15 Best Comfort Food Recipes for the Grill or Smoker
Sep 28, 2020, Updated Dec 04, 2023
Comfort Food can evoke many different dishes from around the world. But when we think of comfort food, we think of hearty meals that warm the heart and soul. From slowly cooked stews and chili, to magical cheesy dishes. Here are some of our favorite recipes that we cook on our grill or smoker.
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What Is Comfort Food?
The definition is as much an emotion as a technical response. Comfort food is really any food that makes you feel whole or nostalgic. So there is no right or wrong way to define it other than does it make you feel happy? However, we are ignoring the calorie counts. 🙂
Slowly smoked short ribs finished in a wine inspired broth until fork tender. Add some mashed potatoes for the perfect comfort food dinner.
Smoked Beef Short Rib Stew
Chicken braised in wine is a classic French dish. This version is all the better for slowly smoking the chicken and then finishing in a wine braise.
Smoked Coq au Vin Recipe
Chuck Roast never tasted so good! Tender, rich, and oh so comforting.
Smoked Chuck Roast Stew with Red Wine Braise
We have to include chili when defining comfort food recipes. And this assortment of chilis range from a Texas classic, to more unique versions. They may not all be grilled or smoked, but they are some of the best chili recipes we have made.
Texas Style Chili means no beans, and lots of meat (specifically chuck meat). As one fan said, “Anything else gets in the way.” Spicy and full of flavor using an easy chili paste, this recipe is inspired by our friends in Texas.
Authentic Texas Chili Recipe – No Beans
This one has beans, and yes, there is a use for leftover brisket (when you have it). You can easily substitute brisket with tri tip or sirloin. This recipe has won many awards for us and many of our readers.
Smoked Beef Brisket Chili
Inspired by my mom and growing up in a Mexican-American household, this dish was our go-to Thanksgiving meal.
Green Chili Turkey Recipe
Cheesy Comfort Food Dishes
If it has cheese, it brings comfort. At least that’s how we define this selection of dishes.
Add smoked tri tip to your next mac and cheese recipe for flavor explosion.
Smoked Tri Tip Mac and Cheese Recipe
Yes, you can make killer smoked lasagna. We have one in our cookbook too!
Smoked Lasagna Recipe With Sausage
Combine beer and cheese and you have perfection. Add spicy Hatch or Anaheim chile and it’s instant happiness.
Smoked Sausage and Hatch Chile Beer Cheese Dip Recipe
Add a wheel of brie to a cast iron pan and a splash of wine for one heck of an appetizer. Or in our house, the main meal.
Grilled Baked Brie with Wine and Thyme
Side Dishes and Salads
If side dishes qualify as comfort food, then these will not disappoint.
Cornbread grilled in a cast iron pan with that nice golden color and flavor. This from scratch cornbread is topped with a smoked honey drizzle to take it up a flavor level.
Skillet Cornbread Recipe on the Grill
Squash maintain great texture when grilled. And this salad is a great way to amp up the plate, and provide for a great fall side dish.
Grilled Acorn Squash Salad Recipe
When we get inspired by meals we’ve had at friends’ houses, we love to add a smoky twist. Slowly braised collard greens with a smoked turkey leg for flavor. This is one of our favorite holiday side dishes.
Collard Greens Recipe With Smoked Turkey Leg
Comfort Food Desserts
We absolutely feel sweet treats count as comfort foods.
Top this Grilled Apple Crisp with your favorite ice cream and a honey drizzle.
Grilled Apple Crisp
These may be gluten free (they can easily be subbed with regular all purpose flour), but that doesn’t mean they aren’t amazing. Spoiler alert: they are amazing!!!
Skillet Brownies on the Grill
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