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7 Recipes to Grill or Smoke in October

Remember the days when one of October’s activities was raking leaves, then inviting the neighbors over for a bonfire, hot dogs, and toasted marshmallows? Obviously, it’s no longer PC to burn yard waste. But you can still get your fire and smoky food fix in your own back yard using your barbecue grill or smoker. Start with these recipes:

Recipes to Grill or Smoke in October

1. Ember-Roasted Vegetable Salad (Escalivada) with Caveman Flatbread

This Spanish relish takes its name from the Catalan verb escalivar, which means to roast in or near the embers in a fireplace, open fire, or barbecue grill. Seductively smoky and colorful, we love it on grilled meats and seafood, or as a tapas. If you don’t want to make your own flatbread, substitute a good commercially-made naan.

Ember-Roasted Vegetable Salad

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2. Smoked Beet Salad with Smoky Raisin Vinaigrette

Our intrepid fire wrangler and recipe tester Steve Nestor developed this delectable recipe after enjoying a similar salad at a Nantucket restaurant. We love the combination of red and golden beets, which are in season in the fall. But if you can’t find golden beets, simply substitute more red ones.

Smoked Beet Salad with Smoky Raisin Vinaigrette

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3. Pamplona of Pork

Pamplona is the name Argentineans and Uruguayans give to a cylindrical roast stuffed with bell peppers, ham, and cheese. This version starts with what may be the best luxury cut for the money: pork tenderloin. Steven stuffs it with fire-roasted bell peppers, smoked ham, and creamy Boursin cheese. Then smoke-roasts it with hickory chunks to add an irresistible smoke flavor.

Pamplona of Pork

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4. Herb-Crusted Venison Filets with Horseradish Sauce

Hunting season is nearly upon us, and if you have prime game meats like venison or elk filet or backstrap in your freezer, now’s the time to enjoy them. Because they’re so lean, these meats need to be cooked quickly to rare or medium-rare temperatures. A tangy horseradish sauce is a great accompaniment.

Herb-Crusted Venison Filets with Horseradish Sauce

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5. Grilled Rockfish with Shallot, Fig and Pomegranate Sauce

Maybe you know this succulent species of fish as striped bass. (Most people who live outside the state of Maryland do.) It makes an impressive restaurant-quality meal, especially when paired with an elegant sauce featuring pomegranate molasses and ripe figs.
Grilled Rockfish with Shallot, Fig and Pomegranate Sauce

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6. Smoked Acorn Squash with Parmesan Flan

This is not your mother’s acorn squash. Smoked over hardwood chunks or chips and filled with a luscious flan (aka cheesy custard), this recipe has already earned a place on our Thanksgiving menu. (Especially if you’re expecting a vegetarian guest at your holiday feast. So much better as an entrée than the infamous “to-furkey.”) We recommend you test-drive it today
Smoked Acorn Squash with Parmesan Flan

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7. A New Baked Apple Stuffed with Sausage and Sage

Another candidate for your Thanksgiving table are these stunning baked apples stuffed with savory sausage and fresh sage. They’re great with ham, chicken, pork chops, or game meats. We like them with pancakes or waffles, too.
A New Baked Apple Stuffed with Sausage and Sage

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