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Barbecued Chocolate Oranges

5 from 2 votes
The next time you're grilling or camping, make sure you try my Barbecued Chocolate Oranges recipe for a sweet treat without an oven!
A chocolate orange sitting on tin foil.

Hi Bold Bakers!

There’s never an excuse to not have dessert! Sorry, not even when you’re grilling because it’s too hot in the kitchen or out in the wildness by a campfire. 

These barbecued chocolate oranges are a fantastic summer or BBQ dessert. They’re easy to make and a great recipe for the kids to get in on the fun. When you’re grilling the oranges, the brown batter steams inside — so you end up with an incredibly soft, moist brownie with a wonderful flavor of orange. 

You can make these either on the grill or by the campfire! Just follow the instructions below, wrap the oranges in tin foil, and place them on the grill or close to your camp’s flame — not directly in the flame though! If you’re really out there roughin’ it, you can use boxed brownie batter instead of homemade.

Spoons pouring batter into the shell of an orange.

What Are Barbecued Chocolate Oranges?

Barbecued chocolate oranges are a straightforward dessert. You carefully scoop out the center of an orange (a great snack while you’re waiting for your brownie to finish baking, too!) and pour the batter into the hollowed-out orange. The brownie steams up within the skin of the orange, becoming moist and flavorful!

What You Need To Make Barbecued Chocolate Oranges

A freshly baked chocolate orange.

How To Make Barbecued Chocolate Oranges

This recipe comes together in no time and is so much fun to serve on a summer day, just as it starts to get cool. Here’s a taste of how you make barbecued chocolate oranges (get the full written recipe below):

  1. To make the brownie batter, put the chocolate and butter in a large bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. (You can also heat it gently in the microwave until melted.)
  2. Stir occasionally until the chocolate and butter are melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and set it aside to cool a little.
  3. Add in the sugars and whisk until combined. Then, whisk in the eggs and vanilla.
  4. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, and salt over the chocolate mixture. Fold in the dry ingredients until just a little bit of the flour mixture is still visible. 
  5. Prep your oranges by cutting off the top and use a spoon to scoop out the fruit.
  6. Pour the batter into the orange about 3/4 of the way. Place its lid on and wrap the orange well in tin foil.
  7. Place directly on the grill on medium heat (350oF/180oC) and bake for roughly 35-45 minutes.

Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making Barbecued Chocolate Oranges

  • If you don’t have time to make your own, feel free to use store-bought boxed brownie mix. 
  • Make the oranges ahead of time and bring them camping. Put them on the grill or cook close to the campfire (not in the fire.)
  • Make sure you buy medium-large oranges, so there is enough space for your brownie. Do not use clementines or mandarins — their skins are too thin. 
  • If you’d like to make just 1 BBQ orange, use my batter recipe for my Microwave Mug Brownie.

Taking a spoonful of the bbq chocolate orange.

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Full (and printable) recipe below!

Barbecued Chocolate Oranges

5 from 2 votes
The next time you're grilling or camping, make sure you try my Barbecued Chocolate Oranges recipe for a sweet treat without an oven!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 8 people
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
The next time you're grilling or camping, make sure you try my Barbecued Chocolate Oranges recipe for a sweet treat without an oven!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 8 people

Ingredients

  • 1 ⅓ cups (8oz/225g) bittersweet chocolate (chopped)
  • ¾ cups (6oz/170g) butter
  • 1 cups (8oz/225g) granulated sugar
  • cup (4oz/115g) dark brown sugar
  • 4 medium eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups (7 ½oz/213g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tablespoons dark unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 6-8 medium oranges

Instructions

  • To make the Brownies: Put the chocolate and butter in a large bowl and set it over a saucepan of simmering water or place in the microwave.
  • Stir occasionally, until the chocolate and butter are completely melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool a little.
  • Add the sugars and whisk until completely combined.
  • Next, whisk in the eggs and vanilla.
  • Sift the flour, cocoa powder, and salt over the chocolate mixture. Fold the flour mixture into the chocolate until just a bit of the flour mixture is visible. Set aside.
  • To prepare your oranges: Carefully takes a seated knife and take out the center of the orange.
  • Once you take a bit out you can go in with a spoon and scoop the rest out.
  • Pour the batter into your orange 3/4 of the way. Place its lid on and wrap well in tin foil.
  • Place directly on the grills on medium heat (350°F/180°C) and bake for roughly 35-45 minutes.
  • Enjoy straight away with vanilla ice cream.

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Cyndi Olsen
1 month ago

Used to make these in Campfire Girls! They are delicious!

Ruth Owens
1 month ago

I live this idea!! Could I make the batter ahead of time and keep it in an airtight container to bring camping, then assemble and do this over a campfire?

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