic turkey brine, or basic poultry brine, to enhance the flavor of turkey.
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A Smoked Spatchcocked Turkey on a platter
4.78 from 9 votes

Smoked Spatchcocked Turkey Recipe with Cajun Seasoning

An easy way to smoke turkey by spatchcocking, or removing the backbone, and seasoning with cajun spices.
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4.48 from 118 votes

Smoked Turkey Recipe with Bourbon Brine

Truly the Best Smoked Turkey recipe, packed with flavor, from a bourbon citrus brine, to an herbed butter, to a great turkey seasoning. Rated as the best turkey brines for smoking, this is the juiciest and most flavorful turkey ever.
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Pellet Grill Smoked Turkey on a serving platter
5 from 2 votes

Smoked Pellet Grill Turkey Recipe

Using this method and recipe you will get perfect juicy smoked turkey with crispy skin every single time. Follow the simple steps of Brine, Spatchcock, Season, Smoke, for the best smoked turkey.
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5 from 3 votes

Smoked Turkey Breast Recipe

Brined and smoked turkey breast served with smoked turkey gravy.
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Grilled Turkey Breast with Cajun Seasoning.
5 from 1 vote

Cajun Grilled Turkey Breast Recipe

Grilled Cajun Turkey Breast with a savory and spicy finish. Add butter just under the skin for more flavor and moisture. A great Thanksgiving recipe for a small crowd or as alternative to a large turkey.
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Whole Smoked Chicken on a sheet pan
3.96 from 46 votes

Smoked Whole Chicken Recipe

Step by step guide for smoked whole chicken- including times, temps, dry rub recipes and pro tips.  
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Smoke Roasted Pellet Grill Whole Chicken on a cutting board
4.80 from 5 votes

Pellet Grill Whole Chicken Recipe

Add mild smoke flavor with this pellet grill whole chicken recipe. It starts with a savory poultry rub, and then aromatics stuffed into the cavity. Roast for 90 minutes in the grill for a juicy and flavorful chicken.
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Lamb Roasts

Lamb is one of our favorite things to make because of its incredible rich flavor. From larger lamb roasts for a crowd to a rack of lamb for smaller groups, these are elegant recipes fit for a holiday dinner.

Pro Tip: Treat lamb like steak – cook it do your desired temperature (rare, medium-rare, medium).

A smoked leg of lamb on a platter with roasted potatoes
5 from 6 votes

Smoked Leg of Lamb Recipe with Garlic, Wine, Butter Sauce

Bone-In Smoked Leg of Lamb with an herb rub and finished at high heat for a reverse sear, and topped with a rich garlic infused butter sauce.
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4.50 from 2 votes

Smoked Boneless Leg of Lamb Recipe

An herbal and fragrant lamb seasoning slowly smoke roasted in a grill and cooked to medium rare.
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Smoked Lamb Chops cooking on a grill
4.36 from 17 votes

Smoked Lamb Chops Recipe

Smoked Lamb Chops cooked low on the smoker for flavor and then finished grilled hot and fast. Cut into an individual lollipop for an elegant appetizer or serve two for an entrée.
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Grilled Lamb lollipops with Jalapeño chimichurri on a serving platter.
5 from 1 vote

Grilled Rack of Lamb Recipe with Jalapeño Chimichurri Sauce

Grilled Rack of Lamb using a simple two-zone grilling method for a tender and flavorful grilled lamb recipe topped with Jalapeño Chimichurri.
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