42 Easy Fall Recipes for the Grill and Smoker

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Cool fall weather has us thinking about hearty stews and cozy warm drinks. Plus, with school and work back in full swing, we all need some easy fall dinner recipes in our back pocket. These 40 fall dinner recipes have delicious smoky flavor from being cooked over the grill or smoker, and will have you savoring fall produce all season long.

texas chili in a bowl with toppings.
A hearty bowl of Texas Chili is perfect for a cool fall day.

Here at Vindulge, we love to use fresh, in-season produce whenever possible. It has the best flavor, is better for the environment, and often stretches your dollar the furthest. During the fall months, hard fruits like apples, pears, cranberries, and pomegranates are in season. Fall squash varieties include pumpkins, acorn squash, and butternut squash. Root vegetables are also in season, making it the perfect time to smoke beets, carrots, parsnips, onions, white and sweet potatoes. Fall is also peak mushroom season, and you’ll see us adding them to everything from soup to steak.

Come along with me as we dive into all these beautiful fall recipes, and turn it into amazing smoke-filled fall dinner recipes. These are the recipes I’ll be serving my family this season.

Fall Salad Recipes

These fall salads use the best of fall produce (dark leafy greens, nuts and squash) and make a light dinner option or a hearty vegetable side dish.

Grilled Acorn Squash over a bed of arugula.
5 from 1 vote

Grilled Acorn Squash Salad Recipe

Grilled Acorn Squash Salad is the perfect side dish or hearty main dish for your fall entertaining or family dinners. Grilling acorn squash is super easy, and adds incredible flavor to this easy salad!
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grilled chicken salad
5 from 1 vote

Grilled Chicken Salad with Candied Pecans and Balsamic Dressing

Candied Pecans for crunch, perfectly grilled chicken with a savory honey balsamic dressing makes this a grilled chicken salad with amazing flavor.
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Grilled Beet Salad with Rosé Infused Cranberries and Smoked Bacon
5 from 3 votes

Grilled Beet Salad with Rosé Infused Cranberries and Bacon

Beets are incredible cooked on the grill, and even better topped with rosé wine infused cranberries and smoked bacon. This will be your favorite salad all summer long! 
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Main Dish Recipes

Smoked meats and savory sauces make these fall dinner recipes weeknight winners you’ll make again and again.

Smoked Sausage Lasagna
5 from 8 votes

Smoked Lasagna Recipe With Sausage

Smoked sausage and smoked marinara sauce combined for a creative smoked lasagna recipe.
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Smoked Stuffed BBQ Meatballs in a cast iron pan
4.46 from 11 votes

Smoked Stuffed BBQ Meatballs Recipe

Smoked meatballs stuffed with mozzarella cheese, slowly smoked on the grill, and then finished with a BBQ sauce glaze. These are the ultimate game day food or appetizer for your next gathering. 
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Smoked Sloppy Joe Sandwich on a bun
5 from 9 votes

Smoked Sloppy Joes

Add a touch of smoke flavor to your Sloppy Joe recipe. Cook ground beef in a smoker or kettle grill with wood chunks to take your Sloppy Joe Sandwiches to the next level.
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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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5 from 3 votes

Smoked Turkey Breast Recipe

Brined and smoked turkey breast served with smoked turkey gravy.
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Smoked Sausage and Mushroom Risotto in a bowl
5 from 3 votes

Smoked Sausage and Mushroom Risotto Recipe

Risotto made with smoked sausage, mushrooms, and smoked chicken stock. This recipe will take your typical mushroom risotto and kick it up about 100,000 notches by adding a delicious smoky backbone.
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Smoked Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
5 from 1 vote

Smoked Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Recipe

Creamy smoked butternut squash puree mixed with smoked chicken, bacon, and cheese for a creamy and flavorful mac and cheese.
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Grilled Chicken with a Cranberry Chipotle Citrus Glaze
5 from 2 votes

Grilled Chicken with a Cranberry Chipotle Citrus Glaze

Recipe for Grilled Chicken with a sweet and spicy Cranberry Chipotle Citrus Glaze. This chicken is sweet, spicy, tangy.
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Hazelnut Crusted Grilled Duck with Chinon red wine
5 from 4 votes

Grilled Duck Legs Recipe With Hazelnut Crust and Red Wine Sauce

Grilled Duck Legs is decadent with a hazelnut crust, and then topped with an elegant and light red wine sauce. It’s the perfect pairing for a Chinon (Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley of France) and a cozy fall evening. 
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Smoked (BBQ) Stuffed Meatloaf
4.65 from 14 votes

Smoked Stuffed Meatloaf Recipe

A slowly smoked meatloaf, stuffed with mozzarella cheese and finished with a spicy Sriracha ketchup glaze.
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Soup, Stew, and Chili Recipes

What’s better on a chilly fall day than a bowl of steaming hot chili, stew, or soup?

Smoked Beef Short Ribs. How to smoke short ribs and incorporate them into an incredible, rich, stew
5 from 2 votes

Smoked Beef Short Rib Stew

How to cook incredibly tender beef short ribs on the smoker and finish them in a rich and indulgent stew.
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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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5 from 5 votes

Smoked Coq au Vin Recipe

How to add smoked flavor to a traditional Coq au Vin. Smoke the chicken on your smoker, then build your stew with the pre-smoked chicken pieces. Adds incredible flavor to this classic French dish. Recipe adapted by Ina Garten.
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texas chili in a bowl with toppings.
4.74 from 15 votes

Authentic Texas Chili Recipe – No Beans

Meat, beer, chile. The basics for this authentic and spicy Texas chili recipe.
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A bowl of beef chili topped with sour cream, avocado, and jalapeño
4.50 from 2 votes

Ground Beef Chili with Chipotle

A simple but flavorful ground beef chili recipe with slight heat from chipotle peppers and rich beefy flavor.
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Chili in bowl with toppings
5 from 2 votes

Smoked Turkey Chili with Serrano Peppers

Smoked ground turkey, serrano pepper, and beer make for a rich and delicious take on turkey chili.
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Bowl of Chicken Chili
4.75 from 4 votes

Smoked Chicken Chili

Chicken Chili recipe made with leftover grilled or smoked chicken is super easy, jam packed with flavor, and isn't too rich to weigh you down.
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5 from 1 vote

Smoked Salsa Verde Chicken Soup Recipe

Recipe for Smoked Chicken Salsa Verde Soup. A quick, easy, soul-soothing, cold-calming, smoky delicious soup for when you’re not feeling well. And three variations for this easy soup during cold season.
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4.53 from 217 votes

Smoked Brisket Chili Recipe (recipe and video)

Award-Winning Smoked Beef Brisket Chili. The perfect use for leftover brisket. You’re going to love this! 
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a bowl of chicken tortilla soup
5 from 4 votes

Smoked Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

Slowly smoked chicken adds great flavor to a classic chicken tortilla soup. This soup starts with quality ingredients, like homemade chicken stock, chipotle and other flavorful ingredients.
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Wild Mushroom Soup in a bowl
4.63 from 8 votes

Wild Mushroom Soup Recipe With Sherry and Thyme

This hearty Wild Mushroom Soup is the ultimate comfort soup. This recipe calls for both dried wild mushrooms soaked in sherry, and cremini mushrooms for a delicious, savory, earthy soup.
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Lentil Soup with Smoked Mushrooms in a Dutch Oven
4.50 from 2 votes

Lentil Soup Recipe with Smoked Mushrooms

Vegetarian and vegan, dairy free, sugar free, Lentil Soup with Smoked Mushrooms. Incredibly nourishing and wholesome! Not to mention ridiculously delicious!!!
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5 from 2 votes

Smoked Butternut Squash Soup Recipe with Smoked Bacon

Smoke Roasted Butternut Squash Soup recipe topped with smoked bacon is the perfect fall soup. Butternut squash is roasted in the smoker for this comforting dish.
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Side Dish Recipes

No meal is complete without sides right!? We’re all about those root vegetables as side dishes. Plus some fall holiday favorites. (Check out our full Thanksgiving round-up for more.)

Grilled Acorn Squash with Maple Glaze on a serving dish
5 from 1 vote

Grilled Acorn Squash recipe with Maple Syrup Glaze

Grilled slices of acorn squash finished with a maple syrup glaze. This easy recipe makes for a great holiday side dish or addition to a salad.
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4.89 from 9 votes

Grilled Brussels Sprouts Recipe With Bacon and Balsamic

Grilled Brussels Sprouts are the ultimate vegetable side dish! When you add bacon and balsamic to your Brussels this grilled side dish is over-the-top. 
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smoked beets top view
5 from 4 votes

Smoked Beets Recipe with Goat Cheese Ranch

Smoking beets adds incredible flavor to this earthy root vegetable. The smoked beets are slowly smoked until tender, and then served with a creamy goat cheese ranch dip. This recipe was inspired by a restaurant dish I had at the Bird & The Bottle in Santa Rosa, California.
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Grilled baked Sweet Potatoes
4.63 from 8 votes

Grilled Sweet Potato Recipe with Smoked Honey Butter

A grilled sweet potato with savory dry rub. Soft, flavorful, and easy to make on any grill. This is a great alternative cooking method for a baked sweet potato.
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duck fat potatoes with spatula
5 from 6 votes

Roasted Duck Fat Potatoes Recipe

Slowly roasted potatoes tossed in delicious duck fat and finished with freshly shaved parmesan and fresh thyme. Soft on the inside and crispy exterior as the perfect side for a roast of brunch.
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Grilled Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates on a platter
5 from 7 votes

Grilled Bacon Wrapped Dates with Honey and Goat Cheese

Stuffed with goat cheese, these dates are then wrapped with bacon and then grilled over direct heat. These dates are finished with a smoked honey glaze and create the very best finger food at any party.
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A serving platter of smoked and stuffed sausage mushrooms.
4.67 from 9 votes

Smoked Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe

An easy and elegant recipe for Smoked Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms. Smoked sausage adds incredible flavor to this favorite holiday party appetizer.
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Homemade cranberry sauce with orange zest garnish
4.67 from 6 votes

Red Wine Cranberry Sauce Recipe

An easy homemade cranberry sauce recipe infused with wine. A great holiday side dish.
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Smoked Sausage and Hatch Chili Beer Cheese Dip
4.67 from 12 votes

Smoked Sausage and Hatch Chile Beer Cheese Dip Recipe

Creamy, smoky, Smoked Sausage Hatch Chile Beer Cheese Dip is the Ultimate Beer Cheese Dip appetizer! Perfect for tailgating season.
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Smoked Sausage, Caramelized Onion, Cornbread Stuffing for Thanksgiving, cooked on the smoker or grill
4.58 from 7 votes

Smoked Sausage, Caramelized Onion, and Cornbread Stuffing Recipe

A simple smoked sausage, caramelized onion, and cornbread stuffing for Thanksgiving, cooked on the smoker or grill.
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Fall Dessert Recipes

Dust off that cast iron skillet and turn off the oven; we’re taking dessert to the grill! (Although, you can also make these just as easily in your oven, but where’s the fun in that?)

grilled apple crisp cooling
5 from 2 votes

Grilled Apple Crisp

How to make a traditional apple crisp on the grill. Grilled Apple Crisp is going to become your new favorite fall dessert! It's also the perfect dessert for Thanksgiving dinner!
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top down pumpkin pies
5 from 1 vote

Grilled Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Grilled pumpkin pie with traditional spice flavor and topped with candied pecans. An incredible dessert for your holiday spread.
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slice of pecan pie
4.50 from 2 votes

Grilled Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie Recipe

An easy grilled pecan pie recipe where we substitute maple syrup for the corn syrup and add a dash of bourbon for flare.
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Fall Drinks

Sit back and enjoy the long fall evenings with a mug of something a little more grown-up.

Spiked Hot Apple Cider
4.43 from 83 votes

Bourbon Spiked Hot Apple Cider Recipe

A soothing and comforting spiked apple cider made with Bourbon. Can be served warm or cold over ice. 
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5 from 1 vote

Mulled Wine Recipe

Mulled Wine is a comforting festive drink made from a blend of red wine, spices, and citrus, served warm. This holiday classic recipe is easy to make and is a great cocktail for winter parties.
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Two Apple Cider Mimosas
5 from 1 vote

Apple Cider Mimosa Recipe

Fresh apple cider plus sparkling wine for the perfect apple cider cocktail. This will be your go-to fall cocktail.
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I'm Mary, a wine/food/travel writer, Certified Sommelier, mom of twins, former vegetarian turned BBQ fanatic, runner, founder of Vindulge, and author of Fire + Wine cookbook. Thanks for stopping by!

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