Bite into Fall with the perfect side dish. This Grilled Acorn Squash with Spicy Agave Glaze belongs on your Thanksgiving table.
Made with fresh acorn squash, this side dish is the perfect gluten-free grilled vegetable side dish everyone will enjoy.
The best part is, it can be made in about an hour, and every bite is exploding with flavor.
Grilled Acorn Squash
Throw away every traditional side dish recipe, and get ready to fire up the grill!
We’ve all been there … the holidays come around, and you show up at the same person’s house to eat the same boring meal.
This Thanksgiving, we are shaking things up with a fun twist on a traditional side dish that pairs perfectly with turkey, ham, prime rib, lamb, duck, chicken, and so much more.
Ingredients needed to make Grilled Acorn Squash
Squash: For this recipe, I used 3 lbs of acorn squash cut in half. This will give you approximately eight servings. Double as needed.
Oil: Perfect for grilling because of its smoke point, I used 2 tbsp of avocado oil. Alternatively, you can also use grapeseed oil if you have it on hand.
Spices: For this recipe, I used 1 tbsp of my favorite BBQ Dry Rub.
Spicy Agave Glaze
The spicy agave glaze is the real and absolute show-stopper, so don’t skip out!
You will need ½ cup of butter, 2 tbsp of agave, 1 tsp of orange bitters, 2 tbsp of hot sauce, and ½ tsp of pumpkin spice seasoning.
How to Make Grilled Acorn Squash
Prep the squash. Wash the outside of the acorn squash, then pat dry with a paper towel or paper towel.
Cut the squash. Cut off the stem of the squash, then cut the squash in half. Scoop out the seeds, then cut the acorn squash into 1-inch thick wedges.
Season the squash. Toss the acorn squash with avocado oil, then season on all sides with your favorite dry rub.
Grill. Grill the acorn squash for about 45 minutes until tender at 350 degrees F.
Make the glaze. Prepare the glaze by whisking together melted butter with bitters, agave, hot sauce, and pumpkin pie spice.
Add the glaze. Brush on the glaze and grill for 10-15 minutes until fully cooked.
Serve and Enjoy. Before serving, brush on another coat of any remaining glaze, plate, and enjoy!
Recipe Tips and Tricks
Spices: Whether you are looking to use your favorite store-bought BBQ rub or seasoning, looking to make your own, or trying something new.
There is a seasoning for everyone. You can also keep it simple and season it with salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and some cayenne pepper.
What to serve with Grilled Acorn Squash
Serve up this tasty side dish with an incredible main dish to make it a complete meal.
If you are preparing for Thanksgiving and menu planning, I highly recommend this recipe makes its way onto the table.
However, if you are looking to make a warm autumn meal, I recommend serving this grilled squash alongside Traeger grilled pork chops, Grilled Pork Chops with Caramelized Apples, Grilled Lamb Loin Chops, and Pellet Grill Butterflied Chicken Legs.
You could also serve this recipe with pasta, stew, soup, or salad.
How to Cook Acorn Squash on the Grill?
If you are looking just to grill some squash without all the ingredients, it is super simple.
Slice up some squash and toss it on your grill for about 30-40 minutes until the squash is fork-tender.
When ready, pull it off and enjoy!
Can you eat Acorn Squash Skin?
Absolutely! The entire squash is entirely edible.
Truthfully, it is not only edible, but it is also full of healthy nutrients like fiber, vitamin A, and more.
I will say this, though, just because it is edible doesn’t mean everyone will enjoy it. Some people prefer to enjoy squash skin free or peel-free.
What does Acorn Squash Taste Like?
Acorn squash is creamy and sweet with a nice nutty flavor. If you are familiar with butternut squash, acorn squash is milder in flavor.
Your leftovers will keep in the fridge for about 3-5 days in an airtight container.
Alternatively, you can freeze leftovers if you’d like to enjoy them much later.
Renew your leftover grilled squash by preheating your oven to 400 degrees and toss them on a baking tray or cooking tray and bake for about 5 minutes or until they are heated all the way through.
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Grilled Acorn Squash w/ Spicy Agave Glaze
- Wash the outside of the acorn squash, then pat dry with a paper towel
- Cut off the stem of the squash, then cut the squash in half. Scoop out the seeds, then cut the acorn squash into 1-inch thick wedges.
- Toss the acorn squash with avocado oil, then season on all sides with your favorite dry rub.
- Grill the acorn squash for about 45 minutes until tender at 350 degrees F.
- Prepare the glaze by whisking together melted butter with bitters, agave, hot sauce, and pumpkin pie spice.
- Brush on the glaze and grill for 10-15 minutes until fully cooked. Brush on another coat of any remaining glaze just before serving.