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Grilled Pineapple

Grilled pineapple

Brown sugar and cinnamon coat spears of pineapple which get grilled to perfection. One of my absolute favorite recipes for grilling season!

Food is one of those things that often has a story behind it, or a special memory attached. For instance, when I think of corned beef and cabbage, I automatically start reminiscing about spending St. Patrick’s day with my grandma. When I see a fresh homemade apple pie, I immediately think about the one my mom made and I can picture the sweet aroma it left in the house. When I see a Maggiano’s Italian Restaurant, my first thought is of the first date I had with my husband when we were young high school students. Sooo many foods come with so many memories.

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Last year my Ryan and I decided to take a road trip. We are NOT what you would call road warriors (I prefer flying), so our trip to Niagara Falls from Chicago was definitely a journey. While we were there, we went to a Brazilian steakhouse that was in our hotel. You know what I’m talking about, right? It’s every carnivores dream! Servers (dressed as Gauchos) walk around and cut fresh slices of all different kinds of meat, table side. Typically it’s all-you-can-eat and you either leave feeling like you just spent an evening in heaven (hubby), or you leave vowing to be a vegetarian for life (me!).

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I had been to a Brazilian steakhouse before, so I knew what to expect because they’re all typically very similar. What stood out at this particular steakhouse, however, was the pineapple — you read that right, not a certain cut of meat, but the pineapple! Towards the end of our meal, I saw one of the servers carrying a whole slab of pineapple and I knew I had to try it. It wasn’t just ordinary pineapple though, it ended up being the best tasting pineapple of my life! After the first bite, I decided I had to find a way to recreate it, so I did.

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Super-simple, and beyond delicious, this brown sugar and cinnamon glazed grilled pineapple can be eaten as a side dish or served as dessert! I typically serve it as a dessert when I’m making The Best Fajitas. If you’ve never had grilled pineapple before, you must try it! Grilling it changes the flavor completely, so even if you don’t like fresh pineapple, you may like it grilled. It’s sweet, tender, and delicious!

As I was saying earlier, food can often times bring back special memories. For me, this recipe for brown sugar and cinnamon glazed pineapple will always bring back the memories that were made during our trip to Niagara Falls, a must see for everyone.

Enjoy!

Grilled Pineapple

Grilled pineapple

Prep Time: 35mn
Cook Time: 12mn
Total Time: 47mn

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 of a pineapple, cut into spears
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a large ziplock bag. Add the pineapple spears, close the bag tightly, and shake it so that the cinnamon and brown sugar coats the spears. Place the pineapple in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Pre-heat your grill to medium heat, around 350-400 degrees.
  3. Place the pineapple spears on the grill and turn them every few minutes until all sides are grilled .
  4. Grill the pineapple until it is cooked to your liking.
  5. Enjoy!

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  1. I went to that same steakhouse and ever since I have been CRAVING that pineapple! Thanks for sharing this, I CANNOT wait to make it!!

    YUM!

    • Awesome Rachael, glad to know I wasn’t the only one craving that pineapple! I’m pretty sure the pineapple was the highlight of my trip….okay, the falls were pretty amazing too!;)

    • I visited same type resturant in Liverpool uk must tell you I am a vegi so eat lots of the pineapple, delighted to find your recipe,
      Jo

    • LOL just went there 2 weeks ago and we bought a pineapple and was looking for a recipe for it. Thanks have it marinating now. Will let u know how it turns out. We loved that place however we had show girls for our entertainment lol!!

      • Show girls?!?! Really? There was no entertainment when we were there! Interesting. Hope you enjoy this recipe! I actually made it again tonight, we love it! :)

  2. I’ve been to this restaurant (Brasa) three times before and it’s hands down my favorite ever. The pineapple is insane (I don’t even like pineapple). Thanks for the how-to! I’m absolutely trying this!!!

  3. Thank you!!
    I go to school in the area, have been to the restaurant multiple times but have been dying to get my hands on the recipe!
    The fact that we experienced it at the same place tells me this recipe is going to be what I have been looking for!

  4. This recipe rocks! When I cooked this, I didn’t see to use only 1/2 of the pineapple. But even with this mistake it was one of the best tasting things I have ever grilled! Thanks for sharing this!

  5. Looks amaaaaaazing! Do u take the core out first before putting in cinn and brown sugar? & also, when u let the pineapple sit and marinate, do you leave it in the Ziploc bag to do so?

  6. Is 30 mins the set time for marinade? Could I leave it to marinate over night or would that be to long?

  7. To further this, I cut the pineapple in half top to bottom and leave the green top on.
    Slice along the outside of the core pointing the knife inward so the cut meets from each side, separating the core from the meat.
    A curved grapefruit knife works best here, separate the meat from the shell so each 1/4 ‘floats free’ separate from the core and the shell.
    Slice each side into 3/4 in pieces and leave in place. Now you have a 1/2 pineapple filled with core and bite-sized pieces of meat.
    When you’re done cooking your steaks and sending your meal to the table, put each 1/2 on the grille at medium heat and liberally baste with a mix of 1/2 cup top quality maple syrup, tablespoon of Grand Marnier, 1/4 tsp of cinnamon per 1/2. Blend to suit your taste.
    When done your entree, liberally baste again or pour remaining onto each 1/2’s.
    Serve in 1/2 shell in the middle of the table on a large platter and let your guests skewer them with fondue forks while idly chatting.
    You can also serve ice cream, and at the table, scoop the pieces on top of their ice cream and ladle extra heated marinade on top.
    My wife doesn’t like chocolate or I would have some syrup on hand as well.
    ps. dont be afraid of the Grand Marnier or cinnammon, but they can reach an overpowering point.

    MMM-MMM-MMMMMMM

  8. How many people does this serve?

  9. So amazing that I found this! Thank you for sharing. We stayed at the same hotel and had the best dinner ever but it’s the pineapple that my daughter wants to travel 4 hours to have again. Hopefully this recepie will save us the trip.

    • It was so delicious, wasn’t it? I hope it’s a hit! :)

      • It was a huge hit! Exactly like the reastaurant (if not better). And so easy to make. I can’t thank you enough on your expertise to recreating this recepie. There are so many grilled pineapple recepies out there but none as good as this. The only problem was one pineapple wasn’t enough for my family of 5! It was just that good! Have a great summer.
        PJ

      • Yay! So glad it was a hit PJ! I too love that it is easy to make. We make this ALL summer long. It’s been months since I’ve had it, and now I’m craving it again. You have a great summer as well! :)

  10. I had this about 2 weeks ago along with grilled corn sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and barbecued chicken….love summer!! Have a wonderful birthday!!

  11. Yum! we had BBQ baked chicken wings and BBQ ribs last night. I had a couple of pineapples sitting and decide to search out something different, came across this recipe and what a hit! So good, even the next door neighbour who dropped around for a beer, went home with a slice wrapped in tinfoil to share. To be repeated at the next family BBQ.

  12. I went to that same restaurant 3 or 4 years ago and that is exactly what I was thinking of when I started looking for grilled pineapple online! Such a small world. I made this recipe for our 4th of July party last night, and it was a huge hit!! Thanks for the recipe!

  13. I’m really amazed we all have similar experiences, reactions and memories about certain food. I had the most amazing grilled pineapple at a churrascaria in Brazil while visiting Iguazzu falls and was looking to recreate it now that I am back in London. Thanks for posting your recipe, cant wait to try it!

    Which poses my dilemma, does the pineapple need to be fully ripe or slightly under ripe is fine? I.e. Do I need to wait a couple of days before I can try the recipe as the supermarkets here sell it slightly under ripe.

    P/S: the locals told us that the pineapple helps aid digestion (besides being delicious)

    • Syll – I usually like to wait for the pineapple to be fully ripe, but slightly under ripe should be fine too. I’ve never heard about pineapple aiding with digestion – thanks for the tip! I do know that the core that you typically cut out is a natural anti-inflammatory. I leave the core in if I’m using the pineapple for smoothies.

  14. OMG !!!! We went to a Brazilian Steakhouse in Plymouth, Mass. The pineapple was amazing !!! Bought a pineapple today to put on the grill rotiserrie. Can’t wait to try it tomorrow !!!!!

  15. Ive been to a Brazilian place in Liverpool, England a couple of times and never tried the pineapple as ive been too busy with the meat! I tried this yesterday and could not believe the taste. Cant wait to cook this for our BBQ this weekend!

  16. OMG what a hit, my family members are all vegetarians now. So good and but not enough Pineapple for the frenzy, it was the rave of the BBQ. I did add a Cointreau (orange liquor) drizzle. The dogs loved the ribeyes.

  17. I had my introduction to this on a cruise ship in Alaska. They rotisserie the pineapple after rolling it in the brown sugar and cinnamon, then to serve they slice off thin 1/8th in thick slices returning the fruit to the rotisserie for the next layer. my first taste was from near the middle of the fruit after several heating’s, the taste was fantastic.

  18. OMG!!!!! Those grilled pineapples are the BEST!!!! I don’t have to eat anything else! I could eat this everyday!!! Thanks sooooo much for shearing your recipe!!!

  19. Grilled pinapple at a Brazilian restaurant here in Okinawa Japan! Best ever

  20. Approximately long did you grill yours? Also, would this work stove top on a grill pan? Dying to try.

  21. Oh I LOVE grilled pineapple!! Never put brown sugar n cinnamon on it.

  22. I often make a topping for grilled pineapple with sour cream and brown sugar, just mix them together to taste……yum!

  23. Lorraine Sawyer Kats

    Grilled pineapple and grilled chicken…DELICIOUS…BUT NO SUGAR OR CINNAMON. Just let it carmelize on its own.

  24. I love grilled pineapple TOO! I always just put Tony Catcheres (Cajun spices) on it before grilling…delicioso!!!

  25. Grilled pineapple wrapped in bacon is awesome

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