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Dessert Recipes

I’ve never been much good at baking. I have a fear of flour. Desserts spelled backwards is stressed. But there are some fun things you can do outdoors that will put a crown on a great meal.

The Science of Chocolate

By:

Meathead

Here's what you need to know about cacao pods, cocoa powder, cocoa butter, chocolate liquor, and how chocolate is made, including the different types of chocolate, how to melt chocolate, and how to cook with it.

The Science Of Sugars, Syrups, Sweeteners, Sugar Substitutes, And While We’re At It, We Debunk Raw Sugar

By:

Meathead

Find out everything you need to know about sucrose, fructose, and glucose, as well as how to cook with different sugars, syrups, and artificial sweeteners, including granulated sugar, brown sugar, turbinado, demerara, Barbados, muscovado, and more. Plus a handy guide to the stages of sugar syrup for candy making.
S'mores

The Secret To This Delicious S’mores Recipe Is Nutella

By:

Meathead

Nutella is the key to creating the perfect s'more during your next campout or cookout. Every kid loves s'mores, those heavenly melanges of graham crackers, milk chocolate, and toasted marshmallows toasted on warm summer nights over campfires as accompaniment to ghost stories. Here's a recipe for pure s'mores nirvana!
Grilled marshmallow filled donuts with chocolate sauce

Grilled S’mores Donuts: The Easiest Grilled Dessert Ever

By:

Dave Joachim

When grilled, the sugar on glazed donuts melts and caramelizes. And when it cools, it forms a crackingly crisp crust like the top of crème brulee. Fill the donut with melted marshmallows and dunk it in chocolate sauce, and you're in grilled dessert heaven! So easy and sooooo delicious!
Apple pie

Grilled All-American Apple Pie Recipe

By:

Meathead

Surprise the guests at your next BBQ cookout with this recipe for apple pie on a grill. What could be better after an All-American BBQ than all-American apple pie, cooked on the already warm grill. To make it easier to prepare, the recipe uses a crumble topping versus a second crust on top or a lattice topping.
Grape pie

Purple Passion Grape Pie Recipe

By:

Meathead

If you've never experienced grape pie then you're sure to fall in love as soon as you try this recipe for the Naples, NY favorite. The recipe was perfected by the grape pie queen, Irene Bouchard, who started making the pies in the late 1950s and eventually grew her business to 18,000 pies a year at its height.
Apple cranberry crisp in a bowl

Dutch Oven Apple Cranberry Crisp Recipe

By:

Meathead

This classic fruit crisp recipe cooks beautifully and get crunchy on top in a Dutch oven. In addition to being delicious, this Dutch oven apple cranberry crisp is also quite simple. Toss the fruit with sugar, pour into a Dutch oven, and add a crumb topping. Top the lid with charcoal briquets and cook to perfection.
Grilled strawberry shortcake with whipped cream

Smoked Whipped Cream: The Secret To Amazing Grilled Strawberry Shortcake

By:

Clint Cantwell

Briefly grilled strawberries and smoked whipped cream are the stars of this delicious BBQ twist on southern strawberry shortcake. This delicious strawberry shortcake grilled dessert recipe features lightly charred grilled strawberries, blueberries for a patriotic touch, and whipped cream that has been lightly smoked.
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Plated grilled avocados with fruit salsa

Grilled Avocados with Strawberry-Mango Salsa Recipe

By:

Rick Browne, Ph.B.

Say goodbye to traditional desserts and surprise your guests with this delicious recipe for fruit salsa stuffed grilled avocados. Rich and creamy with the perfect touch of smoke, the avocados match perfectly with the sweet strawberry and mango salsa to create the perfect addition to your next backyard BBQ bash.
Grilled peach crumble plated

Grilled Peach Crumble Recipe Will Make Your Summer Complete

By:

Clint Cantwell

This delicious and easy grilled peach crumble recipe is the perfect summer dessert for any backyard BBQ. Fresh seasonal peaches are halved, then grilled cut side down until lightly charred. Top the peaches with a simple crumble mixture then smoke over indirect heat until golden brown.
Peaches and cream

Grilled Peaches And Cream With Rum, A Delicious End To Any Cookout

By:

Meathead

Peaches and cream, a classic summer treat and a combo as natural as peanut butter and jelly, are taken to new levels with a touch of grilling char and smoke. Peaches are halved and grilled until soft and smoky before being chopped and served with ice cream and a drizzle of mouthwatering rum, maple, and vanilla sauce.
Grilled watermelon plated

Grilled Watermelon Will Change the Way You Look At Summer’s Favorite Fruit

By:

Clint Cantwell

Grilling watermelon transforms an otherwise sweet summer treat into a savory side dish or dessert. Grilled watermelon tastes great plain but this recipe rounds out the flavor profile with fiery hot honey, citrusy lemon zest sea salt, and bright fresh mint.
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Barbecued ice cream

Barbecued Ice Cream, A Surefire Showstopper

By:

Rick Browne, Ph.B.

Sweet meets heat with this showy grilled ice cream dessert. First introduced by AmazingRibs.com on Live with Regis and Kelly in 2001, this delicious barbecued ice cream dessert is the perfect way to wow your friends at your next BBQ and grilling cookout as you pull it from the grill at the end of the meal.
Jarred smoked chocolate chips

Smoked Chocolate Chips Amp Up Any Dessert

By:

Clint Cantwell

Take your desserts over the top with this recipe for smoking chocolate chips at home. Cold smoking is the key to this recipe and creates just enough smoke to add a subtle touch of BBQ to the chocolate. Once smoked, the chocolate chips can be stored in an airtight container in order to mellow the smoke flavor.
Chocolate truffles in a box

Homemade Chocolate Truffles, As Easy To Make As They Are To Fall In Love With

By:

Meathead

Chocolate truffles are elegant, seductive and surprisingly easy to make! They start with a simple mixture of melted chocolate and cream (called ganache). The mixture is chilled, rolled into balls, and coated with your choice of finishing flavors from cocoa powder and coconut to crushed nuts or spices. Have fun with it!
Deep fried snickers in paper boat

How To Make Deep Fried Snickers® Candy Bars Without the Mess

By:

Clint Cantwell

There's something truly decadent about deep fried candy bars and now you can make them at home with this simple recipe. By deep frying outdoors on the grill, you avoid that lingering smell and oily mess in your kitchen. The airy batter gives way to a deliciously warm and melty chocolate candy center.
Powdered sugar dusted pecan tassie

Bite-Size Pecan Pies Are Easy To Make And Easier To Eat

By:

Meathead

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this delicious recipe for pecan tassies, mini bite size pecan pies. Crunchy, nutty, gooey, flaky, and easy to pop one after another, these tasty tartlets are often served at Southern weddings, but are most common at Christmas and Thanksgiving, when pecans are still fresh.

How to Make Maple Taffy On Snow

By:

Meathead

Chewy and rich, maple taffy's texture and flavor are a real treat. Since it is made in the snow, this recipe is sure to be a hit with the kids. You'll need 100% pure real maple syrup, preferably dark maple syrup, as opposed to mass produced pancake syrup that is made from corn syrup and isn't nearly as flavorful.

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Published On: 5/3/2019 Last Modified: 4/20/2021


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