I spent mine eating, drinking, swimming, and grilling, which I suspect was a common grouping of activities for many people. I also made sure to allocate some efforts to taking pictures of said grilling.
My mom and step-dad have a pool in their backyard in Kansas and they love to throw a party! So this year since the 4th was on a Thursday, we allocated Saturday for the big celebration. This was complete with a 2 pm start time, lots of side dishes brought by friends, plus hot dogs, hand-made burgers, pulled pork and smoked brisket.
All of these were made on the smoker that Doug, my step-dad, has and loves more than life itself. I think he smoked the pork and brisket for over 12 hours. True dedication.
Other side dishes included an amazing cauliflower and broccoli salad. It was shredded and had bacon pieces and golden raisins in it. Sounds like an odd combo but was extremely good. I always enjoy refreshing lighter sides when I’m stuffing my face with meat and beer on a hot, hot, hot day. I need to look more into this recipe through my mom’s friend who brought it for sure.
Next week’s post will be about the burgers Doug made.
Stand by. 🙂
Grilled Banana S’mores
Speaking of stuffing my face, for dessert at my parent’s barbeque I made grilled banana s’mores. As I mentioned before, we only had the smoker heated but, but it’s the same process for a regular grill, too.
To start, you’ll place the whole bananas on the grates. Do not peel them. The end goal here is to wait until the peel is black basically. Timing will vary here depending on the heat of your grill.
The smoker normally isn’t set at a temperature any higher than 280 degrees, but a grill will be 400-500 degrees. I suspect the timing will be 4-10 minutes total. Turn the bananas over half way through. Just keep checking how black the first side gets after a few minutes.
While the banana is… cooking, take this time to set up the graham crackers and chocolate. I broke each graham cracker piece in half to make squares then put 2-3 pieces of chocolate on each.
I will tell you that the length of time on the grill doesn’t really matter too much. As long as the bananas are soft enough (when the peel is black), it works. I let two bananas stay on the smoker longer than others. The only difference was that they were softer than the others, well and much hotter.
Once off the grill, you are going to perform surgery on the bananas. Take a knife and make a cut down the side of the banana just deep enough to cut the peel.
At this point I think it’s easiest to switch to a spoon. It will cut through just fine. Scoop out similar-sized pieces of the banana on to each cracker and chocolate piece. I put about 3-4 pieces on each s’more depending on how well they fit.
Many might see what I’m about to say as a good thing, but either way I will warn you that this gets SUPER messy! At the point you place the bananas pieces on the chocolate, the chocolate begins to melt. So make sure napkins are immediately available for those enjoying.
No marshmallows needed! That’s all it takes for these Grilled Banana S’mores. (That means they are healthy, right?) They were very well received by my family and friends at the barbeque. I’m sure your peeps will love them too!