Top 8 Grilled Dessert Recipes

The Best Grilled and Smoked Desserts

Grilling dessert is a spectacular end to any cookout. The grill brings out flavors that can't be found any other way. The best strategy is to prepare everything beforehand so it only takes a few minutes to serve up something everyone will be talking about. One trick when using a charcoal grill is to add some extra charcoal once the main course is off. Then close down the vest so that the grill stays hot but burns slowly. When dessert time comes just remove the lid and let the fire heat up. A...MORE good hot grill caramelizes fruits and sugars quickly so stay close by and cook fast. Most desserts can be grilled in just a few minutes.

  • 01 of 08
    Grilled Apple Crisp
    Grilled Apple Crisp. Rita Maas/Getty Images

    This is a quick and easy way to prepare a classic American dessert. By wrapping these up in individual packets you can serve them as you need. This is particularly helpful if you have kids hanging around.

  • 02 of 08
    Smoked Pumpkin Pie
    Smoked Pumpkin Pie. Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    This pumpkin pie has a light smoky flavor that works well with vanilla bean ice cream or whipped cream. If you're looking for a unique pie recipe that isn't overly sweet, then look no further.

  • 03 of 08
    Grilled Pear and Hazelnut Packets
    Grilled Pear and Hazelnut Packets. Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    This grilled pear recipe is actually prepared in a foil packet on the grill. A nice scoop of vanilla ice cream goes really well with the cinnamon-sugar and hazelnut combination.

  • 04 of 08
    Stuffed Peaches on the Grill
    Stuffed Peaches on the Grill. Jonathan Lovekin/Getty Images

    While you probably don't think a lot about grilling fruit, these little grill packets make a delicious dessert. Top them off with vanilla ice cream and your guests will be pleased.

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  • 05 of 08
    Grilled Pineapple Sundae
    Grilled Pineapple Sundae. Rita Maas/Getty Images

    This grilled pineapple dish not only makes a delicious dessert but a spectacular presentation.

  • 06 of 08
    Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumb Cake
    Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumb Cake. John E. Kelly/Getty Images

    Didn't think you could bake a cake on the grill? Guess again. This wonderful cake is easy to prepare and can be grilled for dessert while you are eating dinner.

  • 07 of 08
    Grilled Pineapple Dessert
    Grilled Pineapple Dessert. Winifred Heinze/Getty Images

    This is a fantastic dessert recipe that is also very fast. You can substitute rum for the tequila if you are so inclined.

  • 08 of 08
    Grilled Honey Basted Nectarines
    Grilled Honey Basted Nectarines. nicolebranan/Getty Images

    This grilled fruit recipe can be transformed into any dessert you wish. You can add a scoop of ice cream and crumbled cookies to make a sundae, or slice and place on top of baked sugar cookie dough to make a dessert pizza.