We have been known to grill some fruit here and there. Apples are by far one of our most successful fruits.
We have a delicious Grilled Apple Salad that I would invite you try. In fact, we even have a ribbon from the dessert category at the St. Louis BBQ Bash. And that grilled dessert happened to involve apples. Not apple SAUCE, per say, but grilled apples nonetheless. However, if grilled apples are award winning, then smoked applesauce can’t be a bad idea, right?
Well, we thought so. And…we were right! This was YUMMY! We decided that if we were going to make grilled applesauce, we might as well change up the flavor profile slightly. Not too much, just adding more of what everyone loves – vanilla, cinnamon and sugar. Because, if you don’t love vanilla, cinnamon and sugar, I’m not sure we can actually continue this relationship.
Are we on the same page? I really hope so, because I like you.
The apples took no time to smoke at all – under 10 minutes at 275F. Then I combined them in a pot with the rest of my ingredients, put it on simmer, stirred/mashed occasionally, and voila: Applesauce…with a twist.
We actually used apples from a local farmer’s market. We got a crazy discount on the apples because they were the bruised ones. This worked out perfectly because it didn’t matter if they were bruised or not for this. So if you have an excess of bruised apples, or come across some apples that are starting to get soft – this would be a great way to use them and be REALLY excited about eating them!
- 3 pounds of apples peeled, cut in half and cored
- 1/2 water 1/2 lemon juice mixture - we used 1/4 cup of each.
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/2 tsn salt
- 2 strips of lemon peel
- 1/2 tsn grated cinnamon stick
- 2 tsn vanilla
- Smoke your apples on indirect heat (275F) for about 10 minutes - 5 minutes on each side, or until they are soft and have grill marks.
- In a sauce pan, combine, water/lemon juice mixture, the sugars, salt, lemon, cinnamon and vanilla. Add in the apples.
- Cook at a low heat, covered, stirring frequently. Mash the apples as they let you. Once it cooks down, you can add more liquid if needed. Serve warm...mostly because there's nothing better than warm applesauce. Yum.