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Article and Photos by Rick Browne, Ph.B.
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Barbecued Ice Cream
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Cream Cheese, Chocolate and Jam Turnovers
Please read that title carefully. Note that it is not “Barbecue Desserts”—those are desserts youcan serve at a barbecue. It’s “Barbecue-d Desserts”—that is, desserts that are prepared, cooked or fashioned on a barbecue.
There’s a big difference.
The American Royal Barbecue Championship in Kansas City and the Jack Daniel’s Invitational in Lynchburg, TN, two premier barbecue contests with thousands of dollars in prizes, both have contests featuring desserts that you could serve at a barbecue.
But I think both contests fall short. After all, they are BARBECUE contests, not dessert-making contests; therefore, allowing desserts to be entered that are not cooked on a barbecue sends the wrong message, I think.
What follows herein, and hopefully what will be contained in my next barbecue-themed cookbook, are recipes for desserts that are barbecued.
After all, as I have said ad nauseum on my Barbecue America TV series, “a barbecue grill is nothing more than an oven you cook on outdoors.” So why not stay out of the kitchen even more and whip up those yummy desserts outside with your barbecue guests?
Almost everyone has grilled fruit: bananas, pineapples, peaches, etc. on their grills for simple and tasty dessert treats. But for heaven’s sake, be brave and go the whole nine yards by cooking up delicious cakes, sweet cookies, heavenly flans, and even, high-rising soufflés on the grill.
There are a few tricks that will help you get good results, but basically you use your charcoal, gas or electric grill to bake up almost any dessert you normally do in your kitchen.
1. If using charcoal, pile the briquettes on one side of the grill, leaving the other side unheated so you can cook over indirect heat.
2. If using gas, turn on the burners on just one side, again so you have an area of indirect heat to use.
3. Spray your grill with a cooking spray; PAM has one specifically for baking, if you are cooking directly on the grill. Otherwise spray a piece of extra-strength aluminum foil before you cook your dessert on it.
4. Until you get used to cooking pastries, cakes and pies on your grill, monitor it closely, unless you have a Fire Stone Legacy grill, which is essentially a convection oven. Most other BBQ grills, like many ovens, have hot spots.
5. Measure the number of coals or carefully note gas burner settings to determine how to reach the temperatures recommended in recipes.
Why spend hours inside the kitchen when you’re having a barbecue party? Use these recipes to come up with some creative, delicious, and fun dessert recipes that your guests can watch you make. Imagine the oohs and aahs you’ll get taking a barbecued ice cream cake or puffy golden soufflé out of the barbecue!
And, as with all of my recipes, please experiment, add or change ingredients, make them your own recipes, and above all have fun at the same time you’re creating BBQ culinary wonders.
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