This simple dessert is a real treat, makes people think you know what you're doing. It requires only a few ingredients, but the key is using fresh produce and good rum, don't go El Cheapo on this one. Great for backyard barbecue parties. If you have a cast iron grill pan, it works just as well indoors, to get those nice grill marks. Be sure to brush the pineapple with a neutral flavor oil, so as not to pick up anything that would clash and ruin this dessert. You can also skewer pineapple chunks, pop them on the grill and serve with the lovely rum sauce.
Grilled Pineapple and Rum Sauce - adapted from Chef2Chef
Makes 8 servings
1/2 cup ginger ale
3/4 cup sugar
1 lime, zest and juice
1 lemon, zest and juice
1 orange, zest and juice
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1/2 cup dark rum, we prefer Meyers
1 large fresh pineapple
Canola or plain vegetable oil, for grilling
Vanilla ice cream, optional, we prefer Rite Aid Coconut Pineapple Ice Cream
Toasted coconut, optional garnish
Combine the first six ingredients in a sauce pan. Bring to a simmer and lower heat. Once the sugar melts, then add the rum, doing this away from the burner to avoid any flare-ups. Reduce to syrup consistency and turn off heat. Meanwhile, clean and core pineapple and cut into 1/2 inch thick rings. Brush with a little oil and grill over medium heat, turning once, about one minute per side.
Serve with citrus rum syrup drizzled over top and top with ice cream and toasted coconut, if desired.