Grilled Watermelon Salsa

Grilled Watermelon Salsa

Grilled Watermelon Salsa

Carson Morby
A unique, yet refreshing fresh salsa. Great for taco tuesday, or a great side dish
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • 1/4-1/2 Medium Sized Watermelon
  • 1/4 Cup Melted Honey Butter
  • 1-2 Tbsp Sweet BBQ Rub
  • 1/2 Diced Yellow Onion
  • 1 Diced Jalapeno
  • Juice of Lime to Taste About 1-2 Limes
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 Small Bunch of Finely Chopped Cilantro


  • Cut the watermelon into disks about 1 1/4 inch thick.  Cut each disk into 4 triangles.  You will need anywhere from 6-8 triangles for the recipe.  Leave the rind on each triangle of watermelon.  Preheat your grill to 450 degrees.  
  • Brush both sides of each triangle of watermelon with melted honey butter.  Sprinkle both sides of the triangles of watermelon with just a touch of your favorite BBQ dry rub.  I highly recommended something sweet such as my Sweet Paprika Dry Rub.  If you don’t have a BBQ rub, a simple sprinkle of brown sugar will do. 
  • When your grill is preheated, place each triangle directly on the grate.  Close the lid and let the watermelon cook for about 2-2 1/2 minutes on each side.  You are basically just getting grill marks.  Open the lid of the grill and remove the watermelon and let cool.  At this point the watermelon is a delicious snack if you don’t want to make the salsa.  
  • Once the watermelon has cooled, cut it off of the rind and dice into small chunks.  You will need 4 cups of watermelon.  Discard the rinds.  Placed the 4 cups of diced watermelon into a mixing bowl and add the other ingredients.  Start with the juice of just 1 lime, and add more after if you feel like it needs more lime flavor.  Enjoy!  This goes great on tortilla chips.  
Keyword bbq, grilled watermelon, grilled watermelon salsa, watermelon, watermelon salsa, yolk and smoke

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This is one of those unique ones.  Grilled watermelon is something that not everyone has had before.  It was something that I questioned the first time I heard about it.  What sparked my interest in it was an experience I had when I was a teenager.  A lot of youth in Utah participate in something called a pioneer trek.  It is to experience just a little taste of what the Latter-day Saint Pioneers went through when they crossed the plains to settle in Utah. 

I remember one evening when I was on pioneer trek, each family was given the same supplies to make dinner.  I can’t remember what all the supplies were that we had, but one was watermelon, and the other was honey butter.  Someone accidentally spilled honey butter on their watermelon, and wouldn’t eat it.  I thought to myself, “hey, that sounds like it might actually taste pretty good.”  So I put a little bit of honey butter on my slice of watermelon, and it was incredible! Talk about watermelon candy! 

This experience sparked an idea for me a few weeks back.  Now that I have been into BBQ for quite awhile, I have learned about how sweet things just taste good with a kiss of smoke, or a ride on the grill.  I decided to combine the experience of the watermelon and honey butter with the concept of grilled watermelon.  My wife and I decided that not only was the grilled watermelon good alone, it was even better made into a fresh salsa.  The result was incredible.  Grilled Watermelon Salsa.  Sweet, tangy, ever so slightly smoky, and most importantly, delicious.  Enjoy this great recipe 🙂