Nothing says “summer” like dinner prepared on the grill. Add some fun to your barbecue with these fruit-inspired ideas! Paired with exotic barbecue sauces and seasonings, your dishes will be the talk of the season. We’ve got the secrets on how to infuse your next get-together with the freshest flavors of summer!
CHOOSING THE RIGHT OIL
Most recipes for grilled fruit suggest using oil. This will keep fruits from sticking to the grates of the grill. It’s important to choose a neutral oil with a high smoke point (like grapeseed or canola) so that the flavor of the fruit isn’t overpowered. To amp up the flavor profile, try olive oil (like this Premium Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil by Blue Olive Oil!) – It’s a great complement to the sweetness of the fruit.
FIND THE RIGHT TEMPERATURE
It’s best to grill fruits over moderately hot coals, rotating them frequently so that their outsides don’t burn in the process. Another method is to use indirect heat, which will slow the process as it is less intense than direct contact with flames or hot coals. Fruit doesn’t take long to grill, so keep a close eye on it!
CAUTION: FRUIT WILL BE HOT!
Most fruits have a high water content. This causes them to get extremely hot when cooked, so be sure to let your fruit cool after taking it off the grill. This step will also prevent more delicate fruits from falling apart. To speed the process, try serving your grilled creation with ice cream!
HOW TO PICK YOUR FRUIT
When choosing which fruits to grill, make your decision based on desired level of sweetness. Grilling causes the sugars in fruit to caramelize, so keep in mind that the finished product will be sweeter than the original.
Some popular choices include:
If you’re looking to get creative with your own recipes, here’s a list of fruits that are in season!
FRUIT MARINADES FOR YOUR MEAT
If left un-marinated, meat can fail to leave a lasting impression. To add complexity to your grilled creations, consider how sweet fruit flavors can complement savory flavors. These recipes and ideas are perfect to get you started!
For a Hawaiian vibe, pair chicken and pineapple. This Pineapple BBQ Marinade from Allrecipes brings together the tastes of summer with a sweet and sour fruit base. For a finishing touch, say “aloha” with this Mai Tai sauce from Cathy’s Sassy Sauce!
Thinking of grilling beef at your next cookout? The natural enzymes in papayas are the perfect match for tough cuts of meat. This Papaya Soy Marinade from About Food requires 2-6 hours marinating time, but it’s worth it for the amount of flavor it locks in! And if you’re looking for a spicy addition, this Habañero Pineapple Sauce from Hak’s BBQ has the perfect flavors to complete the meal.
FRUIT INFUSED RECIPES FOR THE BBQ
These dishes are the perfect starting point for your fruit-fueled barbecue. We’ve got everything from drinks to the main dish covered to make preparation a breeze!
With a splash of tamarind soda, this updated classic brings together the ideal combination of bourbon and fruit. And with the simple addition of grilled peaches, you’ll have the taste of summer in your glass in just minutes. And we’re willing to bet that Hella Bitter’s Citrus Bitters would pump up the flavor even further!
Seasonal vegetables pair perfectly with lemony, seasoned pineapples and tomatoes. Pro tip: use aluminum foil to make clean-up easy!
A spin on a summer classic: combine grilled watermelon with honey for a sweet dessert, or pair it with goat cheese to make it savory! Hint: add a Fresh Fruit Vinegar from Mangé to a grilled watermelon and feta salad.
In terms of the perfect sauce to complete your meal, there are SO many to try but if you want to think outside the box, Deaf Man’s Mango XXX is where you can start. Even with it’s sweet hint of mango, this BBQ sauce packs a spicy punch. New to marinating? Here’s an in-depth marinading guide that makes it easy for you!