Grilled Pineapple with Brown Sugar and Sea Salt

August 18, 2015

Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple

I am particularly partial to grilled fruit. That char from the grill adds some amazing depth and complexity to familiar flavors and it is always a hit when I serve it to people. I’ve done peaches, bananas, plums, nectarines and I’ve even made a smoked apple pie but by far, the most returned to grilled fruit is the Grilled Pineapple. The way that sweet-tart flesh starts to release it’s juices during the grilling process just gets me excited.

Grilled Pineapple with Brown Sugar

I’m seriously salivating even writing about this right now. Holy yum!

Grilled pineapple can be tackled in a variety of ways, but my favorite is to trim the skin and slice rings about 3/4 inch thick. This allows each serving to have access to as much direct heat as possible (opposed to grilling the pineapple whole.) To take the flavors to another level, I brush each slice with a paste of brown sugar and maple syrup. The sugar caramelizes just as the pineapple is heated through and the little hit of extra sweetness makes this perfect for a warm dessert. Just add coconut ice cream! Grilled Pineapple with Brown Sugar and Sea Salt

For one last hit of flavor before serving, I always sprinkle a pinch of coarse sea salt over the grilled pineapple slices. Not only is it beautiful and and interesting texture enhancement, it also complements the sweet and tangy pineapple in a magical way. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!! One last word of caution before I send you on your way… don’t crank your grill up to a million degrees before putting your pineapple on. Too hot and you will burn the sugar in your glaze before cooking the pineapple. Keep the gill set at about medium high heat (around 350 degrees) and you should be good to go!Grilled Pineapple with Brown Sugar and Sea Salt- heygrillhey.com

 

Grilled Pineapple with Brown Sugar and Sea Salt

close up of grilled pineapple
Grilled Pineapple with Brown Sugar and Sea Salt
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
6 mins
Total Time
11 mins
 
Grilled pineapple is perfect as a side dish for a summer BBQ. It also makes a delicious dessert. Just top the warm slices with your favorite ice cream!
Course: Appetizers, Dessert, Side Dishes
Cuisine: Barbecue, Healthy Food, Party Food
Servings: 6 people
Ingredients
  • 1 fresh pineapple top, bottom, and skin removed
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat your grill to 350 degrees F. Make sure the grill grates are well cleaned and lightly coat with oil to prevent sticking.
  2. Slice the pineapple into 3/4 inch thick round slices. Spoon or brush each slice with the brown sugar/maple mixture.
  3. Place on the grill grates and cook for 4-5 minutes per side or until you have nice char marks from the grates and the pineapple is heated through.
  4. Transfer to a serving platter and sprinkle with the coarse sea salt. Serve as a side dish or top with ice cream for dessert. Enjoy!
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