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Pork Pineapple Kabobs with Grilled Mango

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Pork pineapple kabobs combine juicy marinated cubes of meat with sweet chunks of pineapple and mango for a fun, flavorful meal off the grill, perfect for easy summer dinners or entertaining.

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Pork pineapple kabobs with mango grilled on bamboo skewers.

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If you had been at my house while I was making these kabobs for the first time, you would have heard a litany of complaints and (thinly) veiled expletives pouring forth from the kitchen. We had been out and about the whole day, which was great fun, but then by the time we got home I was tired and didn’t really feel like cooking. I charged forth, for all the usual reasons — I had all the ingredients, didn’t want them to go bad, it was nice grilling weather, etc. Also we had no fall-back plan. Belgium has a lovely food scene, but is distinctly short on Chipotle-style establishments where one would just breeze in for dinner on a Sunday, especially with a small human in tow.

So, pork pineapple kabobs it was. But, as my husband can surely attest, I was full of crankiness and reasons why dinner was going to be a disaster. I wished I had marinated the pork before we left that morning. I massacred the pineapple while trying to cut it. Why had I not yet gotten around to ordering pretty metal skewers? The kid would definitely not eat mango grilled, despite his obsession with the fruit, so what was the point of it all? And why, for the love of all things, can I cook and bake constantly and still manage to mess up rice on the stovetop, every. single. time!??!?

Pork pineapple kabobs with mango grilled on bamboo skewers.

Anyway, no need to belabor things: I got everything skewered, my husband kindly, and wisely, took over the grilling work, I poured a beer, and … the kabobs were delicious. So delicious that I need to make them again, ASAP, and so do you! It’s prime grilling season, after all. And fortunately, these would work just fine over a grill pan on the stovetop, as well, so you’ve got options for all weather and circumstances.

Tips for Making The Best Pork Pineapple Kabobs

  • Try to cut the pork into evenly-sized cubes, somewhere between 1-1.5″. You don’t want them too small, or they’ll cook too quickly and dry out.
  • Same with the fruit – you want it to get a bit of char on the grill, but very small cubes will be difficult even to stick onto the skewers!
  • For best results, leave a bit of time to let the pork marinate – in a pinch, 45 minutes will do, since it’s already cubed. But for even more flavor, and to truly minimize your workload right before a meal, marinate in the morning or even the night before you want to eat. **This is a 30-minute meal minus the inactive marinating time.
  • Either bamboo or metal skewers are fine to use. If using bamboo, soak them for 30+ minutes before putting on the meat and fruit, to reduce charring and prevent, you know, fire!
  • Feel free to change up the fruit and veggies you use to suit your taste and what you have on hand – I personally plan to add some bell peppers next time!

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Pork pineapple kabobs with mango grilled on bamboo skewers.

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Pork Pineapple Kabobs with Grilled Mango

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Yield 5-6 kabobs

Pork pineapple kabobs with grilled mango are a great grilling recipe, perfect for easy summer dinners and entertaining!

Ingredients

For the Marinade:

  • 1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon or whole-grain mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (can sub 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • a few turns of freshly-ground black pepper

For the Kabobs:

  • 2 large pork chops (about 1 pound), cut into cubes approximately 1” (see recipe note 1)
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed pineapple
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed mango
  • 1/2 red onion, cut into small chunks
  • fresh cilantro, slivered, for garnish

Instructions

  1. To make the marinade, combine all ingredients in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Add the cubed pork to the bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 45-60 minutes. (see note 2)
  2. When ready to grill, remove pork from the fridge and prepare the rest of your ingredients. Thread everything onto skewers, alternating between meat, pineapple, mango, and onion.
  3. Grill the kabobs over medium heat, turning often, until pork is cooked through. Garnish with cilantro, if desired, and serve immediately.

Notes

1. I typically use boneless chops, as they’re easier to find at my grocery store, but bone-in chops would also work well, and quite possibly be more flavorful - just increase the weight you’re starting with to account for the bone, and plan a few extra minutes to carefully remove and cube the meat!

2. You can definitely marinate the pork longer, if desired and/or time permitting - up to 24 hours should be fine!

3. Metal or bamboo skewers are fine - if using bamboo, soak them for 30-60 minutes in water before grilling to minimize charring and prevent any fires!

Marinade adapted from Recipe Tin Eats.

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Anne|Craving Something Healthy
    June 5, 2018 at 12:41 am

    Kabobs are such a great idea for a summer BBQ! I don’t think of pork often enough!

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      June 5, 2018 at 8:25 pm

      Thanks so much, Anne! It’s one of the meats I prepare less often, too, and then always wonder why, since it’s so good!

  • Reply
    camila hurst
    June 4, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    These are perfect!! My husband will be so thankful to you when I make him this! lol adding to the list!

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      June 5, 2018 at 8:26 pm

      Haha, excellent! I hope he (and you!) love them as much as we did! Thanks lovely!

  • Reply
    Sasha @ Eat Love Eat
    June 4, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    I love it when recipes turn out against all odds! These sound absolutely delicious, I mean, grilled mango?! I need these in my life!

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      June 5, 2018 at 8:27 pm

      Right!? The element of surprise adds something, I think. 😉 My husband will joke to friends that he only worries when I start to express confidence, since my swearing up and down that something is going to be a total failure is pretty much par for the course. HA!

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    Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy
    May 30, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Pork and fruit is a great combination. Love fresh mango….and grilling season is here!! Love the presentation this makes….and the guests would gobble these up.

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      May 30, 2018 at 6:50 pm

      Thanks so much, Gloria! Absolutely, these would be fantastic for entertaining!

  • Reply
    Chrissy
    May 30, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    Aren’t kabobs just the perfect summertime dish?! I usually do mine with chicken or turkey but I love the idea of switching things up with pork. YUM!

  • Reply
    Alisha Rodrigues
    May 30, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Pork, Pineapple, and Mango .. What a brilliant flavor combination. I’m making this for sure.

  • Reply
    Claudia Lamascolo
    May 30, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    I have two mango trees and never thought to use this fruit for kabobs till now! What an awesome idea they sure look great!

  • Reply
    Lisa Huff
    May 30, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    Such a great idea for summer parties and BBQs! Love!

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