Backyard BBQ Fun with S’mores

When we moved to Long Island, we found that one of our favorite places to spend time together was in our backyard deck. Nothing beats an outdoor BBQ! Grilled meat and veggies plus a little fresh air equals total bliss! But we all know that a hearty meal isn’t complete without a sweet treat for a summer dessert. 

My children are such huge fans of S’mores and so am I because they are just so easy to make and bring the whole family together. A little messy fun never hurt anyone, right?

Summer desserts are just the BEST because most of them don’t require turning on the oven. Whether you want to opt for something frozen or something toasted over an open fire – it’s always a win.

The quintessential S’mores brand trio, HONEY MAID Grahams, HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate and JET-PUFFED Marshmallows, have joined together to make sure the easiest – and tastiest – part of your backyard gathering is the grand finale. I mean… nothing says summer more than a backyard BBQ, right?

And nothing ends a BBQ like the magic of S’mores! That’s why adding S’mores to the menu is a no-brainer.  They are delicious and easy-to-make, titling them the perfect finale to the BBQ that people will want to experience over and over again.

Just keep the ingredients you need on hand – HONEY MAID Grahams, HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate and JET-PUFFED Marshmallows. Nothing needs to be refrigerated so you can stock up ahead of time and always be prepared. Another perk for this summer dessert!

While it can be super easy to prep your S’mores over the grill, I wanted to show you our special little way of making S’mores! We set up mini terra cotta fire pits outside for our guests and let everyone have their own little station to enjoy. Super easy to recreate! Here’s how you can get started:

Summer Dessert Idea: Individual S’mores Toasting Pots

  • 3-4 Mini Terra Cotta Planting Pots
  • 5 Tin Foil Squares to completely cover the inside of the planting pot
  • Lighter Fluid

We made individual mini terra cotta fire pits and placed them on the table instead of using the BBQ because we felt it was a more creative way to get the whole family involved. Dad set up each of the pots with a few pieces of tin foil to help seal in the center and create a base for the charcoal.

Then he popped in a few pieces of charcoal and lightly added in some lighter fluid to get the flame started. Each child had an adult supervise their marshmallow roasting time and we began our session of FUN. After all, isn’t S’mores the ‘Official Dessert of the BBQ’? I’d say so!!

I always like to keep some wooden skewers on hand during BBQ season because a kebob is such a simple choice for dinner. They worked well for our private cookout over Memorial Day weekend as well!

Everyone grabbed a wooden skewer and began to assemble their personal S’mores.  In my town, you aren’t allowed to have fire pits in your backyard, so using the grill or these mini pots works out perfectly. We were able to craft the perfect S’mores right from our tabletop!

Memorial Day is all about celebrating with family and friends and honoring those that served this country. I can’t think of a better way to spend the weekend than with the people I love.

So, we were so happy when a few more neighbors heard our music and decided to pop over. We live in such a social town that everyone knows our gates are always open!

The few extra families meant that we had to whip open the grill. I mean, with all those kids, we needed a larger flame to handle all those marshmallows. Summer desserts for all! Not a problem!!! Even the parents jumped in.

 S’mores making is a very personal thing. Some like their marshmallows extra toasty while others want to double up on chocolate. As long as you have the right ingredients – HONEY MAID Grahams, HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate and JET-PUFFED Marshmallows – anything goes!

The anticipation while you WAIT for your S’mores to cook is part of the fun, right? Those few seconds as you watch the marshmallow melt into that gooey goodness always makes me feel like a kid again. Truly!

Ready For My Secret?

Figure 1 [One serving size is 6 squares of HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate]

When the weather isn’t on our side and the kids still want S’mores, I still make them… but inside my broiler! We are “rain or shine” kind of family. One way or the other, we will get to enjoy our favorite tasty treat.

With Memorial Day and July 4th right around the corner, I am SURE you have plenty of BBQs in your future. Whether you are hosting or attending, be sure to bring the necessary ingredients to create some S’mores for the group.

Your friends and family will love making this summer dessert together. To learn more, visit and share the S’mores love using #ShareSmore.

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  1. This is the best idea ever! S’Mores are the unofficial official food of summer.

    Posted 5.26.17
  2. We are total smores people and we’ll be having them tomorrow by the fire pit. I love all your pictures, there’s nothing better than watching how excited the kids get with building their smores!

    Posted 5.26.17
  3. Oh my goodness Vera! This is brilliant! I can’t wait for my grandkids to come for a sleepover. They are going to think I’m awesome. Thanks so much for the Grandma points!

    Posted 5.26.17
  4. Jeanette wrote:

    Oh my gosh you are definitely the fun one! I would totally go to one of your parties! I have a weak spot for Smore’s so I would’ve been in heaven at this party.

    Posted 5.26.17
  5. Pam Wattenbarger wrote:

    Who doesn’t love smores? We have a fire pit in our backyard so we roast smores many nights during the summer.

    Posted 5.26.17
  6. Connie wrote:

    I love making S’Mores with my kids. The terra cotta pots are a fabulous idea!

    Posted 5.26.17
  7. Liz Mays wrote:

    What a nice way to spend some time outside. I love S’mores and those toasting pots would be perfect. Great Memorial Day idea!

    Posted 5.26.17
  8. Claudia Krusch wrote:

    We love to get out in the yard and have fun. I have a few lawn games that are always a hit. I will have to make some Smores this weekend.

    Posted 5.26.17
  9. Smores are always a popular treat in my house. I will have to get the ingredients I need to make some this weekend for our BBQ.

    Posted 5.26.17
  10. dana vento wrote:

    This is not just an activity but a great bonding together. I love your family! That’s really great!

    Posted 5.27.17
  11. You just made me crave s’more so bad. haha I love s’mores and so do my kids.

    Posted 5.27.17
  12. Your pictures are really good here – they show such a good time with S’mores.
    Hey what kid doesn’t love the taste of S’mores off the grill?!

    Posted 5.27.17
  13. Michelle Waller wrote:

    It looks like y’all had a lot of fun. We love making s’mores over a fire pit. So much fun and the kids are making memories.

    Posted 5.27.17
  14. That looks like such a fun time! I bet your kids had a blast!

    Posted 5.28.17
  15. It looks like your family had a blast! Our kids would go nuts over this! They love S’mores!

    Posted 5.28.17
  16. I love s’mores and summer is always the perfect time to have it with the kids, while you’re spending the day in the backyard! I can’t believe I never thought of using those terra cotta pots before! So awesome!

    Posted 5.28.17
  17. There’s nothing better than a s’mores party during the summer. You can choose to invite friends or you can hog all the s’mores if you want. I think this is pretty fun! Love that you used the pots to make it more convenient for the kids to toast their marshmallows.

    Posted 5.28.17
  18. Wow, good idea for amores without the fire pit. This can be used anywhere, fun plan!

    Posted 5.28.17
  19. Veronica wrote:

    I love backyard bar because with the family. My late husband used to love cooking out

    Posted 5.28.17
  20. Kiwi wrote:

    I love smores! Its definitey smore season!

    Posted 5.30.17

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