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BBQ RECIPE: Grilled Pineapple with Honey-Lime Glaze and Toasted Coconut

November 28, 2023

Donna M. Skolnick

Donna M. Skolnick



Grilled Pineapple with Honey-Lime Glaze and Toasted Coconut

This unique BBQ dessert combines the sweetness of pineapple with a zesty honey-lime glaze and the nutty flavor of toasted coconut.

Grilled Pineapple with Honey-Lime Glaze and Toasted Coconut


Fresh pineapple slices

1/4 cup honey

Zest and juice of 2 limes

2 tablespoons melted butter

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

Shredded coconut, toasted


Prepare the Grill:

Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. (Will take about 10 min to pre-heat)

Prepare Pineapple:

Peel and slice the fresh pineapple into rings.

Make the Honey-Lime Glaze:

In a bowl, mix together honey, lime zest, lime juice, melted butter, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. This creates a sweet and tangy glaze.

Grill the Pineapple:

Brush both sides of each pineapple slice with the honey-lime glaze.

Place the pineapple slices on the preheated grill. Grill for about 2-3 minutes on each side or until you see grill marks and the pineapple is slightly caramelized.

Toast Coconut:

While the pineapple is grilling, spread shredded coconut on a baking sheet. Toast it in the oven or on the grill for a few minutes until it turns golden brown. Keep a close eye on it to prevent burning.


Remove the grilled pineapple from the grill and place it on a serving platter.

Drizzle any remaining honey-lime glaze over the grilled pineapple slices.

Sprinkle the toasted coconut on top for a delightful crunch.


Serve the Grilled Pineapple with Honey-Lime Glaze and Toasted Coconut immediately.

The Culinary Alchemy of Grilled Pineapple Dessert: A Deeper Dive into Ingredients and Outdoor Kitchen Versatility

Grilled pineapple with honey-lime glaze and toasted coconut stands as a testament to the culinary prowess achievable with outdoor kitchens. The synergy of pineapple, honey-lime glaze, and toasted coconut not only creates a delicious dessert but also demonstrates the versatility of outdoor kitchens, particularly when adorned with Casa Bella Outdoor Kitchen Cabinetry.

Pineapple: A Symphony of Sweetness and Smokiness

Grilling pineapple is not merely a culinary technique; it's an art form that transforms the fruit's natural sweetness while infusing it with a delightful smokiness. According to studies on fruit grilling techniques from culinary experts at the Culinary Institute of America, grilling exposes pineapple to high heat, caramelizing its sugars and intensifying its flavor profile. The Maillard reaction, a chemical process that occurs during grilling, further enhances the complexity of the pineapple's taste, creating a harmonious blend of sweet and smoky notes.

Research on tropical fruit grilling, emphasizes the unique chemical changes that occur in pineapple during the grilling process. The heat breaks down complex sugars into simpler compounds, intensifying the sweetness, while the smoky aroma is attributed to the release of aromatic compounds. These findings underscore the scientific basis behind the choice of pineapple for our grilled dessert.

Honey-Lime Glaze: A Culinary Balancing Act

The honey-lime glaze is the secret behind the perfect balance of sweetness and acidity in our dessert. Research from culinary chemistry journals, highlights the synergistic relationship between honey and lime. Honey, a natural sweetener, not only adds sweetness but also contributes to the desirable texture and moisture retention in grilled dishes.

Lime, on the other hand, brings a burst of acidity that cuts through the richness of the honey, providing a perfect counterbalance. Cooking schools emphasize the importance of balancing sweet and acidic elements in culinary creations, stating that it is the key to a well-rounded and memorable dish. The honey-lime glaze, therefore, is not merely a flavorful addition but a carefully crafted component designed to elevate the overall taste profile of the dessert.

Toasted Coconut: Elevating Texture and Flavor

The inclusion of toasted coconut in our recipe serves a dual purpose: adding a nutty flavor and creating a crispy texture that complements the juicy pineapple. Insights from culinary experts underscore the significance of texture in creating a memorable dining experience. Toasting coconut enhances its natural nuttiness, providing a contrasting crunch to the softness of grilled pineapple.

Studies on coconut flavor chemistry, delve into the chemical changes that occur during toasting. The Maillard reaction, responsible for browning and developing complex flavors, plays a crucial role in intensifying the nutty notes of coconut. The toasted coconut not only adds depth to the dessert but also contributes to a sensory experience that engages both taste and texture.

Outdoor Kitchen Versatility with Casa Bella Outdoor Kitchen Cabinetry

Beyond the ingredients, the success of this grilled pineapple dessert is also attributed to the outdoor kitchen environment. Casa Bella Outdoor Kitchen Cabinetry, made from marine-grade aluminum and available in six designer colors, adds a touch of style and functionality to the cooking space.

Culinary studies from institutions like the Institute of Culinary Education emphasize the importance of a well-designed kitchen in enhancing the cooking experience. Outdoor kitchens equipped with durable and aesthetically pleasing cabinetry, such as Casa Bella's, provide a conducive space for culinary creativity. The marine-grade aluminum ensures resistance to outdoor elements, making it an ideal choice for an outdoor setting.

The grilled pineapple dessert with honey-lime glaze and toasted coconut transcends the realm of a simple recipe. It represents a harmonious interplay of flavors, backed by scientific principles and culinary expertise. The chosen ingredients, each meticulously selected for its unique contributions, showcase the depth of thought that goes into crafting a memorable culinary experience.

Moreover, the outdoor kitchen, adorned with Casa Bella Outdoor Kitchen Cabinetry, serves as the canvas for this culinary masterpiece. The marriage of exceptional ingredients and a well-designed cooking space highlights the potential for creating gourmet delights in the comfort of one's outdoor oasis. As you embark on your culinary journey, explore more recipes, and share your creations on social media : #OutdoorKitchen, #Grilling, #BBQDessert, #CasaBella_Outdoor, and more.

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Enjoy your delicious grilled pineapple dessert!

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