Saturday, June 11, 2016

Hawaiian Kebabs- Pork & Pineapple

Just got back from Kauai.
Sigh. It's hard to come home.
However, here's an easy little invention that we cooked while we there in the townhouse that we rented. I'm one of those weird gals that LIKES to cook while on vacation, yeah, sure, I do like to go out and eat, but one of the pleasures is sitting on the deck, with friends, enjoying a drink while enjoying the sunset.  And the guys are cooking at the BBQ, yep, that's fun to me.

We had a lot of pineapple juice (3 BIG cans), fresh huge pineapple and other goodies from our Costco shopping stop in Lihue.  It's crazy how much stuff that 4 people can put in a cart when power shopping on your first day of vacation. What a hoot.  We got some great items for our week... luckily we got to split that bill for the cart full of Costco stuff.

I will say, you could make this with canned pineapple chunks!  That way you'd have the already cut chunks, and you could drain the juice to use as the marinade as below.  One note of caution, I would imagine that canned pineapple make the dish a little sweeter.  Probably not a big deal as part of the yumminess of this dish is the savory pork with the sweet pineapple and the grilled onions.  Enjoy!

Serves 4

Bamboo Skewers
2 lbs boneless pork loin chops, cut into cubes
1/2 cup pineapple juice
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
2-3 cups of fresh pineapple, in chunks
1/2 large white onion, cut in chunks

Soak the bamboo skewers, this keeps them from burning while on the grill.

Marinate port cubes in pineapple juice, garlic salt, chili powder and olive oil
Let sit for at least 30 minutes.

Soak skewers, thread the white onion, pork, pineapple, alternating until each skewer is filled.

Heat up the grill to high, then turn down the heat to medium high after you add skewers.  We cooked them for about 12 minutes, but it could depend on your grill and how done you like your pork.  The suggested internal temp for pork is now 145, which usually means it has a small amount of pink inside.

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In case you need a little picture of a Hawaiian sunset to enjoy with your dinner, here you go!

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