Thanksgiving recipes

Thanksgiving Grilling Recipes for 2021

16 Best Thanksgiving Recipes for the chiminea fireplace for 2021

Even if you’ve been hosting Thanksgiving meals for years and have your menu down to fine art, there’s always room to expand your selections.

I love cooking on the clay chiminea garden fireplace so I thought it would be great to share with you some of my most iconic recipes...and why not to talk about what is Thanksgiving about?

Where better to cook that on the chiminea?

As the fall season goes on, We adore garden cooking on our clay chiminea fireplace. This allows not only to cook tasty meals on the grill but also the chiminea is such an eye-catching appliance that it works as a conversation opener.

Have you ever wondered the question of every year?

What's the fastest way possible to roast a turkey for thanksgiving?

Well, of course We all put this question on Google. When cooking your turkey on the chiminea is so fast that it roast completely from the moment you start the conversation and the moment you are taking the wine. Talking about wine, We included two de-alcoholised wine suggestions below. 

Setting up the mood and the ambiance to better welcome your guest is always important, as Thanksgiving is more than a meal, it’s a time to share, enjoy and celebrate.

We love Thanksgiving as much as you do! This holiday season we have all the recipes for your grilled turkey needs.

I adore spending time on my backyard where I cultivate my veggies and have a lounge area to sit with friends and to fire my clay chiminea on evenings.

Thanksgiving Grilled recipes are always a favorite of ours. We love the smell and taste that comes with it, not to mention how inviting they can be as you can enjoy them outside in the backyard. After these limiting times that We all had lived, how joyful can be to host a nice, calmy gathering and to enjoy giving thanks for all that we have in our lives.

So if as me, you plan to organize a beautiful and unique Thanksgiving event, please read the following recipes for Thanksgiving 2021.

Thanksgiving meals

Cooking on the chiminea garden fireplace

Chimineas fireplace can be used for multiple applications. From garden decor to home ambiance and of course, garden cooking, which is great, by the way.

Since most of the chimineas fireplaces are made in clay, they are safer than metal bbq. Metal bbq lose the painted coat while burning, so these small paint particles fly into the food and you know what is next, right? This doesn't happen when cooking on the original Pottery Sol y Tierra 2 pieces Chiminea.

Here are a few of the uses for a clay chiminea garden fireplace:

  • Baking bread in the traditional manner used centuries ago
  • Baking delicious homemade pizza
  • Use as a social gathering spot for warmth and conversation
  • Focal points for flower beds and rock gardens
  • Corner décors such as shoe holders, magazine holders, and more
  • Pet beds in which you place a simple pet bed in what was meant to be the fire bowl
  • Burning candles as an interesting alternative to wood-burning that is safe for inside use
  • Use as the focal point for a concrete or terra-cotta tiled patio

How to prepare for Thanksgiving 2021

The best way to prepare for Thanksgiving 2021 is by taking advantage of the grill. Grilling turkey is a great alternative to baking, and it's also easy on the budget. A big bonus is that you get to enjoy the great outdoors while preparing your meal.

Cooking on a grill is an excellent way of cooking and perfect for Thanksgiving. Grilling turkey has all the benefits of being an all-time classic and on the chiminea is so juicy and crispy that everybody will be happy.

I was trying to put together a list of the essentials for Thanksgiving 2021, so I came up with 5 basics, being:

  • Food
  • Holidays and entertaining
  • Home & garden essentials
  • Thanksgiving recipes
  • Style and culture for Thanksgiving 2021

So if you find this interesting, let's dive into it.

Cooking on the chiminea



Food for Thanksgiving is not just about the turkey on the kitchen oven.

We also have these best grilled Thanksgiving recipes for 2021 that you can grill indoors or out! These are holiday grilling recipes, some of which are more complicated than others, but they each have a wow factor!

Even though Thanksgiving is very much Turkey Day, there’s so much more to a good holiday menu than just poultry.

From grilled sides to vegetarian alternatives, to even a grilled – yes grilled – apple pie, we have everything you’ll need for putting together the perfect BBQ Thanksgiving meal.

Food is the center of the party...or ambiance is? As equally important is to gather together with our family and friends and to celebrate Thanksgiving as this unique moment during the year to be Thankful for all that We have. (Follow this article to find delicious recipes at the end)

Holidays & Entertaining

When it comes to throwing large dinner parties, we thought it best to go to the experts on Internet. Here are the advices that I found on how to take the stress and hard work out of hosting a Thanksgiving dinner.


The best way to get started is to organize all of your ingredients, tools, pots and pans. Look over your menu and separate recipes according to what can be prepared a day ahead, what can be prepared and set aside, what needs to be prepared and served immediately, and what dishes can be cooked together. If you have two items that need to be cooked at 350 and 400, you can cook both at 375, as long as they are not baked goods.

It is far easier to cook multiple dishes at the same time, if you have an idea of what needs to be started first, second, third, etc. A lot of your prepping, like chopping and dicing, can be done the day before, as well as baked goods and casseroles. Sometimes it helps to create a timeline, like a list, and scratch them off as you go.


One of the easiest, and most overlooked, steps to prepping a turkey is doing an akimbo tuck, known as tucking the wings under the shoulders of the bird, so that the breast area is exposed. This makes it much easier to carve once it is done. Start by carving the bottom of the breast and then slicing inwards. The most common turkey cooking blunder is over cooking. Once the internal temperature hits between 160-175 degrees, it is done! Make sure to let the bird rest for at least 30 minutes once it comes out of the oven. It will slice much faster! 




As a host or hostess, you need to take some responsibility off your already-full plate. Set up a beverage station with drink options, glassware, ice (and of course Chardonnay and Pinot Noir). This is a perfect excuse to break out that awesome bar cart you bought this spring! Make sure to offer non-alcoholic options as well, we’re big fans of fruit-infused water.



Pinot Noir




I always feel like setting the table can be an afterthought or done after you’ve spent the last 24 hours cooking your heart out and with very little enthusiasm or inspiration. Often times, the table can be the first impression your guests have when they arrive and if you’re trying to create a certain ambiance, it is important to make sure you’re not stressing at the last minute to set the table. Do it the night before! Why not? You can set everything up at your own pace and have more opportunities to get creative (all while enjoying a glass of wine). Plus, you’ll discover if you’re missing anything with enough time the next day to make any last minute trips to the store.



Ultimately, Thanksgiving is about being thankful for the opportunity to be with the ones you love, while sharing a wholesome meal. Try your best to relax and have fun. If something doesn’t turn out right, make a joke of it. If someone doesn’t show, consider the extra leftovers! You can always turn a stressful situation into a blissful situation, with the right perspective and company.

Garden Decor for Thanksgiving 2021

Putting your garden and backyard ready for outdoor cooking is a great activity..and this can be made with your kids. Isn't fun to do parents-children activities during holidays? So I've put together a list of essentials to decorate your garden, and the links are just there so you can order and have it as soon as by tomorrow on your foot door.

Here are a few garden decor ideas on Amazon



Thanksgiving recipes

Here are 16 recipes for Thanksgiving 2021, directly inspired by our finds on Pinterest. All these recipes can be prepared on the chiminea garden fireplace and once cooked on charcoal, you will see how easy, fast and tasty they are. Disclaimer: once you cook your Thanksgiving recipes for 2021 on the chiminea fireplace, you won't be coming back to your electric oven)

  • Pellet Grilled Turkey
  • Grilled Stout Stuffing
  • Garlic Smashed Sweet Potato
  • Grilled Baked Potatoes
  • No Small Potatoes
  • Cider-Glazed Roasted Root Vegetables
  • Grilled Green Bean Casserole
  • Tuscan-Style Roasted Asparagus
  • Maple-Roasted Brussel Sprouts
  • Grilled Romaine Lettuce
  • Orange Turkey Brine
  • Double-Smoked Kurobuta Ham
  • Twice-Smoked Spiral Ham
  • Grilled Bread Dressing
  • Flame Roasted Brussels Sprouts
  • Honey BBQ Roasted Root Vegetables

Continue reading to Recipes section where I reveal step-by-step how to prepare these decadent recipes for Chiminea fireplace below.

Style and culture

Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated on various dates in the United States, Canada, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Liberia. It began as a day of giving thanks and sacrifice for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Similarly named festival holidays to occur in Germany and Japan. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and around the same part of the year in other places. Although Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, it has long been celebrated as a secular holiday as well.

Why we celebrate Thanksgiving

A big part of living in a civilized society is being grateful. Thanksgiving reminds us to be thankful for the good things we have—friends and family, health and wealth. It also encourages us to count our blessings and be thankful for all that we have been given.

Why do people give thanks on Thanksgiving

The word "thanks" is a verb, which means it's an action word. This might seem a little confusing, but being grateful for what you have is an important part of living life to the fullest.

What are some things people give thanks for on Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving, people express their gratitude for the things they have. They may be grateful for family and friends, good health or a roof over their head.

Thanksgiving dinner recipes for 2021

Here We are, the 15 most awaited recipes for Thanksgiving 2021.

Did you have all it takes to cook on your chiminea garden oven?

If yes, let's dive into it.

If not, please visit this past article about all it needs to become a grill hero.

  • Pellet Grilled Turkey

Instead of putting it in the oven, why not trying it on the chiminea fireplace this year?

This pellet grill smoked turkey is the perfect way to bring the very best out of the holiday meat. It’s brined overnight and then smoked over cherry or maple wood.

 Pellet Grilled Turkey

  • Grilled Stout Stuffing

No Thanksgiving meal would be complete without stuffing, and it’s great to see that even that can be rustled together on the grill.

Coincidentally, International Stout Day sits in November. So what better way to celebrate the two?

Grilled stout for Thanksgiving

  • Garlic Smashed Sweet Potato

If you’re a sweet potato fanatic you won’t want to miss out on these. They bring out everything that’s great about sweet potato and takes it up to eleven.

They couldn’t be easier to make, only needing about 25 minutes in the oven chiminea, before being mixed with garlic and butter. Creamy and with a bit of a kick, they’re the perfect BBQ side or appetizer.

Sweet potato on the grill

  • Grilled Baked Potatoes

If sweet potatoes aren’t you thing, then why not go for simple white potatoes?

Taking baked potatoes to the chiminea grill is a lot easier than it sounds, and can give you far better results than the kitchen oven.

Wrapped in foil an then grilled for just an hour, these potatoes are tender, smokey, and packed with flavor.

Grilled baked potatoes

  • No Small Potatoes

This unique approach to potato grilling started about 60 years ago in a restaurant named Hasselbacken in Sweden, and has remained popular around the world ever since.

It guarantees creamy, smooth potatoes, filled with a smokey flavor from the grill.

Seasoned with onion, salt, and garlic, before roasted in a pan over the grill, this might be your new favorite way of cooking potatoes.

Grilled big potatoes

  • Cider-Glazed Roasted Root Vegetables

This unique approach to potato grilling started about 60 years ago in a restaurant named Hasselbacken in Sweden, and has remained popular around the world ever since.

It guarantees creamy, smooth potatoes, filled with a smokey flavor from the grill.

Seasoned with onion, salt, and garlic, before roasted in a pan over the chiminea fireplace grill, this might be your new favorite way of cooking potatoes.

Cider glazed red potatoes

  • Grilled Green Bean Casserole

Made entirely from scratch, this green bean casserole is made with cream of mushroom soup, onion, and fresh green beans, there’s a lot of vegetable goodness stuffed into this beautiful baked dish. When you cook this on the chiminea, use charcoal so the wooden taste makes this even more epic

Grilled green beens

  • Tuscan-Style Roasted Asparagus

Channel Tuscany this Thanksgiving with this incredibly fragrant and delicious roasted asparagus on the chiminea fireplace. Quick and easy to make, this is a tasty and surprisingly sophisticated appetizer.

The savory flavor of the asparagus, earthiness of the pine nuts, and sweetness of the cherry tomatoes create a mouth-watering whole that is more than the sum of its parts. Add the taste of charcoal smoky cedar and you are set to glory!


  • Maple-Roasted Brussel Sprouts

One of the best Brussels sprouts recipe out there – even kids will love it. These roasted on the chiminea Brussels sprouts are crispy around the edges but tender inside, creating a delectable combination of textures.

The maple syrup on the salted sprouts creates a delicious sweet-and-salty flavor combo, packing this simple recipe with a hefty flavor punch.

Thanksgiving recipes for the chiminea fireplace

  • Grilled Romaine Lettuce

Perfect for vegans, vegetarians, or simply to use in salads or as an appetizer, this grilled romaine is crispy, and with a beautiful smokey flavor of the chiminea and the charcoal.

Use it in salads, or serve on its own – generously seasoned, and topped with Parmesan cheese.

Grilled recipes for Thanksgiving chiminea cooking

  • Orange Turkey Brine

Serve the juiciest, most flavorful Turkey ever this Thanksgiving dinner, with this fragrant and potent Turkey brine. Making this brine doesn’t take much longer than buying ready-made, but the results are so much better.

Combining the flavors of apples, oranges, and rosemary, this brine will give your Turkey maximum flavor with every bite. This is a great recipe for chimenea since is easy and not known for lots of people.

Orange on the grill

  • Double-Smoked Kurobuta Ham

Tired of Turkey? Try this double smoked Kurobuta ham instead. The ham equivalent of Kobe beef, this pork is unrivaled in juiciness or richness.

With heady smokey flavors and a delicious, sweet and tangy peach-pomegranate glaze, this recipe is sure to become a new holiday favorite around your table.

Grilled jam

  • Twice-Smoked Spiral Ham

Another great smoked ham recipe. This time a beautiful double smoked spiral ham that has a sweet and delicious honey glaze. These recipes take longer to make, but they’re worth every second.

With a mustard, honey, and pineapple juice glaze, your ham will wow your guests with its scents and flavors. Just fire the chiminea and throw the skilled, wallah!

Smoked ham

  • Grilled Bread Dressing

A delicious, hearty dressing that is perfect as a side dish, and even better as stuffing. With cranberries and leeks, this California-style dressing balances fresh notes with rich flavors.

Grilling your bread on chiminea adds a rustic touch to this recipe, creating a dressing that is tasty, wholesome, and very presentable.

Thanksgiving recipes for chiminea fireplace

  • Flame Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Another Brussels sprouts recipe, this one is on the more savory side. With grilled fennel and Serrano ham, this recipe makes for a tasty and substantial side dish.

The crispy smokiness of the sprouts blends beautifully with the fennel and ham, creating a perfect balance of flavors.

Grilled sprouts on the chiminea

  • Honey BBQ Roasted Root Vegetables

Another vegetarian option, this is a veggie-based twist on Texas-style BBQ. With hearty, roasted root vegetables and smokey chipotle peppers, this side dish can go toe-to-toe with any meaty alternative.

This great dish is very versatile, and can be served on its own, or in a variety of vegetarian or meat-based entrées. Cook this on charcoal and you are ready to be part of the history!

Epic recipes for chiminea

Thanksgiving Dessert Inspirations

After these amazing lunch and dinner recipes, what about preparing unique dessert recipes?

(yes, you can grill tarts and desserts on the chiminea, too)

If We could divide the Thanksgiving meal in three, We would say side dishes, main dishes and dessert. So once We covered the two first parts, let's find out what we have for dessert.

Here are the top 5 dessert recipes for Thanksgiving that we found on internet. They were inspired by romper's article by Samantha Darvy ( and they look gorgeous

Sliced apples rolled on muffin tins

 Apple roses

Mandolin-sliced apple tart

Dessert for Thanksgiving 2021

Cranberry tart on red decadent jam

Thanksgiving dessert recipe

Smooth pumpkin pie with pecans and sunflower seeds

Pumpkin dessert for Thanksgiving

Apple tart on the grill

Traditional Thanksgiving recipes

Bonus: fun facts about Thanksgiving 2021

Here are nine fun facts about Thanksgiving to share around the dinner table.

  • The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 over a three day harvest festival. It included 50 Pilgrims, 90 Wampanoag Indians, and lasted three days. It is believed by historians that only five women were present.
  • Turkey wasn’t on the menu at the first Thanksgiving. Venison, duck, goose, oysters, lobster, eel, and fish were likely served, alongside pumpkins and cranberries (but not pumpkin pie or cranberry sauce!).
  • Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday on October 3, 1863. Sarah Josepha Hale, the woman who wrote “Mary Had A Little Lamb,” convinced Lincoln to make Thanksgiving a national holiday after writing letters for 17 years.
  • The history of U.S. presidents pardoning turkeys is patchy. Harry Truman is often credited with being the first president to pardon a turkey, but that’s not quite true. He was the first to receive a ceremonial turkey from the National Turkey Federation – and he had it for dinner. John F. Kennedy was the first to let a Thanksgiving turkey go, followed by Richard Nixon who sent his turkey to a petting zoo. George H.W. Bush is the president who formalized the turkey pardoning tradition in 1989.
  • There are four towns in the United States named “Turkey.” They can be found in Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, and North Carolina.
  • The average number of calories consumed on Thanksgiving is 4,500.
  • Butterball answers more than 100,000 turkey-cooking questions via their Butterball Turkey Hotline each November and December.
  • The tradition of football on Thanksgiving began in 1876 with a game between Yale and Princeton. The first NFL games were played on Thanksgiving in 1920.
  • More than 54 million Americans are expected to travel during the Thanksgiving holiday this year. That’s up 4.8% from last year.



The last thing to remember is to enjoy your chiminea. These lovely outdoor fireplaces are an investment of more than just money and offer to provide many great memories for you and your family. Take advantage of these moments every chance you get and make the most out of your time and your investment.

Thank you for reading our chiminea THANKSGIVING cooking guide. At Sol y Tierra, We wish you the best as you choose a chiminea!

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