19 Best Pellet Grill Recipes to Smoke This Weekend Ultimate Guide

If you love pellet grill recipes to try on your Pit Boss, Traeger, Masterbuilt, Z Grills etc, this ultimate guide will give you a ton of ideas of what to smoke this weekend.

Best Pellet Grill Recipes to Smoke this Weekend
Best Pellet Grill Recipes to Smoke this Weekend

Best Pellet Grill Recipes to Smoke This Weekend

1 Pellet Grill Recipe for Brisket

Brisket is often the first thing people want to smoke on a new pellet grill, especially if there’s a special occasion involved.

This recipe breaks down the long process step by step and involves this delicious homemade BBQ rub:

Brisket BBQ Rub Pellet Grill Recipe

  • 1 tbsp of sea salt (a little more if you have a bigger brisket)
  • 1 tbsp of freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper (or mild chilli powder)
  • 2 tsp of sweet smoked paprika 
  • 1 tsp of ground cumin
  • Optional – 1 tbsp garlic powder

Texan style seasonings for brisket are often a simple mix of good quality coarse salt and black pepper, if you want to opt for an easier BBQ rub.

Pellet Grill Brisket Recipe – Juicy, Moist and Smoked Slow and Low!

2 Pellet Grill Tomahawk Steak Recipe

Tomahawk steak is actually a bone-in ribeye and is a fantastic centrepiece to any BBQ gathering.

Smoke it slow and low on your pellet grills at 225F (107C) and then sear it at high heat at the end of the cooking process for a delicious crust.

Ingredients for Parmesan Crust

  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup of panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup of chopped scallions to serve
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste

If you like, you can watch the whole process on our Instagram video below.

The Mighty Tomahawk Steak Smoked on the Pellet Grills!

3 Traeger Pellet Grills Slow Roasted BBQ Lamb Shoulder

Best Pellet Grill Recipes - Traeger BBQ Lamb
Traeger Pellet Grill Recipe for BBQ Lamb Shoulder

This lamb shoulder is a great thing to smoke on your pellet grills and this is a very good recipe from the company that started wood pellet grills: Traeger.

Done in a Mediterranean style with Harrissa Sauce and Youghurt Sauce, this pellet grill recipe is a stunner of a dish.

4 Smoked Pork Loin

Many people think about smoking a pork shoulder for pulled pork, but a pork loin takes a lot less time and produces great results too.

The sweet and spicy BBQ rub is delicious too.

Ingredients for Pork Dry Rub

  • Ingredients for Pork Dry Rub
  • Freshly Ground Salt and Black Pepper
  • 4 Tbsps of Demerera Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons of Garlic Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons of Sweet Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon of Mustard Powder (We like Colman’s English Mustard Powder)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Chilli Powder (more or less if you like it hotter)
  • 1 Teaspoon of Dried Oregano
Smoked Pork Tenderloin Pellet Grill Recipe

5 Pellet Grill Recipes – Christmas or Thanksgiving Smoked Ham

Although people often think of smoking a ham at Christmas or Thanksgiving, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be a pellet smoker recipe to be enjoyed at any time of the year.

The sweet, spicy and savoury BBQ rub is delicious and there’s a useful brine recipe on there too.

Smoked Ham Rub Ingredients

  • 1 Teaspoon Chilli Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Sweet Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Finely Ground Sea Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon of Ground Cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon of Onion Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
Pellet Grill Recipe for Ham – Perfect for Christmas or Thanksgiving but Also all Year Round!

6 Pellet Grill Smoked Turkey Recipe

Turkey is lean and delicious, and we think it’s one of the best meats to smoke.

Try this step by step guide which takes you through the process in 6 easy stages.

Ingredients For Turkey BBQ Rub

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder 
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 4 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of finely ground salt
  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon of chilli powder 
Pellet Smoker Recipe for Turkey – Thanksgiving, Christmas or Whenever!

7 Traeger Smoked Smashed Potatoes

For a great smoker side dish try these Traeger smoked smashed potatoes.

The process of smashing the potatoes helps make them even crispier and more delicious.

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Smoke Your New Potatoes on the Pellet Grills and then Smash Them!


8 Pulled Pork Carnitas (Mexican Pulled Pork) Pellet Grills Recipe

Mexican pulled pork is packed with flavour and it’s an interesting take on the more expected BBQ pulled pork.

You can serve it in tacos, quesadillas, enchilladas and the like.

Mexican BBQ Rub

  • 1 Tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of coarse salt
  • 2 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of chilli powder (use hot or extra hot if you like heat)
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon of chipotle chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried Mexican oregano (dried oregano is fine too)
  • ½ teaspoon comino (cumin)
  • ½ teaspoon canela (Mexican cinnamon) – substitute cinnamon but canela is more authentic and tastes different

Pellet Grill Pork Carnitas Mexican Pulled Pork

9 Pellet Grill Smoked Venison Roast

Venison is a delicious alternative to beef and it’s leaner. This smoked venison roast pellet grill recipe is well worth a try, especially if you are looking for something a little bit different to smoke in your smoker.

Smoked Venison is Delicious on the Pellet Grills

10 Firecracker Pork Belly Bites

Pork takes on sweetness and spice very well, and these pork belly bites are a great illustration of that.

You won’t be disappointed with this pellet smoker appetiser recipe!

Pork Belly Bites on the Pellet Grills

11 Pit Boss Cuban Stuffed Pork Loin

This is yet another interesting and distinctive pellet grill recipe, this time with all the vibrant flavours of Cuba.

It comes from one of the giants of pellet grills: Pit Boss Grills.

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Pellet Grill Recipes – Pit Boss Cuban Stuffed Pork Loin


12 Pellet Grill Smash Burgers

People just can’t get enough of smash burgers – the process of smashing them gives the burgers a tasty, crispy char that makes them pretty irresistable.

Try them out out at high heat on your pellet grills.

Pellet Smoker Smashed Burgers

13 Chicken Wings on the Pellet Grills

For a fantastic BBQ starter or side, you can’t go wrong with smoked chicken wings. This recipe comes with a classic pairing for chicken wings: Buffalo Hot Sauce.

It’s a recipe you just keep coming back to because it just straight up works.

Pellet Grilled Chicken Wings

14 Prime Rib Pellet Grill Recipe

This great recipe from Derrick Riches is probably one for special occasions (although Sunday dinner may be special enough!) but smoked prime rib is a must try on the pellet grills.

Prime Rib On a Pellet Grill Recipe

15 Chimichurri Steak on the Pellet Grills

Chimichurri sauce is a tangy, herby South American sauce roughly comparable to Italian pesto.

It’s sometimes called Argentinian BBQ Sauce and it is absolutely delicious with steak.

Chimichurri Steak on the Pellet Grills

16 Pellet Grill Pizza Recipe

You may not immediately think of making pizza on your pellet smoker, but there’s no reason why not. This great recipe takes that delicious wood-fired taste to whole new levels.

Pellet Grill Pizza Recipe

17 Smoked Eggs Recipe

Another side dish (or perhaps a breakfast dish) is smoked eggs.

Smoking eggs is a really effective way of adding layers of flavour.

Smoked Eggs for the Pellet Grill

18 Smoked Salt on the Pellet Grills

Smoking your seasonings is a fantastic way to impart flavour, and this is especially true of salt.

You can smoke chillies, black pepper or paprika in a similar fashion for great results.

Smoking Salt adds so much in terms of flavour to your seasonings!

19 Korean BBQ Short Ribs on the Pellet Grills

Finally, it’s worth considering this tasty pellet grill recipe – Korean BBQ Short Ribs.

The sweet, fiery flavours of Korean BBQ are becoming more and more popular and it isn’t difficult to see why.

Korean BBQ Sauce Marinade

  • 1 finely chopped medium onion 
  • 1 Asian pear peeled and cut into 1” pieces (substitute ordinary pear or apple if unavailable)
  • 5 peeled and halved garlic cloves 
  • 1 tablespoon Korean Chilli Paste (Gochujang Paste)
  • 1 thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled & cut into 1″ pieces
  • 1 cup dark soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons or mirim (Korean sweet rice wine – Japanese mirin if unavailable)
  • 1 tablespoon (6g) freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 thinly sliced scallions
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons lightly crushed toasted sesame seeds
Korean BBQ Short Ribs (Galbi) on the Pellet Grills

FAQ’s About Pellet Grill Recipes

What is Best to Cook on a Pellet Grill?

A pellet grill is especially well suited to foods that require a long, slow and low smoking process (e.g. brisket, pulled pork butt), but it is also great for grilling at high heat as well.

Some of the best things to cook on a pellet grill include:

  • Beef Brisket
  • Pork Butt For Pulled Pork
  • Ribs (Pork or Beef even Lamb)
  • Whole Chicken
  • Whole Turkey
  • Chicken Wings
  • Turkey Legs
  • Lamb Shoulder
  • Prime Rib
  • Burgers
  • Sausage

What is the First Thing I Should Make on my Pellet Grill?

If you are new to smoking it might be worth considering smoking a pork butt for pulled pork as the first thing to make on your pellet grill because it is forgiving and quite difficult to get wrong.

Beef brisket can take 10+ hours and can be challenging to get right.

Other good options could be smoking a whole chicken or turkey.

Can I Cook Everything on a Pellet Grill?

Yes, essentially anything you can cook in a oven you can cook on a pellet grill. Most decent pellet grills will allow you to cook at high heat for searing and grilling, but all of them allow you to cook food at a low and medium temperature, just like an oven or the hob.

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