Smoked: Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Smoked: Thanksgiving Sides 

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Gobble Gobble Gobble! Thanksgiving is right around the corner and here at Charcoal Companion® we want you to be prepared to awe your guests with these smoked sides. By now you have seen our blog about smoking turkey so we want to focus on the best part of the meal, the sides. We are not preparing just any regular thanksgiving sides, We are smoking them on the grill.


We have a Smoked Hassleback Butternut Squash recipe that will make you drool and a Smoked Cabbage with Pistachios dish that will have your guests begging for the recipe. 


We used our charcoal companion cherry wood and our V Shaped smoker box to get the perfect amount of smoke on our sides. The smoke takes these sides to the next level infusing them with that savory smoked flavor. We are always looking for non traditional ways to use our grill and these 2 recipes are perfect. 

Hassleback Squash

1 butternut squash peeled, halved and seeds removed
¼ cup of agave syrup
¼ cup of red wine vinegar
½ teaspoon of chili flakes
1 teaspoon of kosher salt
Place one half the butternut squash cut side down on a cutting board. Put two
wooden spoons on each side of the squash. Using a kitchen knife cut the squash
perpendicular to the wooden spoons every ¼ inch. Be careful not to cut all the way through the squash. Repeat this process with the other half of the squash.
Preheat your smoker or grill to 375F. Place the squash in the smoker cut side
down and cook for 90 minutes or until the squash is tender. While the squash cooks combine the agave syrup, vinegar, chili flakes and salt in a bowl. Baste the squash with the agave mixture every 5 minutes during the last 20 minutes of cooking.

Smoked Cabbage with Pistachios

One head of cabbage
½ cup of room temperature butter
2 table spoons of nutritional yeast
2 teaspoons of kosher salt
Remove the core of the cabbage by inserting a knife at an angle moving around
the core. You should be left with an intact cabbage but with a hole where the core used to be. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a bowl. Put as much of the butter mixture as you can in the cavity of the cabbage. Take a large piece of aluminum foil and roll it up the long way and then loop it around so that it turns into a circle. Place the aluminum foil on a grill or smoker preheated to 375F. Place the cabbage core side up onto the aluminum foil and smoke for 90 minutes or until the cabbage is soft all the way through.

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