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These Pineapple and Pork Kabobs have pork that is marinated in a Jamaican jerk marinade then added to skewers with fresh pineapple and onions. Grill the kabobs for a perfect summer supper with a bit of spice.

Pineapple Pork Kabobs

When I was a few weeks from my due date with my daughter, I was so ready to have that baby. I had it in my head that she was going to come 2 weeks early, but that day came and went without a baby. As my due date approached, I was prepared to do anything to get her to come. I was so excited to meet her, and I was so tired of being pregnant! So I did what many expectant mothers do – I tried all of the “methods” out there to get her to come. I walked (and walked, and walked…), I ate spicy food, and even went to get a pedicure after I heard there is a spot on your foot that most salons know about that is said to induce labor. Nothing worked. Then I read something that said that eating fresh pineapple helps. Something to do with an enzyme that is in it helping to soften the cervix. So I bought a pineapple. And I ate the whole thing. Over the course of a week, I think I ate 3 pineapples. By the time that was over, I didn’t want to see another pineapple ever again. (By the way, the pineapple didn’t work, either. She ended up coming a few days after my due date, regardless of everything I tried!)

Since then, I haven’t eaten much pineapple. I guess it goes to show you that there can be too much of a good thing! But here I am, 18 months later, and when I saw this pineapple and pork kabobs recipe, I immediately wanted that fresh pineapple. Especially grilled!

I only had one issue with this recipe. You are supposed to marinate the meat for 2-4 hours. Well, since I’m working, that wasn’t possible. It was either marinate it for 6-7 hours, or for 1 hour. I wish I would have opted for the 1 hour. These pork kabobs ended up super flavored, and it was a bit overpowering. Actually, more than a bit – it was very overpowering. It was good, but you couldn’t eat too much, because it was so strong. I used to think that you couldn’t marinate something too long, but I am now learning that that isn’t true!

Recipe Notes:

  • You can choose what kind of pepper you want in the marinade. I chose a jalapeño, and I removed the seeds and ribs. I know that jerk is typically hot, but I also know that my husband won’t eat it if it is too spicy. This gave it a little kick, but it wasn’t too hot.
  • The jerk marinade calls for Jamaican allspice, but I used regular. Supposedly, the Jamaican allspice is supposed to give it the authentic jerk flavor, but I used what I had!

Jamaican Pineapple Pork Kabobs

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Pineapple Pork Kabobs
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These Pineapple and Pork Kabobs have pork that is marinated in a Jamaican jerk marinade then added to skewers with fresh pineapple and onions. Grill the kabobs for a perfect summer supper with a bit of spice.
Serves: 4 servings
Jerk Marinade
  • ½ yellow onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup finely chopped scallions
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ to 1 habenero, jalapeño, or serrano chile, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1½ tablespoons soy sauce
  • ½ tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ tablespoon cider vinegar or distilled white vinegar
  • One 1½ pound boneless pork loin, cut into 1½-2 inch cubes
  • ¾ cup Jerk marinade (recipe follows)
  • 1 fresh pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 12 pearl onions, peeled, or 1 large yellow onion, peeled and cut into 1-inch wedgesa
Prepare the marinade:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Store leftover marinade in the refrigerator in a tightly closed jar for up to 1 month.
Prepare the kabobs:
  1. In a resealable plastic bag, combine the pork and the jerk marinade. Rotate the bag several times to coat the meat. Refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours.
  2. Add the pineapple and onion to the meat to marinate slightly. At the same time, soak 8 wooden skewers in water for 20 to 30 minutes. Prepare a hot fire in a charcoal grill or prepare a gas grill.
  3. Skewer the pork, pineapple and onions alternately on the skewers. Grill for 15 to 20 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Serve hot.

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12 Responses to Pineapple and Pork Kabobs {Cookbook of the Month Recipe}

  1. Evan B says:

    I love pineapple paired with pork! I guess I'll have to try it on a weekend when I can make sure to only marinate it for 2-3 hours..

  2. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    A great combo! The pineapple must make the meat soft…



  3. Susi says:

    This sounds fantastic. Great combo!

  4. Monet says:

    What a cute story…I love grilled pineapple, it is such a wonderful compliment to grilled meat. This recipe looks lovely!

  5. scrambledhenfruit says:

    You remind me of my daughter in law- she did exactly the same thing the week before my grandson was born! Pork and pineapple are great together. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy says:

    I love grilled pineapple so I'm quite sure I would love this! I'm more of a chicken fan though, thanks!

  7. Kim says:

    Even though I don't work I always have an issue with marinating meat. I'm usually somewhere in the afternoon that prohibits me from starting a marinade and find the whole "marinating" thing to be frustrating at times. This does look like a wonderful recipe. I've never had pineapple grilled before, but would love to try it.

  8. Liz says:

    I think pork pairs so well with sweet things!

  9. Joanne says:

    For a while I was eating pineapple every day because I loved it so much! It must have made me super sensitive to acid because now when I eat it I get a stomachache immediately. It's too bad because this sounds delicious!

  10. grace says:

    how woeful to be turned off by pineapple! the wives' tale was surely worth a try, though. 🙂
    i like these kabobs, although i can see how marinating the meat for too long would have iffy results!

  11. Julie says:

    Those darn babies just come out whenever they want to…but I think the kabobs look like a great way to bide one's time…yum 🙂

  12. Grilled pineapple is the best! I didn’t know that, about pineapple inducing labor. It sounds a lot better than the stuff I tried!

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