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Grilled Lemonade & 5 Other Surprisingly Good BBQ Fruit Recipes (PHOTOS)

grilled lemonadeBurgers. Hot dogs. Steaks. Chicken. Veggie skewers. Those are the staples of a summer barbecue. What's more fun than inviting some friends over, popping a few cold ones, and watching the kids play over a lazy summer evening?

As it turns out: A lot. This summer, let's all vow to turn that grill upside down and try something new.

How about some fruit? Yes, sir. That grill is not just for meat and veggies. There are a whole host of fruits (yes, fruits) that taste absolutely AMAZING grilled. Here are six of them, including grilled lemonade ... because YUM, right?

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1Grilled Lemonade

Grilled lemonade seems like something out of a summer dream, right? Combining two summer staples (lemonade and grilled food) for one amazing drink? Well, it's real. It's simple, too. Just dip the sides of 16 halved lemons in sugar and grill until marked. Let them cool while you simmer 1 1/4 cups sugar and 1 3/4 cups water with a pinch of salt until dissolved; let cool. Squeeze the lemons through a strainer into a pitcher; stir in the sugar syrup and some ice and add a few of the grilled lemons. Happy sipping!

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2Grilled Watermelon

Yes, grilled watermelon is a thing and YES this is delicious. To make it, cut the watermelon into slices and salt it. Let the water drain for 20 minutes onto paper towels. Rinse the salt, pat it dry, then place on the grill. Three minutes on each side. For a great salad, slice the grilled melon, throw it over some arugula, add some goat cheese, and drizzle a balsamic dressing.

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3Grilled Peaches

Martha Stewart has an amazing recipe for grilled peach melba, but we like them plain and simple. Halve and pit the peaches. Throw them on the grill for 5 to 10 minutes on each side. Scoop some vanilla ice cream over it and eat. Purely delicious.

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4Grilled Bananas

The banana really is the ideal fruit. It stands alone in deliciousness and doesn't need much of anything to make it better. But it can be better all the same. Enter the grilled banana. All gooey and oozy and wonderful, it makes a beautiful side dish at any barbecue, but dessert? Oh, dessert. Try these grilled banana splits. You'll think you are in heaven.

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5Grilled Pinepple

Pineapples on the BBQ? Yes, please. Grilled pineapple is not only tasty, it's also a great low-cal way to get a summer dessert. Pineapple is good for you in so many ways, but add a little lime juice, honey, and cinnamon, and you have a dessert that looks much harder and more fattening than it is. 


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