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Grilled Banana Split With Vanilla Bourbon Ice Cream

Grilled Banana Split With Vanilla Bourbon Ice Cream

By Traeger Kitchen

A savory slab deserves a sweet chaser. Try smoky, sweet ice cream, grilled bananas, and a smattering of your favorite toppings.

Prep Time

15 Min

Cook Time

1 Hr




This recipe serves:


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Units of Measurement:
1 Cup heavy cream
2 Cup half-and-half
2 Teaspoon bourbon
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract or seeds from 1 vanilla bean
2/3 Cup Plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, divided
1 Pinch kosher salt
4 Whole bananas, ripe but firm, unpeeled and halved lengthwise
For Serving (Optional)
Chocolate Syrup
Butterscotch syrup
Pineapple ice cream topping
Strawberry ice cream topping
Chopped nuts
whipped cream
4 maraschino cherries


  • 1

    When ready to cook, set the Traeger temperature to 180℉ and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal flavor, use Super Smoke, if available.

    180 ˚F / 82 ˚C

    Super Smoke

  • 2

    Combine the heavy cream and half-and-half in an aluminum roasting pan. Place the pan on the Traeger, close the lid, and smoke for 45 minutes.

    180 ˚F / 82 ˚C


    Super Smoke

  • 3

    Remove the smoked cream mixture from the grill. Add the bourbon, vanilla, 2/3 cup sugar, and salt. Stir until the sugar is fully dissolved, then chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

  • 4

    Pour the cream mixture into an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer's instructions until it reaches a soft serve consistency. Transfer the ice cream to a plastic container and freezer for at least 1 hour, or until ready to assemble the banana splits.

  • 5

    Set the Traeger temperature to 450°F and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes.

    450 ˚F / 232 ˚C


  • 6

    Sprinkle the remaining tablespoon of sugar over the cut sides of the bananas. Place the bananas directly on the grill grates, cut-side down. Close the lid and cook until lightly caramelized, 5-7 minutes.

    450 ˚F / 232 ˚C


  • 7

    Remove the bananas from the grill and place in serving dishes. Scoop the ice cream on top, then finish with your favorite sauces, nuts, whipped cream, and maraschino cherries. Enjoy!

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