Honey Glazed Pineapple Rings

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Honey glazed pineapple rings on the grill are a snap to make and will compliment almost any meal. Whether you’re looking to impress guests at a summer barbecue or simply enjoy a sweet snack, these honey glazed pineapple rings are sure to be a crowd-pleaser. 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!

Slices of honey glazed grilled pineapple on a blue plate.

If you love slightly sweet snacks, this glazed pineapple dish is a must have for your collection of honey recipes. You might think that dishes made with honey are always super sweet but that is not so!

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.

Now both flavors are allowed to shine through without either being overbearing. The golden coating also caramelizes well – which looks nice and tastes great.

Ingredients for recipe for honey pineapple rings, raw pineapple, jar of honey and cinnamon spice.

Ingredients

  • pineapple
  • honey
  • cinnamon (ground)

Pineapple

When choosing pineapple to grill with honey, find one that is ripe but firm. It should smell sweet but the peel should not give a lot when you squeeze. You don’t want a mushy one. They are too soft and tend 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. You can by a yummy snack by dehydrating pineapple with a honey glaze!

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.

However, there is a lot of variety in the honey colors and flavors between different nectar sources. These types of honey are referred to by names you have heard before (Clover, Orange Blossom, Sourwood etc.)

For grilling purposes, choose any variety of raw honey made in the USA – flavor does not really matter. 

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.  

Cinnamon

I like to add a pinch of ground cinnamon spice to my honey glazed pineapple rings. This is optional – you can omit the cinnamon or substitute another instead. (Nutmeg, ginger, cloves)

Making Grilled Honey Pineapple Rings

Now it’s time to get these honey pineapple rings ready for the grill.

Pineapple cut into halves after peeling, removing eyes and core removed image.

1. I like pineapple but working with it can be messy. Prepare your pineapple by removing skin, eyes and core it. We don’t need that tough middle 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.

Peeled pineapple sliced into ring shapes.

2. 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. I could use some help in this as I strive to have my rings all the same thickness – 🙂

Basting pineapple slices with honey image.

3. Baste each pineapple rings or bits with honey and then sprinkle cinnamon on top. Flip over and repeat on other side.

Honey glazed pineapple rings on grill image.

4. Place honey coated pineapple rings (or pieces) on ae 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.

Storage

After cooling, store your honey glazed pineapples in an airtight container or wrap in the refrigerator. They will retain their quality and texture for 3-4 days.

You can also freeze them in a single layer and keep in the freezer for 3-4 months.

Expert Tip

While this recipe works well with any honey flavor or variety, you can experiment with specialty honeys for a flavor tweak. I can’t tell the difference but some of my readers say they can tell a big difference between clover honey and orange blossom honey in the recipe.

More Ideas

While the grill is fired up, how about grilling these honey mustard porkchops – they pair well with pineapple.

Another favorite is my honey garlic grilled pork chops (perfect for those you do not like mustard based foods).

Perhaps you need something other than pork? How about this Honey Lime Shrimp Stir Fry.

Of course, you can also create special homemade sauces – like honey teriyaki sauce. Homemade sauces always contain less sodium than the commercial ones.

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Slices of honey glazed grilled pineapple on a blue plate image.

Honey Glazed Pineapple Rings Recipe

Charlotte Anderson @ Carolina Honeybees, LLC
The perfect combination of tangy and sweet – you must try this recipes for grilled pineapple with a honey glaze. And don't forget to add a touch of cinnamon too!
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12 slices
Calories 84 kcal

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Ingredients
  

  • 1 piece Medium Size Ripe Pineapple
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raw honey

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 84kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 95mgFiber: 2gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 48IUVitamin C: 36mgCalcium: 24mgIron: 1mg
Keyword grilling, honey, pineapple
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