Thursday, July 26, 2012

Grilled pineapple

Grilled pineapple, so easy and soooo yummy! 

First, pick the pineapple.There are several ways to test for ripeness. Color is not a good indicator of ripeness. Sniffing the root end is a good indicator. If it smells sweet and like pineapple, it a good choice. Press the pineapple near the base, when it is ripe it yeilds to gentle pressure. Tug at one of the center leaves on the top of a pineapple. If a pineapple is ripe it will be easy to pull out a center leaf, an unripe one will not give up the leaf without a fight. 

Step two;  prepare the pineapple for grilling. Lay the pineapple on a cutting board and cut off the top and root ends

Peel the pineapple with a large knife. Then cut the pineapple in half. (My pictures of peeling did not work out so well)

Rub the pineapple halves on all sides with a brown sugar spice mix. 

1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice

Cook the spiced pineapple on a hot grill using an indirect grilling method. This means that you cook food on the grill area where there are no flames. (next to the flames, but not over the flames) Too many flames will burn the sugar instead of caramelizing it. This can be done by lighting only some of the burners on a gas grill. For a charcoal grill place the coals on either side of a grill, leaving the middle portion coal free and grilling the pineapple in the middle. I used the top grill rack (the one that is sometimes used for keeping food warm). I put the pineapple up on that rack letting it cook while I grilled burgers down low. Another method is spit cooking. In this case spice the pineapple whole and cook it on a spit.

It took about 15 minutes for my pineapple to get golden brown hot and bubbly. Turn the pineapple often to ensure even cooking.

Let sit for a a few minutes. Slice and serve warm.  It is wonderful served with a good vanilla ice cream.


  1. We just love grilled pineapple, it is a great natural summertime treat. Thanks for reminding me that I love it so much. Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. Yummy! Thanks for sharing with Simply Delish.

  3. Oh, we haven't done this in a while! It is so yummy to prepare pineapple this way. Thank you for sharing with us at Healthy 2Day Wednesdays! Hope to see you again next week. Carrie @

  4. Dear best idea ever...can't wait to try you :) Thanks for making my day...and for linking up!

  5. Great pineapple post. Thanks for linking it in. Have a great week.

  6. Oooh, thanks for bringing this to the BBQ. Cheers