12 Great Backyard Barbecue Desserts

Try some of these tasty treats at your next backyard barbecue

So much focus is given to grilling this time of year, and it is easy to get distracted by all of the many recipes for burgers, grilled chicken, and ribs. But dessert should not fall by the wayside simply because it might not be the main event! Some delectable desserts can be made on the grill while others can be made ahead of time, but in every case backyard barbecue desserts should not be a hassle to make. Cobblers, pies, cookies, and cupcakes are all great candidates.

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Desserts made to follow a rush of grilled vegetables, meats, and heavy sides should not be too heavy or overbearing. Instead they should complement the meal that has preceded them by tasting sweet without being sickly, indulgent without tipping you over the edge. An ideal barbecue dessert is casual, delicious, and fun. After all, eating outside in itself is a fun experience — a celebration!


We reached out to our Culinary Content Network of food bloggers and asked them which recipes they love to make once barbecue season rolls around. Grilled pineapple, red velvet cupcakes, ice box cakes, and more — we collected 12 delectable dessert recipes that are perfect for your next backyard barbecue!