Cooking dessert on the BBQ is not normally a 'done thing'. As far as I know, cooking the great Aussie tradition the Pavlova on the BBQ is unheard of.

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  • Pavlova

  • 6 x 50g Eggs whites only

  • 300 g caster sugar

  • 1 tablespoon Cornflour

  • 1 teaspoon Vinegar

  • fruit

  • 100 ml Bundy Rum

  • 1 cup icing sugar

  • 1 packet wooden skewer soak in water for 1 hour before use

  • 1 Pineapple

  • 1 Rockmelon

  • 1 mango

  • 1 star fruit

  • 2 Passionfruit

  • 2 under-ripe Bananas

  • 1 nashi

  • 1 punnet strawberry

  • 1 punnet blueberry

  • 1 punnet raspberry

  • To serve

  • 300 g Double cream whipped


  • Pavlova:

  • 1.

    Line two baking tray's (at least 2cm deep) with Aluminum Foil then a layer of Baking Paper.

  • 2.

    Lightly spray with cooking spray.

  • 3.

    Beat egg whites until soft peaks form.

  • 4.

    Continue beating and slowly add the sugar until the mixture looks glossy.

  • 5.

    Sift in the cornflour and add vinegar.

  • 6.

    Fold into mixture softly.

  • 7.

    Turn mixture onto one of the prepared Baking trays.

  • 8.

    Place tray onto flat plate of BBQ on low heat.

  • 9.

    Close hood of BBQ or cover tray with foil.

  • 10.

    Leave to cook for 12-15 mins.

  • 11.

    After 12-15 mins place the 2nd baking tray over the meringue and invert over - place the 2nd tray back onto flat plate for another 10 mins

  • fruit:

  • 1.

    Preheat the BBQ char grill plate to medium heat.

  • 2.

    Slice Mango and score cheeks

  • 3.

    Peel banana and slice length ways into two halves

  • 4.

    Peels & core pineapple – cut into slices and wedges

  • 5.

    Slice Rockmelon, Starfruit & Nashi cut some into 2cm thickness and some into cubes

  • 6.

    Arrange diced fruit onto skewers (previously soaked in water).

  • 7.

    Dust all fruit to be char grilled with icing sugar and set aside until sugar melts.

  • 8.

    Brush fruit lightly with Rum

  • 9.

    Turn heat up and place all fruit onto char grill and cook for 2-3 minutes or until grill marks appear.

  • 10.

    Remove and set aside.

  • To serve:

  • 1.

    Once Pavlova is cooked – carefully peel back baking paper and cut into desired shapes – wedges, slabs etc

  • 2.

    Arrange onto plates or platter with char grilled boozy fruits, scatter over berries, drizzle with more Rum and dust with icing sugar.

  • 3.

    Serve with whipped cream.


Before cooking fruit, clean the char grill by using a large sized paint scraper to scrape away any burnt residue and grit.
Finish off by rubbing down the slats with a cut lemon.
This will remove grease and savoury flavours.
The paint scraper cannot only be used for cleaning but is also a useful and cheap BBQ tool.
Most times that's the only tool I cook with on the BBQ.

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