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Traeger Garlic Bread Sticks

Our Traeger Garlic Bread Sticks are so soft, garlicky, and the perfect way to enjoy fresh homemade bread at home! These get that incredible pizzeria-like texture by grilling them on our pellet grill, but you can bake them in the oven if you don’t have a grill handy!

Homemade Garlic Bread Sticks Recipe

Grilling them gave them the best texture and flavor. Nice soft middle, chewy outside, and all of it slathered in roasted garlic butter. These do take a little time and effort to get to the finish line, but the end result is more than worth the effort.

Our homemade bread sticks are a perfect blend of roasted garlic and the comforting texture of freshly baked bread. This recipe transforms simple ingredients into an irresistible side dish that complements any meal. Made with a homemade dough that’s enriched with milk, sugar, and olive oil, and flavored with roasted garlic, these bread sticks are wood fired and one of my favorite things. Topped with a savory garlic butter that melts into each bite, they’re a must-try for garlic lovers.

These garlic bread sticks are more than just a side; they’re a highlight on any table. The recipe leverages the Traeger grill’s ability to bake with a distinctive wood-fired flavor that you can’t mimic any other way. The roasted garlic within the dough and in the garlic butter adds depth and warmth, making each bread stick a super flavorful. Here’s why they’re worth making:

Why you’ll love this dish…

  • Versatile: Perfect as an appetizer, side, or snack. Great on their own or with dips and soups.
  • Customizable: Easily adjust the garlic level or add herbs to suit your taste.
  • Pellet Grilled: Utilizes the unique smoking feature of the Traeger grill for an unmatched flavor.
  • Rich Garlic Flavor: Roasted garlic infuses the bread with a deep, mellow taste.
  • Soft and Chewy Texture: The homemade dough ensures a tender bite.

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Garlic Bread Sticks

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Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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  • 2% Milk
  • Yeast
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Olive Oil
  • Bread Flour
  • Roasted Garlic
  • Butter
  • Garlic Salt
  • Parsley
  • Parmesan Cheese

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Garlic Bread Sticks

How to make Grilled Garlic Bread Sticks

Wondering what you’re getting yourself into when you make this dish? Here’s a quick overview of the process! Make sure you follow the instructions at the recipe card at the bottom of the post while you’re cooking.

  • Prepare the Dough:
    Warm the milk and mix with yeast to proof. Add sugar, salt, roasted garlic, and olive oil, then gradually incorporate flour until a smooth dough forms. Knead for 4-5 minutes.
  • Let the Dough Rise:
    Cover and allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  • Make Garlic Butter:
    Combine melted butter, olive oil, garlic salt, parsley, parmesan cheese, and mashed roasted garlic. Set aside.
  • Shape and Bake:
    Roll out the dough, cut into strips, and grill at 450°F for 10-12 minutes.
  • Apply Garlic Butter:
    Brush the baked bread sticks with garlic butter twice before serving.

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Tips for Incredible Homemade Bread Sticks

Roast the garlic in your smoker

Roast your own garlic for this by slicing off the top of a head of garlic, drizzling with a few tablespoons of olive oil, wrapping in foil, and then grilling it at 325°F for about 45-55 minutes. After it is cooled, squeeze the garlic out of the cloves, and try not to eat too many fresh out of the oven.

Then chop up and mix 4 or 5 of those right into your bread dough. OMGOSH.

Easily transfer your breadsticks to the baking stone

Easily transfer your breadsticks from the counter to the pizza stone on your grill by putting down a layer of nonstick foil on your baking sheet when the breadsticks rise, and then slide the foil right onto the baking stone. Perfect!

You can never have enough garlic parm butter

When I say to paint the breadsticks liberally with your garlic butter mixture, I really mean DRENCH the breadsticks in butter. Then wait a few minutes and paint them again.

Garlic Bread Sticks FAQ

What’s the best way to store any leftovers?

Keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. Refrigerate for longer storage.

How do you reheat the leftover breadsticks?

Warm in the oven or airfryer at 350°F for 5-10 minutes or on the grill for a few minutes.

Can this recipe be made in advance?

Dough can be made ahead and refrigerated overnight. Let come to room temperature before rolling out.

Substitute all-purpose flour if bread flour is not available. Add herbs like rosemary or thyme to the garlic butter for a different flavor profile.

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Yield: 10 servings

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Homemade garlic breadsticks, perfect for dipping, made right on your GRILL. 

Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 32 minutes



  • 1 Pint 2% milk
  • 1.5 tbsp yeast
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Enough bread flour to make dough
  • 4-5 heads roasted garlic

Garlic Butter:

  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 3 cloves mashed up roasted garlic


  1. Heat the milk until it is luke warm. Pour it into the bowl of your stand mixer and mix in the yeast. Let sit for 10 minutes to proof.
  2. Add the sugar, salt, roasted garlic, and olive oil. Mix for one minute using the bread hook. Add flour in small increments until a smooth dough forms and the sides of the mixing bowl come clean.
  3. Knead using the dough hook for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Let dough rise, covered, in a warm, draft-free area for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
  5. While the dough is rising, mix together the garlic butter ingredients and set aside.
  6. Punch down dough and roll out on a well-floured surface to 1/2 inch thick.
  7. Cut into 1-inch wide strips, and then cut into manageable lengths.
  8. Place onto parchment-lined baking sheets, and grill at 450°F for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. If you have a pizza stone, place it into the grill while it preheats and slide the parchment paper right onto the baking stone.
  9. Brush liberally with garlic butter, wait a few minutes, brush again, and serve warm.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 511Total Fat: 40gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 1700mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 6g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.


Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

So about how much flour is needed for recipe????

Nicole Johnson

Wednesday 23rd of December 2020

I'm not sure. I don't measure the flour in this recipe because it goes by feel/dough consistency. A normal-sized bag of flour will be enough though.

Andrew Misiak

Thursday 23rd of July 2020

I made a massive batch of breadsticks to accompany a big pot of Pizza ? Chili ? for our town’s Chili Cookoff last year 2019. We did win the Most Unusual chili, but damn the bread sticks made it so real. I’m eating a bowl of ?pizza!

Nicole Johnson

Friday 24th of July 2020

Pizza Chili sounds like my kind of chili. If you share the recipe, I'd love to feature it on the site! Glad you loved the breadsticks. They are my favorites!

Easy Cheesy Italian Bread - Sugar Dish Me

Thursday 5th of October 2017

[…] Anyway, Nicole is awesome and she actually made this recipe and sent me a whole other set of gorgeous photos to help save me from my scatter brain. Silpat® granted me an extension because they are amazing (clearly) and so I had time to reshoot all the photos you see here. All of this is to say though, that this recipe has been tested by not one but TWO food bloggers and it comes together super quick. And if you are looking for more delicious things to make with your new Silpain baking mat, you should absolutely try Nicole’s recipe for Roasted Garlic Twisty Bread. […]

Thalia @ butter and brioche

Monday 18th of August 2014

these breads look delicious!


Monday 18th of August 2014

Thank you so much! They were incredible. I love your Strawberry Tart! It is mouth-watering! Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday 13th of August 2014

So tasty! That appears impressive!

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