Sweets and Desserts on the Grill

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Have you ever thought to make dessert on your grill? Live fire cooking is a great way to cook meat and vegetables, but it also does a great job at caramelizing fruit and adding a smoky flavor to your favorite sweets and desserts. Below are our favorite chocolate, nutty, and fruity dessert recipes you can make right on your grill or smoker.

Do you love outside cooking and want to continue all the way to the very last course of the meal? Or maybe you’re craving sweets but you don’t want to warm up the whole house with your oven? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again–anything you can make in your oven or on your stovetop can be made in a grill. These sweet dessert recipes are proof of that! We love outdoor cooking on our grill and smoker. It lends an extra layer of flavor to the foods we make and it’s a great excuse to get outside with family and friends.

Try making the Chocolate Pots de Creme for a special date night. Or make Candied Pecans as a holiday gift for your neighbor or kiddo’s teacher. Some of the dessert recipes like Grilled Peaches or Skillet Brownies are dairy-free or gluten-free and we promise they are just as good (if not better!)

Chocolate on the Grill and Smoker

Calling all chocoholics! Where else to start our sweets round-up than chocolate?! These creamy, rich, and delicious chocolate desserts on the grill and smoker are sure to become your new favorite sweet treat! Be sure to use high-quality chocolate for the best result.

Smoked Chocolate Pot de Creme in ramekins
5 from 1 vote

Smoked Chocolate Pot de Crème Recipe (no bake)

How to make a chocolate pot de crème with a smoky undertone. Smoke milk and cream to create a rich smokiness, then combine with the remaining ingredients for an easy, silky, and indulgent no-bake Chocolate Pot de Crème
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top view of skillet brownies
5 from 1 vote

Skillet Brownies on the Grill

Made to be dense and rich in chocolate, these Skillet Brownies are cooked on the grill and then topped with a chocolate drizzle and vanilla bean ice cream. Gluten free.
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Wine Chocolate Truffles
5 from 1 vote

Chocolate Truffles with Red Wine

Homemade Chocolate Truffles infused with red wine are a decadent treat. These chocolate truffles are quick and easy to make and have 5 ingredients. You can also coat them with your favorite toppings for added flavor.
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Olive Oil Cookies in loaf pan
4.79 from 14 votes

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies

A delicious alternative to traditional chocolate chip cookies, made with extra virgin olive oil instead of butter. Recipe provided by Libby Crow, Olive Oil Program Ambassador at the Oregon Olive Mill (adapted from Cook’s Illustrated Thick & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe).
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A glass of smoked hot chocolate with whipped cream
4 from 1 vote

Smoked Hot Chocolate Recipe

A smoky homemade hot chocolate that is rich and indulgent. Add your favorite toppings, like whipped cream or marshmallows.
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Nutty Sweet Treats

If your favorite part of holiday gatherings is the bowl of mixed nuts then we have got the recipes for you! A little smoky and a little sweet, these recipes are perfectly balanced.

A sheet pan full of Smoked Candied Nuts
5 from 1 vote

Smoked Candied Nuts Recipe with Bourbon Glaze

A slowly smoked mix of pecans, almonds, cashews, and hazelnuts finished with a sweet and decadent butter, brown sugar, and bourbon glaze.
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slice of pecan pie
4.50 from 2 votes

Grilled Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie Recipe

An easy grilled pecan pie recipe where we substitute maple syrup for the corn syrup and add a dash of bourbon for flare.
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Chestnuts roasting over a grill
4.80 from 5 votes

Roasted Chestnuts over Open Fire

An easy recipe for roasting chestnuts over an open fire of charcoal or embers.
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How to make Smoked Hazelnuts and use them to make Smoked Hazelnut Nutella
5 from 1 vote

Smoked Hazelnut Nutella

A great way to add smoked flavor to Nutella. Smoked Hazelnut Nutella. Easy, creamy and simply indulgent.
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Candied pecans on a sheet pan
5 from 5 votes

Smoked Candied Pecans Recipe

Slowly smoked pecans that have been tossed in a sweet cinnamon sugar rub. These are great as a holiday snack or put into a mason jar as an edible gift.
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Fruit Dessert Recipes

Fruits are nature’s own sweets! Grilling and smoking fruit helps it to caramelize and bring out the natural sweetness.

grilled apple crisp cooling
5 from 2 votes

Grilled Apple Crisp

How to make a traditional apple crisp on the grill. Grilled Apple Crisp is going to become your new favorite fall dessert! It's also the perfect dessert for Thanksgiving dinner!
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Smoked Strawberry Shortcake
5 from 1 vote

Smoked Strawberry Shortcake

Smoked Strawberry Shortcake is a twist on a summertime classic that starts with biscuits, layered with Smoked Strawberry Jam, fresh strawberries, and topped with homemade whipped cream.
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Grilled Blackberry Crostata on a serving platter
5 from 3 votes

Grilled Blackberry Crostata Recipe

An easy recipe for a blackberry (or mixed summer fruit) crostata that you can cook directly on the grill.
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Grilled Peach Crostini with Mascarpone and Honey
4.58 from 7 votes

Grilled Peach Crostini Recipe with Mascarpone and Honey

Grilled Peach Crostini with Mascarpone and Honey is the perfect summer appetizer. Find out how to grill peaches for a delicious summer treat.
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top down pumpkin pies
5 from 1 vote

Grilled Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Grilled pumpkin pie with traditional spice flavor and topped with candied pecans. An incredible dessert for your holiday spread.
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Grilled Strawberry Sundaes
5 from 2 votes

Grilled Strawberry Sundaes with Melted Chocolate Peanut Butter Sacue

Strawberry Sundae made with grilled strawberries and a melted chocolate peanut butter sauce. Grilling strawberries is super easy to do, and adds incredible flavor to your sundae. Dairy free and gluten free.
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Grilled Pineapple slices on a serving dish
5 from 1 vote

Grilled Pineapple Recipe

Grilling pineapple on your charcoal or gas grill is an easy way to add flavor to any salad, fruit platter, or delicious side dish for your summer cookouts. 
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Grilled Peaches topped with ice cream and honey on a serving platter
5 from 2 votes

Grilled Peaches Recipe with Ice Cream and Honey

Grilled Peaches cooked hot and fast and finished with smoked honey and vanilla ice cream.
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Smoked Toppings

Don’t forget the toppings! Smoking these ingredients adds additional flavor to any dessert–even store bought!

a bowl of homemade whipped cream sprinkled with powdered sugar
4.67 from 3 votes

Smoked Whipped Cream

How to smoked cream to use as a base for perfect Smoked Whipped Cream for your favorite desserts.
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Smoked Honey in a mason jar with a wood honeycomb stick
4.67 from 3 votes

Smoked Honey Recipe

Smoked honey adds a delicious smoky flavor to any dish you typically use honey for. Find out how easy it is to make homemade smoked honey to wow your friends or give as a gift this holiday season.
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4.60 from 5 votes

Smoked Honey Butter Recipe

Smoked honey meets butter to create an incredibly elegant and delicious butter spread for rolls, toast, fruit, and so much more.
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Still craving more smoked sweets? Try this Smoked Pineapple Upside Down Cake by Smoked Meat Sunday or use the same technique as our smoked whipped cream to make Smoked Ice Cream á la Serious Eats.

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About Mary

I'm Mary, a wine/food/travel writer, Certified Sommelier, mom of twins, former vegetarian turned BBQ fanatic, runner, founder of Vindulge, and author of Fire + Wine cookbook. Thanks for stopping by!

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