Smoked Sausage Stuffing is the ultimate holiday side dish! This Thanksgiving stuffing has savory smoked sausage, caramelized onions, and sweet cornbread, and is cooked directly on the smoker or grill freeing up your oven for other things!
Did you know you can cook your Thanksgiving stuffing (or dressing, however you prefer to call it) directly on your smoker or grill, saving room in your oven for all the other goods. Or better yet, take Thanksgiving outside this year and give your oven a break! Bonus points if you use our smoked turkey recipe.
Before we moved to our new house we had the worlds tiniest oven. It was ridiculous. Like so tiny you couldn’t fit a regular sized turkey in it. I’m not lying. So whenever we hosted Thanksgiving we adapted all of our favorite recipes to be cooked outside on the smoker or grill.
Pro tip: Use your grill as a warmer while other things are cooking so nothing is served cold.
This Smoked Sausage Stuffing recipe works both on your grill or smoker, just depending on if you want some of that smoked love. It is super easy to make and the results are so good this has been our go-to stuffing every year for at least the last 10 years.
You can start with our skillet cornbread recipe since you need day old cornbread.
How to Make Smoked Sausage & Cornbread Stuffing
- Start with bulk sausage, about one pound, and break it up into about quarter size pieces and place on a baking sheet. Place on your smoker, preheated to 225 degrees Fahrenheit, and cook up to 60 minutes, until the pieces are cooked through.
- Next caramelize your onions, then mix the remaining ingredients together, and then place into a cast iron pan. Jack up your smoker temp to around 375 degrees (F) and place your sausage stuffing into the smoker for about 30 minutes or until it looks crispy and cooked through. You can also finish cooking in your oven at the same temperature and time (375 degrees for 30 minutes).
Boom. That’s it.
More Holiday Side Dish Recipes
- Grilled Brussels Sprouts
- Maple Glazed Carrots on the Grill
- Grilled Green Beans
- Collard Greens with Smoked Turkey Leg
- Grilled Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Smoked Holiday Recipe Roasts
- How To Smoke a Turkey
- Smoked Beef Tenderloin
- Smoked Ham with Brown Sugar
- Double Smoked Ham with Cherry Glaze
- Brown Sugar Glazed Smoked Ham
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Smoked Sausage, Caramelized Onion, and Cornbread Stuffing Recipe
- 1 pound bulk spicy Italian pork sausage
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 medium onion, chopped (roughly 2 cups worth)
- 10 sage leaves, chopped (about ¼ cup loosely packed)
- 10 sprigs thyme, chopped (about 1 teaspoon)
- 6 cups day old/dried cornbread, chopped into 1-inch cubes (we prefer gluten-free cornbread)
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup chicken stock (may need more or less, see notes)
- 1 egg
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper (or a few twists of fresh ground pepper)
- Pre-heat smoker to 225 degrees using fruit wood.
- Break up the sausage into quarter size pieces and place on a foil-lined cookie sheet. Place on the smoker for up to 60 minutes, or until browned. Remove and transfer the sausage to a large bowl. Increase the grill temperature to 375 degrees, using a two-zone or direct/indirect method, to prepare it for cooking the stuffing.
- Caramelize Onions: In a large skillet set to medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of butter and the chopped onions. Let them slowly soften and nearly caramelize (about 15 – 20 minutes), stirring often. Remove from heat and add the sage and thyme. Mix together. Transfer to the large bowl with the sausage.
- Add the cornbread pieces and cranberries to the bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the heavy cream, chicken stock, and one egg. Pour that mixture over the cornbread and stuffing mix. Add salt and pepper and stir together. Add more chicken stock (just a couple tablespoons at a time) if the mix looks dry.
- Transfer to a buttered 10-inch round cast iron skillet for this size portion (alternatively a large buttered baking dish will work too)
- Place the skillet uncovered on the grill and bake until the top is golden brown (or about 30 minutes). Alternatively you can finish in the oven at the same temperature and time.
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