Flaming Pineapple

"A man is better pleased when he has a good dinner, than when his wife talks Greek."

- Dr. Samuel Johnson, from the General Foods Kitchens Cookbook, 1959.




Grilled Flaming Pineapple


Submitted by:

Stacey D-J



Preparation time:

30 minutes


1 ripe pineapple (best with golden pineapple)

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

¾ cup sugar

1 teaspoon grated lime zest

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

½ cup dark rum (optional)


Preheat grill to high. Cut top from pineapple and slice of rind; cut into 8 or 10 even rounds. Using a paring knife, remove the core from each round leaving the rings intact. When ready to cook, place melted butter in a shallow bowl; combine the sugar, lime zest, and cinnamon in a separate bowl. Dip each slice of pineapple in butter then in sugar mixture, shaking off excess. Arrange the pineapple slices on a hot grate and grill, turning with tongs, until brown and sizzling, 5-8 minutes. Transfer pineapple slices to platter, arranging the slices in an overlapping fashion. If using rum, warm it VERY GENTLY in a small flameproof saucepan. Remove from heat. Make sure your hair is back and clothing is out of the way ("duh" directions, guess who’s had a problem with this!!). Light a long match and ignite the rum (avert face at this step, another "duh"). Carefully pour flaming rum over pineapple and serve immediately.


Great with grilled pork, quite impressive.