Grilled Pineapples with Barbecue-Spiced Breadcrumbs and Country Ham

Slow-grilling whole unpeeled pineapples concentrates their flavor and tenderizes the fruit, which pairs wonderfully with salty country ham and crispy panko seasoned with barbecue spices. Peel the fruit with a large serrated knife, and serve it hot, thinly sliced like ham.

Grilled Pineapples with Barbecue-Spiced Bread-crumbs and Country Ham
Photo: Victor Protasio
Active Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins


  • 2 medium-size (about 3-pound) fresh pineapples, peeled

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt (such as Lawry’s)

  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1/2 cup panko

  • 3 ounces thinly sliced country ham or prosciutto, torn into large pieces


  1. Preheat a gas grill to medium (350°F to 400°F) on one side, or push hot coals to one side of a charcoal grill. Place pineapples on their sides on grates over unlit side of grill. Grill, covered, until pineapples are tender all the way through when poked with a skewer and outsides are deeply charred, 20 to 30 minutes, turning every 5 minutes. Transfer to a carving board, and let pineapples cool slightly, about 15 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons oil in a medium skillet over medium. Add seasoned salt and paprika, and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add panko, and cook, stirring often, until well coated and toasted, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, and let cool completely, about 10 minutes.

  3. Using a serrated knife, slice pineapples crosswise into 1/3-inch-thick rounds; arrange on a serving platter. Top with country ham and panko mixture; drizzle with remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil. Serve immediately.

Suggested Pairing

Tropical fruit–inflected California Chardonnay.

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