Chess Pie

Cook Time

40 mins

Cooking Method






Prep Time

20 mins




4 extra-large eggs

1/3 cup finely ground yellow cornmeal

1/3 cup Flour, All-Purpose

½ teaspoon Maple Walnut Seasoning

Optional: strawberries, blueberries, other fruits

1 prepared Pie Crust

Pinch of salt

2/3 cup Sugar

2/3 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1/2 tablespoon Vanilla

1 1/3 cups whole buttermilk

Zest of 1 Meyer lemon

Cooking Instructions

This delicious buttermilk Chess pie is a classic Southern dessert and will quickly become a family favorite. It comes together in about an hour and is the perfect sweet treat to end any meal. Your friends and family will be begging you for the recipe!

This sweet and tangy is like a custard pie with a bit of cornmeal and lemon zest mixed in. It goes great with fruit so topping with fresh strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries is encouraged!

The wood fired flavor of a pellet grill really gives baking an added element of umami flavor that can’t be achieved in an oven. Smoky and earthy flavors infuse into the crust and custard filling. You’ll never thing of grilling the same way again!

Note: It is recommended to use Georgia Pecan or Pennsylvania Cherry Hardwood Pellets with this recipe.

This recipe uses Louisiana Grills Maple Walnut Seasoning.

  1. Line a pie pan with the prepared pie shell. Freeze for two hours until very firm.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, cornmeal, and butter until well combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, until everything is smooth.
  3. Carefully mix in the vanilla, buttermilk, Maple Walnut seasoning and lemon zest until just combined. Do not over mix or the batter will become stiff and will not set properly. Remove the pie crust from the freezer and pour the filling into the pie shell.
  4. Fire up your Louisiana Grill and set the temperature to 375°F. If you’re using a gas or charcoal grill, set it up for medium heat. Set the pie in the middle of the grill and grill for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the pie comes out clean. Remove the pie from the grill and allow it to cool completely before serving. Feel free to add fresh fruit like blueberries and strawberries.

Special Tools

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Optional
  • Toothpicks
  • Whisk


Add a hint of ground nutmeg into the mix for added sweetness.

Diet Info

  • Flexible Dieting