Grilling season is officially in full effect and what is more fun than food on a stick? BBQ Pork Kabobs with Pineapple are a fun and delicious way to bring a little color to your backyard barbecue.
Kabobs are always a summertime and grilling favorite. Not only are there endless ways to customize them but they grill up quicky. I love using pork for quick weeknight dinners such as my Pumpkin Spice Pork Chop Skillet. These are perfect for a party or just a fun weeknight meal.
These BBQ Pork Kabobs with Pineapple combine fresh ingredients with a couple of pantry staples that pack bold flavor.
- Pork – pork tenderloin works well for this
- Lime juice – fresh squeezed is always best
- Soy sauce
- Red onion
- Red bell pepper
- Pineapple – Fresh pineapple is best, but you can also use canned pineapple that has been well drained.
- Fresh cilantro
How to Make BBQ Pork Kabobs with Pineapple
With just a few simple steps, you will be grilling these kabobs all summer long! Fresh, colorful, and effortless, they will become a family favorite.
Your family and friends will be flocking to the grill to see what smells so amazing with these beautiful pork skewers.
Add your pork, soy sauce, barbecue sauce, lime juice, and salt to a bowl and mix to thoroughly coat the pork. Allow it to marinate for one hour.
- Skewer it Up
Make your kabobs. Alternate meat, onions, peppers, and pineapple to build your skewers.
Whether you are grilling outside or are using a grill plate inside, preheat your grill.
- Grill Time
Grill your kabobs, rotating them often so all sides get a little caramelized. Brush them with additional barbecue sauce. Using a meat thermometer make sure the pork reaches 150 degrees before removing them from the grill.
- Dinner is Served!
Garnish with fresh cilantro.
Pork – The pork in this recipe can be substituted with chicken. However, you will need to cook the chicken a little longer until it reaches 165 degrees.
Soy sauce – You can use less sodium soy sauce for this recipe to cut back on the sodium. In addition you can make it Gluten Free by using gluten free soy sauce or tamari.
Variations on BBQ Pork Kabobs with Pineapple
This is a fun recipe to use as a base and play with to include your favorite flavors.
Spicy – You can make this recipe spicy by either using a spicy barbecue sauce, or adding crushed red pepper flakes to your marinade.
Sweet – This recipe can easily be sweetened up by picking a sweet barbecue sauce. Look for a barbecue sauce that includes honey or brown sugar as one of its main ingredients.
You don’t need much equipment to make these tasty treats, just a grill, meat thermometer, and skewers.
- Grill – These BBQ Pork Kabobs with Pineapple can be cooked on any type of grill. A gas grill, charcoal or pellet grill, or even indoor grill pan will all work. Use what you like, and also what the weather permits.
- Skewers – Metal skewers are the easiest to work with and also conduct heat more evenly, cooking the pork from the inside. You never have to worry about that flaring up or catching on fire. However bamboo skewers are readily available. If you use wood skewers for your kabobs, always soak them prior to adding your meat and vegetables. You can do this at the same time as your pork marinates.
- Instant read thermometer – An instant read thermometer takes the guesswork out of cooking. You won’t have to worry about serving raw pork, or dry over cooked meat.
Pork is a lean meat that cooks fast, making it ideal for using on kabobs, and also a quick weeknight dinner. However, always make sure when you’re making your kabobs you cut everything into similar sizes. This includes your onions, red bell pepper, and pineapple. This will allow everything to grill at a similar time and prevent some items being over cooked while others are undercooked.
BBQ Pork Kabobs with Pineapple
- 1 grill
- metal or bamboo skewers
- 1 lbs pork, cut into cubes pork tenderloin works well for this
- 1 cup barbecue sauce, plus extra for basting
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 red onion, cut into wedges
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into chunks
- 2 cups pineapple, cut into chunks
- fresh cilantro for serving
- Add your cubed pork, barbecue sauce, soy sauce, lime juice, and salt to a bowl. Mix to thoroughly coat the pork.
- Allow the pork to marinate for an hour.
- Preheat your grill or grill pan.
- Build your skewers, alternating pork, peppers, onions, and pineapple.
- Grill all sides of the kabobs, turning them often so every side gets caramelized.
- Baste with extra barbecue sauce.
- Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the pork. When it reaches 150, pull it off and allow the kabobs to rest for several minutes before serving.
- Garnish with cilantro.