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Grilled Pineapple Perfection

Grilled Pineapple Perfection

5 tips & perfect pairings


Turning your grill into a tropical paradise is simpler than you think! Grilled fruits, with their enhanced sweetness and smoky flavor, can transform an ordinary meal into a delightful fest. Pineapples are perfect candidates for grilling, offering a perfect blend of sugar, acid, texture, and moisture. Here's how :


Tips for Grilling Pineapple

1.     Selection: Although no pineapples are harvested before ripe, opt for pineapples that are still firm. This ensures they hold up well during grilling while still delivering that sweet, juicy flavor.

2.     Preparation: Slice pineapples into even chunks, rings, or wedges. Uniform pieces ensure even cooking and perfect caramelization on each piece.

3.     Grill Setup: Preheat your grill to high heat, around 400°F. A hot grill is crucial for those coveted grill marks and for caramelizing the fruit's natural sugars.

4.     Prevent Sticking: Lightly oil the grill grates or brush your pineapple pieces with oil. This step is key to preventing the fruit from sticking and ensuring it releases easily.

5.     Grilling Time: Grill each piece of pineapple for 2-3 minutes per side. Watch for the golden-brown grill marks to form, signaling a perfect char and enhanced flavor.


Perfect Pairings

·      Vanilla ice cream offers a cool contrast to the grilled fruit’s warm sweetness.

·      Drizzle honey or caramel sauce for a sticky, sweet topping.

·      A sprinkle of cinnamon, Chile lime, or cayenne adds a cozy, spiced note.

·      Pair with grilled chicken or fish to introduce a tropical twist.

·      Combine with other fruits like mango or strawberries for a vibrant fruit salad.


Incorporating these grilling techniques and pairing ideas into your next cookout can elevate your menu, offering guests a memorable eating experience that balances sweetness, smoke, and exquisite flavors. Whether used as a dessert, side, or part of the main course, grilled pineapples and bananas are sure to impress.


Published June 1, 2024

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