Elevate your BBQ with this spicy-sweet grilled watermelon

Elevate your BBQ with this spicy-sweet grilled watermelon

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

4 minutes


6 people

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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