When you think of grilling, what comes to your mind? We imagine family gatherings, backyard parties, and appetizing cuisine. Naturally, what really brings everyone together is the food! While grilling season is still in motion, we want you to utilize your grill to the fullest. This summer staple isn't just for burgers and hot dogs. Create entertaining and exquisite desserts right on your backyard burner! Here are some fantastic sweets that are sure to leave your family and guests raving.
Grilled Blackberry Brioche Bread Pudding
Sweet serving of Blackberry Brioche Bread Pudding baked on the grill. Source: All Recipes
If you want to go the extra mile, this is a delicious treat to make on your grill. This decedent dessert will impress your family and friends every time. Add a scoop of ice cream to really top it off!
- 1 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 12 oz brioche bread, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
- 1 pint blackberries, halved
- 4 oz cream cheese, chilled and diced
- aluminum foil
Preheat your outdoor grill for medium-high heat, approximately 375° F (190° C)
Whisk milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt together in a large bowl. Fold in bread cubes, blackberries, and cream cheese. Set aside until liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes.
Place a layer of heavy duty aluminum foil or 2 layers of regular aluminum foil on a flat surface. Brush aluminum foil with melted butter.
Arrange bread mixture in the center of the aluminum foil. Bring short ends together; fold over twice to seal. Bring sides in, leaving room for steam to form; fold over twice to seal.
Grill over indirect heat until bread pudding is puffed, liquid is absorbed, and edges are toasty, about 35 minutes.
- Remove package from the grill; open carefully using tongs or mitts. Cool for 10 minutes.
Grilled Fruit Skewers with Spicy Maple Cumin Glaze
Skewered fruit from the grill with maple cumin glaze. Source: Family Circle
If you like to keep things light, try these fruit-kabobs coated with a divine sweet and savory sauce. This is a quick and easy treat that will leave you satisfied, not stuffed.
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 4 cups fruit (such as peach, pineapple and/or banana) chunks
Heat a charcoal or gas grill to medium-high heat. Soak 4 to 6 bamboo skewers in a bowl of water and set aside.
Combine maple syrup, cumin, cinnamon, and pepper in a medium bowl and mix well. Add fruit and toss gently to coat with glaze. Cover and refrigerate.
- Thread fruit on soaked skewers, alternating each fruit type. Place skewers on grill and cook directly over medium-high heat for 1 1/2 minutes on each side, or until browned and caramelized. Serve warm.
Grilled S’more Pizza with Snickerdoodle Crust
Slice of Grilled S'mores Pizza with Snickerdoodle Crust. Source: The Cookie Rookie
What's a cookout without s'mores? We found a twist on this classic outdoor dessert that will have your mouth watering. Your sweet tooth is sure to be pleased with these slices of pure bliss.
- 1 package (roughly 17 oz) refrigerated Snickerdoodle cookie dough (or your favorite recipe)
- 6 oz of your favorite salted caramel sauce
- 2 cups mini marshmallows
- 1 cup large milk chocolate chips
Spray a grill pan with nonstick spray and heat your grill or pizza oven to around 325°-350° F (165°-177° C)
Roll out the dough into a disc and place on grill pan.
Let it bake for around 20 minutes, watching carefully.
When the top of the cookie is firm enough, spread on the caramel sauce and evenly distribute over the cookie. Cover the sauce with marshmallows and chocolate and allow to grill for about 5 more minutes.
Take off the heat and allow to cool for at least 5-10 minutes. The cookie should continue to cook on the grill pan.
Slice, serve, and enjoy!
Bloomin' Grilled Apples
Plate of Bloomin' Grilled Apples topped with a sweet sauce and vanilla ice cream. Source: The Gunny Sack
If you're looking for something not only fun to make but also totally scrumptious, this dessert will blow you away. The best part is that you can make this in the backyard on the grill or over the fire while camping!
- 2 small baking apples
- 4 tbsp maple cream caramel sauce divided
- 6 tsp chopped pecans divided
- 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
Cut off the top fourth of the apples and scoop out the core.
Use a thin knife to make a deep, circular cut around the center of the apple.
Turn the apple over and make narrow cuts all the way around the apple, but not cutting through the base.
Fill the center of the apples with the maple caramel sauce and chopped pecans (about one tbsp of maple cream sauce and two tsp of chopped pecans for each apple).
Wrap the stuffed apples with heavy duty foil and grill over medium heat for 30 minutes, with the grill lid closed.
Unwrap the maple pecan blooming grilled apple and use tongs to set it on a plate. If you are “roughing it”, you could shape a foil bowl while unwrapping the dessert and eat the bloomin’ grilled apples right out of it.
Top the finished apples with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.
- Drizzle with one tsp of warm maple pecan sauce and sprinkle with a tsp of chopped pecans.
Grilled Pineapple Foster
Vanilla ice cream drizzled with caramel sauce atop a slice of grilled pineapple. Source: Gimme Some Oven
We saved the most delightful masterpiece for last. The luscious vanilla ice cream and caramel mixture cascading down a sweet and tart grilled pineapple slice will make you want to grill all year long.
- 1/2 cup dark rum
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon (plus extra for dusting)
- 1 pineapple, cored and cut into about 6-8 rings (choose desired thickness)
- cooking spray
- favorite vanilla ice cream
In a small bowl, mix together rum, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Then in a dish or container, lay out the pineapple rings and pour the rum mixture over them. Toss to coat, then let soak for at least 15 minutes, flipping the pineapple midway through.
- When you are ready to cook the pineapple, strain out the extra rum sauce from the pan of pineapple, and transfer it to a small saucepan.
Bring the sauce to a simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 6-8 minutes, or until reduced by half and has a thick consistency. Set aside.
- While the sauce is cooking, heat a grill pan over medium-high heat until hot. Lightly grease the pan with cooking spray.
Add pineapple slices in an even layer (you may need to do this in multiple batches) and cook for 1-2 minutes per side until browned and grill marks appear. Transfer to a serving plate and set aside. Repeat with remaining pineapple.
- Top each pineapple ring with a scoop of ice cream and drizzle with rum sauce. (If desired, you can also lightly dust the pineapple with some extra cinnamon.) Serve immediately.
We really hope you adore these recipes and love one enough to pass it on for years to come. It's truly remarkable how much you can prepare with one grill. With all of today's advancements, we're able to customize our grill space however we please. Add-ons like fryers, blenders, coolers, and sinks make outdoor cooking much more convenient.
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Main Image: Grilled Pineapple Foster by Gimme Some Oven
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