Wood Fired Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

By Katie Conaway | cooking wood
Nov. 82016

Thanksgiving Over a Wood Fire

If you love the flavor of wood cooking, plan a “Throwback Thanksgiving” this holiday and look back to the pilgrims for inspiration! You’ll be amazed with the dishes you can cook over a wood fire, as well as the complex flavors your taste buds will experience with wood fired side dishes.

The First Thanksgiving

Keeping with English custom, the 31 surviving pilgrims celebrated their bountiful harvest in early autumn 1621 with around 90 Wampanoag Indians of the region. According to The History Channel, the reason for “thanks” was to celebrate a successful corn harvest, the first crop of its’ kind for the pilgrims.

Although the first Thanksgiving menu may have included turkey, it was not the focus of the meal. Most likely the meal included the delicacies of the area including:

  • Venison
  • Shellfish
  • Duck
  • Goose
  • Corn Porridge
  • Chestnuts
  • Beans
  • Squash
  • Pumpkin
  • Turnips

Of course, all of these items would have been prepared over a wood fire, enhancing the anticipation of the feast with the aroma of roasting meats and vegetables. You can follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims and experience a wood fired Thanksgiving feast for yourself.

Wood Fired Thanksgiving Menu

Smoking and/or grilling a Thanksgiving turkey has become a cooking tradition for many Americans. Why not kick it up a notch and capture the flavor of wood throughout the entire Thanksgiving meal?

Try the following menu for your next Thanksgiving meal:

Make sure you are prepared to cook these recipes by having the right items on your wood cooking checklist. It only takes the proper wood plus a few grilling items to cook over a wood fire like the pilgrims. When it comes time for clean up, you’ll be happy you decided to embrace this “historical” cooking method!

Wood Fired Checklist

Cooking your Thanksgiving feast over a wood fire is not as hard as you think. Embrace not only the smoke to cook your turkey, but the glowing embers to roast vegetables and other delicious wood fired side dishes.

Below is a checklist of items to have on hand to make the most of your wood inspired Thanksgiving:

  • Kiln Dried Firewood
  • Cooking Wood
  • Cast Iron Skillet
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Vented Grill Pan, with Drip Pan

Now that you have a full wood fired Thanksgiving menu, delight your family and friends with a fire grilled feast like no other! It will guarantee to delight all your senses.

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