BBQ Grilled Summer Fruits with Maple and Bourbon

Desserts / Vegetarian

BBQ Grilled Summer Fruits with Maple and Bourbon
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4 portions
Metric Imperial


  • 4 ripe nectarines or peaches, halved with stones removed
  • 3 cups black cherries, halved with stones removed
  • 1 1/2 cups raspberries
  • 1/3 cup whole hazelnuts, lightly crushed
  • 2 tablespoons of your favourite bourbon
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (preferably amber syrup for its rich taste)
  • 2/3 cup ricotta cheese


  1. Set your BBQ up for indirect grilling and let heat up. Place peaches or nectarines flat side down directly onto the grill for 3-4 minutes or until chargrill marks appear. Remove and set aside onto a warmed plate
  2. Heat a cast-iron pan directly over hot coals in the BBQ then add crushed hazelnuts and dry toast for 3-4 minutes until the nut oils are released and you can smell their aroma. Keep hazelnuts moving to prevent burning then transfer them to a plate and set aside
  3. Using the same pan, place grilled nectarines/peaches skin side down this time and scatter raspberries and cherries in between the nectarines/peaches. Let the pan get hot then pour bourbon over the fruits quickly followed by maple syrup
  4. Transfer the pan from the main heat source and over to the indirect side of the BBQ and close the lid. Cook for 20 minutes until the fruits soften
  5. Using oven-proof gloves, remove the hot pan and rest on a heatproof mat. Top each nectarine/peach with a heaped teaspoon of ricotta and spoon over the syrupy juices from the fruits cooked in the pan with the toasted hazelnuts
  6. Let fruit cool for about 5 minutes before serving

Take your grill game to the next level with this irresistible nectarine dessert, charred to perfection over indirect heat until golden and tender. The grilled nectarines are joined by a supporting cast of cherries and raspberries, soaked in pure maple syrup and a boozy blast of bourbon, before being topped with creamy ricotta and toasted hazelnuts. Grilled fruit at its finest, and the perfect way to close out your next BBQ!

Chef’s tip: Indirect grilling is when food is cooked on the cooler side of the grill, away from the heat source. If you’re cooking with a gas grill, only turn on one side. When using charcoals, simply push the coals to one side. 

Did you enjoy making these juicy grilled nectarines? If you’re hungry for more recipe inspiration, you can check out some of our other desserts and vegetarian dishes below.

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