Smoked pineapple is a delicious and unique way to enjoy this tropical fruit. For added flavor we are using Western Premium BBQ Cherry wood chunks.The smoke from these chunks imparts amazing flavor! Not only does smoking fresh pineapple give it a smoky flavor, but it also adds a beautiful caramelized color and texture to the fruit. We do not add any brown sugar. We let the cherry wood chunks add the delicate smoky flavor. We smoked a whole pineapple with the skin on, as we are using the skin on wedges in our pineapple margarita. You can remove stem and outer skin if you would like and still get amazing results.
Why you will love this smoked pineapple:
- No added ingredients, just pineapple
- Set and forget: Place in smoker, and turn after 30 minutes
- Makes super cute cocktail garnishes for cocktails
- The smoky sweet flavor pairs well with so many dishes
What is the best wood to smoke pineapple with?
We feel that Western Premium BBQ cherry wood chunks produce a mild smoke with a tangy, fruity flavor. They complement the sweet taste of the pinapple, adding a hint of smokiness. If you are smoking a pineapple on a gas grill, you can get cherry bbq wood chips to use!
Does grilling pineapple change the flavor?
Grilling fruit will bring out sweetness and caramelize the natural sugars making the fruit extra delicious. The heat also softens the fruit, giving it a nice texture. This recipe is for a whole pineapple, but you can also smoke canned pineapple slices if they are easier to find.
Can I smoke other fruit?
Yes! In fact, we smoked oranges and limes, sprinkled with a little turbinado sugar to make a smoked pineapple margarita! Citrus fruit can go cut side down onto the grill for just a few minutes. It softens the fruit, gives it a smoky flavor, and makes it extra juicy!
What can I use smoked pineapple in?
Smoked pineapple can be used in a variety of dishes and can add a delicious smoky sweetness to both savory and sweet dishes. Here are some ideas:
- Tacos: Add smoked pineapple to your tacos for a burst of flavor and sweetness. It pairs well with grilled chicken, pork, or fish tacos.
- Grilled Meat or Fish: Smoked pineapple is a simple side dish for grilled chicken, pork, or fish.
- Breakfasts: Add a slice of smoked pineapple to a biscuit with ham! Chop and serve over waffles with maple syrup!
- Desserts: Grilled pineapple with ice cream is such a Summer favorite.
- Salsa: Chop up the grilled pineapple and mix it with diced tomatoes, red onions, jalapeños, and cilantro for a sweet and spicy salsa.
- Pizza: Add grilled pineapple to your pizza for a tropical twist on a classic dish.
- Cocktails: Use grilled pineapple as a garnish for tropical cocktails like margaritas, daiquaris and mai tais!
- Western Wood BBQ Cherry Wood Chunks
- Smoker or Grill
- 1 Whole Pineapple
- Slice a whole pineapple down the center Cut pineapple down the center, including the fruit crown (spikey leaves)
- Light charcoal. Once coals are ready, add a few pieces of Western BBQ cherry wood chunks. 225 F is the temprature you want to maintain.
- Add place setter and then grill grate.
- Add pinapple flesh side down, and cover, allowing it to smoke for 30 minutes.
- Turn pineapple pieces over, cover, and check after another 30 minutes. You are looking for the flesh to be a more golden yellow. Do not over cook, or it will get mushy.
- Place pineapple skin side down onto a sheet pan, and allow to cool.
- Slice into chunks to use as garnish for drinks, or remove skin to use pineapple in other recipes.