Man Mondays: Grilled Pineapple

I know, I know, most of you are probably saying to yourselves, “Grilled pineapple, eh? Wouldn’t I just cut up a pineapple and put it on a grill? Why do I need a recipe?” Well, I’ll tell you Mr. (Mrs.) smart-alec. There is a delicate method of making a man-licious pineapple. Sure, go ahead and do it your way, but unless you give it some thought (like I did FOR you), it will only turn out good. This turned out GREAT!

Now, for story time: Have you ever been to a Brazilian Steakhouse? I have. On nearly every special occasion that we can rationalize, Sarah and I love going to these paradises of meat. After a session of cave-man style meat-eating glory, the best thing to wash it all down with is a sweet, juicy, caramelized piece of pineapple.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pineapple
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • eency, teency, tiny pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons water
(See, I told you this wasn’t just a piece of pineapple on a grill.)
Directions
  1. To clean the pineapple, cut the leafy head off the pineapple (if you really want, give a war-cry right here to feel extra manly as you see the head of the pineapple roll off the counter). Cut the bottom off (the butt?) and lastly, cut off the outside layer.
  2. I prefer cutting the pineapple into flat slices about 3/4″ thick. This helps you get even grill marks across the whole piece. If you have jagged pieces, you will have little chard bits, while the rest of the fruit isn’t quite cooked (at least I did, the first time around). Put pineapple aside.
  3. Combine all the other ingredients into a bowl and stir until the sugar is mostly dissolved. Put this mixture in a sauté pan and cook on medium-low heat just until the mixture starts to bubble a little. At this point, it’s done. If you cook too much, it will turn into rock-hard delicious candy and will be impossible to apply to the pineapple…though it may be good to nibble on afterwards.
  4. Apply your juicy-goodness-sauce to the pineapple slices. Make sure your grill is nice and hot, and place the pieces on the grill. As the pineapple cooks, add more of the sauce – kind of like a progressive basting process.
The result is a juicy, caramelized niblet of heaven with a touch of nutmeg and cinnamon. You will look so awesome, smart, and handsome as you serve this to your friends over Labor Day. Promise.

-Zach

Comments

  1. says

    I just pinned that! I would never think to grill pineapple, but I’ve had it on a squire before with some other grilled fruit you wouldn’t think to grill. Hey I am a new follower on GFC. Please stop by sometime! Thanks!

    Heather from Mommy Only Has 2 Hands

  2. says

    YUM this looks good and I probably would have just put the pineapple on the grill :). Now I know better. Thanks for coming to my blog…and your comment. Following you now and on facebook. We have a linky party every weekend… Please come and join us! Starts Thursday evening through Sunday and we have some great giveaways…my post may not get up until Friday this week because of my work schedule.
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  3. says

    I love anything pineapple – and pineapple on the BBQ is scrummy – but now I’m just going to wait for the warmer weather to arrive so I can whip out the barbie and make them… well, let hubs make it anyway! 😉

  4. says

    Love your recipe for grilled pineapple! It looks very delicious!

    Stopping by your blog from Whatcha Whipped Up Wednesday (I posted #64 – Mango, Banana and Chai Tea Smoothie).

    Pinned!

    Amber @ The Cook’s Sister

  5. says

    Oh man, so here I am drooling over all this delicious food I see in pictures… and its making me very hungry! Except I am living in a hotel right now so I will have to wait till I can test out some of these recipes! I am excited though! And this one especially makes my mouth water because it makes me think of Tucano’s which I adore their grilled pineapple! Can’t wait to make this!! Thanks for sharing!

  6. says

    Hello.
    Visiting from Serenity Saturday.

    My wife likes to make kabobs and she always adds pineapple to the sticks. We don’t have an outdoor grill, but she uses an indoor tabletop grill or cooks them in the oven. The pineapple tastes so yummy once it’s grilled. My mouth is already watering! (smile) Thanks for sharing.

    Moonlight Serenade

  7. says

    On this sounds so yummy, I loved pineapple and grilling them would so bring out the sweetness in them. Sounds so mouth watering! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

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