I have been grilling pineapple for as long as I had a grill. It used to be opening up a can of the rings and throw them on the grill. Too often they would find their way through the grate and forever lost in the netherworld between flame and perfection. They ended up in grilling purgatory. Those that were lucky enough to survive the slide, I often cooked too much of the moisture out of them.
At some point I started buying fresh pineapple for my grilling. Wow. What a difference! I cut the pineapple thick for several reasons. First off, there is no way they are getting through the grill. Second, the thickness allows it to heat up, get a nice set of grill lines, but also to remain juicy. My eldest would spend an extra day in school if promised all he could eat grilled pineapple.
While the pineapple is the side, it very much compliments the main dish of Jerk Pork. When I told a friend I was making Jerk pork, I was asked what was in the Jerk seasoning. I could describe the flavor but couldn’t come up with all of the spices. For the record it is allspice, hot peppers, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, garlic and salt.
A few slices of grilled red pepper and a stuffed jalapeno are great compliments to the dish.
The recipe calls for miniature pineapples, but I just used one big one.
I use more lime zest than the recipe calls for. In fact I zested most of the lime.
Love grilling weather.
I start by cutting off the top and bottom of the pineapple. I then quarter it and cut out the core. Taking a boning knife, I then remove the flesh from the outside.
It is a big hunk of pineapple and the whole fruit can easily serve 8.
Jerk Pork Chops with Grilled Pineapple
Prep Time: 15 mins | Cook Time: 15 min | Servings: 4 | Difficulty: easy
- 1 baby pineapple
- 1/2 regular pineapple, (can be substituted for above ingredient)
- 1 lime
- 2 tablespoon(s) jerk seasoning
- 1 tablespoon(s) olive oil
- 4 pork loin chops, 3/4 inch thick, about 8 ounces each with bone
- Lime wedges and cilantro sprigs , for garnish
1. With sharp knife, cut pineapple lengthwise through crown to stem end in 4 wedges, leaving on leafy crown.
2. From lime, grate 1/2 teaspoon peel and squeeze 1 tablespoon juice. In small bowl, mix lime peel and juice with jerk seasoning and oil. Rub both sides of pork chops with jerk mixture.
3. Place pork chops on hot grill rack over medium heat; cook 10 to 12 minutes, turning chops over once, until browned on the outside and still slightly pink on the inside. While chops are cooking, add pineapple wedges, cut sides down, to same grill; cook 5 minutes, turning wedges over once. Transfer chops and pineapple to same platter. Garnish with lime wedges and cilantro sprigs.