We recognize that for most men dessert is more of an afterthought. (You've got to make sure there's room for priority foods like beef, pork butt and bacon.) So for this Father's Day we thought we'd go with a dessert that is light yet rich with that charred-caramelization that has been missing from a banana split for far too long. You can make it as simple or as sinful as you like. This dessert is quick to make and easy enough that the kids can help make this treat for Dad.
You can find this sweet fix in our From Pulled Pork to Peach Pie cookbook.
GRILLED BANANA SPLIT
PREP TIME: 10 min.
COOK TIME: 10 to 12 min.
4 ripe but still firm bananas, unpeeled, split lengthwise
Your favorite ice cream (you could even make your own Maple Bacon Ice Cream)
Jarred chocolate, butterscotch, pineapple, or strawberry ice cream toppings
Sweetened whipped cream (Reddi-Wip® or homemade)
4 maraschino cherries
When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Set the temperature to 450 degrees F (High) and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes. Dip a stiff brass-bristled grill brush in water and brush the grill grate thoroughly before grilling the bananas. (You don't want any residual grill gunk on the bananas.)
Sprinkle the cut sides of the bananas lightly with sugar.
Lay the bananas, cut-side down, on the grill grate.
Grill for 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let cool slightly.
Peel the bananas. Cut each banana piece in half crosswise.
For each serving, arrange 4 pieces of banana in a serving bowl. Top with 2 scoops (or more!) of ice cream and a decadent drizzle of one or more of the ice cream toppings. Top with a lush mound of whipped cream. Sprinkle with nuts, if desired, and finish with a maraschino cherry. Serve immediately, cause this beauty is going to melt.