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Fruit ice cream dessert grilled on the barbecue to provide that delicate smoke flavor – Wow!

Who knew that you could mix up fresh seasonal fruit, toss in a little spice, grill on the barbecue and out comes the basis for a delicious delicate breakfast dessert. This can also be served as a great afternoon treat while sitting on the porch on a warm sunny day or enjoy by a fire on a cold winter afternoon.


BBQ grilled Fruit peaches and cherries

Warm BBQ Fruit Salad with Ice Cream and Honey Bourbon Glaze



We did some searching to find a great breakfast dessert and came up with a fare that we feel is not only a great follow-up to breakfast, but can be enjoyed anytime. In keeping with our BBQ grill theme, we wanted fruit that would stand up to the smoke flavor but also wanted the fruit freshness to come through. We used seasonal fruit to ensure freshness. You can also play with tropical fruits like mangos if these are available. We wanted to lift the flavor by adding seasoning to the fruit. You can even play with herbs if you like, there are no hard and fast rules. In this case, we chose to mix in a Pumpkin Pie spice mix before grilling. Whichever fruit you choose to use, ensure that all pits have been removed before grilling. There is nothing more shocking than biting into an unexpected pit. This grilled fruit salad can be served in a variety of ways depending on its purpose. If the fruit is being used as a breakfast appetizer, a prepared cream may be a nice touch. Given we have prepared it as a breakfast dessert, we put a dollop of ice cream on top. The topping can also vary depending on the fruit used and personal taste. We prepared a honey bourbon topping, but caramel, chocolate or other fruit toppings could be experimented with.


Make It

Prepare Fruit
  • 4-6 ripe Peaches pitted and sliced
  • Plums pitted and sliced or 1 lb of cherries pitted
  • May add a third fruit if desired, such as diced pineapple 
  • Season fruit with spices of choice or dried herbs (optional) Allow spices to sit on fruit for 20 minutes before grilling


Grill Fruit

Place the fruit in a barbecue appropriate container.  Preheat grill to about 325ºF. The cook time will depend on several factors such as the temperature of your grill, gas or charcoal, and other food and outdoor factors (temperature, humidity, wind, etc). Cook on the grill, stirring occasionally for approximately 15 minutes.

The fruit should be heated, with a pleasant delicate smoke flavor, and have a slight firmness. Remove cooked fruit from the heat and serve while still warm.

Prepare Grilled Fruit Topping

Prepare the topping ahead of time. If honey is used, we recommend Bourbon be added to prevent the topping from hardening.

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp of Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Tbsp of Bourbon or Whiskey

Mix all ingredients in a saucepan and heat over medium heat until completely blended and smooth. Serve warm.

Assemble the Dessert

Serve this dessert disassembled, with the barbecued fruit in a bowl and the ice cream and topping on the side for assembly as a dessert with topping.

Barbecued Fruit and ice cream salad

Barbecued Fruit Ice Cream Dessert

Bon Appétit from Chef Frey

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