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It’s grilling season – my favorite season of all! I love summer because we get to spend more time outdoors in the fresh air and of course, grilling. Easy Grilled Pineapple Pork Kabobs will be on my grilling menu a lot this summer because they are so flavorful and easy to cook.
Sometimes we tend to forget about how simple, versatile and flavorful fresh pork is when it comes to grilling. Whether I’m grilling ribs or pork tenderloin to make kabobs, Walmart has a variety of high quality marinated fresh pork, ribs, and chops.
My easy, grilled Pineapple Pork Kabobs requires only five ingredients and you can find them all at your local Walmart.
Easy Grilled Pineapple Pork Kabobs
I cook pork kabobs on the grill frequently, so I have a set of stainless steel skewers. You can also use wooden skewers. If you use wooden, make sure to soak them 20-30 minutes before threading. It will keep the skewers from burning while on the grill.
For this recipe, I use two bell peppers, a red onion, a fresh pineapple, a Smithfield® Garlic & Herb Pork Loin Filet, and pineapple preserves.
I love Smithfield® brand because it’s already marinated and that’s one less step for me. Feel free to purchase your favorite brand.
To make kabobs, cut the peppers, onion, pineapple and fresh pork into 1-inch cubes. Toss the peppers, onion, and pineapple in two tablespoons olive oil.
Thread a chunk of pepper, pineapple, pork, and onion. Repeat until you’ve used four pieces of pork per skewer.
Grill on medium-high for about 10 minutes – 5 minutes per side. When you cube fresh pork, it doesn’t take as long to cook so these kabobs are cooked in under 15 minutes.
Brush the kabobs with pineapple preserves a couple of minutes before they are done. If the preserves are too thick to brush, place in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for about 15-20 seconds.
Helpful Hint: For this recipe, I used orange bell peppers. You could also use green or red.
How to Cut a Fresh Pineapple
When buying a fresh pineapple, pay attention to the sound and smell. It shouldn’t smell sickly sweet or have a hollow sound.
Use a sharp knife to trim off the top. Cut off the sides and remove the eyes. Cut straight down the center and then remove the core. For this recipe, cut pineapple into 1″ cubes.
Cooking Times for Grilling Fresh Pork
When it comes to grilling fresh marinaded pork, it’s best when cooked to 145ºF. I always use an instant-read thermometer to make sure the pork is cooked perfectly.
I also let the pork rest for at least 3 minutes before serving. That way, the juices redistribute and ensures that the meat is juicy and tasty. The internal temperature will rise a little while it rests.
We like our pork loin to be medium-well (155-160º F). If you like your pork medium, cook it to 150-155ºF. Well done is an internal temperature of 160º and medium-rare is 145-150.
- Smithfield® Garlic & Herb Pork Loin Fillet (about 1-1/2 lbs.)
- 1 fresh pineapple, cut into 1" chunks
- 2 bell peppers, cut into 1" pieces
- 1 red onion, cut into 1" pieces
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 2 Tablespoons pineapple preserves
- Toss pineapple chunks, peppers and onion in olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
- Thread pepper, pineapple, pork, and onion on skewers. Repeat process until each skewer has 4 pieces of pork.
- Grill over medium-high heat for 10-15 minutes. Baste with pineapple preserves about 2 minutes before done.
Amount Per Serving Calories 111Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 11mgSodium 59mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 1gSugar 7gProtein 5g
The next time you get your grill on, choose fresh pork and make my Grilled Pineapple Pork Kabobs. They are so delicious.