3 Christmas Grilling Ideas
Christmas gatherings are right around the corner, and it’s time to start thinking about that delicious Christmas dinner you’ll share with loved ones. Whether your Christmas day is surrounded by snow or palm trees, you can still enjoy a wonderful Christmas meal from the grill. Here are some unique Christmas grilling ideas that will get everyone around the table talking.
Tools Needed For Christmas Grilling
Every outdoor chef needs the right set of tools to make this Christmas grilled dinner smooth. So gather everything you need ahead of time so you can spend more time with family and friends. Here are some items you need for these Christmas grilling recipes.
- BBQ Grill: All of these recipes are cooked on a good quality BBQ grill. This sets the foundation for a professional-tasting meal. Whatever your grill’s fuel type, make sure you have enough before the big day.
- Rotisserie Kit: The star of these Christmas grilling ideas uses a rotisserie kit on the grill. Some of our BBQ grills have rotisserie kits integrated into the grill. If your BBQ grill does not already have a rotisserie, you can find one as a grill accessory.
Roasted Leg of Lamb
This may not be your traditional Christmas dinner meal, but it’s one you will want to include every year! Using your grill’s rotisserie accessory, this leg of lamb will slow roast with perfect seasoning.
- 1 ½ lbs boneless leg of lamb
- 3 tbsp. roasted garlic oil
- 1 tsp. rosemary
- 1 tbsp. thyme
- 1 tbsp. fennel seeds
- ½ tbsp. peppercorns
- 2 tsp. sage
- 2 tsp. coarse salt
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 2 cups beef/lamb broth, beer, red wine, or water
- Preheat rear burner to high, around 450°F
- Toast the thyme, fennel, rosemary, and peppercorns in a frying pan on medium-low heat until they are fragrant, about 3 minutes. Grind up the spices a little with a mortar and pestle before adding the salt, sage, and onion powder. Crush up spices again.
- Slice the fat on the lamb in a crosshatch pattern. Brush the roasted garlic oil all over the lamb, then cover the entire lamb with the seasonings and press it into the slices in the fat.
- Load up and balance your rotisserie. Place the rotisserie on the grill and place a drip tray filled with 2 cups of liquid (broth, wine, beer, or water) under the rotating leg of lamb.
- Rotiss the lamb on high, for 10 to 15 minutes, until crust forms. Turn the grill down to around 350°F and cook for up to 2 hours, or until a thermometer reads 145°F (medium-rare).
- Remove the lamb from the grill and the spit rod and forks from the roast before allowing it to rest.
- Slice the lamb and serve with gravy
Planked Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes are a staple at every holiday family dinner. This unique spin on mashed potatoes will become your go-to way to serve everyone’s favorite side dish.
- 8 large baking potatoes
- ⅓ cup of butter
- 1 full head of grill-roasted garlic
- 2 tsp. dried dill
- 1 to 3 thin sliced green onions
- salt to taste
- 2 to 3 cedar grilling planks
- Peel and chop potatoes into pieces around the same size.
- Place chopped potatoes in a pot and rinse with cold water. Fill the pot with water and boil the potatoes on high heat until a fork-tender.
- Drain the potatoes and add the dill, butter, half of the green onion, and garlic. Mash them all together and place them in the fridge, covered, until you’re ready to use.
- Soak your planks for at least 1 hour before you preheat your grill to medium-high, around 450°F.
- Remove the potatoes from the fridge and scoop them onto the soaked planks. An ice cream scoop is a great way to shape individual servings. A plank will hold about eight servings.
- Place the plank of potatoes on the grill, over direct heat, and grill them for 15-30 minutes or until the potato servings are warmed through and golden-crispy on the outside. Top with the remaining green onion.
- Carefully remove the planks from the grill. Serve directly from the planks.
Maple Dijon Roasted Carrots
Including a delightful vegetable is a must for a holiday gathering. The deep flavor of these roasted carrots will bring everyone back for seconds. Plus, you can roast them on the grill with the rest of the meal.
- 2 lbs. of carrots
- 2 tbsp. roasted garlic oil
- 2 tbsp. maple syrup
- 1 tbsp. grainy Dijon mustard
- ½ tbsp. Dijon mustard
- ½ tbsp. miso paste
- ½ tbsp. rice wine vinegar
- 2 tsp. soy sauce
- 1 tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
- Preheat grill to 400°F and prepare for indirect grilling
- Peel and scrub carrots and cut them to your desired length and thickness
- Whisk together the garlic oil, maple syrup, mustards, miso, vinegar, and soy in a bowl or measuring cup. Toss the carrots with the sauce, then arrange them on a baking sheet in a single layer. Pour any remaining sauce over the carrots.
- Grill carrots over indirect heat for 40 minutes or until the carrots are fork-tender.
- Sprinkle the carrots with thyme leaves and serve immediately.
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