Thanksgiving Recipes with a Texas Twist

Thanksgiving Recipes with a Texas Twist

As November rolls around, Texans embrace the spirit of Thanksgiving with a uniquely Texan twist on the traditional feast. If you're looking to add a little Lone Star flavor to your holiday table, you're in for a treat. We've gathered some mouthwatering recipes that will elevate your Thanksgiving dinner to a whole new level.

Smoked Turkey:

Swap the oven for a smoker and infuse your turkey with the rich, smoky flavors that Texas is famous for. Our step-by-step guide will have you serving up a perfectly smoked bird.

- 1 whole turkey (12-14 pounds)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons paprika
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons onion powder
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- Wood chips (hickory or mesquite) for smoking

1. Mix together olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, oregano, salt, and black pepper to create a rub.
2. Prepare your smoker according to the manufacturer's instructions, aiming for a temperature of 225-250°F (107-121°C).
3. Rinse the turkey inside and out, pat it dry with paper towels, and place it on a baking sheet.
4. Rub the turkey all over with the spice rub, making sure to get it under the skin as well.
5. Place the turkey on the smoker grate, breast side up.
6. Add wood chips for smoke, close the smoker, and maintain a steady temperature.
7. Smoke the turkey for about 30-40 minutes per pound, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) in the thickest part of the thigh.
8. Remove the smoked turkey from the smoker and let it rest for 20-30 minutes before carving.

Jalapeño Cornbread Stuffing:

Spice up your stuffing with some Texas heat by adding jalapeños to your cornbread mix. It's a fiery twist on a classic favorite.

- 8 cups cornbread, crumbled
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1 cup diced celery
- 1/2 cup diced jalapeños (adjust to taste)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 2 teaspoons dried sage
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- Salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
2. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.
3. Add the diced onions, celery, and jalapeños. Sauté until they become tender, about 5 minutes.
4. Add the minced garlic, dried sage, and dried thyme. Sauté for an additional 2 minutes.
5. In a large mixing bowl, combine the crumbled cornbread with the sautéed vegetables and herbs.
6. Gradually add the chicken or vegetable broth to the mixture until it reaches your desired level of moisture. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
7. Transfer the cornbread stuffing to a baking dish.
8. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 30-40 minutes or until heated through.
9. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, allowing the top to become slightly crispy.
10. Serve your jalapeño cornbread stuffing as a delicious and spicy twist on the classic Thanksgiving side dish.

Pecan Pie with a Kick:

For dessert, indulge in a pecan pie with a dash of Texas bourbon. The smooth and smoky notes of bourbon complement the sweetness of the pecans, creating a memorable treat.

- 1 prepared pie crust (store-bought or homemade)
- 1 cup pecan halves
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup dark corn syrup
- 1/4 cup Texas bourbon (adjust to taste)
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
2. Arrange the pecan halves evenly in the prepared pie crust.
3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, granulated sugar, dark corn syrup, Texas bourbon, melted butter, vanilla extract, and salt until well combined.
4. Pour the filling mixture over the pecans in the pie crust.
5. Place the pie on a baking sheet to catch any potential spills.
6. Bake in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes, or until the center is set and no longer jiggles when gently shaken.
7. Remove the pecan pie from the oven and let it cool completely before slicing and serving.


These Texas-inspired Thanksgiving recipes are sure to impress your guests and leave them asking for seconds. So, fire up the smoker, get those jalapeños ready, and prepare for a Thanksgiving feast that's bigger and bolder than ever.

Work With Us

With our team and network of attorneys, engineers, lenders, and appraisers, we always ensure the maximum potential for each property we represent. Continues to provide outstanding service to the many landowners, investors, and families in Hill Country since 2000.

Follow Me on Instagram