Easy grill pineapple with a great caramelized brown sugar cinnamon glaze. Wonderful for a side dish or combine with vanilla ice cream for an out of this world dessert.
Grilled pineapple should become one of your everyday grilled side dishes. Ultra easy to do with rave worthy results.
A very high 4 or low five mainly because it is not a “main event” dish.
Recipe Notes for Grilled Pineapple.
Let’s talk pineapple first. I want first to say no pineapple is as good as the fresh pineapple you have in Hawaii. I think it is that little extra ripening in the field. Nothing like it since a pineapple does not ripen any once picked.
I usually try to buy a whole fresh pineapple. I must admit the first thing to attract me is the color. I want something that at has some yellow or I walk right by it. Second, smell it, yes in the middle of the store you sniff it. You can be quick about it and not embarrass yourself too much. Next, a good pineapple should give a little if you squeeze it and it should have a good dense weight.
Have now gone through how to buy a whole pineapple, I cheated and bought a cored pineapple for this grilling. The whole pineapples were all solid dark green. And the corded looked to have a nice darker yellow color. Also, I like the cored for this since I have no good way to get the core out. You could use spears instead of rings.
Now the thickness. You want it thick enough to keep a juicy center of the pineapple. So 3/4 to 1 inch is great here. This is why I would not recommend canned since the rings are usually 1/2 inch.
Your time on the grill will vary some by the surface temperature. Mine took about 3 minutes per side. But I have a super-duper hot grill that I had on high for burgers. Probably a good 600 degrees plus. Add a minute or two per side if you are grilling at a lower temperature. Go for a nice color and some good grill marks.
The glaze is just melted butter with some brown sugar and cinnamon. If you wish, you can substitute honey for the brown sugar. While the honey may be a bit sweeter, many of the recipes I compared used a lot more sugar so it should be fine.
Preheat grill on high. You can use a lower temperature if cooking something else. Be sure to clean and oil the grate well.
In a bowl with a relatively flat bottom, melt 4 tablespoons butter in a microwave. About 25 seconds should do it. Combine 1 tablespoon brown sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon with the butter and mix well.
Cut the pineapple into rings about 3/4 inches. You can use spears instead if you wish.
Dip into the glaze covering all sides and place directly on the grill.
Flip in 3-4 minutes. Total grill time 6-8 minutes.
Serve hot as a side dish or with vanilla ice cream for dessert.