Grilled Pork Loin and Pineapple: Summer Perfection

Mary Kay DeSola | Homemade Cravings

Grilled pork loin is a major crowd pleaser. Grilling it with pineapple makes cooking and clean up a total breeze, and perfect for summer barbecues.

Grilled Pork Loin Photo

When the sun starts to set later and the winds are a bit warmer, we immediately begin grilling. Sometimes it's not even that warm, but that doesn’t stop us from making burgers and hot dogs, steaks and chops. We end up making almost all of our lunches and dinners on the grill each weekend. Not only do we love grilled food, but cooking outside on the grill means less clean up in the kitchen and we get to relax outside, grilling and watching the kids play.

Grilled Pork Loin Image

Some of our favorite meals on the grill are Spinach and Feta Stuffed Pork Chopped and Grilled Skirt Steak. We also love to make fish, and we regularly grill vegetables and sometimes fruit, like this Grilled Pork Tenderloin and Pineapple.

Pork tenderloin is one of my favorite cuts; it's fairly low cost, low fat, and a nice change from the usual chicken and steak. It's also fairly bland to start with and can support strong flavors infused through marinade or paired beside it. Pork and pineapple are a great combination. Pineapple is one of the most popular fruits with our family, and made this meal a new Sunday Supper favorite.

Grilled Pork Loin Picture

I made a quick and easy marinade for the pork loin with pineapple juice that I reserved when I cut the pineapple, garlic and rosemary. The marinade is great blend of savory and sweet and is complemented perfectly by the warm, sweet grilled pineapple.

Grilling pineapple is so easy! It's a sturdy fruit that, when sliced thick, will hold up well on the grill. The pineapple needs only to be warmed though and given some nice grill marks. Don’t bother trying to add oil or butter or extra sugar. The grilling brings out the intense sweetness of the pineapple and there is no need to mess with nature on this one!

Grilled Pork Loin Pic

Looking for some other out of the ordinary grilling ideas? Try David’s Grilled Meatballs Recipe or Grilled Sweet Potatoes.

      6 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds pork loin, boneless and silver skin removed
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into 8 long spears

Directions

  1. Combine the pineapple juice, olive oil, garlic, rosemary and salt and pepper in a long shallow bowl or large ziplock bag.
  2. Place pork in the marinade, seal and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. Heat grill to medium. Remove pork and pat dry, discard marinade. Grill pork tenderloin about 3-5 minutes on each side. Turn heat to low and cook another 10 minutes until inside reached 140°F. Remove from grill and cover with foil, let sit for 10 minutes before slicing.
  4. Over a medium high grill, place pineapple spears on the grates. Cook about 3 minutes on each side until nice grill marks have formed and the pineapple is warmed through. Serve with sliced pork tenderloin.

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Mary Kay is known for all sorts of lovely family meals on her blog, Homemade Cravings. Around these parts, she's known for her fabulous Sunday Suppers.

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    That photo of the tenderloin with the sprig of rosemary makes me want to change my dinner plans for tonight. Great looking meal Mary Kay and perfect for Summer.