Primal Grill’s Coconut Grilled Pineapple

Hey everyone!  John The Midwest Flatlander here.  So we have been doing a lot of grilling this summer.  And I don't think that is a bad thing, but we have not discussed one very important topic (not bacon, although it is a very important topic), dessert!  So, in this inspiration session, we are gonna look at a fantastic dessert idea for the grill that will make everyone happy (unless you hate pineapple then you're hosed).  But then that's more for the rest of us.

Okay, so my favorite pit master is by far Stephen Reichland from Barbecue University.  Love watching him grill and smoke all kinds of different meats, veggies, and desserts.  He also has a show call Primal Grill, and here is where we get our inspiration for this recipe called Coconut Grilled Pineapple.  I may throw in a little Flatlander Finesse to the recipe, but for the most part I follow this recipe pretty close.  So I hope you're hungry.  Let's get started.  We're having dessert first.

Here is what you will need to make this happiness a reality:

--1 (or more) Pineapple(s) sliced and cored (mine are approximately 1 inch thick)

--1 Can of Coconut Milk (I used unsweetened but use what you like)

--1 1/2 cups sugar mixed with 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

--1 Bag of toasted coconut flakes

--1 scoop of ice cream (I used French Vanilla)

What You Need for Grilled Pineapple


First, brush the pineapple with the coconut milk on both sides.

Brush Pineapple with Cocomilk


Sprinkle a generous amount of the cinnamon-sugar onto both sides of the pineapple.

Sprinkle Pineapple with Sugar


The pineapple rings should look something like this.  Looks like they are ready for the grill.

Pineapple Ready for the Grill


Set up the grill for direct grilling.  You can do this on whatever grill you like and use the fuel of your choice.  I'm using my faithful Weber Kettle Grill with lump charcoal.  So this time around I'm putting a small pile of coals right in the center for my direct grilling setup (sorry about my finger photo bomb).  Use your favorite direct grilling setup.

Pineapple Grill Setup


Once you've got hot coals and your set up for direct grilling, get those pineapples on the grill.  Be sure to place them directly over the hot coals.  You can pick the side you want them to start on.  Be sure to place the lid back on the grill, because as that yummy cinnamon-sugar caramelizes some of it will drip onto the hot coals and flame up.  However that is not all bad, because you want some of that flame to kiss the pineapple and give 'em just a little bit of char which gives 'em a whole lot of flavor.

Pineapple on the Grill


Cooking time per side is approximately 3-4 minutes, or just cook them to your liking.  I like a little char (yeah, that's mine in the middle), but not everyone in my family does.  So I kept one or two on the edge of the fire, and didn't give them as much direct exposure to the hot coals.  But you make them how you like them.  Now let's finish them up.

Grilled Pineapple Char


Place a scoop of French Vanilla ice cream (or your favorite, but I recommend some form of vanilla) and sprinkled on some toasted coconut flakes to finish, and dessert is ready.  Dinner will have to wait cause we're eating dessert first!

Grilled Pineapple Final 2

Give this dessert a try at your next grilling adventure, and be sure to check out all of Stephen Reichland's recipes on Primal Grill.  That will do it for this session.  I'll see you next time, and remember leave no trace...leave a legacy.

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