Elevate your BBQ with this spicy-sweet grilled watermelon

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Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 4 minutes | Serves: 6


Grilling is a subtle art. It's quite possibly the simplest form of cooking, but with great simplicity comes great opportunity for failure. A minute to long on the grill and your steak is ruined. An hour too little in its brine, your pork is too tough.

But even if you're not a master griller, there's still an easy way to impress everyone at your cookout: grilled watermelon. It's the perfect mixture of spicy, sweet, citric and refreshing – and it's nearly impossible to screw up.

Just brush some watermelon in a mixture of lime juice, honey, cayenne, salt and pepper, throw it on the grill for a few minutes and top it with fresh cilantro, and you've got a side that will blow people's minds.

It's low risk, high reward and takes virtually no time or financial investment. You'll be a BBQ hero for doing virtually nothing. You can thank us later.


  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 seedless watermelon, cut into 1-inch thick wedges
  • 1/2 cup cilantro


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together honey, lime juice, cayenne pepper and salt, then brush each side of watermelon slices with mixture. 
  2. Place watermelon on hot grill and cook until grill marks develop, about 2 minutes per side.
  3. Remove watermelon from the grill, sprinkle with cilantro, and serve.


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