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Your Favorite Comfort Foods, Now With A Smokey Twist (13 Recipes, 1 Article)

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turkey gumbo in a bowl

When life gets stressful, one of my favorite ways to hit reset is to prepare a spirit-lifting comfort food like meatloaf, grilled cheese, spaghetti, or others.

At, we have put our own BBQ and grilling spin on these and other favorites, all of which can be found below!

sliced meatloaf

Grilled Meatloaf, The Ultimate Comfort Food


Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Months of experiments produced a superb grilled meatloaf recipe, a meatloaf that may be just as good cold on a sandwich as hot from the grill. Meatloaf is perhaps the ultimate comfort food, but can often miss the mark when it comes to flavor, texture, moisture, and/or crust. This recipe hits every mark exactly.
Bowl of Smoked mac-and-cheese

Smoked Mac and Cheese May Be The Best Version Ever


Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

Macaroni and cheese rises to new heights after hitting the grill in this smoked mac and cheese recipe. Baked over live fire with the perfect touch of smoke, the end result is a rich and smoky mac-and-cheese that you’ll dream of for days to come. Served as a main course or side dish, smoked mac and cheese is a surefire hit.
Gooey grilled cheese sandwich halves

Real Grilled Cheese Is Made On A Grill And Ham Makes It Even Better


Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

We put the "grill" back in grilled cheese with this recipe for creating these ooey gooey sandwiches over live fire and smoke. This step-by-step guides includes everything you need to create the perfect grilled cheese sandwich on the grill, from selecting the right cheese to the perfect bread, and so much more.
tomatos and onions smoking

Sexy Smoked Cream of Tomato Soup Recipe


Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Smoked tomatoes are the key to the most flavorful tomato soup you have ever experienced. Ordinary tomato soup, especially canned versions, can be rather one dimensional. By grilling the ingredients in this smoked tomato soup recipe, you are able to reach a depth of flavor that is sure to make it an instant classic.
Chili con carne in a bowl with cheese and sour cream

Award Worthy Texas-Style Chili Con Carne Recipe


Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Create the ultimate bowl of chili with this recipe for Texas-style chili con carne. Starting on the grill for a touch of BBQ flavor, this chili recipe is built from numerous layers of flavor, including such unexpected additions as chocolate and tortilla chips to create mouthwatering results.
A bowl of chili topped with shredded cheese and avocado slices

Chili Verde Goes To A Whole ’Nother Level With Smoked Pork Butt

Salsa verde, a.k.a. green enchilada sauce, makes a great soup base. Add some smoked and cubed pork butt, and you've got a fantastic salsa verde pork chili. Taste all the smoky, spicy goodness in this simple tested chili recipe.
Tortilla soup in a bowl

A Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe That Warms The Soul

Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call for a bowl of this soul warming Mexican style chicken tortilla soup!
bowl of gumbo and rice

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Gumbo Warms The Soul

Turn your leftover Thanksgiving turkey into a delicious, soul warming gumbo with this easy to follow recipe.
Memphis-style barbecue spaghetti

BBQ Spaghetti: A True Memphis Original


Robert F. Moss, BBQ Historian

Barbecue spaghetti is a signature Memphis dish that you're not likely to find anywhere else. Our recipe is simple to make and a great way to incorporate extra pulled pork into a delightful side dish or even a full meal.
pulled pork sandwich on white plate

Simple And Delicious Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork


Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

The Easiest and Most Delicious Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe is an all-in-one tasty dish you would fall in love with. For best results, let the cooked pork to rest for about an hour before serving.
Turkey pot pie in serving dish

Amp Up Your Leftovers With This Turkey Or Chicken Pot Pie Recipe


Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Make the most of your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers with this delicious recipe for turkey pot pie. A twist on traditional chicken pot pie, this recipe nestles turkey, vegetables, gravy and apple beneath a flaky golden brown crust. You can also customize the recipe, swapping turkey for short ribs, pulled pork and more!
potato salad

Mom’s Old Fashioned Potato Salad Wows ‘Em Every Time


Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Make mom proud with this recipe for the perfect potato salad. No backyard BBQ is complete without potato salad but often times it can be lacking in flavor. The secret to old fashioned potato salad is the dressing, a simple blend of mayonnaise and sour cream that perfectly complements the other ingredients.
A mound of garlic mashed potatoes, garnished with herbs

Buttery Garlic Mashed Potatoes Are Pure Pleasure (No Cream Or Gravy Needed)


Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Here's a recipe for making delicious garlic mashed potatoes sweet and mellow with none of that raw garlic harshness. Most mashed potato recipes call for cream, half-and-half, or milk. This recipe is so good and creamy you don't need any cream in the mix or gravy on the table.
Apple pie

Grilled All-American Apple Pie Recipe


Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Surprise the guests at your next BBQ cookout with this recipe for apple pie on a grill. What could be better after an All-American BBQ than all-American apple pie, cooked on the already warm grill. To make it easier to prepare, the recipe uses a crumble topping versus a second crust on top or a lattice topping.

Published On: 11/3/2022


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