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Skillet Apple Bourbon Crisp

Posted by sbulloch on January 16, 2014

Skillet Apple Bourbon Crisp

That magic combination of apples and wood smoke is like a match made in flavor heaven. Crisp apples baked with sweet brown sugar and bourbon makes for the perfect fall dessert. Top it with cool ice cream and you have a treat to please the whole family.


Smoked Skillet Apple Bourbon Crisp


Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Serves: 6-8
Recommended Pellets: Apple

For the topping:
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup walnuts
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
8 tablespoons (1 stick) salted butter, chilled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes, plus more for buttering the skillet
For the fruit filling:
3 pounds apples, such as Granny Smith or Honeycrisp varieties, cored, peeled, and thinly sliced into wedges
1/2 cup dried cranberries or cherries (optional) 
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 cup honey or agave syrup
2-1/2 tablespoons bourbon
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
Pinch of salt
1 pint vanilla or cinnamon ice cream


Generously butter the inside of a well-seasoned 12-inch cast iron skillet. Set aside.

Make the topping: In the bowl of a food processor, combine the brown sugar, flour, oats, walnuts, cinnamon, and butter.

Pulse until the mixture is crumbly and still rather clumpy.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the apples, cranberries, if using, brown sugar, honey, bourbon, lemon juice, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt and stir gently to combine.

Tip the fruit mixture into the prepared skillet.

Drop the topping evenly over the fruit. 

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 350 degrees F and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.

Bake the apple crisp for about 1 hour, or until the topping is golden brown and the fruit is hot and bubbling.

Skillet Apple Bourbon Crisp

Let cool for at least 30 minutes. Scoop the crisp into individual bowls for serving, and drizzle with the melted ice cream.

Skillet Apple Bourbon Crisp