Acorn Squash with Spiced Pecan Butter

Preparation & Cooking Time: Prep time: 15 minutes | Grilling time: 50 minutes to 1 hour
Serves: 4


Recipe from Weber's Art of the Grill™ by Jamie Purviance


  • ¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • ? cup chopped toasted pecans
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 acorn squashes, each 1½ to 2 pounds
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Prepare the grill for indirect cooking over high heat (450° to 550°F).

  2. In a small bowl combine the butter ingredients. Mix well with a fork.

  3. With a large, heavy knife, cut the squashes in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds with a spoon. Lightly brush the exposed flesh with the oil and season with salt and pepper.

  4. Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the squash halves, cut sides down, over indirect high heat, with the lid closed,until grill marks are clearly visible, about 30 minutes. Turn the squash halves cut sides up. Spread the exposed flesh with the pecan butter and continue grilling, with the lid closed, until the flesh is tender, 20 to 30 minutes more. Remove from the grill and serve warm.