Top 25 Christmas BBQ Recipes

Get Ready for the Holidays with These Popular Dishes

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For many, their Christmas meal is one of the biggest of the year. These traditions may go back decades or more, but there is always room for new ideas, new recipes and new methods.

Depending on where you live, you may think of the grill or smoker as summer only appliances, but that doesn't need to be the case—your bbq gear will work just as well in the winter months. Plus, you'll free up some much needed oven space by cooking your main course outdoors. 

So whether you are sticking with ham or turkey, prime rib or goose, or trying something different, these recipes should give you some ideas.

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  • 01 of 25

    Grilled Prime Rib Roast

    Grilled Prime Rib Roast
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    This is a classic prime rib recipe cooked on the grill. The secret is to keep the temperature low enough during cooking and to remove it from the grill when done. Be sure to grill indirectly and also use a drip pan to catch the drippings.

  • 02 of 25

    Honey-Glazed Smoked Ham

    Honey-Glazed Smoked Ham
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    This recipe is a great way to take a regular cooked ham and turn it into something spectacular by applying a spicy rub and placing it in a smoker. Let it smoke for a long while and it will taste great.

  • 03 of 25

    Rotisserie Turkey

    Rotisserie Turkey
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    You need a good strong rotisserie to prepare this turkey. Check with your instruction manual or the manufacturer to make sure that your rotisserie set (especially the rotisserie motor) is rated for the weight of your turkey. For more information, read up on ​rotisserie cooking and check out some of our favorite rotisserie ovens here

  • 04 of 25

    Apple Wood Smoked Turkey

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    This smoked turkey is brined for hours in a fantastic maple syrup-apple cider mixture and slow smoked to perfection. Absolutely delicious and perfect for the holidays.

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  • 05 of 25

    Herb and Red Wine Rotisserie Leg of Lamb

    Herb and Red Wine Rotisserie Leg of Lamb
    Herb and Red Wine Rotisserie Leg of Lamb. Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    This leg of lamb is marinated with a delicious wine and herb mixture, placed on a rotisserie and basted throughout the cooking process. 

  • 06 of 25

    Grilled Mustard-Covered Rack of Lamb

    Mustard Covered Rack of Lamb
    Mustard Covered Rack of Lamb. Sabrina S. Baksh/Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    These racks of lamb are coated in a herb and shallot-flavored mustard marinade then seared on the grill. You can finish them off indirectly to keep the surface moist while the inside gets cooked through.

  • 07 of 25

    Prime Rib Herb Paste

    Prime Rib Paste
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    This is a great rub to put on prime rib. The combination of flavors with the olive oil makes a good slow-roasted rib roast perfect.

  • 08 of 25

    Pork Crown Roast on the Grill

    Pork Crown Roast on the Grill
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    Crown roast is a fantastic way to celebrate any special occasion. Beautiful in presentation, delicious to eat, and loaded with that wow factor which will impress all your guests. This easy way of roasting a pork crown roast on the grill will leave everyone talking.

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  • 09 of 25

    Grilled Pork Rib Roast

    Grilled Pork Rib Roast
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    Coated with a flavorful crust of herbs, this grilled pork roast recipe is simply delicious. Since this is a bone-in pork roast, remember to wrap the bones in aluminum foil. This helps to prevent excessive burning and ensures a better presentation when the meat is plated.

  • 10 of 25

    Slow-Roasted Prime Rib of Beef

    Roasted rib of beef
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    There's nothing quite like prime rib. This prime rib is slow roasted making it even more tender. There is a simple, but flavorful rub which will give you a great gravy afterward.

  • 11 of 25

    Simple Grilled Ham

    Simple Grilled Ham
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    Simple, yet flavorful, this ham gets sweet while slow roasting on the grill, plus it doesn't tie up the oven. This is a great way to get that ham ready for any occasion, particularly the holidays.

  • 12 of 25

    Bourbon Rotisserie Pork Roast

    Bourbon Rotisserie Pork Roast
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    This is a delicious rotisserie pork roast recipe that you will want to make again and again. The secret is to let the rub soak into the meat overnight or at least for many hours. The rotisserie method of cooking keeps the meat moist and lets it slow cook to perfection.

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  • 13 of 25

    Italian Herb Rotisserie Chicken with Sweetened Balsamic Glaze

    Italian Herb Rotisserie Chicken with Sweetened Balsamic Glaze
    Italian Herb Rotisserie Chicken with Sweetened Balsamic Glaze. Sabrina S. Baksh/Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    This recipe is perfect for any time of the year but makes for a great holiday meal. If you are not a fan of turkey or you are feeding a smaller crowd, this rotisserie chicken will be perfect. 

  • 14 of 25

    Grilled Balsamic Herb Lamb Chops

    Grilled Lamb Chops
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    This recipe is a quick way to make delicious lamb chops. The combination of flavors will have your guests asking for seconds. Try this for that special but intimate holiday meal.

  • 15 of 25

    Grilled Lobster Tails

    Grilled Lobster Tails
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    This grilled lobster is perfect for any occasion. If you don't have a lot of experience grilling shellfish, then this easy recipe is for you.

  • 16 of 25

    Grilled Prime Rib

    Grilled Prime Rib
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    It's prime rib and that means it's delicious. You can top off this dish with a nice blue cheese or horseradish sauce.

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  • 17 of 25

    Simple Smoked Goose

    Smoked Goose
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    This simple smoked goose would make Charles Dickens proud. This recipe calls for a few basic ingredients but yields a tender and flavorful meat, perfect for your holiday table.

  • 18 of 25

    Prime Rib Rub

    Prime Rib Rub
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    This is a great spice rub for a standing rib roast. The combination of the pepper and cinnamon gives this an almost sweet yet spicy flavor.

  • 19 of 25

    Herbed Lobster Tails on the Grill

    Herbed Lobster Tails on the Grill
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    A light and flavorful grilled lobster tail recipe loaded with flavors. This is perfect for large or small lobster tails, or even whole lobster. It is also a quick and easy way to make a truly impressive meal.

  • 20 of 25

    Greek-Style Rotisserie Leg of Lamb

    Greek Marinated Leg of Lamb
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    This Greek-style rotisserie leg of lamb is a great addition to any get-together. Slow roasted over a live fire on the rotisserie, this lamb comes out tender and moist and loaded with flavor. It is definitely a perfect meal for the holidays.

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  • 21 of 25

    Grilled Honey Dijon Turkey Breast

    Grilled Honey Dijon Turkey Breast
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    The brining process really helps to enhance the flavor and the tenderness of this turkey. This dish can be served with diced tomatoes or fruit salsa.

  • 22 of 25

    Herb and Garlic Lamb Loin Chops

    Grilled lamb chops
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    This lamb recipe has a Greek style to it. The chops are loaded with tenderness and flavor. Be sure to get the loin chops versus regular lamb chops.

  • 23 of 25

    Smoked Standing Rib Roast

    Smoked Standing Rib Roast
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    Few things are better than a good prime rib. This standing rib roast is smoked for several hours and has the great flavor of the prime rib mixed with a mellow smokiness.

  • 24 of 25

    Grilled Apple Butter-Bourbon Ham

    Grilled Apple Butter-Bourbon Ham
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    A simple way to kick up the flavors in any ham. The combination of apple sweetness and ginger spice make this recipe a holiday favorite. Add in a little extra smoky flavor and this might be the best ham you've ever had.

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  • 25 of 25

    Cornbread Stuffed Pork Loin

    Cornbread Stuffed Pork Loin
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    This is not only a fantastic dish to prepare for special occasions, but costs much less than a beef rib roast. So, if you're looking for a delicious yet economical alternative for a large gathering, this pork roast is sure to please.