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6 Delicious Options For Desserts on the Grill This Holiday Season (and Any Other Time of the Year!)

Most people will agree that grilled food and dessert are two of the best things in the world. What’s even better is that you can successfully combine the two for a mouth-watering sweet treat that will also have that smokey flavor you love. 

If you’re asking yourself “what desserts should I make?”, there are a lot of great options that can be cooked right in your grill or smoker. Many of these can be cooked right alongside other parts of your holiday meal on the grill or they can be cooking while everyone is enjoying dinner.

And what better time to try easy-to-make grilled desserts than for the holidays this year? Though all of these desserts we’ll cover below can be great options any time of the year. 

So, if you’re looking for options for desserts on the grill, you’ve come to the right place! Here are 6 options to choose from:


Baked Pumpkin Pie in the Smoker

What is Thanksgiving without some form of pumpkin pie? This is an easy-to-make homemade spiced pumpkin pie that bakes in your smoker in just under an hour. It delivers a smooth and delicious combination of those pumpkin, brown sugar, spice, and wood-fire flavors you love. Make sure to use Applewood as your fuel source to complement the pie’s flavors nicely.


smoked pumpkin pie | desserts on the grill | grilled desserts
Source: Traeger Grills


Banana Butter Pecan Kabobs

Kabobs always make an easy and fun grill option. Though many people often associate kabobs with chunks of veggies and meat. Surprisingly though, it works with dessert too! In this grilled dessert recipe, skewers are used to cook a delicious combination of bananas and pound cake brushed with butter, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla.


Smoked Blueberry Cobbler

A rich, fruity cobbler is always a great option for dessert at a big holiday meal. This blueberry cobbler, combining the delicious flavors of blueberry, lemon, and mascarpone, is easy to make and cooks right in a cast-iron skillet in your smoker. The wood smoke from a lighter, fruitwood adds that delicious smoky flavor that pairs well with the berry.


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Source: Oklahoma Joe’s


Flourless Chocolate Cake on the Grill

Here’s one for the chocolate lovers. This grilled flourless chocolate cake is moist, tender, and decadent and makes enough to feed 8 to 10 people. You can easily mix up the cake, put it in the pan, and have it ready to go well before it’s time to put it on the grill. The cake only takes 25 to 30 minutes to cook and will have everyone’s mouths watering by the time it’s done.


Grill-Baked Apple Bourbon Crisp

Apple is a key element of many of the most favorite holiday desserts. Pair the tastes of apple, bourbon, and cranberry with wood-fire savoriness and you’ve got a winning combination. This baked apple bourbon crisp slow-cooks in your grill in an hour and emanates the delicious sweet and smoky flavors everyone will love.


Grilled Apple crisp | desserts on the grill | grilled desserts
Source: Traeger Grills


Grilled Orange Cupcakes

This delicious recipe involves grilling cupcakes directly in orange rinds on the grill, resulting in a flavor reminiscent of orange creamsicles with a touch of smokiness. These grilled cupcakes are a fun and easy way to give everyone their own individual dessert right off the grill to satisfy every sweet tooth.


Grilled Desserts Can Easily Satisfy the Holiday Sweet Tooth

There are a ton of things to choose from when it comes to easy-to-make desserts you can cook on the grill or smoker this holiday season. From the traditional apple lovers to the chocolate lovers, you can make something to satisfy everyone’s tastes. Plus, these options above make great desserts you can cook on the grill all year long! After all, our sweet tooth isn’t only reserved for the holidays.

For even more dessert options on the grill, along with step-by-step instruction in easy-to-follow online videos, check out the dessert classes with Max Nelson of Montana Max BBQ here at BBQ Champs Academy. Max Nelson, a Culinary Fight Club Champion, will show you exactly how to cook a delicious Smoked Bourbon Bacon Peach Crumble, Banana Foster Banana Pudding, and White Chocolate Mousse Pie.

Do you have a favorite grilled dessert that you could add to our list? Plan on trying a few of these dessert options for the upcoming holidays? Leave a comment below, we want to hear from you!

To learn more great backyard BBQ cooking recipes you can do any time of the year, check out our Championship Backyard BBQ Classes. In these first-of-their-kind virtual classes, you’ll get instruction straight from some of the top competition Pitmasters and Grillmasters. You’ll learn a variety of delicious recipes, step-by-step with all of the tips and insider info you need to know. You can master your backyard cooking today!


**Feature image from Taste of Home

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