Is that gorgeous or WHAT!? And phenomenally delish! I’ve grilled pineapple for years and I’ve made honey butter to slather on it. But this? THIS was insane! Oh my goodness! The smell of that molasses and butter mixed with lime zest……….SHAZAM! Man alive, it was something else! I imagine this will be my “go-to” grilled pineapple recipe from now on! When we get ready to grill and I ask, “What do y’all want me to grill,” the youngest ankle biter always screams, “PINEAPPLE!” Now he’ll be screaming for THIS pineapple to go on the grill!
It’s SUPER simple! Let’s make some! You’ll need just 4 items:
A fresh pineapple (or two or three!!!), butter, molasses and a lime. It just doesn’t get much easier than this!!!
If you’ve never cut a fresh pineapple up before, don’t panic! It’s not nearly as daunting as it might look! Start out by laying it on its side on a cutting board. Make sure you have a super sharp knife. Cut off the top and set it aside.
Now cut the bottom off just like you did with the top.
Stand the pineapple back up and begin cutting the sides off. You’ll just go with the curve of the pineapple.
You may have to trim a little bit after the initial cut. See how I didn’t get all the way down to just pineapple? I trimmed that off a little bit more. Then keep cutting until you have all the outside off and the fruit inside exposed.
Like this………Now you’re going to lay it back on its side and and slice it into thick slices. I got about 6 slices from one pineapple. You can probably slice a little thinner than I did and get 7-8 maybe. But I wouldn’t slice it any thinner than that.
Once I have the pineapple sliced, I core it with an apple corer. This step is not absolutely necessary. You can leave the center core in the pineapple. It’s perfectly edible. However, the texture is a little icky to me. Ankle Biter #2 LOVES it! He stands at the table while I’m coring pineapples and eats the centers as fast as I can get them out. It’s much harder than the rest of the pineapple flesh. So it’s up to you whether you take it out or leave it in.
They’re ready now. So let’s prepare the molasses-lime butter!
Start by placing a stick of room temperature butter in a bowl. ***note to self: Never use a “butter”-colored bowl to demonstrate anything with butter again! *** Sorry about that!
Zest the lime over the butter. We’ve talked about zesters/microplanes before. But since we might have some new folks with us, let’s talk about them again just a minute……….if you don’t have a zester, I HIGHLY recommend buying one. You can pick one up at Bed, Bath and Beyond for about $15, give or take. You can’t do this with a normal grater. It will dig too deep into the outside of the fruit and you’ll end up with some of that white stuff underneath the top layer. It’s called “pith” and it is VERY bitter. You don’t want to get any of that into your butter mixture. It will wreck it!
See how it’s the greenest part of the lime? Make sure you use a very light stroke across the zester so you just get this part of the rind. It imparts SO much flavor! Just the juice of any citrus fruit doesn’t have this much flavor. So you’ll definitely want the zest in there!
Now add the juice of the lime you just finished zesting. If it has seeds, you may want to juice it over a small strainer to make sure none of them go into the butter mixture.
Take a fork and start mashing the butter and zest together. You want it to be fairly well incorporated before you add the molasses.
Now add the molasses.
I SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO wish you could smell this! It was absolutely unbelievable!
Whip the molasses and butter with a whisk until it’s all mixed together like this. Now set it aside while the pineapple is grilling.
Make sure the grill is super hot. Lay the pineapple on the grates of the grill.
Wait about 5-8 minutes and then flip them over. You just want to grill them long enough to make grill marks on them.
Once the pineapple has grilled a few minutes on both sides, brush the molasses butter on them. Let it set on one side about 2 minutes and then flip them over again and brush the other side. Grill an additional couple of minutes.
See how the butter has begun to melt and drip? That means they’re just about ready to come off the grill!
And when it’s finished, it’s positively delightful!
Grilled Pineapple with Molasses-Lime Butter
* 1-2 fresh pineapples
* 1 stick butter
* zest and juice of 1 lime
* 1/2 cup molasses
Peel, core and slice fresh pineapple. Mix butter with lime zest and juice. Mash butter up with the zest and juice. Add molasses and whisk together until well incorporated. Grill pineapple slices on hot grill about 5 minutes on each side. Brush molasses butter onto pineapple and grill an additional 2 minutes. Flip again and brush with molasses butter. Remove from grill and place on a serving dish. Pour the remaining molasses butter over the top.
See how simple that was?! You make this to go alongside your grilled chicken or pork chops for Labor Day (0r any other day for that matter!!!) and you will be a ROCK STAR!!!!! If you’ve never grilled any fruit before, I can’t tell you what you’ve been missing! Grilled pineapple is wonderful! I’ve also grilled bananas, which I hate, but the ankle biters enjoy. And I’ve grilled cantaloupe and honeydew melon as well. Give it a try if you never have! I promise it’s amazing! You’re going to have your whole world rocked!
Start planning that Labor Day picnic menu! We’re just a few days out now! Time to enjoy some end-of-summer grilling and swimming with the family!