There’s something enchantingly communal about gathering around a grill, feeling the warmth of the coals, and basking in the smoky aroma of charred meats. But while most associate BBQs with burgers, ribs, and corn on the cob, a lesser-explored realm exists: desserts made directly on the grill. Imagine this – after serving the main course, you surprise your guests with an unexpected dessert, all without leaving the grill’s side. Intrigued? Here are five quick and easy BBQ desserts to elevate your next cookout.

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Grilled Pineapple Rings with Cinnamon Sugar

Ingredients:

  • Fresh pineapple rings (cored)
  • Cinnamon sugar mixture (2 tbsp sugar + 1 tsp cinnamon)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high.
  2. Sprinkle each pineapple ring generously with the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  3. Place the pineapple rings directly on the grill grates. Grill each side for about 3-4 minutes or until you see grill marks and the sugar has caramelized.
  4. Serve warm, perhaps with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a drizzle of honey.

Pro Tip: Pineapple contains enzymes that tenderize and combine wonderfully with the smoky flavor from the grill, making this a top pick for BBQ enthusiasts.

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BBQ Banana Splits

Ingredients:

  • 4 ripe bananas
  • Chocolate chips
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Crushed graham crackers or biscuits

Instructions:

  1. Without peeling the bananas, make a deep slit lengthwise, ensuring you don’t cut all the way through.
  2. Stuff the bananas with chocolate chips and mini marshmallows.
  3. Wrap each banana in aluminum foil.
  4. Grill the wrapped bananas on medium heat for 5-7 minutes.
  5. Carefully unwrap and sprinkle with crushed graham crackers or biscuits.
  6. Serve immediately and watch the melted gooey goodness delight your guests.

Pro Tip: The BBQ Banana Split is a versatile treat. Feel free to get creative with the fillings – think caramel sauce, peanut butter, or even crushed nuts.

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Chocolate and Berry Grilled Sandwiches

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices of brioche or white bread
  • Chocolate hazelnut spread (like Nutella)
  • Fresh berries (strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries)
  • Butter (for spreading)

Instructions:

  1. Spread a generous amount of chocolate hazelnut spread on one side of each bread slice.
  2. Add a layer of fresh berries.
  3. Top with another slice of bread to make a sandwich.
  4. Butter the outside of the sandwiches lightly.
  5. Grill each side on low-medium heat for about 2-3 minutes or until the bread turns golden and the chocolate has melted.
  6. Serve hot with a sprinkle of powdered sugar if desired.

Pro Tip: The contrast of the warm, melty chocolate against the burst of fresh, juicy berries makes this grilled sandwich a crowd-favorite at BBQ parties.

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Grilled Peaches with Honey and Yogurt

Ingredients:

  • 4 ripe peaches, halved and pitted
  • Honey (for drizzling)
  • Greek yogurt (for serving)
  • Fresh mint (optional for garnish)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the grill to medium heat.
  2. Place peach halves on the grill, cut side down.
  3. Grill for about 4-5 minutes, or until the peaches have char marks and are softened.
  4. Serve warm with a dollop of Greek yogurt, a drizzle of honey, and a mint garnish.

Pro Tip: Opt for ripe, but firm peaches. They hold their shape better on the grill, delivering a caramelized exterior and a juicy interior.

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Grilled S’mores Wraps

Ingredients:

  • Flour tortillas
  • Chocolate chips
  • Large marshmallows, sliced in half
  • Crushed graham crackers or biscuits

Instructions:

  1. On a tortilla, place a layer of chocolate chips, marshmallow halves, and crushed graham crackers.
  2. Fold the tortilla to wrap the fillings.
  3. Wrap the filled tortilla in aluminum foil.
  4. Grill on medium heat for 5-7 minutes, turning once.
  5. Unwrap carefully and serve immediately.

Pro Tip: Grilled s’mores wraps take the traditional campfire experience and give it a fun BBQ twist, making them an excellent choice for both kids and adults.

A BBQ isn’t just for savory dishes. With a little creativity, you can create delightful, smoky-sweet treats that will impress even the most seasoned BBQ aficionados. So, the next time you fire up the grill, don’t forget to leave some room for dessert!

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