Non-Traditional Smoked Christmas Recipes

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When we think of smoked entrees for Christmas dinner, we usually think of prime rib, crown roast of pork, lobster, etc. but don’t feel like you’re stuck in a box.

You can definitely color outside of the lines if you want to and these non-traditional smoked Christmas recipes will help you do just that!

We often do a big mess of smoked pork ribs or even a big ol’ fat brisket for Christmas dinner.

Here’s some of my favorite non-traditional smoked Christmas recipes that work amazingly well for the big holiday meal!

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Citrus Rosemary Cornish Hens

Smoked cornish hens are delicious and the perfect-sized chicken but to make them even better, these are marinated in citrus juices, olive oil and rosemary.

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Coffee Brined Baby Back Ribs

This recipe uses a coffee brine to give the ribs some added dimension and even goes so far as to introduce some coffee grounds into the rub to bring some cohesiveness to the flavors.

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Cherry Smoked Salmon

In this smoked salmon recipe, we are using a dry brine with brown sugar and kosher salt and smoking the salmon with cherry wood to a perfect finish.

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Espresso Brined Tri-tip

In this tri-tip, I used an espresso brine that incorporates coffee as well as a touch of cocoa to really make that delicious beef flavor pop. The salt in the brine, as with all brines, helps to bring out the natural flavors…

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Smoked Lamb Chops

Smoked lamb chops are better than steak! So tender and juicy with flavor that will blow your socks off. Sear them when they finish for best results. Here’s how!

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The “Wooster” Brisket

The wooster smoked brisket is cooked fat cap down in a pan and doused with wooster sauce during the cooking process giving you the most juicy, tender and flavorful brisket in the world.

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Butterflied Pork Butts

In this recipe, we’ll be looking at creating a butterflied pork butt i.e. a butterflied pork shoulder. I often remove the bone from  pork butts before smoking them and sometimes..

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Smoked Beef Dino Ribs

These are just loaded with flavor and there was a ton of fat marbling within the meat so I kept the preparation real simple. I trimmed off most of the surface fat on top and then used..

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Butter Injected Pork Tenderloin

It’s hard to beat these lean smoked pork tenderloins injected with warm, melted butter and smoked to absolute perfection.

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  1. I think I’ve tried just about all the recipes you post…..except ones I don’t like. You made me a Hero! Thank you!

  2. Jeff,
    I’ve been on your email list for a long time. I would like to take the opportunity to thank you.

    Your recipes have given me some great options to do something different each time.

    Merry Christmas

  3. Hi Jeff,

    Since I live in Austin, what better way to support our local restaurants than to buy local at Christmas. We have been buying a brisket from Franklins for our Christmas dinner for the last several years and it is delicious. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous new year.


  4. Jeff,
    I’ve been following you for at least a couple of years and look forward to your emails!
    I’ve used many of your recipes with awesome results and I’d say I save 99% of your emails for future use.
    Thanks for the great advice and keep up the good work.
    Merry Christmas!!!