Smoking Your Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Using a smoker for all of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes isn’t just faster and easier – it’s cleaner too. Imagine walking into your kitchen after your holiday meal and seeing a clean stove and countertop. Now that’s the miracle of cooking outdoors. Plus, plenty of people love cooking on a smoker, so that means less indoor cleanup and more time spent outdoors bonding with family and friends.
What Can You Cook with a Smoker?
If you thought that the only things you could cook with that new smoker was the turkey, then you are going to miss out on some great smoky side dishes. The fact is that anything that can be cooked in the oven can also be cooked in the smoker. The only trick is understanding that some dishes cook much faster, while others may smoke a little slower, so you will have to either test out a few favorite recipes in the weeks leading up to the the holiday – or simply keep a close eye on those side dishes.
Able to give every side dish a rich smoky flavor, this new way of cooking some old favorites can add a little fun and excitement to even the most boring (and traditional) Thanksgiving dinner.
Ready to try a few recipe ideas? Here are several side dishes to add to your menu:
- Maple-glazed roasted carrots
- Smoked paprika corn with bacon
- Roasted garlic potatoes
- Basic backed potatoes
- Smoked cornbread
- Macaroni and cheese
Some Smoking Tips to Remember
It doesn’t matter whether you are going with a more traditional meal or are trying out a bunch of brand new recipes, there are a few tips to keep in mind when cooking with a smoker:
- The rule of smoking is cook low and cook long. You can’t rush a good smoked meal. Set the temperature low and let those foods cook slowly, absorbing that smoky flavor.
- Use foil or cast iron: foil dishes make for a quick and easy clean-up, but many smoker experts prefer the way foods cook in cast iron better. The choice is yours.
- Stack all of your sides around the turkey for the last hour. No need to take out the turkey and then cook your side dishes. Simply stack them around the meat inside of the smoker during the last hour or so of cooking. That way everything will be done at the same time.
- Use plenty of flavorful wood chips. Don’t get stuck running short on wood chips. Be sure to have plenty on hand for this important meal.
Finding the Best Smoker for This Thanksgiving Holiday
If you have always dreamed of cooking Thanksgiving dinner on a smoker, then why wait? This year is your chance. Stop by Cookshack Inc. and let our trained staff show you all of your smoking options. You won’t believe the difference a smoker will make when it comes to enjoying your holiday meal.