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Rookie Griller: Grilled Pineapple

grilled pineapple
Like we said before, Casey and I are not expert grillers. But heck, these new grills of ours are getting us excited to sharpen our skills before the weather breaks! While Casey ambitiously tackled a real meal during her first grilling lesson, I wanted to ease into my grill master status a little more cautiously.
So instead of tackling an entire meal, I focused my skills on one part of the meal, actually my favorite part of the meal. Dessert. Who knew you could grill dessert? I’m liking this grill thing already….
Grilled Pineapple Recipe
 
Ingredients:
Pineapple
Brown Sugar
Cinnamon
 
Directions:
1. Cut the pineapple into the size or shape that you desire
2. Cover each slice with plenty of brown sugar and cinnamon
3. Refrigerate the pineapple for 10-15 minutes to allow the cinnamon/sugar to soak in
4. Preheat the grill on medium heat to about 350 degrees
5. Grill pineapple until it is cooked to your desired darkness
6. Enjoy!
The pull out prep table attached to our grill was so helpful! It gave me some extra space to store all of my grillin’ goodies and allowed me to keep my mess in one designated area.
I was pretty excited for my first grilling experience, can you tell?
In about 5 minutes, the pineapples were browned to perfection and ready to be served. This entire grilling experience took me less than 15 minutes, which is a perfect time table for a post dinner-party treat. I can’t wait to serve these to guests on my patio in a few months! Hopefully by then, I’ll be serving more than just dessert from the grill.
Plus, these grilled pineapples are an extra fabulous dessert because you don’t feel as guilty, since they are part fresh fruit!
My first grilling lesson was a huge success! I can’t wait to put this bad boy to work more often and get my grillin’ skills sharpened ASAP. Next on the grilling agenda…. an entree. Any recommendations or volunteer taste testers?
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My First Grilling Lesson

Last week we introduced you to our new amazing grills. They’re pretty darn cool, but we’re also both very intimidated by them. I’ve never grilled a day in my life and mixing my newbie grilling skills together with a dangerous propane tank…made the task of “breaking in” our new toy, a very scary one!

Kenmore grill

Lucky for me, Finn is a master griller and he was willing to show me the ropes. But before we fired up our new grill…he informed me that we needed the right accessories. We whipped out our laptops, and purchased a grill cover, tongs, a grill brush, and a giant spatula all online. Not to mention my favorite purchase…a grilling basket (more on that in a bit…)

grill cover

Since it is wintertime, we knew we needed a cover to keep our grill safe in the harsh conditions. This giant black cover protects our new balcony addition, so we can keep it looking good for years to come.

peppers

Once we received all of the grillin’ goods, it was time to get to work with my first “lesson.” Finn decided to keep it simple for us with grilled veggies, chicken, and steak. A nice basic meal that would be tasty, and hopefully foolproof.

We chopped up the peppers and onions, and then coated them in a bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Finn marinated the meat and before I knew it, we were all ready to bundle up and head outside.  The whole propane tank thing totally freaked me out at first. But my handsome teacher showed me how to open the valve and light the grill. I had no idea how simple it was…it’s just like using a stove top. So far, I was off to a good (& safe) start…

grilling meat and vegetables

Our Kenmore grill was hot in no time, and we threw on our meal and got to work. See that amazing metal basket above? That is quite possibly the best grill accessory ever! My mom always uses one when she grills vegetables, and we knew we needed to get one immediately.

grilling basket

It’s great because you can grill smaller things (like chopped veggies) and you don’t have to worry about anything falling through the cracks of the grill. Just be careful and use tongs when you’re moving it around on the grill because the metal basket gets really hot!

finn grilling

Here’s my teacher taking over for a few minutes, while I snapped away. Notice the earmuffs and gator to keep warm. I think it was about 12 degrees outside at this point (This article gave us a few tips about wintertime grilling!). We kept running inside to warm up while our food cooked, so it made for an interesting grilling lesson. But, I do think I learned all of the basics.

Casey grilling

So do I feel like a grilling master? Definitely not. But I must say I’m not quite as intimidated by this big metal box.  And I still have plenty of time to practice before grilling season officially begins. Who’s coming over for dinner?

Casey DIY playbook
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