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How to Grill Pumpkin on the BBQ + Video

If you’ve never Grilled Pumpkin on the BBQ before, what a great change!

pumpkinsFall is here, and it’s time for some recipes worthy of the season.

The grill is a great tool to impart hearty grilled flavors into foods that satiate you on a level that cannot be compared to other cooking methods.

Pumpkin, often reserved for sweets, or in soups & stews, is much for versatile than most would think.

Grilling vegetables is super easy, if you know what to do, and with the flavor development on those smokey grates, you may not cook them another way again.

How to Grill Pumpkin on the BBQ:

This recipe would even be great for preparing your pumpkin pie filling, giving that bit of grilled flavor, likened to that of a roasted marshmallow. Oh yeah, now you’re talkin’!

Type: Side Dish Recipe

Serve with: butter
Prep Time: 5 min
Grill Time: ~ 1 hr
Serves: 4 people

The ingredients & instructions are listed below the video for measurements & directions. Please enjoy the video below.


  • 4 pumpkin chunks – roughly the size of your hand; for a side dish
  • 1 – 2 tbsp olive oil
  • sprinkle ground cinnamon
  • sprinkle ground nutmeg
  • sprinkle cayenne pepper – to taste
  • freshly cracked black pepper – to taste
  • sea salt – to taste
  • 1 – 2 tbsp brown sugar or maple syrup (baste)
  • butter – to serve, if desired


  1. How to Grill Pumpkin on the BBQ - cookingwithkimberly.comClean & disassemble a pumpkin, leaving you with some chunks of pumpkin about the side of your hand.
  2. Preheat grill to medium heat.
  3. Using a sharp knife, stab the pumpkin a few times on each piece on the fleshy side.
  4. Using a brush, coat all surface area of pumpkin chunks with olive oil.
  5. Sprinkle with freshly cracked black pepper & salt, cayenne pepper, ground cinnamon & nutmeg.
  6. Grill on tough skin side first on grill for 10 – 12 min on a BBQ grate where it gets direct heat.
  7. Move next to a grate next to the direct heat, which you will now turn to a medium high heat. In essence, you’ll roast the pumpkin in the BBQ grill with the lid shut until it’s nearly fork or knife tender. * Tip: Depending upon how thick the flesh of your pumpkin is, will determine the length of grilling time. Today’s pumpkin I used is about 2 1/2 inches thick. This could take you an hour or so on the grill.
  8. Baste with butter, or more olive oil, and sprinkle brown sugar on the fleshy side.
  9. Return back to the direct heat and grill on high or medium high until you get some nice grill marks and the brown sugar has caramelized.
  10. Serve with butter, if desired.

This is a great side dish for the Fall or Winter, depending upon how adventurous you’re feeling in the inclement weather to grill.


I hope you enjoy this Pumpkin Recipe on Cooking with Kimberly. Until next time…

Be a Champion in Your Kitchen & Eat Deliciously!

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Author: Kimberly Turner

Kimberly Turner is the web-chef behind CookingWithKimberly.com. Food writer, food consultant and general lover of the delicious treats on our planet, Kimberly brings you hearty content, delicious offerings, fun antics, and some down-home cooked love with her mom making cameos. Internet entrepreneur and marketer, International model, and Editor-in-Chief of a number of online publications. Be a Champion in Your Kitchen & Eat Deliciously!

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