Why You Should Grill Peaches In Halves Instead Of Slices

Summer is around the corner, and so is peach season. Although it's hard to rival a fresh peach, a charr-marked peach might be the only exception. A staple ingredient that should be part of every backyard barbecue, grilled peaches offer a smoky yet sweet flavor that'll make you want to start grilling every peach in sight!

While you can barbecue any fruit like pineapple, banana, and even watermelon, it's the humble peach that seems to scream summer deliciousness. Not only can grilling soften the fruit's flesh, helping to instantly ripen peaches that are still a bit too firm and lack sweetness, but it will also bring out sugar for ultimate caramelization (via The Spruce Eats). The key is — caramelization can only happen when peach flesh is exposed to the grill.

According to Kitchn, you should grill peaches in halves instead of slices. This makes them much easier to handle on a grill since peach slices tend to slip and perish into the flames. It can also prevent peaches from overcooking since halves are heartier and will retain juices better than slices.

How to grill peach halves

Choosing a peach that is still a bit firm when squeezed is important. Overripe peaches will continue to soften, and Southern Living warns that they are more likely to burn because of their extra sugar. The New York Times recommends cutting the peaches along their seams and twisting the halves off of their pits. Then you can brush the fruit with a bit of olive oil along with any sugar or spices before placing the flesh side directly on a hot (and clean) grill. Try not to move the halves so they can develop distinct grill marks. After about 4 minutes, the peaches should be tender and ready to serve.

There's no denying that grilled peaches taste unreal when they're served with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. However, if you're feeling particularly adventurous, swap sweet for savory and make grilled peaches the star of your dinner menu. Toss them into a salad or serve with burrata. Thrillist even suggests dicing your grilled peaches to top juicy pork tacos.