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Brazilian Grilled Pineapple

Brazilian Grilled Pineapple

One of my favorite places to eat is Rodizio Grill.  On special occasions, including my birthday and Mothers Day, my hubby and kids take me there to eat freshly carved rotisserie grilled meat that has been slow roasted and I also get a new family selfie outside the front of the restaurant.  It's become Collins family tradition!  

One of my very favorite things to eat there is what they call abacaxi, the sweet glazed and grilled pineapple.  Give me that with a piece of their presunto, (sugar glazed ham), and I am in complete heaven!  A number of years ago we did a women's grill night in my backyard with a bunch of the ladies in my neighborhood and one of my sweet friends taught us to grill pineapple with the same delicious flavors we enjoy so often at Rodizio.  From then on pineapple became my number one favorite fruit to grill.  

I prefer the pineapple to be cut in to spears for this recipe so I can grill it as long as I want without it falling apart.  You are going to love this glaze - it caramelizes perfectly on the flames as you baste and turn each spear.  I like mine with some major caramelization, but you feel free to cook it to your preferred liking!

  • 1 pineapple, cut into 8 long spears
Dry sugar mix:  
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar mixed with 1 tsp cinnamon
Basting Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  1. To make your pineapple spears, slice off the top and the bottom of the pineapple and remove the skin.  Cut the pineapple in to 8 long spears, (cut the pineapple in half length ways, each piece in half again, and then in half again!)  
  2. Use your knife to slice the core off of each spear.  
  3. Sprinkle the dry sugar mix all over each spear and let them sit for a few minutes on a tray lined with foil.  
  4. For your basting glaze, melt your butter in a small saucepan, add the brown sugar and cinnamon and heat through until the sugar is properly melted.  
  5. Fire up the grill to medium heat.  
  6. Place the pineapple spears on the grill and baste with the glaze. Continue to turn and baste every minute or two.  
  7. Grill for about 10 minutes or until it's as brown and caramelized as you like it.  
  8. Remove from heat, plate it and drizzle any remaining glaze over the top!

Brazilian Grilled Pineapple


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