Smoked Pineapple is a simple dessert that is sure to impress your family and friends at your next backyard barbecue. Not only is it easy to prepare, but it requires just two ingredients, making it a hassle-free treat that everyone will love!
This sweet dessert is perfect for those warm summer evenings when you’re looking for a refreshing and unique way to end your meal. Plus, it’s a fantastic excuse to make good use of your smoker when you already have something cooking in it.
What’s more, this delicious dish is prepared outside, which means you won’t have to heat up your kitchen in the process. It’s an ideal dessert option for outdoor gatherings or backyard barbecues.
In addition to its incredible taste, the smoked pineapple is a unique and visually appealing dish that’s sure to catch everyone’s eye. The combination of the caramelized pineapple and a hint of cinnamon adds an extra layer of flavor that is both unexpected and delightful.
So, if you’re looking for a quick and easy dessert that will leave a lasting impression on your guests, this Smoked Pineapple recipe is definitely the way to go. Give it a try and savor the sweet and smoky flavors of this delectable treat!
Start By Cutting A Whole Pineapple
When searching for recipes, you may find some that smoke a whole pineapple. Although I have done that before, I prefer to cut the pineapple in half before it goes into the smoker.
Not only is the process quicker, when smoking it whole the smoke can’t penetrate the pineapple effectively. This means that you won’t get that amazing smoky flavor in every bite.
In addition, smoking it whole would require you to remove the rind, which is more challenging and time-consuming. However by simply cutting it in half, you allow for a faster smoke time and an easier process overall.
How To Cut a Pineapple In Half
To cut a pineapple in half, use a large, sharp knife and carefully slice it from top to bottom, making sure to cut through the core. I find it easier to cut through the thick outer layer when the pineapple is laying down.
Then I use the tip of the sharp knife to pierce through the rind. Then I slowly lower the blade and continue to slice it, using a steady hand and even, firm pressure to get a clean, straight cut.
Leaves On or Off?
Whether to leave the leaves on or remove them is entirely up to you and your preferred presentation. Keeping the leaves on can make for a stunning display, while removing them gives a cleaner, simpler look.
However if you do choose to keep the leaves on, be sure to smoke the pineapple over indirect heat. This will help avoid the risk of the leaves catching on fire during the smoking process.
What Type of Wood To Use
When smoking a pineapple, it is best to use a fruit wood like apple or cherry. These fruity woods are ideal as these types of wood will impart a mild, sweet flavor that complements the natural sweetness of the pineapple.
For a more intense smoke flavor you can use hickory or mesquite wood. Although the pineapple will have a stronger smoke flavor, the natural sugars in the pineapple will still shine through.
When To Smoke A Pineapple
There are plenty of great opportunities to smoke a pineapple! Consider doing it when you already have the smoker going for another dish, or as a special dessert for a summer holiday picnic.
It’s also perfect for a backyard barbecue while you’re grilling or smoking other foods, like Smoked Baked Beans. It is a delicious and unique treat that everyone will enjoy.
How To Cut A Smoked Pineapple
Once your pineapple is smoked, let it cool slightly before cutting. Then, use a sharp knife to carefully slice it into wedges or half-rings, depending on your preference.
Remember to remove the core when cutting into wedges, as it can be tough and fibrous.
Smoked pineapple can be enjoyed on its own, or you can get creative with your serving ideas. Try serving it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a drizzle of caramel sauce.
You can also use it as a topping for a tropical-inspired salad or as a sweet and smoky addition to Spicy Sriracha Shrimp. Or how about adding a smoky twist to your charcuterie board or in your favorite tropical cocktail?
How To Store Smoked Pineapple
To store smoked pineapple, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place it in an airtight container. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days.
If you’d like to keep it for longer, you can freeze the smoked pineapple for up to two months. However, be sure to wrap it well to avoid freezer burn.
Smoked Pineapple Recipe
- 1 whole pineapple
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Using a large, sharp knife, slice the pineapple in half from top to bottom. You can leave the leaves on, or remove them.
Sprinkle cinnamon on the flesh of the pineapple and lightly rub so that it is spread evenly across the surface.
Preheat the smoker to 225°F. One the smoker is to temperature, place the pineapple halves flesh side down. Cook for 1 hour.
Flip the pineapple over and cook for an additional 30 minutes or until desired tenderness has been reached. Remove the pineapple from the smoker and slice and serve warm or at room temperature.
Smoked pineapple is a delightful and unique treat that’s both easy to prepare and bound to impress your friends and family. With its sweet and smoky flavors, it’s perfect for any occasion, from backyard barbecues to being the star dessert at dinner parties.
So fire up that smoker and get ready to enjoy this mouthwatering dessert!
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- 1 whole pineapple
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- Using a large, sharp knife, slice the pineapple in half from top to bottom. You can leave the leaves on, or remove them.
- Sprinkle cinnamon on the flesh of the pineapple and lightly rub so that it is spread evenly across the surface.
- Preheat the smoker to 225°F. One the smoker is to temperature, place the pineapple halves flesh side down. Cook for 1 hour.
- Flip the pineapple over and cook for an additional 30 minutes or until desired tenderness has been reached.
- Remove the pineapple from the smoker and slice and serve warm or at room temperature.
Serve as a stand alone dessert, over ice cream, or in smoky cocktails.
Recipe provided by Make Your Meals