Grilled pineapple with rum, ginger and lemongrass syrup

Grilled pineapple with rum, ginger and lemongrass syrup

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Ben's BBQ Bible
Serves
4
Photographer
Billy Law

Ben, my pastry chef from the Atlantic Bar and Grill in London, met a Thai girl and travelled to Thailand to meet her family. He came back from his travels inspired by the wonderful food he’d experienced, and was particularly enthused by this recipe for grilled fruit.

The really exciting thing about this recipe is the sugar and salt condiment that’s served with the fruit. I’ve come across this spiced sugar before, in David Thompson’s kitchen at Nahm in London. The sweet–salty flavours created are so typically Thai. The recipe here is just a guide, as these things are best done according to personal taste. If you prefer more chilli, then add it. With the salt and sugar it’s about finding the balance that’s right for you, but I would recommend that you err on the side of sweet!

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 pineapple, skin removed, flesh cut into quarters lengthways

Syrup

Quantity Ingredient
200ml water
100ml white rum
100g sugar
3cm piece fresh ginger, sliced
1 lemongrass stem, bruised
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 lime, zested and juiced
1 dried red chilli

Spiced sugar

Quantity Ingredient
1 dried red chilli
2 teaspoons crystal salt
3 teaspoons caster sugar

Method

  1. To make the syrup, place all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to the boil, making sure the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and cool, then strain.
  2. Marinate the pineapple in the syrup overnight.
  3. To make the spiced sugar, pound the dried chilli and salt in a mortar until you have fine flakes of chilli. Add the caster sugar.
  4. Prepare your barbecue for cooking on a medium–high heat. Place the pineapple over the heat and barbecue until caramelised, turning the fruit as required.
  5. Once cooked, skewer the pineapple with bamboo sticks and serve with the spiced sugar as a dipping condiment.
Course:
Dessert
Sweets
Tags:
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barbecue
outdoor
grill
entertaining
party
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