Note: Using perfectly ripe peaches is important for this recipe. If your peaches are over- ripe, they will get mushy and too soft when grilling (although they will still taste delicious!). If your peaches are under-ripe, the stone will be very hard to remove. See our note at the end of the recipe with some tips to ripen peaches.
1 cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup molasses
1–3 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper (you can add more or less based on your tastes but the pepper is really great against the other sweet flavors in this dish)
4 ripe peaches
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- In a small sauce pan, bring vinegar to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer until reduced by half (15-20 minutes). Remove from heat and add molasses and black pepper.
- Cut the peaches following the natural line that circles the fruit. Cut all the way down to the pit and just run the knife right around keeping the blade against the pit. Gently grab each half and twist in opposite directions. Then pop the stone out with a paring knife or a spoon.
- Heat the grill to medium. Keep glaze warm so it does not harden up.
- Clean grill grates and brush with oil.
- Brush each peach cut side with oil and place cut down on the oiled grill.
- Grill for about 2 minutes and flip.
- Brush the cooked tops with the glaze and cook for about two more minutes. Remove to a platter and brush on more of the glaze.
- Serve with extra glaze on the side.
Note: To ripen hard peaches, put them in a brown paper bag with a very ripe piece of fruit such as an apple or banana for day or two. The ripe fruit will give off gasses to help the peaches ripen faster. Our peaches were rock hard when we bought them so we put an apple and a banana in the bag with them and left them to ripen for two days. (How long yours takes will depend on how much ripening is required.)
Keywords: grilled peaches