When you have a barbecue, the meat and sides seem to be the priority when it comes to meal planning. But don’t forget those sweet treats served afterward. The best desserts to serve at a barbecue are simple and light, served either cold from the fridge or grilled up in only a few minutes on the barbecue. So, what should you serve?
If you like to serve something chilled on a hot day, there are quite a few options to choose from. The obvious choice is ice cream since it is pretty versatile. You can serve it to your guests in a bowl or fill up a bunch of cones to reduce the number of dishes you need to do once the barbecue is over. You can also create a sundae bar for your guests, giving them different sauces and toppings to choose from.
Another option is pudding. No matter what kind you like, it is easy to make in advance. Plus it gives your guests something that won’t fill them up too much, especially after partaking in your tasty meal.
Fruit is another option. You can make a big fruit salad to serve after the meal or whip up some little fruit cups. And you can top them both with a bit of whipped cream for a bit of extra sweetness. Fruit kabobs are also a great choice. Along with the pieces of fruit, you can add chunks of pound cake or angel food cake, as well as marshmallows if you desire it. You can also make some fruity pies in advance to serve your guests.
Popsicles are another cool dessert option. You can go the easy route and buy a box of assorted flavors from the store, or you can make your own at home with some fruit and juice.
Warm desserts can be made right on the grill, or over the open flames of a fire pit if you have one already lit.
S’mores and barbecues go hand in hand. But if you find the regular marshmallow and chocolate in graham crackers a bit too messy, try out a s’mores cone. Just fill a sugar cone with mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, and any fruit you like. Then wrap it in foil and place it on the barbecue rack. A tasty s’mores dip of is also a delicious idea if you’re feeding a group.
Grilled cake slices are also a great option. You can use any type of cake, provided it won’t crumble as you handle it. The best options are angel food cake or pound cake. Then top them with some fruit, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, or a variety of other toppings.
Fruit can also be grilled on the barbecue. Melons like cantaloupe are a good option, as is pineapple. Coat them with oil, grill them up, and drizzle the pieces with your favorite sauce. You can also grill those kabobs mentioned above if you like. Bananas are great cut lengthwise, filled with marshmallows and chocolate, and placed over the heat in foil.
If you have one of those sandwich makers that are designed to use over a fire, use some bread filled with pie filling to make little hand pies. The best part is that you can make a variety of flavors in very little time.