We've got your Covered Dish problems, Covered

Here in the South, we traditionally have a lot of opportunities to share food. It’s just a part of our culture. Whether it’s bringing meals to a sick friend, celebrating a new baby, heading to a block party with some of the neighbors, or socializing after church, having a signature “covered-dish” on stand-by has always been a non-negotiable in these parts.

Over recent years, more and more covered dish events seem to be devolving into take-out smorgasbords. Let’s just put it out there: there is NO shame in the take-out game. We appreciate that schedules and demands might make take-out the best option and we will eat it gladly. However, if you’d like to master potluck meals from scratch and discover your own signature bring-it-everywhere magic meal, keep reading. No matter what part of the country you live, recteq has a covered dish meal for you. Today, we’re sharing our favorite recipes perfect for toting wherever the smoke may blow you! From recteq’s kitchen, we present take-along dishes you’ll share again and again.

Smoked Drumsticks

What’s a covered dish meal without drumsticks? If you really want to share the recteq love with a group, you’ve got to make the Smoked Chicken Legs. With Rossarooski’s Honey Rib Rub and Chef Greg’s 4 Letter Rub, this recipe is incredibly easy to smoke up and so hard to resist. You might want to make an extra batch for home, too.

Southern Mac n' Cheese

When in doubt, go with Southern Style Mac & Cheese for a sure-fire covered dish hit. Kids and adults will love it, especially with the tasty herbs of Colden’s Freakin’ Greek Rub to add extra flavor. Looking for a variation? Try Grandma’s Mac n' Cheese if you want a traditional take that will still taste delicious.


Smoked Black Eyed Peas

This is the perfect potluck offering because it gives you a chance to bring the smoky recteq flavor without breaking the bank! With the savory, distinctive taste of Ben’s Heffer Dust, bacon, and onions this is good enough to serve as a main course, so feel free to double it! If you want to add some extra love to your Black-Eyed Peas, go with the Country Style Black Eyed Peas which has diced carrots, green bell peppers, and ham for an even heartier dish.


Apple Cake with Caramel Glaze

A Bundt cake dripping with icing is the perfect contribution to a covered dish meal and everyone will love this Apple Cake with Caramel Glaze from recteq’s kitchen. Caramel, pecans, and cinnamon come together for a moist, delicious cake with your favorite chopped apples as the star.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Not just for the holiday season, this Sweet Potato Casserole is simple and rich; the Marshmallow topping will take you right back to your childhood. Maple Syrup, pecans, and Rossarooski’s Honey Rib Rub elevate this classic into must-taste territory.

Smoked Scalloped Potatoes

You can’t get better that Smoked Scalloped Potatoes and you know this bowl will come home clean as a whistle. This simple recipe comes together with only five ingredients and couldn’t be easier when you throw it on the recteq. Our favorite signature rub, Ben’s Heffer Dust starts the ball rolling and then Colden’s Freakin’ Greek Rub adds some savory herbs to boost the creamy flavor. For a little taste of garlic and nutmeg, test out our Au Gratin Potatoes. After all, you can’t have too many cheesy potato options.

Green Bean Casserole

It’s the quintessential potluck recipe for good reason, but we’ve added a recteq twist to make this even better than ever. A touch of Ben’s Heffer Dust along with Colden’s Freakin’ Greek Rub make our Green Bean Casserole just the crowd-pleaser you need for your next social gathering.

Swedish Meatballs

These irresistible Swedish Meatballs are perfect for sharing and you can even use toothpicks to make them easy-to-grab finger food. Cook up a batch of recteq’s Swedish Meatballs and bring them to the gathering if you want a dish everyone will rave about. Once again, Colden’s Freakin’ Greek Rub really brings the flavor, but it’s the amazing cream and brandy sauce that makes this dish scrape-the-bottom-of-the-pan delicious.

Georgia Blueberry Peach Cobbler

What’s sweeter than homemade Cobbler? That same cobbler cooked up on a recteq wood pellet grill, bursting with blueberries and Georgia peaches. We know you’ll agree, this Georgia Blueberry Peach Cobbler will take the dessert table by storm.

What is your family’s favorite Potluck or Covered Dish contribution? We’d love to hear about it. Tag us on social media: