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Grilled Cherry Handpies Easy BBQ by Glenn Connaughton

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Grilled Cherry Hand Pies Recipe: Quick & Easy BBQ Dessert

Diving into the heart of summer, there’s nothing quite like the joy of firing up the grill to bring together flavors, family, and friends under the golden sun. Among the myriad of dishes I’ve had the pleasure to craft, the Grilled Cherry Hand Pies hold a special place in my heart and kitchen. This delightful recipe, a cherished gem from my second cookbook, “Easy BBQ: Simple, Flavorful Recipes for Home Grilling,” embodies the spirit of summertime desserts that are not only mouthwatering but also easy to whip up.

The inception of this recipe was inspired by the sweetest of family memories. Our daughter, Savanna, and I embarked on our grilling adventures with these cherry hand pies as one of our first projects. It was more than just baking; it was about spending precious moments together, learning and laughing over the grill. These hand pies are not just a treat for the taste buds but also a testament to the bonds we forge over shared culinary experiences.

Crafted with love and simplicity, this recipe from “Easy BBQ” invites you to recreate those warm, laughter-filled moments in your own backyard. It’s a call to gather your loved ones, spark up the grill, and make memories that are as sweet and satisfying as the pies themselves. Whether you’re an experienced pitmaster or a curious newcomer to the world of BBQ, these Grilled Cherry Hand Pies are the perfect addition to your summertime dessert repertoire.

Recipe by Glenn Connaughton. Read more about Glenn here.

Grilled Cherry Handpies Easy BBQ by Glenn Connaughton

Grilled Cherry Hand Pies

These little pockets of cherry grill up quickly in 15 minutes are a great picnic treat that can easily be made ahead of time. Enjoy this recipe year-round with the use of cherry pie filling. The cherry wood has a mild and fruity flavor and will add just the right amount of smoke flavor to this dish. When shopping for the pie crusts you are looking for a 14 ounce box of refrigerated pie crusts, not the kind already in the pie tin.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Servings


  • 1 package premade refrigerated pie crust (contains 2 pie crusts)
  • 1 can 21 ounces cherry pie filling
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 1 egg white beaten


  • Preheat the grill to medium-high (or 425°F) in a direct-heat configuration. Add a handful of cherry wood to your grill, if using.
  • Unroll the pie crusts and use a 4-inch biscuit cutter to cut 6 circles from each crust. You may need to re-roll the scraps to get the 6ᵗʰ circle. (You’ll end up with a total of 12 circles.)
  • Drop a tablespoon of the cherry pie filling into the center of each pie crust circle. Fold the pie crust circle in half and pinch the edges completely closed. Press the edges with the tines of a fork to seal. Poke the hand pie once through the top crust only with the tip of the tines; the small holes will prevent it from bursting.
  • Place the hand pies on the parchment paper-lined baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Brush the tops of the hand pies with the beaten egg white.
  • Place the baking tray on the grill and cook the hand pies with the gill lid closed for 15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.
  • While the hand pies are cooking, the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and milk into a medium bowl and whisk them until smooth. Remove the hand pies from the grill, then carefully drop one hand pie into the icing mixture. Use two forks to remove it from the icing and return it to the parchment.
  • Repeat with the other pies. Allow the icing to set for 5 minutes before serving.


These Grilled Cherry Hand Pies are a testament to the joy and versatility of barbecue, blending the sweetness of cherries with the smoky whispers of cherry wood, creating a dessert that’s as delightful to make as it is to devour. This recipe, extracted from my cookbook, “Easy BBQ: Simple, Flavorful Recipes for Home Grilling,” is just a glimpse of how simple ingredients, when combined with the love of grilling, can create dishes that bring people together, celebrating the magic of BBQ.
For those who have enjoyed this recipe and are eager to explore more such delightful blends of flavor and technique, I invite you to discover the entire collection in “Easy BBQ: Simple, Flavorful Recipes for Home Grilling.” Each recipe is crafted with the same passion and simplicity, aiming to inspire both the novice and the seasoned grill master. To grab your copy and embark on a journey of culinary discovery, visit Happy grilling!
Easy BBQ by Glenn Connaughton
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