Incredible Desserts You Didn't Know You Could Make On The BBQ

December 7, 2023 – 5 min read

You’ve served up the world’s best steak and snags from the barbecue. Everyone is thinking about something sweet and then, fresh from the grill, you pull a … dessert! Wait, what?

Hosting at home is the big trend for outdoor entertaining this year, and what better way to wow guests than by whipping up a sweet sensation from the grill. Who says the BBQ fun has to end after the main meal?

Guests will be angling for seconds with these inspired BBQ dessert ideas from our friends at Weber and BeefEater.
But first, let’s make sure your barbecue is up to the task!

A woman serves slices of homemade pavlova as family members sit around an outdoor table.

Clean Is The Key To Sweet Success

A clean barbecue surface is essential when cooking desserts. Old oils and dirty grill plates won’t do delicate desserts justice. An even heat under the hood is also important, as well as accurate temperature control to recreate the kitchen oven. Next-gen barbecues make cooking anything a breeze, and could even inspire a full-scale outdoor kitchen makeover.

“The latest barbecues feature in-built thermometers and temperature probes, plus new tech that allows you to control the heat from your smartphone. All of this helps you bake on the barbecue with confidence,” says Scott Bazley, The Good Guys Buyer – Seasonal.

And when it comes to baking on a BBQ, you’ll want to “stretch your imagination,” says Weber Grill Master Laura Romeo. “Anything that can be cooked inside on your stove top, in your oven or in your air fryer can be cooked outside on your barbecue,” says Laura.

“The latest BBQs feature in-built thermometers and temperature probes, plus new tech that allows you to control the heat from your smartphone.”

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Bread And Butter Pudding On The Barbecue

This recipe by Weber Grill Master Laura Romeo is a carb lover’s dream and a time-honoured classic. With a 40-minute BBQ bake time, you can secretly pop the pre-made pudding onto the hot grill straight after serving the mains for a delightful dessert.

Serves 6
Prep Time: 15 mins

BBQ Cooking Time: 30-40 mins

Layered bread pudding in a silver grill baking tray

4 eggs
1 tbsp sugar, plus extra 1 tsp, to sprinkle
1 tsp vanilla essence
600ml milk
1 tbsp sultanas
1 tbsp chopped walnuts
3 slices bread, buttered, with crusts removed
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Whipped cream or ice cream, to serve

1. Prepare the barbecue for indirect cooking over medium-low heat (170°C to 190°C). If you’re using a Weber Q barbecue, set up your barbecue with a convection tray and trivet.

2. Beat the eggs with 1 tbsp of the sugar, the vanilla and milk. Strain the mixture into a lightly buttered aluminium drip pan. Add the sultanas and walnuts.

3. Cut the buttered bread into triangles and float them on top of the egg and milk mixture. Sprinkle the pudding with the remaining sugar and the cinnamon.

4. Bake the pudding over indirect medium-low heat, with the lid closed, for 30 to 40 mins, or until the custard is set. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.

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Maple Baked Bananas On The Barbecue

A drizzle of maple syrup and a dash of barbecue theatre – that sums up this sweet treat from BeefEater. Let your guests unwrap these golden parcels for a caramelised surprise. Pair with vanilla ice cream for a match made in heaven. 
Serves 6
Prep Time: 15 mins
BBQ Cooking Time: 8-10 mins

Bananas on crumpled greaseproof paper on a white plate with a grey background a salmon coloured napkin and a fork and spoon

6 bananas, peeled, split in half
12-star anise
3 cinnamon sticks, cut in half
6 dessert spoons of maple syrup
Zest of one large orange
Vanilla ice cream, to serve

1. Lay out 6 sheets of aluminium foil on the kitchen bench, then lay 6 sheets of greaseproof paper over the top of the aluminium. Fold all four corners together to form a ‘paper bowl’.

2. Place 2 banana halves in each paper bowl and share out all the other ingredients equally between the bowls. Close up the parcels by crimping the foil together at the top.

3. Place on the BBQ plate and cook on a low heat for 8-10 mins. Once cooked, open the envelopes in front of your guests so they can smell the aroma of the baked bananas, and serve with your favourite vanilla ice cream.

Pavlova On The Barbecue

An Aussie barbie classic, a pavlova, isn’t something you’d immediately think to create on the BBQ but Weber Grill Master Laura Romeo loves making the classic meringue in her Weber.

“It’s just like baking a pavlova in the oven,” she says. “Turn the barbecue off and leave the pav in the barbecue, with the lid closed, for at least 30 minutes. This will prevent sudden temperature changes and reduce the chance of cracking.”

S’mores Dip On The Barbecue

Now for an Aussie twist on this much loved American dessert – let’s throw it on the barbie, mate! From Weber Grill Master Laura Romeo comes this warm, gooey chocolate and marshmallow dip, served with sweet biscuits.

Serves 6-8
Prep Time: 10 mins 
BBQ Cooking Time: 15-20 mins

Girl looking away while eating a s’more in her yard with a barbecue grill in the background

½ tbsp vegetable oil
300g chocolate chips
2 Mars bars (or chocolate bar of choice), sliced
240g marshmallows
Biscuits (any sweet variety, for dipping)
Fresh strawberries


1. Set up your barbecue for indirect cooking (for the Weber Q Range, use a convection tray and trivet). Preheat your barbecue on HIGH for 10 mins.

2. Add the oil to a small Weber Q Ware Fry Pan. Add chocolate chips to the pan and layer with sliced chocolate bars. Top with marshmallows.

3. Once the barbecue is preheated, turn the control knob to the roast setting. If using a Family Q, turn the small burner OFF and leave the larger burner on HIGH.

4. Position the frying pan on the convection tray and trivet, and cook until the marshmallows are golden, about 15-20 mins. Serve with your favourite biscuits and fresh strawberries.


If you want to host a sweet summer soiree, then a dessert on the grill makes the perfect ending. Upgrade your barbecue now and create an entertainer’s paradise with the BeefEater or Weber BBQ range. See our team in-store or online to get the best BBQ for you and your family.

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