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Top 10 Backyard BBQ Recipes

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Need recipe inspiration for your next backyard BBQ? Our Top Ten favorites list covers everything from the main dish, to appetizers, refreshing beverages and even a few sweet treats. Impress your guests and make sure your next cookout is one for the books with our list of recipes.

The Recipes

Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

This easy appetizer adds a spicy kick to Traeger-baked cauliflower and cools it down with a rich and creamy ranch dip.

Full Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites Recipe


Baked Garlic Parmesan Wings

When in doubt, wing it out. These crowd-pleasers are packed with flavor and perfect for keeping your guests occupied when they arrive.

Full Baked Garlic Parmesan Wings Recipe


Grilled Street Corn

This smokin’ side may steal the spotlight. Juicy grilled corn on the cob gets slathered with a zesty chili-lime & cotija cheese topping.

Full Grilled Street Corn Recipe


Roasted Santa Maria Tri-Tip

Marinate this beef cut overnight so all you have to do is throw it on the grill for the big day. The garlic, onion, and balsamic vinegar flavor will please any palate.

Full Roasted Santa Maria Tri-Tip Recipe


Smoked Arnold Palmer

Tie the meal together with this sweet sip. Black tea, lemon juice, and Traeger Smoked Simple Syrup are all you need for this refreshing beverage.

Full Smoked Arnold Palmer Recipe


Grilled Pineapple Watermelon Creamsicles

Hosting a party on a hot afternoon? Cool off with this Traeger take on a classic.

Full Grilled Pineapple Watermelon Creamsicles Recipe


Grilled Fruit Salad

This sweet fruit salad doubles as a dessert. Grilled pineapple, mangoes, and apple get topped with a passion fruit sauce & mascarpone cream.

Full Grilled Fruit Salad Recipe


Reverse Seared NY Strip Steak

Nothing beats classic and simple. New York Strip steaks are smoked over hardwood then finished hot and fast with a buttery sear.

Full Reverse Seared NY Strip Steak Recipe


Smoked Honey Vinaigrette and Hazelnut Salad

This light and easy salad has a slight smoke kick, and pairs perfectly with just about anything you Traeger.

Full Smoked Honey Vinaigrette and Hazelnut Salad Recipe


Grilled Pina Colada

Take your guests on a trip to the tropics with this rich and creamy beverage.

Full Grilled Pina Colada Recipe

Roasted Beer Can Chicken

by Sammy Moniz

Prep Time

15 Min

Cook Time

1 Hr
30 Min





Brew up some major flavor. All it takes is our Chicken Rub, a can of beer, and some Traeger mesquite heat for moist & tender poultry perfection.

1 Whole(3-5 lb) chicken
As NeededTraeger Chicken Rub
1 Canbeer
  • 1

    Season chicken generously with Traeger Chicken Rub, including inside the cavity.

  • 2

    Tuck the wing tips back.

  • 3

    When ready to cook, set Traeger to 350℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.

  • 4

    Open the can of beer and set the chicken on top of the beer. Make sure all but the bottom 1-1/2 inch of the beer can is in the cavity of the chicken. Tip: you can also place the beer can directly on the grill grates, then place the chicken on top.

  • 5

    Place the entire chicken and beer can directly on the grill grate. Cook for 60 to 75 minutes, or until the internal temperature registers 165℉ in the thickest part of the breast.

  • 6

    Remove from the grill and onto a sheet tray and let rest 5 to 10 minutes. Before carving, lay the bird on its back and remove the beer can. Carve and enjoy!

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