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2014 Traeger Thanksgiving Recipes

Posted by Mary M. on November 8, 2014


2014 Traeger Thanksgiving Recipes

If you own a Traeger then Thanksgiving is a breeze. The Traeger makes you look an iron chef and everyone leaves with a full belly and a smile on their face. For your 2014 Traeger Thanksgiving we have put together three awesome recipes that are sure to tickle the tastebuds of your Thanksgiving guests. Enjoy, and happy Thanksgiving from everyone here at Traeger. 



8 tablespoons (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
2 tablespoons chopped mixed herbs such as parsley, sage, rosemary, and marjoram
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 turkey, 12 to 14 pounds, thawed if previously frozen
3 tablespoons butter, melted
Traeger Pork and Poultry Rub, or salt and pepper
2 cups chicken or turkey broth


In a small mixing bowl, combine the 8 tablespoons of softened butter, mixed herbs, and black pepper and beat until fluffy with a wooden spoon. (You can make the herbed butter several days ahead: Cover and refrigerate, but bring to room temperature before using.) Remove any giblets from the turkey cavity and save them for gravy making, if desired.

Wash the turkey, inside and out, under cold running water. Dry with paper towels.

Place the turkey on a roasting rack in a roasting pan. Tuck the wings behind the back, and tie the legs together with butcher’s string. Using your fingers or the handle of a wooden spoon, gently push some of the herbed butter underneath the turkey skin onto the breast halves, being careful not to tear the skin. Massage the skin to evenly distribute the herbed butter.

Rub the outside of the turkey with the melted butter and sprinkle with the Traeger Pork and Poultry Rub. Pour the chicken broth in the bottom of the roasting pan.

When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Set the temperature to 325 degrees F and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.

Put the roasting pan with the turkey directly on the grill grate. Roast the turkey for 3 hours. Insert the probe from the meat thermometer in the thickest part of the thigh, but not touching bone: You’re looking for a temperature of 165 degrees F. The turkey should also be beautifully browned with crisp skin. If the temperature is less than that, or if your turkey is not browned to your liking, let it roast for another 30 minutes, then check the temperature again. Repeat until the turkey is fully cooked.

When the turkey is done, carefully transfer it to a cutting board and let it rest for 20 to 30 minutes. Do not tent it with aluminum foil or the skin will lose its crispness. Use the drippings that have accumulated in the bottom of the roasting pan to make gravy, if desired. Carve the turkey and serve.



7 cooking apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar, depending on the sweetness of the apples
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Pie crust dough, homemade or purchased (only need 1 crust), chilled
1/4 cup apple jelly, melted

Crumble Topping:

2 to 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup uncooked rolled oats
1/3 cup all-purpose
5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
3/4 cup granola


Combine the apples, lemon juice, sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl.

Roll the pie crust dough into two 11-inch circles. Fit one circle into a 9-inch pie plate (try not to stretch the dough), preferably glass. Brush with the apple jelly.

Add the apple mixture. in a bowl, mix together the crumble topping ingredients using forks or a pastry cutter to cut in the butter.

When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Set the temperature to 400 degrees F (High) and preheat, lid closed, for 15 to 20 minutes.

Bake the pie for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the apples are tender and the crust is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Traeger Thanksgiving Apple Pie Crumble



12 large sweet potatoes
3/4 cup (11/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup toasted pecan pieces
1 cup miniature marshmallows


Start the Traeger on Smoke, lid open, for about 5 minutes or until the fire is established. Preheat the Traeger to 400 degrees F.

Wash the sweet potatoes, scrubbing them well to remove any dirt. With a fork, prick the sweet potatoes in a couple of spots and place them on a sheet pan. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center goes in easily.

In a large bowl, mix the butter, brown sugar, and flour together until it's crumbly-looking. Add the cinnamon, salt, pecans, and marshmallows; fold the streusel topping together to combine.

Slice the sweet potatoes lengthwise down the center and push the ends towards the middle so it opens up. Stuff the sweet potatoes generously with the streusel topping and return to the oven. Bake for another 20 minutes, or until the topping is bubbly and brown.

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Roasted Pumpkin 'n Chicken Spiced Chowder

Posted by Mary M. on November 6, 2014

Yep. Because it's fall, that gives us the license to pumpkin the heck outta more food. Trust us. We don't just bring the pumpkin. We bring the flavor!

The "gotta-have-another-spoonful"-ness of this chowder is really created by the Traeger-roasted peppers and pumpkin. That's what takes this soup and turns it into a rich, hearty chowder that you will proudly place on your holiday table or any day ending in -y table, for that matter.


PREP TIME: 20 minutes
COOK TIME: about 1 hour


1 red bell pepper
1 to 2 jalapeño peppers
1 green bell pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
1 leek, white and light-green parts only finely chopped
1 (about 2 pounds) sugar pumpkin, seeds removed and cut in half
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 sprig fresh sage
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ancho chile powder
1 teaspoon salt (or more, to taste)
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1 ear corn, kernels removed
3 cans (14 1/2 ounces each) low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup sour cream (optional)
1 bay leaf
Roasted pepitas or pumpkin seeds, for garnish (optional)


Start the Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (about 5 minutes). Close the lid and preheat to High heat for about 15 minutes.

Place all of the peppers directly on the grill grate and roast for about 10 minutes or until they have charred, turning occasionally.


Lightly drizzle the pumpkin halves with olive oil and cook the pumpkin at the same time as the peppers are roasting for about 15 to 20 minutes or just until the pumpkin starts to soften but don't let it turn to mush!

While they're still warm, seal the charred peppers in a plastic bag for 10 to 12 minutes. Peel, stem, seed, and cut peppers into 1/2-inch pieces. Set aside.

After the pumpkin is cool enough to handle, remove the skin and cut the flesh into 1-inch chunks.

Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven either on the Traeger or over medium-high heat on the stovetop. Add the chicken pieces and cook until browned. Remove the chicken and keep warm.

Add the leeks and sauté for about 5 minutes, or until they have softened. (You may need to add in a little bit more olive oil.)

Add in the flour, cumin, chili powder, ancho chile powder, salt, and pepper and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the corn, diced roasted peppers, pumpkin, browned chicken, broth, sage, and bay leaf and bring the soup to a boil.

Reduce heat to low and simmer, about 30 minutes.

Remove the sage and bay leaf and garnish with sour cream and a sprinkle of pepitas, if desired, and serve hot.


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Smoky Cherry Bomb Chicken

Posted by Mary M. on November 3, 2014

Smoky Cherry Bomb Chicken

When we say "bomb" we mean that this piece of poultry is an explosion in your mouth; it's gonna light your taste buds on fire. It's definitely the bomb.com. (Overused, but completely appropriate!) Love at first bite.

This chicken has been fired up with a few habanero peppers and mellowed by the acid of some ripe cherry tomatoes. By using the skin-on leg and thigh quarters you have a practically fail-proof feast, right there!


PREP TIME: 4 to 6 hours to brine
COOK TIME: about 2 hours, including smoke time
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Hickory or Mesquite


1 quart cold water
1/3 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup white sugar
4 chicken leg and thigh quarters
1 pint cherry tomatoes
3 habanero peppers, seeded
4 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup prepared Thai sweet chili sauce


Combine water, kosher salt, and sugar in a saucepan over low heat; cook until sugar and salt dissolve, 4 to 5 minutes. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

Puree cherry tomatoes, habanero peppers, garlic, and allspice with the salt and sugar mixture in a blender until smooth.

Score the skin side of each piece of chicken 2 to 3 times, about 1/8 inch deep. Place chicken pieces in a large bowl or lidded container. Pour tomato brine over chicken pieces, making sure all pieces are covered. Refrigerate 4 to 6 hours.

Remove chicken pieces and transfer to a plate or baking sheet lined with paper towels. Pat chicken pieces dry with more paper towels.

Start the Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes).

Combine thyme, cumin, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and oil in a small bowl.

Brush each chicken piece with thyme and oil mixture. (Don't put on too much oil or else you'll end up with some serious flare-ups!)

Smoke the chicken on the Traeger grill grate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Increase the temperature to 350 degrees F (or Medium if you have a manual controller) and continue to roast the chicken until the internal temperature in the thickest part of a thigh registers 165 degrees F on an instant-read meat thermometer, about 50 to 60 minutes. Keep an eye out for flare-ups!

Smoky Cherry Bomb Chicken

Remove the chicken quarters to a plate and brush each piece with Thai sweet chile sauce. (That sauce is MONEY!) Transfer to a plate and allow chicken to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Smoky Cherry Bomb Chicken


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Traeger'ed "McRib" Sandwich

Posted by Mary M. on November 1, 2014


The brilliant thing about McDonald's McRib Sandwich is that it's all of what we love most - the meat! - and none of what takes up valuable space and time - the bones. One of the downsides is that the McRib comes and goes as it sees fit. (That selfish little snot!) For any fast food aficionados it can make you a bit heartsick. Well, cry no more, my dear!

We can definitely Traeger that!

The other stomach-lurching downside is that technically we don't really know how much meat IS actually in that patty. According to McDonald's website the ingredients are "pork, water, salt, dextrose, BHA, BHT, propyl gallate and citric acid."


Any time you have to "google" words listed as ingredients there is a problem. And by their description it's most likely composed of plain ole' ground pork instead of the more flavorful, expensive and mouth-watering cousin: rib meat. Their meat is doctored and enhanced with who-knows-what's-in-there chemicals, frozen, and then reheated just for you.

We believe in using the best additive around - SMOKE. Simple yet euphorically effective.


COOK TIME: 6 hours if preparing the ribs the day of
SERVES: 6 to 8


1 1/2 pounds of small pickle cucumbers, about 3 to 5" long
2 tablespoons pickling spices
1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
1 1/2 cups distilled white vinegar, 5% acidity
1 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 to 1 rack leftover barbecue ribs (or use our 321 Rib recipe to make some)

1 cup ketchup
¼ cup water
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
⅛ cup brown sugar
1½ tbsp. yellow mustard
1½ tbsp. onion powder
1½ tbsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. mesquite liquid smoke
1½ tsp. cayenne pepper

1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
6 to 8 buns


If you don't happen to have leftover ribs on hand, follow our easy and easily addictable 321 Ribs recipe adding 1/4 cup of brown sugar and a sprinkle of chile powder into the rub on both sides of the ribs.

If you already have the ribs prepared, get started on the pickles. (Or feel free to use your favorite store-bought pickles.) These pickles can be made several days or weeks in advance.

Peel the cucumbers and slice them into 1/8" disks. Place the cucumber slices in a bowl. Sprinkle with the salt, and mix it all together. Put the bowl in the fridge for 30 minutes up to 3 hours. (The salt will pull water out of the cucumbers and help them absorb more of the pickling flavors.)

Put the vinegar and sugar in a saucepan, and add the pickling spices. (This smells pretty strong so may may want to turn on the exhaust fan while it boils.) Bring to a boil and back it down to a simmer and let the spices steep for about 30 minutes.

Drain the cucumbers in a colander, rinse off excess salt and shake off excess water. Pour the spiced vinegar mixture through a fine strainer or cheesecloth to strain out the spices. (Discard the spices but reserve the syrup.)

Pour the spiced syrup over the cucumbers while it is still hot until they are submerged.

After you've devoured your Traeger'ed rib sandwich and your fill of pickles, put any remaining pickles in a clean jar, seal tight and chill. They can be used immediately but it takes a few days to reach peak flavor. Keep the pickles in the refrigerator.

We love a good homemade barbecue sauce but of course we have some pretty darn incredible barbecue sauces that you could use as well. Combine all of the barbecue sauce ingredients in a saucepan over low heat. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

If you are making the ribs the day of, allow the ribs to cool before cutting them into individual rib bones and cutting the meat off of the bones. Carefully run a sharp knife along the bones to remove the meat but try not to hack off any cartilage. Chop the meat into 1/2" chunks.

You can either reheat the meat on the Traeger/microwave with a little barbecue sauce or go sauceless and just squirt some barbecue sauce on top when you assemble the sandwich.

Give the buns a good toast for about 5 minutes on the Traeger set to High heat.


It's time to put together your Traeger'ed McRib sandwich and enjoy those tasty fruits of your labor. Spoon a heaping pile of the chopped rib meat onto the bun. (No, we didn't form the meat into an additive-loaded patty but we think you're better off for it and it'll certainly taste better!)

Top the meat with a few squirts of the barbecue sauce, the sliced onions, homemade pickles and the top bun. And there she is, folks! Open wide and enjoy!



Traegered McRib Sandwich Recipe.docx (12.91 kb)

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How to Roast a Pumpkin on Your Traeger

Posted by Mary M. on October 20, 2014

How to Roast a Pumpkin on Your Traeger

'Tis the season to pumpkinate everything. But first you've got to get your mitts on some pumpkin puree.

Sure. You could go buy a can of pumpkin puree but we both know that it has that hint of metal tin taste and you'll pay so much more for that tiny can than you will for roasting several pounds of sweet pumpkin. 

Our Traeger'ed pumpkin turns out deliciously smooth and smoky. And you can even freeze some of that autumn pumpkin meat to use on a later date.


PREP TIME: 5 minutes
COOK TIME: 1 hour 20 minutes to 2 hours
MAKES: as much roasted pumpkin as your Traeger can hold


1 sugar pumpkin (you could roast several at a time)
Olive oil


Get your Traeger started on Smoke, lid open, until the fire is established (about 5 minutes).

Start with a good looking pumpkin that doesn't have any bruises or soft spots. Give it a good rinse to prepare it for the slaughter.

Slice the stem off before slicing in half to give you a level bottom to stabilize the pumpkin. Cut it in half.

With a sharp-edged spoon scoop out the seeds & guts. (a metal ice cream scoop or cookie dough scoop works great!)

Brush inside with oil (you don't have to but it keeps it moist) and place face-up on a parchment lined baking sheet. Put the pumpkin on the Traeger and smoke for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Turn the pumpkin halves over on the baking sheet so that they are face-down. Turn the heat on the Traeger up to 350F.

Roast them for about 40 to 50 minutes. (Depending on the size of the pumpkin(s) it could take more or less time). When it's ready the skin will be slightly darker and you'll be able to easily poke through the fresh of the pumpkin with a fork.

After you take the pumpkin off the Traeger let it cool for about 10 minutes before handling.

Peel the skin off the pumpkin or use a large spoon to scrap out the flesh.

You can cut it up and use this form of the cooked pumpkin in soups, casseroles, sides, etc.

How to Roast a Pumpkin on Your Traeger

You could also throw the flesh of the pumpkin into a blender and process until smooth. Add it into your favorite pasta or sauce or dessert. YUM!

How to Roast a Pumpkin on Your Traeger


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Traeger Grilled Teriyaki Salmon

Posted by Mary M. on October 17, 2014

Traeger Grilled Teriyaki Salmon

To all of our closet salmon-lovers out there, this one is for you!  We know that you love salmon but just don't realize it...yet. You may not know who are but soon you will, conveniently about the same time that you fall in love with our blushing colored fish friend.

What's the trick to making salmon taste non-fishy and delectable to almost any palate? Well, actually the first answer is buy high quality fresh fish. BUT at a close second is TERIYAKI. It is that secret ingredient that will have you loving what some may have once considered unlovable.


PREP TIME: 1 hour
COOK TIME: 6 to 10 minutes
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Mesquite, Hickory or Cherry


1 cup soy sauce
Juice and zest of 2 oranges
6 tablespoons brown sugar
4 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1 tablespoon white sesame seeds
4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets
Chopped scallions, for garnish
Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish


Combine all but sesame seeds and salmon in a saucepan. Bring to boil and slowly simmer until a syrupy consistency is achieved, about a 50 percent reduction. Let cool completely.

Add sesame seeds and salmon and marinate for 1 hour.

Remove salmon from marinade and bring sauce to a boil. Start the Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (about 5 minutes). Preheat the grill to High heat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.

Place the salmon fillets directly on the grill grate, skin side up.

Cook salmon for about 3 to 5 minutes per side or until they are done until your liking.

Occasionally, brush the salmon with the teriyaki sauce.

Traeger Grilled Teriyaki Salmon

Remove the salmon when it's done to your liking and serve with some chopped scallions and toasted sesame seeds.



Traeger Grilled Teriyaki Salmon


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Feelin' the Heat Turkey Jerky

Posted by Mary M. on October 16, 2014

Feelin' the Heat Turkey Jerky

Jerky never gets old, does it? But despite that fact, we like to keep our favorite dried meat snack interesting. So we phoned a friend, our reliable go-to, hot peppers and an oft-neglected (except during the month of November) friend, turkey. That's right. We're firing up the Traeger to smoke some turkey jerky!

This heavy on the heat recipe is from our Traeger's Jerky Cookbook.


PREP TIME: up to overnight for marinating
COOK TIME: 2 to 4 hours
SERVES: 6 to 8


1/2 cup soy sauce (lower sodium, if desired)
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons honey
1 to 2 tablespoons Asian chili-garlic paste
2 tablespoons freshly-squeezed fresh lime or lemon juice
1 tablespoon Morton Tender Quick® curing salt (optional)
2 pounds boneless, skinless turkey breast


In a mixing bowl, combine the soy sauce, water, honey, chili-garlic paste, lime juice, and curing salt, if using. With a sharp knife, slice the turkey into 1/4-inch thick slices with the grain, which helps it hold together better as it dries. (This is easier if the meat is partially frozen.) Trim any fat, membrane, or connective tissue.

Put the turkey slices in a large resealable plastic bag. Pour the marinade mixture over the turkey, and massage the bag so that all the slices get coated with the marinade. Seal the bag and refrigerate for several hours, or overnight.

When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). For food safety reasons, make sure your grill maintains a temperature of at least 160 degrees F. Remove the turkey from the marinade and discard the marinade. Dry the turkey slices between paper towels. Arrange in a single layer directly on the grill grate.

Smoke for 2 to 4 hours, or until the jerky is dry but still chewy and somewhat pliant when you bend a piece.

Feelin' the Heat Turkey Jerky

Transfer to a resealable plastic bag while the jerky’s still warm. Let the jerky rest for an hour at room temperature. Squeeze any air from the bag, and refrigerate the jerky. It will keep for several weeks.

Feelin' the Heat Turkey Jerky


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Oktoberfest Pretzels & Mustard Chicken

Posted by Mary M. on October 14, 2014

Oktoberfest Pretzels & Mustard Chicken

The Germans would be proud. Or at least a little intrigued. With the faint smells of Oktoberfest tickling our noses, our minds have been spinning with visions of pretzels, mustard and beer (or apple cider for you non-drinkers out there).

Sounds like the perfect combo for making a crunchy crust on tasty piece of fowl. Our bird of choice? Chicken. It's juicy (don't overcook it!) and mild in flavor, letting those Bavarian flavors shine.

Get out your lederhosen and get to Traegering!


PREP TIME: 15 minutes
COOK TIME: 25 minutes


1/4 lb pretzel sticks
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme or 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme
3 tablespoons brown ale or other dark beer or apple cider
Fresh thyme for garnish, if desired
Cooking spray


Start by pulsing the pretzel sticks in a food processor or crush by hand in a sealed zip-top bag until they’ve turned into a powder the texture of panko bread crumbs. Transfer the crumbs to a wide, shallow bowl.

In a separate shallow bowl whisk the mustard, beer or cider, honey and thyme together.

Dip each chicken breast in the mustard mixture, then dredge in the pretzel crumbs to coat evenly.

Start the Traeger on Smoke, lid open, until fire is established (about 5 minutes). Preheat to 375 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes.

Lightly spray each side of the chicken breasts with the cooking spray. Put the chicken breasts on a parchment-lined pan.

Place the pan on the Traeger and bake for about 20-25 minutes, until the chicken breasts are fully cooked and register 165 on an instant-read thermometer.

Oktoberfest Pretzels & Mustard Chicken

Let rest for 5 minutes before serving this crunchy, moist chicken deliciousness.

Oktoberfest Pretzels & Mustard Chicken


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Poco Loco Smoked Chicken

Posted by Mary M. on October 10, 2014

This is not just another chicken recipe. Oh no. This, here is a simple, scrumptious recipe cooked up by Nadine Nemecheck, using one of our favorite feathered fowl friends.

Pepper jelly is no longer reserved for a cream cheese spread. It's the top notch tool that we used to kick up some juicy smoked chicken.


PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: about 1 hour 30 minutes
SERVES: 4 to 8


4 chicken leg quarters
1 cup jalapeno jelly or red pepper jelly
1 cup water
Traeger Chicken Rub
Chili powder


Combine the jelly and water in a sauce pan and simmer on the stove top for about 10 minutes or until it reaches a medium-thick consistency.

Season the chicken quarters with the Chicken Rub and chili powder.

Start the Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (about 5 minutes). Preheat to 300 degrees F, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.

Place the chicken on the grill and cook for 15 minutes, lid closed.

Baste the chicken legs with the pepper syrup.

Turn the legs over and baste every 15 minutes for 30 minutes. Switch the setting to Smoke and smoke for 1 hour.

Switch back to 300 degrees F for the last 15 minutes, or until the chicken reaches 165 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer, to finish the glaze.

Remove and serve while they're hot and juicy.


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Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Posted by Mary M. on October 8, 2014

Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash

The crisp winds of fall are bringing not only those piles of crunchy, dead leaves covering the sidewalks but also wheelbarrows full of squashes, pumpkins and gourds. So let's Traeger those bad boys!

When we see squash we can't help but want to stuff it! We saddled up the buttery "meat" of an acorn squash with some real meat: sausage. With the addition of a few chunks of cream cheese on top to smooth it all out and soothe the heat of the smoked paprika and pepper, this cold weather feast is ready to warm the soul.


PREP TIME: 15 minutes
COOK TIME: 40 minutes


1 lb. turkey sage sausage or italian sausage
2 acorn squash, cut in half
3 tbsp. olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. kosher or sea salt, plus more for seasoning
1 tsp. freshly cracked black pepper, plus more for seasoning
Smoked paprika
1 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 c. shredded green cabbage
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced
1/2 large sweet onion, diced
1 tbsp. minced garlic
4 oz. cream cheese (about 1/2 c.)
4 tbsp. chopped flat-leaf parsley, plus more for garnish
1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced (optional)


Scrape out and clean the seeds out of the acorn squash. (If you want, you can dry and roast the seeds and use them as a crunchy topping.)

Start the Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (about 5 minutes). Preheat to High heat, lid closed, for about 15 minutes.

Place the squash halves cut side up on a baking sheet, drizzle with 2 tbsp. olive oil, and season with 1 tsp. of the salt and the pepper and sprinkle with the smoked paprika.

Place the squash on the Traeger and roast for 30 to 35 minutes, or until golden around the edges and a knife can be inserted easily into the flesh.

While the squash is cooking, get cracking on the stuffing. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and pour in the remaining 1 tbsp. olive oil. When hot, add the turkey sausage, making sure to leave large chunks. Let the chunks brown, then turn and cook through, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate and keep warm.

Drain the oil from the sausage and in the same pan melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the red, yellow and jalapeno peppers and onion and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, until the onions are soft and the peppers are still a little al dente.

Add in the cabbage and cook until it starts to color and wilt, about 4 minutes.

Add the turkey back in along with the garlic. Cook for 2 to 4 minutes more to blend the flavors. Remove from the heat and add in the chopped parsley. Taste and season with salt and pepper and a pinch of smoked paprika as needed.

Take the squash halves and divide the turkey mixture among the squash halves.

Cut the cream cheese into 1/2-inch cubes and evenly distribute it over the top of the stuffed acorn squash halves.

Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Put the acorn squash back on the Traeger and cook for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is lightly browned.

Garnish with a bit of parsley and serve immediately.

Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash


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