Who doesn’t love Thanksgiving? It’s such a beautiful time of gathering around the table, giving thanks and appreciation for the wonderful people and opportunities in our lives. This year, why not try something different than expected? Instead of gathering around the dining room table, try gathering around the patio furniture for a laid-back, Thanksgiving Day barbecue instead! With the Thanksgiving weather forecast in the valley as gorgeous, 72 degrees and sunny – what do you have to lose?
We are excited to share with you some fun grill inspired recipes to make your Thanksgiving Day backyard BBQ a huge success.
Delicious Thanksgiving BBQ Recipes
Adam’s Bourbon Glazed BBQ Turkey
For the main dish, this is an absolute favorite of famous chef Rachael Ray. Made with a combination of the stove and the grill, this is definitely a time saver from the traditional oven-baked turkey. With just a little preparation the night before – this recipe will only take you about 3 hours on Thanksgiving Day – score! Made with apricot nectar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, bourbon, and honey, it is a flavor explosion of sweet and savory. Your guests will appreciate the yummy alternative to traditional turkey. For the full recipe, visit: rachaelraymag.com
Grilled Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Who doesn’t love sweet potatoes? Try this interesting twist on one of the Thanksgiving favorites for kids and adults alike. Take the sweet potatoes to the grill this year with this awesome recipe. As the chef who created it states, “It’s sweet, but not overwhelmingly so, and the flavors blend well without drowning out the actual taste of the sweet potatoes”. Combining this slight sweetness with the smoked grill flavor will leave your guests’ mouths watering! Check out this interesting recipe here: weber.com
Orange-Glazed Grilled Acorn Squash
Go totally different and wild with this creative Thanksgiving Day side alternative. Your guests will thank you when they taste the orange and brown sugar glazed squash – baked and then grilled to absolute perfection. While this recipe takes about 20 minutes to prepare and 40 minutes to cook (a little more than the quick recipes listed here), the time is well worth it. Find the full delicious menu here: foodnetwork.com
Easy Grilled Strawberry Pie
Forget the pumpkin pie from a can this year and instead opt for this easy strawberry pie from Pillsbury. Who knew pie tasted so good hot off the grill? With only 5 ingredients and four steps, this delicious dessert is one even the kids can help prepare. It’s also lower in calories than traditional pumpkin pie. Check, check and check. Read the full recipe here: pillsbury.com
Make a fun, simple and traditional Thanksgiving drink that even the kids can enjoy – right from your grill! It only takes about 5 minutes, some apple cider a few cinnamon sticks, an orange and a few others to make a yummy and quick mulled apple cider to bring some of that tradition to your non-traditional Thanksgiving. Find the recipe here: foodnetwork.com
Make it Even Better with Patio Shades
At CC Sunscreens, we are proud to offer high quality patio shades to compliment your backyard parties – any time of the year. Protect your feast from curious critters, and your family from UVA and UVB rays by enjoying your Thanksgiving Day BBQ under a CC Sunscreens patio shade. Reach out to us today to schedule your free, no obligation, in-home consultation and quote for your personalized patio shade. We offer both automatic and crank handle patio shades to meet both your needs and budget. We are so thankful to have one of the best reputations in the valley. Reach out to us today to find out why.