Saturday, February 11, 2012

Weekend Cooking: Pork & Pineapple Skewers

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Grilling in Central New York in February is very unusual, yet this entire winter has been anything but usual. Our area has never experienced a winter with so little snow (under 40 inches so far this season), and temperatures have been relatively mild, too.  Last night, with the grill so easily accessible and temperatures pushing 40 degrees, we decided to make a summer favorite - Pork and Pineapple Skewers. It's an adaptation of this Rachel Ray recipe.



1 20 ounce can  of pineapple chunks in their juice, drained and juice reserved
1 clove garlic, smashed
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Salt and pepper
1 1/4 pounds pork loin, cut into 1-inch cubes
4 scallions, cut into 1-inch pieces


Combine the pineapple juice, garlic, soy sauce, ginger and oil in a large bowl; season with salt and pepper. Add the pork and scallions and let marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Preheat an outdoor grill or grill pan to medium-high.
Meanwhile, thread the marinated pork and pineapple chunks onto skewers.

Grill the kebabs, turning occasionally, until golden and cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes.

Quick, easy, and delicious!

Note: If you think the photos look like more than 1 1/4 pounds of pork tenderloin, you're right. I doubled the recipe.


  1. So this was the meal I missed! LOL. Sounds heavenly. Mr. BFR has a weakness for pineapple, I may have to give this a go on the next mild evening.

  2. I love pineapple on pizza and in dishes.... this looks great!

  3. These look delicious and very easy! Our winter has been mild too. Last night we got about 5 inches of snow, the most so far!! But earlier this week we had temps of 40+!!

  4. Yum! I will definitely be trying this recipe. Our winter here in Florida has been very mild (last week I had shorts on!) Its a bit colder this weekend but in a few days it'll be up into the 70's and I'll be cranking up the grill!

  5. I grew up in Central New York, so I can appreciate your excitement at grilling outside in February. I've been on a real pineapple kick lately, I think my husband would love these. I hope your mild winter hangs on!

  6. I love the combination of pork and pineapple. This way sounds and looks delicious.

  7. We've had a mild winter too. If it's warm enough tomorrow, we might have to make these kebabs. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  8. Oh, I might up the garlic, to 2 or 4...or 6 cloves, but otherwise it sounds delicious.

  9. It has been a really strange winter hasn't it?! Though it's burry today--only 30 in Dallas!

    This looks so delicious. Scott LOVES pineapple so I bet he'd agree.

  10. This sounds so good! and i just had a ham and pineapple pizza...

  11. The pork and pineapple go so well together, it looks delicious! Mild winter here on Lomg Island as well, todays snow was a dusting that's all gone so we're grilling chicken! i'd rather have had your pork and pineapple skewers!

  12. I love the sound of this marinade. What a delicious meal!

  13. Looks delicious, and so glad to hear you're enjoying 'balmy' weather. We too are having some unusually mild winter temp. albeit not enough to send us to the bbq yet. But your skewers look just great!

  14. I have never cooked with the skewers but my daughter in law does so I will pass this on to her!

  15. This looks SO good! Thank you for sharing.

    I would say that it's been grilling weather here, which was the case until yesterday when the temperature dropped to 16. :)

  16. Pork and pineapple is such a great combination/

  17. Sounds good. I'll have to save it and try it this summer.

  18. Beth F - Yes, this was the meal - not many leftovers!

    Sheila - I love pineapple on pizza, too.

    Staci - Friday was our last warm night. It ended up snowing both Saturday and Sunday.

    Lisa - Hurray for mild winters all over the country.

    Diane - Friday was the end of the milder weather. It feels a little more like winter in CNY today.

    Margot - Pineapple and pork is a great combo!

    Jama - You're welcome. Hope you get a chance to try these.

    Caite - Good idea! I may up the garlic a little next time myself.

    Trish - Didn't you guys end up with snow this weekend, too?

    Care - Now I'm getting hungry for pizza!

    Carol - Hurray for grilling on Long Island, too. Not enjoying our mini-return to winter...

    Heather - Thanks, it was.

    Arti - Well, it's back to winter again around here, but we sure enjoyed the grilling on Friday!

    Peggy - I hope she likes the recipe!

    Kathy - Thanks.

    Everybookandcranny - It got a LOT colder over the weekend, so it's a good thing we got the grilling in on Friday.

    Shelley - I love that combination, too.

    Carol - It may be summer before we get to grill again, too :-)

  19. We had some last night! But it didn't stay cold long enough for it to stick around. I saw today that overall this winter has been 5.5 degrees warmer than average. Think the fourth warmest winter on record?!


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