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a spoonful of apple crisp coming out of a cast iron pan with melted ice cream

I have a habit of making already delicious dishes even more sinful. Sometimes, that means adding bacon, but in this case, it means adding whiskey.

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey whiskey is a little sweeter than Jack Black because it’s blended with a smooth honey liqueur. As the apples break down, they’ll absorb some of this sweet honey.

pecans toasting in cast iron skillet on grill

This entire recipe is made on the grill, but you could cook it on a stovetop, too.

Start by combining some chopped pecans with flour, sugar, butter and spices to make a crunchy topping.

Toast them up in a 10-inch cast iron skillet on the grill. The butter will begin to melt and blend with the sugar.

diced apples in a cast iron skillet

Remove the topping, and begin cooking down the apples in sugar, honey whiskey, lemon juice and vanilla.

At this point, you’ll need to move the skillet over indirect heat. This will allow the apples to cook slowly without burning on the bottom.

After about 30 minutes, stir in the thickening ingredients (sugar and cornstarch), and return the pan to direct heat.

Dump on that toasted, crunchy pecan topping and allow it to heat for a couple more minutes.

Pull it off the grill and pile on a few scoops of vanilla ice cream.

a spoonful of apple crisp coming out of a cast iron pan with melted ice cream
4.47 from 15 votes

Cast Iron Tennessee Honey Whiskey Apple Crisp

This honey whiskey apple crisp combines apples, cinnamon and pecans with smooth touch of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey. Grab a skillet and fire up the grill.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6


Pecan Topping

  • 3/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 apples, diced
  • 3 tbsp Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey Whiskey
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Thickening Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp sugar


  • Heat the grill to medium (about 400F degrees), creating an indirect cook area and a direct cook area.
  • Combine all of the topping ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • Combine the filling ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Place a 10-inch cast iron skillet on the grill over direct heat. Add the topping ingredients and cook, stirring often, for 8 minutes. Return the topping to the bowl and set aside.
  • Pour the apple mixture into the skillet and move the skillet to indirect heat. Close the grill lid and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. The apples should be tender with a little bite.
  • Combine the thickening ingredients together in a small bowl. Pour into the skillet. Move the skillet over direct heat and cook, stirring often for 8 minutes.
  • Spoon the topping over the apples and continue cooking for 2 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 15 minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream.


Calories: 378kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 2gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 362mgPotassium: 160mgFiber: 3gSugar: 44gVitamin A: 285IUVitamin C: 5.1mgCalcium: 24mgIron: 0.7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Hi. I’m Christie, the head cook and award-winning competitive pitmaster for Team Girls Can Grill. I have won multiple grand championships and have dozens of top ten category finishes. People know me as the girl who is forever hovering over a grill, smoker or campfire with tongs in one hand and a glass of wine in the other.

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