Combine an American tradition of barbeque with a good old fashioned apple crisp and you get our new favorite summer dessert dish. Apples may be seen as a fall fruit, but apple pies and apple crisps scream summer. So, when you gather with all your friends this summer for a barbeque, volunteer to bring the dessert and whip up a Smoked Old Fashioned Oat Apple Crisp!
It may have been a rainy Memorial Day weekend for us in the PNW this year, and that rain may have even delayed our engagement photos. However, rain will never prevent us from starting up the barbeque! True-blooded Pacific Northwesterners don’t have blood, after all, they have rain water coursing through their veins!
I do like using my barbeque for non-protein based cooks, as you can read from all the smoked veggies recipes, and even breakfast granola. It was only a matter of time before a dessert found it’s way into the mix. Barbeque doesn’t just have to be about a big piece of meat, after all. My vision of Northwest Style BBQ only requires ingredients to be fresh and local, and Smoked Old Fashioned Oat Apple Crisp cooked with NW grown apples couldn’t be any more fresh or local.
How to Make Smoked Old Fashioned Oat Apple Crisp
One of the great things about this recipe is, you likely already have your barbeque fired up for whatever your dinner may be. So, while your dinner is cooking, start by peeling and chopping your apples. Once you pull your main course off the smoker to rest, adjust the temperature to 350 degrees.
In a mixing bowl combine your peeled and chopped apples with lemon juice, half of the cinnamon, and granulated sugar. Butter a cast iron skillet, I use this Lodge 10 inch cast iron skillet when I need a pan for the smoker. Spread the apples evenly on the skillet.
In a separate mixing bowl combine the brown sugar, old fashioned oats, flour, the rest of the cinnamon, salt, and butter. Use a pastry cutter or two forks to mix, making sure the butter cubes are broken down into small pea-sized balls. Spread this mixture evenly over the apples in your skillet.
Once your skillet is prepared and the smoker has reached 350 degrees, place the skillet in the smoker. Bake in the smoker for 45 minutes. Smoker temperatures can fluctuate depending on fire management and that can change cooking times slightly. You will know the crisp is done when the top is golden brown. Remove from the smoker and serve right away with some old-fashioned vanilla ice cream!
I suggest a song that screams summer. Imagine, sitting outside on your patio as the sun sets on another NW summer evening. Your belly is full of a delicious dinner and you are about to break into some Smoked Old Fashioned Oat Apple Crisp. A crisp so warm and bubbly the vanilla ice cream melts over the top of it. You take your first bite while Good Feeling – Flo Rida starts playing in the background. That, my friends, is a great NW summer evening.
I’ll admit, I’m not a huge Flo Rida fan. I don’t even know how his name is even pronounced. Is it flow-rider? Is it closer to the pronunciation of Florida? I have no idea, if you know please educate me. This song just seems very summery to me, and is a bit different than my previous recommendations.
Smoked Old Fashioned Oat Apple Crisp
- 3 honeycrisp apples peeled and chopped
- 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon divided
- 3/4 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cold unsalted butter diced into small cubes
- pinch of kosher salt
- Start by peeling and chopping your apples and set your smoker temperature to 350 degrees.3 honeycrisp apples
- In a mixing bowl combine your peeled and chopped apples with lemon juice, half of the cinnamon, and granulated sugar. Butter a cast iron skillet and spread the apple mixture evenly on the skillet.3 honeycrisp apples, 1 Tbsp granulated sugar, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 3/4 tsp lemon juice
- In a separate mixing bowl combine the brown sugar, old fashioned oats, flour, the rest of the cinnamon, salt, and butter. Use a pastry cutter or two forks to mix, making sure the butter cubes are broken down into small pea-sized balls. Spread this mixture evenly over the apples in your skillet.1/2 cup light brown sugar, 1/3 cup old fashioned oats, 1/3 cup all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup cold unsalted butter, pinch of kosher salt
- Once your skillet is prepared and the smoker has reached 350 degrees, place the skillet in the smoker. Bake in the smoker for 45 minutes. You will know the crisp is done when the top is golden brown. Remove from the smoker and serve right away with some old fashioned vanilla ice cream!
Perfect Entrees to Pair with Smoked Old Fashioned Oat Apple Crisp
- Smoked Whole Chicken – perfect for that winner winner chicken dinner
- Smoky Cheeseburger – hold the pickles hold the lettuce
- Smokey Lime and Cilantro Pork Tenderloin – for your South of the border cravings
Perfect Cocktails to Pair with Smoked Old Fashioned Oat Apple Crisp
- The Dirty Shirley – a quick and easy crowd-pleaser.
- Peach Cilantro Mojito – perfect for any summer barbeque.
- Hurricane – only for the brave who plan on sticking around for a while or getting a ride home!
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