Honey glazed pineapple rings on the grill are a snap to make and will compliment almost any meal. Cooking on the grill is a favorite pastime for many of us. And, the grill can do so much more than just meat. While our steak (or even burgers) are cooking, grilling pineapple is a treat that is loved by my family. And, what about that jar of honey sitting in the back of the pantry? Get it out!
Grilled Pineapple with Honey Glaze
Honey and pineapple are often paired up in recipes. Together they provide the perfect combination of sweet and sour.
The tart flavor of pineapple is balanced by the sweetness of a thin honey coating. But, don’t use too much honey – just a thin coating is perfect.
- cinnamon (ground)
Pineapple: When choosing your pineapple for grilling, find one that is ripe but firm. You don’t want a mushy one. They are too soft and tends to fall apart while cooking.
If you have no choice but to buy a “greener” pineapple at the store, that’s okay. Just let it sit in the kitchen for a few days until it develops a sweet smell.
If you find ripe pineapples on sale, consider getting several. They are great for dehydrating with a honey glaze too!
Before cooking, the pineapple must be peeled and cored. If you find this to be a chore, as I do, I highly recommend buying a pineapple corer. It is a life saver for my hands.
Also, if you get the chance to buy one already peeled and cored – go for it. I won’t tell on you.
Honey: Many people think all honey is the same. From a technical point, there is some truth in that. Bees make honey using plant nectar collected from millions of blooming flowers.
This advice may sound strange since we are going to cook – “heat” the fruit on the grill. Won’t that destroy some of the natural properties of raw honey? Yes, perhaps so.
However, I am a firm believer that using raw honey is best. It has not been micro-filtered or pasteurized and contains more of the natural raw benefits.
If you store honey properly, it will last forever-so you don’t have to worry about wasting your investment.
I like pineapple but working with it can be messy. Prepare your pineapple by removing skin, eyes and core.
This is a juicy job so have plenty to paper towels and clean up materials on hand. After the peel and core is removed, cut the pineapple in half.
Now that we have the fruit in two manageable chunks, it is time to cut both halves into rings. Use a knife or slicer to make pineapple rings that are about 1/2 – 3/4 inch thick is best.
Of course, you don’t have to cut them into rings. Any shape is fine – you just want to make sure they are a uniform thickness.
Baste each ring with honey with cinnamon sprinkled on top. Repeat on other side.
Place pineapple rings (or pieces) on the grill that is preheated to medium heat. I like using a grid to help prevent bits falling into the grill.
Cook about 5 minutes on each side. Consider using a spatula to turn and remove the rings as they become tender. This reduces breakage.
Once tender, remove rings from the grill and enjoy. They will be juicy and sweet but not too sweet. They pair well with many main dishes including steak, honey mustard chops and especially ham.
Using honey in your recipes is a great way to sweeten food without using regular sugar. Of course, you can also create special homemade sauces – like honey teriyaki sauce. Homemade sauces always contain less sodium than the commercial ones.
Try this recipe with different types of honey. Explore the world of honey flavors and ways that it can add some new tastes to your table. Buckwheat, Clover, Orange Blossom each provide a slightly different taste.
Honey Glazed Pineapple Rings Recipe
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- 1 piece Medium Size Ripe Pineapple
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup raw honey
- Prepare your pineapple by cutting off the top and bottom and removing the outer layer of skin and any eyes (dark spots). Also, remove the core of the pineapple. This is much easier to do with a pineapple corer but you can use a knife if that’s what you have. Be careful.
- Once the core is removed. Cut the pineapple into 2 halves. This makes slicing much easier.
- Use a knife to slice the pineapple into equal widths rings. The number of rings you have will depend on how thick you cut them and the starting size of your pineapple. I find cutting the rings about 1/2 – 3/4 inch thick is best for me.
- With the pineapple rings laying on a washable surface, use a soft basting brush to coat each ring with raw honey.
- Sprinkle cinnamon on the top of each honey coated pineapple ring. Repeat the honey and cinnamon on the other side if desired.
- Place prepared pineapple on a medium temperature pre-heated grill. If you have a that will help prevent breaking the rings but it is not a must have.
- Cook glazed pineapple for 5 minutes on each side or until slightly browned and tender. Use care when turning so they will not break apart – using a spatula is a good idea.