Pineapple on the Grill
If you want a real taste treat, then toss some fresh pineapple on the grill. Pineapple on the barbecue is quick, easy, and will impress the heck out of your family and friends. Pineapple great raw, but it’s even better cooked a bit outdoors.
Picking the Pineapple
There’s no real science to picking fruit. But, there are some tips to getting the ones that taste the best.
With pineapple, you want ripe but not mushy.
Check the bottom of the pineapple. You want to see some yellow—perhaps running an inch or so up.
Feel the pineapple. You should feel a little “give.” It takes some practice to get good at testing fruits by hand. Mentally note how one felt that tasted especially good. That can be your baseline for the future.
Smell the pineapple. You should pick up a sweet flavor. The stronger the smell, the riper the fruit.
Cutting the Pineapple
Now, this is where I cheat. And, you can too.
The secret is to use an electric knife. You can hack away at a pineapple with a kitchen knife, but it’s hard to get pretty slices by hand. An electric knife works great for this part, but you don’t have to go out and buy one. A sharp kitchen knife is fine too.
Start at the top and cut right down to the bottom. Then do the same on the opposite side. Turn and do the same on the other sides. This gives you four slabs, and the core is still attached to the green top.
Next, make wedges with the pineapple hunks. I make three per side for a total of 12. You can go thinner or thicker as you like.
Pineapple Grilling Sauce
There are loads of sauces that can be slathered on pineapple, but we like a simple, basic sauce.
1 pineapple (cut in wedges)
3 T butter (melted)
1 T honey (brown sugar or Karo syrup are fine if you don’t have honey)
1 tsp lemon juice (lime is fine also)
Melt the butter in a small sauce pan. Add the honey and lemon juice. Stir until mixed in evenly.
Use a small kitchen brush and coat pineapple slices. If you don’t have a kitchen brush, then get a big baggie. Pour in the sauce. Shake up the pineapple slices.
Put the slices on the grill. Heat (medium hot) until you see grill marks (3 to 6 minutes depending on the heat). Turn and grill the other side.
Pull off and serve. Since the rind is on, these can be held by hand and eaten like watermelon. Simple. No clean up.
Yum – Grilled Pineapple is a Hit
After a nice meal of steak, shrimp, or pork, plop that pineapple on the grill. Pineapple makes a perfect outdoor dessert. The fruit is sweet to start with and the glaze caramelizes and makes it taste like an exotic finish to any outdoor bash.