Pineapple is a fruit that nearly everyone loves and it is one that many people have had from the grill at some point or another, or at least broiled or baked onto a pizza. Pineapple’s sweet taste takes on a different kind of sweetness and more complexity when grilled, since the flames cause the sugars in the outer layers of the pineapple to caramelize, producing a smoky sweetness somewhat reminiscent of molasses.
This a grilled pineapple recipe which is simplicity itself, using a simple glaze of honey, lime juice and black pepper to bring out the sweetness, tartness and caramel flavors of grilled pineapple. This is a recipe, which makes a great side dish for cookouts, as well as a satisfying dessert. You can also add the grilled pineapple to fruit salads, where its unique flavor will be a welcome addition.
All you need to prepare this wonderfully sweet and juicy recipe is the pineapple itself, a lime, some honey and perhaps some black pepper or cayenne. You might think the spices are a strange thing to add to a fruit recipe but they work amazingly. Black pepper is nice on strawberries and it is also wonderful on pineapple. The same applies to the cayenne pepper. Add some and enjoy how the spicy taste contrasts so well with the sweet fruit. It is hard to describe just how wonderful this is. The honey adds a thick, rich flavor to the pineapple while the lime juice adds a piquant tang, and both of these flavors work well together to bring out the flavor of the dish.
These seasonings and flavors are mixed together to make a glaze for the pineapple, and the thickness of the glaze helps it to stick to the fruit and also stops the moisture and juices from leaking out. This is one reason the honey is added, to give it the right viscosity to hold on. A few minutes per side are sufficient grilling time. Keep an eye on the pineapple. The longer you grill some fruits, such as avocado, the more they will dry out, but the reverse is true with pineapple, especially when it is covered in this delicious glaze. Cook this for too long and it will become mushy and too soft, and that is not the result you want. If you do accidentally overcook it though, it will still be edible and taste good.
Serve the finished pineapple by itself as an appetizer or dessert. It goes well with either sweet or savory food, so you might like to serve it with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Pineapple also works well with savory dishes so perhaps you would like to team some of this barbequed pineapple with a fish taco or with some teriyaki chicken for example, or you might like to have it on the buffet and let people choose for themselves what to have it with or whether to enjoy the tangy, sweet flavors without any accompaniment.
- 1 medium sized pineapple
- 1 lime
- 2 Tbsp honey
- Black pepper (and some like cayenne), to taste
- While the grill heats up, peel and slice your pineapple, discarding the core. If you are lucky enough to be able to purchase pre-cored and peeled pineapple, you can simply slice it into thick rings.
- Otherwise, it is best to leave it in 4 large pieces cut from the core after peeling - this way; you will not lose any to slipping through the grill. In a small bowl, mix honey, the juice from your lime and as much or as little black and/or cayenne pepper as you like.
- Brush your pineapple pieces with this glaze and start grilling.
- Grill for 3 - 4 minutes per side on a medium hot grill - do not over grill your pineapple or the texture will be mushy. Slice and serve hot.
Pineapple is a wonderful fruit to put on the barbeque. Many home cooks do not necessarily think of grilling when they think of this delicious and healthy fruit but the grill gives it an extra-special taste like so many other fruits develop on there. If you want a great fruit to try barbequing, then pineapple is a great choice for your first folly into grilling fruits. This recipe includes lime, cayenne and honey for a delicate balance of flavors which will work harmoniously, and you can see from the picture just how absolutely mouthwatering the finished pineapple is.
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