Oooooo weeeeeee! Y’ALL! I’m so excited to share this Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple recipe! I have been wanting to try grilling pineapple for quite some time, but it just never happened. Either I was too lazy to do it, or opted to simply eat it fresh. The last two pineapples I purchased fermented pretty quickly, so when I finally found a pineapple that was golden in color and smelled sweet from the outside, I knew I had to make this recipe.
If you’re like me, you may be wondering why in the world you would want to make something that’s already sweet even sweeter. Well folks, I don’t have the answer for you… all I can say is don’t knock it ’til you try it! I too was skeptical, but now I’m a believer!
How to Make Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple
Making this Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple is really easy. As you might notice, the brown sugar mixture only contains four ingredients. You’ll start by cutting up your pineapple as you wish. For me, the longer pineapple spears were easiest, so I went with that.
Once your pineapple is cut, you can begin mixing together the ingredients to make the brown sugar mixture. In a container large enough to fit all of the pineapple pieces, place them inside then pour the mixture over top and allow the pineapple to marinate for at least 15-30 minutes. Be sure to shake it up so that all of the pieces are coated in the brown sugar mixture. Just before the pineapple is finished marinating, you can go ahead and preheat your grill so that it’s ready to go!
Once the pineapple is finished marinating, you’re ready to transfer them to the grill to begin cooking. Be sure your grill has been cleaned prior to putting them on the grates. This will help to keep the pineapple from potentially sticking and avoid any caked on bits from previous cooking. I like to cook them for 5-6 minutes on each side at around 350 degrees.
How to Choose the Right Pineapple
Choosing the right pineapple is something I’ve struggled with, but have recently gotten a lot better at! As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, the last two pineapples I purchased fermented in just a few days of sitting on the counter. As you can imagine I was CRUSHED when I cut into them only to find out they were no good.
Determined not to make the same mistake a third time, I decided to do a little research so that I could know for certain how to pick out the best pineapple. It turns out that it’s all about the color! When choosing a pineapple, try to get one that’s mostly yellow in color. After I thought about it this made perfect since because whenever you see illustrations of pineapple they’re yellow! A lot of the pineapples I had been purchasing prior to this were mostly green. They smelled vaguely sweet on the bottom, but not really too fragrant.
So when you’re picking out your pineapple, try to look for one that’s mostly yellow in color, fragrant and minimal brown spots on the outside. I’ve found the most success with this by visiting my local produce stand (Perkins Orchard).
What to Eat with Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapples
There are a lot of different ways to enjoy this dish, but one of my favorite ways is to eat it alongside some vegan vanilla ice cream. It’s the perfect match! In addition, it’s great on its own. I could seriously eat a whole batch of these and not even think twice. In addition, I think it’s perfect for anything where you want that sweet and spicy combination, like tacos or a spicy vegan chik’n sandwich.
I know you’ll love this recipe. It’s super easy to make and it’s the perfect way to wow your friends and put them onto something new! Not to mention, they smell amazing! Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think of it in the comments below!
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Easy Vegan Grilled Brown Sugar Pineapple
- 1 medium fresh pineapple cut into rectangular spears (or preferred shape)
Brown Sugar Mixture
- ¼ cup melted vegan butter (I used Earth Balance)
- 4 tbsp brown sugar
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 pinch nutmeg
- 1 pinch sea salt
- In a small bowl (or liquid measuring cup), whisk together the ingredients for the brown sugar mixture.
- Transfer the pineapple spears to a large enough container appropriate for marinating and drizzle the brown sugar mixture over the pineapple. Cover with a lid and shake to coat each piece. Set aside for at least 15-30 minutes.
- Towards the end of the marinating time, preheat your grill to around 350° (be sure to clean the grates so that they are free of residue).
- Once heated, evenly space the pieces of pineapple onto the grill and cover to allow the pineapple to cook. Rotate the pieces every 5-6 minutes until lightly browned (for a more visible char, leave them on for 10-12 minutes on each side).
- Once all pineapple has finished cooking, remove them from the grill and transfer them to a serving dish. Garnish with additional cinnamon (optional) and enjoy!